Monday, February 27, 2017

Best week of my mission so far - Feb 27

This week was probably the best week of my mission so far!

Our goal was basically talk to everyone we see and to have lessons with them. And so we did!
We had some very spiritual lessons with people that we just contacted on the street and some of them really want us to come back, so I´m excited to see how the Spirit will change them.

Carol, a Portuguese member, doesn't speak any English or Dutch. She is in our area, so we visit her and she comes to church.
So I sometimes have to translate for her in the very very little Portuguese that I know, but it has been great as the Spirit directs me on what I need to say.

I think it might have been last week and I am not sure if I mentioned this but we had an appointment with Michele.
As we arrived at his house we were told that he wasn't home, it then started to rain. A lot.
So we thought we´ll just wait a couple of minutes in case Michele comes back. Then his older brother Miguel comes out and we had an awesome lesson about God with him.
Many people have invited him to come to church as he has a lot of friends who are members, one of them is the District President. Anyways, we are now teaching him and he is super awesome and keeps all of his commitments.

In other news, his younger brother Michele invited his friend Janek to join in our lesson with us.
We invited them both to come to church...and they CAME!!!!
It was so great to see Michele finally coming back to church and bring his friend along.

We had a lesson with Ashween, we taught him the Word of Wisdom, and to my surprise he really loves coffee. When we told him that it is a commandment that we do not drink coffee...he thought for a moment and then said: "Okay, I´ve decided that I will no longer drink coffee."
It was just so awesome, even though he has a disability, he is in tune with the Spirit and he really loves the gospel. He bears his testimony in every lesson. He is a great example to me.

My bike broke again, but I fixed it

As we went contacting in our designated area, we had a quick dinner and stood close by a winkel (shop). There were a couple of people standing there, so we decided to talk to them and it turns out that one of the men was baptised 11 years ago and he stopped coming to church 2 years ago.
We are excited to get him back to church.

Riding the Old Dutch Lady in the rain

My companion Zuster Bokai
Exchange companion Zuster Baker

               Everything was flooded last week.

We had the opportunity to visit a member in the hospital this week who had a stroke. It was sad to see him as he didn't seem like the same person. We´ll be visiting him this week again and so hopefully we´ll be able to share a message with his family members.

I love you all so much!!
Keep reading the Book of Mormon.

Zuster Vernes
A snake getting into someones car

Monday, February 20, 2017

I love teaching - Feb 20th

This week, Zuster Bokai and I did some contacting as we usually do, we had some sweet contacts and even though a lot of people rejected us, it was still a great experience as we have been bearing testimony of the Book of Mormon and felt the Spirit through each others testimonies.
Whilst contacting we klopped / knocked at this one house...which turned out to be a bar.
We were very confused as there were only two people in there.

We´ve been having some really great lessons with Michel, he has been actually marking in his
Book of Mormon and bought a study journal and wrote down things that he has learned from reading, so whenever we come, he is all excited and shares what he had learned.
He has been progressing a lot now, he just need to come to church. But I think when we bring a member that he´ll have the courage to come. All he really need is a friend.

Stephanie (investigator), she's so awesome! When we arrived she told us that she´s been researching the Book of Mormon and is very interested in it. When we gave her one, she then said: "This is so beautiful." She was very excited to read it.
I´m excited to see how she´ll progress. She offered a very sincere prayer and expressed her desire to our Heavenly Father to know if the Book of Mormon is true.

Friday - I went on an exchange with Zuster Baker in Kwatta (my old area).
A lot has changed since I have served there. It was great seeing Zuster Baker in action, they have some solid investigators, one of them is Anastasia, she bore her testimony and told us how grateful she is that she has found this church.

Three of our investigators came to church which was really awesome! Ashween walked in with a white shirt and tie, which was really great to see. He is now on date and honestly the Spirit has changed him so much! I love teaching him I can't wait to see him enter the waters of baptism.

I hope everyone had a fantastic week :)
I love you all so much,

Zuster Vernes

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

I´m excited for many serving opportunities - Feb 14

We had a good week, were able to do some service which was really great. We made cookies with a member and then painted an engaged couple´s house. We´ll be helping them some more during this week which I´m really excited for as we don't get that many service opportunities.

We had some really good lessons with Ashween, he committed to being baptised at the end of this transfer. Which is super great! It was really funny, he told us that he looked up on YouTube how people get baptised and wanted to show all of them to us.


