It's been another great week in the Netherlands!
This week we had a tri-zone mission conference and a member of the Seventy came to speak to us. Elder Moreira or something like that, he is from Portugal. He is a super funny guy, always happy and bouncy. He stressed to us the importance of dedicating our mission to the Lord. How it is not our mission, but the Lords. It was really good to hear because he actually answered a bunch of questions I've been having and gave us some great advice. I didn't really come away with anything specific other than that feeling, but it was cool that the next day during personal study I came across a scripture, and it is Matthew 19:26 which is already super powerful. But when you read the Joseph Smith translation, it adds that all things are possible for those who give themselves up to the Lord. [JST Matt. 19:26 But Jesus beheld their thoughts, and said unto them, With men, this is impossible; but if they will forsake all things for my sake, with God whatsoever things I speak are possible.] This hit me pretty hard, and I realized between these two things that lately I've been making this more my work, and not the Lords work. I need to do as it says in Proverbs 3:5-6 and "Trust in the Lord with all your (my) heart and lean not unto your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Sometimes it can be a little scary to try and act on promptings we get or to follow the path the Lord has set for us, either because we are afraid we are wrong and it is just our own thoughts or whatever other reason it may be, but I can testify that we don't need to be afraid in following the Lord. If we are trying our best to follow him, we will eventually come to recognize the way that He lights the path we should take.
We got to have a Thanksgiving dinner! We went to the Txx's and had turkey, stuffing, pie, the whole shabang! That was super fun. Before that we had a turkey bowl with all the other missionaries in our zone. That was super fun even though we lost in the end. It made me realize just how out of shape I've gotten :p
|Feeding the Ducks|
[This narrow strip of beach/grass is a few minutes away from Elder Lott's apartment. The buildings pictured are very iconic ones in Rotterdam, and Nesseland Beach is a popular volleyball circuit site.]
I will also say once again that exchanges are great. I have learned some of the greatest lessons so far from each of my exchanges, and they never let me down. I had the chance this week to be with Elder Endicott this week in Ommoord. He was able to give me some really great advice on some things I've been struggling with, and gave me a super good example of some things I can put into my contacting. Mostly just making sure that I am teaching and testifying at every opportunity I get. We had a cool stretch of about 20 minutes when we first, placed a Book of Mormon with an Islamic lady (miracle!), and then starting talking with another lady while going back to our bikes, talking and walking with her for about a mile, and gave her pretty much and entire lesson! Turns out that she lived in Amsterdam so we gave her those Elders number and a card, but hey, still super cool.
|Train Station in Capelle|
|We bought a coconut for a euro!|
Elder Lovin and Elder Lott
Love you all!
Elder Hayden L. Lott
ps In response to my moms question about hand-warmers. They are pretty nice. I have some that Elder Chantry gave me. But actually what I've found is that a pair a leather gloves is super good as well. What mostly bites is the cold wind, so if you can keep that off you'll be fine for the most part. (The jacket from Uncle David and Aunt Di is super good at keeping the wind off! With that and a sweater and the leather gloves, I've been warm. Oh and thermal leggings. Just keep the wind off!) Also, yes we have a microwave in our apartment, and every other apartment I've been in has one. They all have a stove. But what is weird is that only about half or less have an oven.