Dearest Loved Ones,
I don't know how it's working, but it is! Sister Goodman is awesome and lovely and we have grand times together. The highlight of our week was her bike getting stolen while we were in an appointment. We were so shocked, we kinda just walked around laughing for a bit, and I thought "nobody trained me for this sort of thing!" Bikes are very necessary here. We didn't feel quite right about buying a new bike, and both the bike shops in town were closed anyway. I kept saying, "Sister, I don't know how, but I really just feel like a bike is going to come our way." So we inconveniently used public transportation for a couple days and continued praying. It was amazing! Somehow, even though we had to run for a couple trains and buses, we were never late for an appointment. In missionary life in Nederland, that never happens! And one time while we were waiting for a bus, we knocked the door of this man, and had a 45 minute conversation with him. It was great! We gave him a Book of Mormon and will go after the holidays.
At zone training a couple days later, I was talking to Elder Hunter about our week, and he said, "Wait, so do you guys need a bike? Because Elder Cooper left his when he went home." And then a bike fell from the sky! It was amazing.God takes care of His silly little missionaries, even when they forget to lock their bikes.
Lindsey and Jenny are still investigating well, though they didn't come to church this week. Our lessons are a little crazy, because we don't speak much Dutch and they don't speak English, but somehow God gets His work done using teenage kids, so we are still able to have great lessons. We sang "Joseph Smith's First Prayer"for them in Dutch this week, and it was really powerful, and they both said that they have a testimony of Joseph Smith. Miracles never cease.
Holidays re busy and people have a hard time committing to other things. So hopefully we can get a bunch of new people after the holidays.
Christmas is beautiful and wonderful and such a comforting time of the year. I hope you are all truly enjoying it and feeling the special spirit of the season. Thank you for your prayers on behalf of the missionaries, I am confident that they often save us.
So much love,