Monday, October 5, 2015

We Listened to the Prophet's Voice

Dear Friends,

I would say that this week went well.

We were able to teach two awesome first lessons! And we set an appointment on the door to go back and teach another one this next week. All three of these are women with children at home, which I think is not coincidence. We need strong moms, and moms need the gospel.

Speaking of which, wasn't General Conference amazing? I think my favorite talk was Elder Holland's, because it made me cry and want to hug my mom fifty zillion times. And Elder Foster talked about dad's, and I just thought, wow, why was I so blessed to  have angels sent to me in the form of my parents? 
My theme for General Conference was "trust in God." That's something I'm trying to work on, and will obviously be a life long process.

Ann watched GC with us at the Schiltz, and we ate delicious Thai food. What a little wonder woman. We continue to help her prepare for baptism in November. 

I was a good citizen this week. Our tram was coming, and the light to cross the non-busy street turned red right as we got to it. At this serendipitous moment, a flock of small children with their teachers came walking down the street. Dilemma: Run across the street to catch our tram and set a bad example for the impressionable young people, or wait like good citizens and representatives of the Church and miss our tram? The teachers tested their children: "Can we cross the street?"  A chorus of chipper voices: "No!" "And why not?" responded the teacher, with a direct look at the sister missionaries. "It is red!" "Yes, and we must wait, even if there is a tram." Oh. Oh. We must spare the young people. Obviously we did not make that tram. We and the teachers had a good laugh together. :) 

Other fun times: When you are about to talk to someone on the street, they wave you away, and your comp says "oh, we just wanted to ask for directions. Do you know where this is?" They get very red and apologize and then help us. See, kindness is key. :) Missionaries are not so scary.

Also, we had a number of people talk to us first this week. An African man on a tram, who is actually an inactive member, a Russian guy on the street who recognized us as Mormons, and also some intimidating other-religion people.. But still, that is very convenient of them.

Happy birthday to Savy this week! And happy October to the rest of you! Yay for cold season. Stay healthy and happy and warm and blessed. :)

Sister Johanson

the one in Belgium

Sister Conference
Sister Harris and I reunited! with Sister Romney..haha

Sister Caldwell! Do you recognize her from St. G?

More sister conference

My hair always looks the worst...but that's Harris, Fredrickson, and I. We are bestest pals.

Zr Faa and Elder Holt



An iguana escaped..

Belgium. They do it right.

Antwerp street

Beautifulness outside Antwerp

A beautiful forest path

Snack break (much door knocking that day)

Sister Nuyens, such a sweetheart. Always gives us yummy snacks

Sister Faa and Sister Nuyens

A typical street corner in Antwerpen

Typical street in Antwerp