Tuesday, January 26, 2016

1/25/16

Okay not much time, so I'll try to make this snel maar krachtig.

So.  Yesterday we got transfer calls.  Zr Huber is getting transfered up to Leeuwarden.  We actually found out when we got to church.  President and Zr Bunnell were actually in our ward today (fun fact, Den haag ward is actually the ward they live in) and President Bunnell gave a great talk about member missionary work.  As missionaries we are full time teachers, but often we do a lot of finding.  The work goes better when the members do that.  Have the courage to open your mouth!

After church we dinner with a member who I don't think has ever had the missionaries over before.  It was a really cool dinner appointment.  He asked us for a book of mormon last week, and told us how he travels a lot for work and he always brings a pamphlet from the church when he flies and before he boards a plane prays that he will be able to give it to someone on the plane.

Pray for oppurtunties, then have the courage to open your mouth :)

He also showed us a song on youtube his daughter Lizzy wrote when she was 12.  It's called "Heavenly Voices".  She wrote after a terrioest attack last year, and it was really powerful.  We discussed Alma 5 after listening to it.

Other cool things.  Had another powerful lesson with Dominque.  Our first lesson with him, he said he'd never really prayed to God.  Thursday we went over, he told us "So I was talking to Hevenly Father this week..."  :)

Mawha came to church again.  She loved it.  After gospel principles, she asked where we baptise.  We didn't have a chance in the bustle of things to show her the doopvont, but I'm excited to next week.

Went to watch the world wide missionary broadcast at an American member's house.  They made us BYU mint brownies!  That was super sweet.  It was a really powerful broadcast.  Nothing new or life changing.  But good reminders.  Something that stood out to me was getting on your knees to pray with investigators.  We've been doing that more often this week, and its been really powerful!  There's something about humbling yourself to kneel down to talk to God that just helps you be more intune with the Spirit.

Wiith the scherf family


And also missionary broadcast and selfie!

Liefs!Zr Jones

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

A lot of Walking - Monday 1/18/16

Hey hey,

Quick sum up of the week:  Flat tires = a lot of walking.

But God really blessed us, while walking to appointments he really put a lot of people into our paths who are currently looking a faith and are looking for truth.  We are actually bringing a book of mormon tonight to a girl around our age that we found while walkng to an appoinment.

Gitta, our dear miracle find was awfully sick this week.  We both felt really prompted that we should try to still have contact this week, so we swung by with banana bread, and the poor thing opened the door just looking so wiped.  She was super grateful for the bread though, she said that she hasn't had the energy to make anything all day.  It was cute because in Dutch to say "see you later" or say "tot ziens" but as we were leaving she said "tot snel!" which translates to "until soon/fast!"

She's a sweetheart.

We are also currently teaching the Stake Presidents 11 year old nephew, and its been really fun going through the lessons with him.  We try to use a lot of object lessons because he's younger, and this week we taught the Word of Wisdom.  We decided to make "koekjes" with the family.  But we brought all the ingredients.  We brought flowers instead of flour (in dutch "bloemen" is flowers and "bloem" is flour.)  and "soda" in plaats van "baking soda" and salt instead of sugar (that was hilarious, we asked them to taste it real quick to see what it was, and their faces were hilarious.)  We followed the directions, but are cookies didn't work!  And no one wanted to eat them!

We didn't put the right things in it though.  We had a list of ingredients from a master chef, and we put ingredients samilar to it in the cookies, but because we didn't listen to the mast chef it didn't come out lekker, it didn't work.  Like putting ingredients in the cookies, we also need to be careful with what we put into our bodies.  We need to care for the gift that God has given us.  And if we listen to the directions He has given us, our bodies will be able to work better, they shall be blessed!

We also taught a lot of first lessons this week.  Saturday we had a first lesson with this lady from Sierra Leone named Mawha, and yesterday she came to church!  They spoke Englsih where she grew up, but its a different accent, so we have to talk reaallyyyy slowly with her.  Funny story though, the first talk yesterday was from a man from Africa, and he gave his talk in English.  I had a super hard time understanding him, the Dutch translation actually made more sense to me (Made me have a lot more respect for Elder Jones, you are practically learning a new language!)   But Mahwa loved his talk!  She also knew Mariama, someone we work with who got baptised last month, and Mariama sat next to her during sacrament and explained everything to her.  It was really cool to see! :)

And then we also had a first lesson with a family yesterday!   They have 2 little girls, and there are frozen toys everywhere in their house!  The dad wasn't sure about bringing his girls to church, but we talked to him about it, and I think he'll bring the oldest next week. :)

Also, the photo of our feet is on a swing we found that is made out of rope and is made for two people to sit on it.  We finished weekly planning on it.  It was perfect for comp invertery. ;)  The other photo is sunday morning walking wiht Mawha to church.  It was a beautiful day

Gotta jet,
veel veel liefs!
Zr Jones 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Miracles in Den Haag

Zr. Huber and I were blessed to see just a lost of wonders this week.

