So to say the least the days are getting faster, the weeks are going by quicker, and transfers are like the blink of an eye at this point. Can we just have it all slow down a little bit? I guess that won't happen when you have new adventure just about every day. Really though, crazy. I don't have very much time but I think I will share one experience that was really powerful this week. It has to go along with following spiritual promptings and the fact that the Lord prepares people for his servants. During this week I was on exchanges with the Vlissingen Elders, and I had brought Elder Crowsen to Roosendaal to work with me, leaving Elder Bruneau (2nd transfer) and Higham (my greeny) to work in Vlissingen. Needless to say they had their own adventures but we won't talk about those here. For the day we had planned to look up some potential investigators in Roosendaal, but when we went to head out that didn't feel good, so I decided to just do a little bit of door to door finding, again not good. So we got on a train and went to a city called Bergen op Zoom. After bouncing around a couple neighborhoods and just not feeling quite at ease we got to a neighborhood I felt good about, like really good. But every door we knocked the people were not only not positive or blunt, they went out of their way to be rude. Oh well, but we came to a door and a lady answered and we started to talk to her, but before we got too far it came out she believed in old lost scripture so she was super interested in the Book of Mormon. She invited us in and we had a super powerful lesson on the restoration. Turns out she has been praying to find a new path because she is unhappy with some of the things her church is teaching. She doesn't believe they are things that Christ would have taught when he was on the earth. When I pointed out that it wasn't a coincidence that we had come she said that she agreed and as we were getting ready to go, she accepted an invitation to be baptized by someone holding proper authority if she came to know that these things were true. So amazing. Honestly the most prepared native Dutch woman I have talked to so far on my mission. Haha and the only foreseeable problem is that she doesn't have a car to get to church, but that can be solved via members hopefully.
Really cool. Otherwise the work is going really great. I'm loving training Elder Higham still. He is such a good missionary, he is just a little rough on himself always wanting to be his best. Which is a good thing to want, but you should cut yourself some slack.
The rest of the District is doing well too. There is only a little drama but that should be resolved soon enough. Just a matter of trust and communication.
I love you all so much!
-Elder Hayden L. Lott
Question of the Week: Now that you are back in the Netherlands, are you able to get fresh stroopwafel again, or are they a seasonal thing?
Answer: Yeah we can get warm stroopwafels again. They are year round. Also, I'm super excited for it to be fall again because that means the special dutch treat of... oliebollen! So good. Also seasonal vla's are super good. And Old Amsterdam cheese. Good things.
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|Open The Door!|
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