Sometime during this week, my bike broke down (its called the Old Dutch lady), luckily it was at the end of our day...unfortunately...we were on the Ringweg and its a pretty busy road and it takes a while to bike from there to get home. Anyways, so we had to walk home which took us like 40 minutes to reach half of the way. Then Zuster Bokai did something to the Old dutch lady and we were able to bike the rest, which was great! However the next day, it was still broken but fortunately for us, our investigator Sham was able to fix my bike!

Sham is really great and he still is getting very emotional during our lessons. He told us some amazing news a couple of days ago...HE STOPPED SMOKING! And we didn't even teach him the Word of Wisdom! We are still teaching from the Restoration, but he said that he felt like he should stop. He said, that sometimes he still has the urge to smoke, but he then thinks of God and us and the urge goes away which is super awesome. The Spirit is changing him.

It also turns out that my companion Zuster Bokai...has a phobia of kittens, tis week we came in contact with a lot of kittens and she freaked out. It was really funny but the own was very confused as he was holding the kitten.
With Rashney
Pigs fat crisp
We left our investigator Oma Abduhlhamid to read in 2 Nephi:31
When we came back to our appointment...the minute we sat down..she said: "I know what you're trying to say here. You want me to be baptised, and I know that I need to be baptised. I´ve been investigating for almost a year and it has been clear since the very beginning. And so I have prayed and I want to be baptised in April."
It was really awesome!

We have a new investigator, Stephanie, and she's very educated in the Bible, so we shared the Restoration with her. As we were explaining the great Apostasy, she then asked: "But how did we get the Priesthood?"
It was just really great seeing her engaged in the lesson and just has a deep sincere desire to know more.

Marilin, Dominican investigator, is SUPER awesome! The minute we entered her house, she was holding the Book of Mormon very close to her heart, had a huge smile across her face...showed us all of the verses that she marked and explained how much she loves the Book of Mormon.
It was a huge testimony builder for me as I find it very hard to teach her in Papiamento and I just have to completely rely on the Spirit helping me to understand what she is saying. At one point during the lesson I just felt very inadequate on teaching the Book of Mormon in Papiamento.
But then I felt a warm feeling in my heart and a thought popped in my head that I won't have to say much but to use the verses in the Book of Mormon that explain what it is about. So thats what we did, and it was awesome! At that moment I realised how important it is to being worthy of having the Spirit with you at all times. I realised that the only reason why Marilin wants us back isn't because of our personality but because of the Spirit that she can feel during our lessons despite our lack of language and because she is reading the Book of Mormon.

I know the Book of Mormon is true, there is not a single doubt! I love the Book of Mormon, and I know that we need to read it every day!

I love you all so much.
Zuster Vernes

Monday, February 6, 2017

In tune with the Spirit - Feb 6th

This week we went to see Sham, and had a fantastic lesson with him. He´s very in tune with the Spirit and its great because he recognises it as well. Right before we come to our lesson, he sprayed some cockroach stuff in the house which made all the cockroaches run out. However, they were flying right at us during the lesson and crawling on us. It was super scary. One was sitting on his shoulder as he was talking. I didn't really want to say anything as he was bearing his testimony, eventually it flew away.

We also got to see Arthur, he brought us some food and he is a really good cook. Unfortunately for me, my whole plate was covered in ants. I am not was literally covered.
He then says: "Just eat it, its extra protein."
I did eat a little bit just to be nice...but ugh...that was a challenge!

Rain Season
Zuster Bokai

We had another lesson with Ashween and teaching him is always great! At the end of the lesson he then says: "Sisters, I want to give a talk on Sunday."
As he always see different people giving talks. We told him that he´ll be able to bear his testimony on Sunday and everyone gets the opportunity to bear their testimony. I wish you could´ve seen his eyes...they were just filled with joy.

During weekly planning we went through some of our former investigators and we felt prompted to call Dwayne. He´s been taught by sisters for a long time. So we call him and ask when we can see him. He then says: "Can you come now?"
We went and had a really great lesson. During the 1st vision the Spirit was very strong and we have another appointment with him. I hope he´ll be able to progress.

Normally I bring my planner as I write things down that I want to say in my email but I accidentally brought my new planner and left the other one at home...
Well thats all I can really remember, next week I´ll be able to write more.

I love you all so much, read from the Book of Mormon, I love it!
Oh and next P-Day will be on Tuesday.

Zuster Vernes