Last Friday the APs made an annoucment about a new way of doing exchanges. I'm not sure if it was just for Europe or for missions accross the world. The idea with the new way of exchanges is that the leader's city would be a "model city" for the other missionaries to come and learn in. We've been doing a lot of finding here in den haag, mostly just building the city back up since transfers, but last week we found a lot of new investigators from area book and just normal contacting. Right before they made the annoucement the work here started to pick up and it really is becoming a "model city."

If you put in the work and do your best, the Lord really does qualify those He calls and thats really cool to see.

The way we've found new investigators has really been with the Lord's help though.  Especially with this one investigator, G-, that we found Tuesday.  That was such a miracle.  

I shall tell you the full story real quick:

We had an appointment with a less active on Tuesday after district meeting, but she wasn't home.  So we went to do a look up who lived close by.  After the look up, the less active called us, telling us she was home, so we just left our bikes and walked over.  Why we decided not to bike, I'm not sure (probably God prompting us there.)  After the lesson, and after we walked bike we unlocked our bikes and were talking real quick about where to go next, and what we were going to teach the next look-up, when this sweet little middle aged woman pops her head out the window of the appartment right next to us and tells us that we rang her doorbell last week, but she wasn't able to come to the door, and that she was so glad that she saw us before we biked away, because she was wondering actually if we could set an appointment.

We told her we were actually free right then.  We parked our bikes, and taught her a lesson.

I'm not going to lie, my first thought was wondering if she was crazy.  But ah, I felt the Spirit so strong while we were teaching.  God really loves her, and He really wanted us to find her that day. She is such a sweet lady, who's trying to do her best right now.  And just in the last 2 years she's been really searching for truth and studying the Bible. After the prayer she started crying.  She told us that she just had such a good feeling in her heart.

Miracles happen, and God answers our prayers. :)

Liefs
Zr Jones

Monday, January 4, 2016

January 4, 2016

Hey all, happy 2016!

Its CRAZY here during new years.  New years day we were out for a bit, and there were a ton of teenaggers just walking around setting fireworks off everywhere.  We stayed inside from off 4pm though, because after 4 is when its legal to set off fireworks and it was a mad house outside!  They were going off consintently the whole day.  They were beautiful to see inside though.

It was pretty cool, our mission president asked us all to think of three goals for how to build our testimony, three goals for three years in the future, three for ten years in the future, and three for 25 years in the future.  And then to make three action plans for each goal.  I thought it was going to be really hard to think of goals for 25 years in the future, but it was actually really cool to do.  Especally because on the mission I've learned a lot from the members and investigators I've worked with, and so I was able to apply what I've learned from different examples and try to see what I want to be like and what I want my future family to be like.

Also I learned I've become a really deep sleeper on the mission.  I slept through midnight...  We even set an alarm!  And apparently there were a ton of fireworks.


Just means I've been working hard right?

We also had a really cool weekend.  Saturday we volunteered at a refugee camp.  We went to play football, but then a bunch of them wanted to play these type of hand slapping games that I haven't played since elementry school.  One of them you were supposed to say the days of the weeks in english and move your hand when you get to friday.  That was cute.  And the other one you counted for it, that was cool.  It was a mixture of counting in english, dutch and arabic.

And yesterday we saw a real miracle.  We met this guy on new years day, and set an appointment at a different address for sunday, and when we got there yesterday this middle aged women opened the door.  Turns out the fake address this guy gave us, was the house of a less active that we've been meaning to visit.  That was really cool.  God apparently really wanted us to visit her.  She's a sweetheart, she's from Canada and the only reason she doesn't come is because she's really sick.  Apparently one of the Osmond kids baptized her.

And then we had this really cool lesson with this investigator from Romania.  She is so sweet.  She has a little daughter named Ana (like in Frozen!) and when we walked in she was studying all these books on how to be a better mother.  She really loves her and wants to take care of her.  We shared the new years video with her http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/new-years-look-not-behind-thee?cid=HP_MO_12-28-2015_dPFD_fMRMN_xLIDyL1-A_. She loved it and really appreciated hearing how she can move on from the past and how through Christ we can move forward each new day and each new year.

Okay, gotta jet!
Liefs!
Zr Jones!

PS quote from studies:

"God has sent you here to prepare for a future greater then anything you can image' That future, a day at a time, comes alive when you do more than just exist; it comes alive when you live youre life to fill the measure of your creation.  This invites the Lord into your lifef, and you beginto let His will become yous."

PPS New address:  Apeldoornselaan 105
                            2573 LD Den Haag
                             Nederland