Monday, November 9, 2015

Adventures in Breda

Hey Everybody!

So, just to get it out of the way, transfers have left me and Elder Stanworth here in Breda although every other city in the district is changing one person so we will get some new faces.  Fun stuff.  This week has been an adventure, doing all kinds of different things.  A big miracle from this week would be that one of our new investagators (Wxxx) from a couple weeks ago has really found a place for the gospel in her heart and it has really touched mine.  When we were first on the door a couple weeks ago the first thing she said was "oh boy, you've come to completly the wrong door". But after a short conversation, we had taught her the first lesson and given her a Book of Mormon and she had opened up about herself quite a bit.  When we went back this week all she could say by the end was that when she was on or reading the Book of Mormon or talking to us she had a super good warm feeling that she's only had one other time in her life. And that she was embarrassed that she was crying, but it's ok, the spirit does that :)  That was so cool.  Another miracle would be that coming back from exchanges, me and Elder Crowson looked up Axxx, a lady who we had found on exchanges earlier, but then she fell off the face of the earth.  She was home and we were able to share a little bit about the plan of salvation with her, and finally able to get an appointment with her.  They are two of the most positive native Dutch people I've taught on my mission so that's cool. 

Plan of Salvation

Other than that, we also went and served at the Breda food bank this week.  That was really cool; we'll probably be making that a weekly activity now.  There are some cool people there and it feels good to do some physical service.  We also went on an adventure looking up a referral in the middle of nowhere, biking through the Dutch countryside for about an hour to get there, just to have them not be home.  It was pretty though and I'm always up for an adventure.

It's still pretty warm here, it's surprising.  At the most I've only had to put on a sweater and it's only rained a couple times in the last couple weeks.  Sinterclaus is coming up and I'll be here in Breda for that so that's fun. Jxxx- one of our investigators- gave us a packet full of sinterclaus songs to learn along with her little daughter too; that is super fun.  I'm so proud of Jxxx, she has made it now 6 weeks without smoking and it's looking like she'll make her baptismal date in February!  Also, I don't know if I've mentioned it before but a guy me and Elder Groesbeck found down in Brugge is on date for baptism, so that is super cool!

Elder Lott

Question of the Week: Do you mostly use buses in Breda/Roosendaal?  In some of your old areas it sounded like the metro was more common, but you mention buses more often in this area.

Answer:  Mostly in Breda we ride bikes, except for Elder Stanworth's bike got stolen. So for now we take buses.  In Roosendaal and that area it was a lot of buses and trains because of how far apart everything is.  

Mom note:  I was able to spot Elder Lott in this picture from Elder DeBloois' blog.
This is from the temple conference in October.  Elder Lott is on the sidewalk, in the tan suit, turned toward the camera. I'll take what I can get!

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