Some miracles that happened this week:
We do this thing called scouring where we pick an area and then knock it and write down if they have interest or not. Then we keep going back to knock all the doors in that area until they all answer. Well there was this guy we talked to in our scouring area that we had a super long conversation with about the trinity and stuff and he didn't have interest in modern day revelation and all that jazz, but we never talked about the Book of Mormon with him. Normally I wouldn't go back to a house that had specifically said they had no interest, but Zr. Elggren and I both felt like we should go back to see if he would want a Book of Mormon. We went back and his son answered the door and told us that his father would not want a Book of Mormon, but he did! It was really cool to recognize that God knew he still needed a Book of Mormon and we weren't going to go back, so he prompted us to return.
We had such a cool experience on Friday! So we were planning for the day in the morning and we decided to go knocking in this little area of Kampen that we've been meaning to go to for a while. As we kept planning, we changed our plans because it made more sense logically to look up a referral in a far away town we were going to for a dinner appointment that night. It would save time and we would already be there. But we both really felt like we needed to go knocking in this area so we changed our plans back to what they were in the beginning... We got out to the area and were locking up our bikes when this lady walks past us with her dog. I felt like I needed to talk to her, but I didn't because I just assumed that she lived in the small area we were going to knock so we would eventually knock her door. But then she turned onto this path by the water and started walking away... we knocked two doors and I couldn't stop thinking about the prompting I ignored. I mentioned it to Zr. Elggren and she had the same prompting too. We decided to chase this woman down hahaha. So we didn't know how we were going to be normal humans about this but we started following her down this path.. she was waaaaayyy ahead of us. When suddenly she stops in her tracks and turns around and starts walking back!! What?! So then we contact her and she had no interest.. so we turn around and start walking back and then there was a man walking toward us. We decided to contact him as well and he turned out to be a previous member who had written himself out of the church!! We talked to him a teeny bit and then he walked away. The crazy thing is we tried to look him up a couple weeks before that and he had moved so we weren't able to get in contact with him. It was really cool to get in contact with him briefly and maybe he will start thinking about the church again and it will be easier for misisonaries to talk to him in the future. Who knows. But it was crazy to see that God set that all up for us so we could talk to this man! I felt like it was a test for us to see if we would follow the spirit. And I thought it was funny that God knew we would hesitate the prompting, but he also knew we would eventually follow it and then he could send one of his lost sheep along the path where we were. If I have learned one thing on my mission, it is FOLLOW THE PROMPTINGS OF THE SPIRIT! The spirit will never lead you astray. If you are trying to decide if the thought came from you or the spirit and it's a good thought, just do it and you will not regret it. :)
These past couple of days our door into our front yard area has been getting stuck. When you put the key in and turn it, it takes a while for us to get it open. Sooo after church on Sunday we came home and the door was stuck again.. but we tried and tried to get it open and it wouldn't budge. We were outside for about 20 minutes trying to figure out what to do. We said a prayer and asked for help and still nothing happened. We realized we needed to take action... so we decided that I would boost Zr. Elggren up over the wall and she could jump down and unlock it from the inside. Zr. Elggren standing on my leg still wasn't tall enough... but we realized we had a box of Book of Mormons that we brought home with us. So we placed the box on the ground and I set my foot on the box and then she stepped on my leg. When she jumped off my leg, she was just able climb up over the wall and let us in. I learned two important lessons from this experience.
1. The Book of Mormon will help you with any problem in your life. If you're stressed, the Book of Mormon is the answer. If your front door is stuck, the Book of Mormon is the answer. hahaha but really if we didn't have that box of Book of Mormons, we wouldn't have been able to get inside!
2. Sometimes God doesn't answer our prayers the way we expect. We prayed and the door still didn't open. Sometimes God expects us to take action and He will help us still accomplish what we need to do. God still answered our prayers! We had the box of Book of Mormons with us and he saw that Zr. Elggren got safely over the wall and was able to unlock the door. God answered our prayer, but not until after we took action.
Ik hoop jullie een fantastische week hebben!
PS Transfers are this Wednesday... we're both staying!! But the Zwolle elders are leaving and we're taking over their area as well. so yeah, nog meer zendingswerk!
I don't know if these are in order...
2,3-we love helmet pics
4,5-flowers for Tineke! gotta take pics first of course..
6,8-About two minutes after these photos were taken, we met the written out member!
7-Zr. Elggren is a champ. Notice the box of Book of Mormons on the ground :'