Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 26 ~ happy turkey (chinese food??) day

This is going to be a super random email so geniet ervan!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all enjoyed some lekker turkey! Thanksgiving doesn't actually exist here but on Saturday our ward had a thanksgiving party together... of chinese food! It was super random, but so fun. 

So basically people here eat frites ALL THE TIME. We literally have had frites at dinner appointments with the most random foods like four times this week. But I'm not complaining.. my tummy might be a little though.

The work here in Lokeren is booming! We have six progressing investigators right now! They're all so great. I love missionary work!

Zr De Souza and I had to give a presentation for zone training and it actually went well! We also sang in front of EVERYONE. If any of yall don't know this... I don't actually sing so that was interesting haha. We got cheesecake though!! frEAKING CHEESECAKE. That stuff basically doesn't exist here so I was pretty pumped.

I went on exchanges with Zr Leman in Gent this week! Gent is beautiful!! We had so much fun together and we were able to get two lessons on the door! We went to the centrum at night and it was amazing. I want to go back for a p-day soon. 

Random things that happened this week:
Zr De Souza accidentally bought and ate some avocado alcohol chocolate.
I witnessed a man barking at a tree.
We found a handicapped man stranded and had to wheel him back to his house.

Also! Everyone needs to go check out the new Christmas Campaign! I'm excited to start the 25 days in 25 ways on the first of December. Check out the new video on :) #VERLICHTdeWERELD #LIGHTtheWORLD

Love, Zuster Fordiani

1-Sunsets for dayzz
2-Market day in Lokeren
3-Gent at night
4-Clever son of a gun
5-Chinese thanksgiving babayy
6-Chastity and I with our castle

 These are some pictures Olivia sent me (mom) because she knows I love to see where she is living! I sent her this Playmobile advent calendar because I know how much she loves foxes and all things princesses!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 25 ~ LOKEREN

Hey hey everyone! Shout out from Belgium! 

Lokeren is suuuuuper different than Utrecht haha. I went from a huge city to a really small town. But it's really cute and the ward members are amazing! We've been given so much food already. #blessingsofachastelife. My new comp is Zuster De Souza and she's really nice. She's from Canada ay. 

Yesterday we had a super amazing miracle! We were knocking doors and we got let in! That has literally only happened twice on my mission. So this woman let us in and we taught her a lesson, and she doesn't have tons of interest in the church, but she said that if Jesus was knocking on her door then she would let him in so she let us in :) She gave us chocolate and she told us if we're ever homesick or just want to talk, we should knock on her door and visit her. She's also going to give us a tour of Brugge. Blessingsss

Also, apparently right after I left, they brought the car from the Harry Potter movies to Utrecht Centraal and opened a HP store... and my family is going to Harry Potter world this week. So yeah. Haha

I don't really have a anything to say this week, but I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Zuster Fordiani

2-Antwerpen Centraal
3-Fall colors
4-Zr. De Souza and I (back at it with the belgian waffles baby)
5-Last district meeting with the U-GO district :')
6-Last Utrecht squad selfie :(

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 24 ~ Vrees niet, gewoon doen

Hey guys! I have so much to say, but so little time! So this week was so wonderful! I finally got to go to the temple for the first time in Zoetermeer! It was so beautiful. The session in Dutch is the coolest thing ever. And I understood almost all of it! It was so fun getting to have a break from missionary work and feel the peace of the temple. Afterwards we had a small combined zone conference in the Zoetermeer church. The assistants introduced "Vrees niet, gewoon doen" to our mission as a sort of title of liberty for us to remember and rally behind. (Fear not, just do.) I'm excited to apply this into my missionary life more as I talk to more people and bare my testimony of Jesus Christ.

Now for the funny story of the week:
We were waiting for a bus and we had to wait for like 30 minutes, so we decided to go into this beauty store and look around. I found this blue mascara and I wanted to try it because I know this girl who wears it and it's really cute. I've always wanted to try it out, but there was no tester. Well, I was feeling a little rebellious randomly so I decided to try it anyway-and because it was already open. Well what happened is what ALWAYS happens when I do something kinda stupid--I get caught. So a store worker starts yelling at me (in Dutch obviously, but that makes it a lot more stressful) because it wasn't a tester and she snatches it from me to go take it to the back of the store so no one else uses it. So obviously my pride was a little hurt, so I was like no I was going to buy it! So she was said it was okay and she wasn't mad anymore so I had to buy it (to save my pride) and that's the story of how I ended up with a 7 euro bottle of blue mascara. Moral of the story... Don't do stupid things. Please.

And TRANSFER NEWS: I'm getting transferred to LOKEREN, BELGIUM!! As sister training leader. I'm super excited, but also really sad because I LOVE Utrecht. Belgium is gonna be a new, fun adventure though. I'm excited to feel like a greenie all over again when I can't understand their accents...... hahah. Flaams babay.

Anyway I love you all!!

Zuster Fordiani'

1- Me and Kester!! His baptism is the 27 of November :) He's a true homie.
2- Temple with Wilky :)
3- Rotterdam zone paintballing on Halloween

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 23 ~ Paintballingggg

Last week we went paintballing on Halloween with the zone! It was district vs. district and our district won. Plus our district had all the sisters... coincidence? Toefall bestaat niet. We tried to travel back to Utrecht, but there was a fire arm spotted on a train at Rotterdam North station so there were cops everywhere and a helicopter, and all the trains back to Utrecht weren't running because they went through Rotterdam North station. Soooo we had to chill in Rotterdam Centraal for a couple hours until we could catch a train. But it turns out that the train didn't stop in Utrecht so we started heading toward Amsterdam.. so Elder Torrie jumped out at a stop to see if there was a train heading back to Utrecht and Elder Roberts didn't see him get back on so Elder Roberts jumped out and then they got separated hahah it was so crazy. We all eventually made it back to Utrecht Centraal safely.... haha.

We had a ping pong tournament at district meeting, and of course that was my favorite thing ever. Plus a little old man told me I look like Mona Lisa...?

The craziest thing happened this week!! Zuster Greening was on exchanges here in Utrecht with me and we went to look up a referral we got from the elders. Turns out we had the wrong address, but the lady who lived there, Claire, said she had been taught three lessons by some elders before! She then told us to check across the street. We rang the bell and one of our investigators, Mary, who we had been trying to get in contact with for a while, answered the door! Turns out she babysits the kids there during the day. So we didn't contact the referral, but were able to get a lesson with Mary and find Claire! And we called the elders and the elders teach Claire's husband already! It was so awesome. God was definitely guiding us that day.

We met with some J-Dubs on Saturday and very kindly bible bashed with them in a Burger King. That was definitely a new experience haha. It was fun to learn about their faith a little bit and share what we believe as well. I shared an awesome section out of 2 Nephi 2 with them about Adam and Eve too. It was actually a really cool experience and a testimony builder.

Anyway I love you all so much! Everything here is still going well :) You are all welcome to come move here with me when we get a new president on Tuesday! Good luck...

Liefs, Zuster Fordiani

1-Zr. Greening and I
3-When you don't want to do dishes so you eat breakfast with either giant spoons or teaspoons haha