Monday, March 14, 2016

Elder Lott's Mission Reunion

Dag Iedereen!

So, I forgot to mention it last week, but I'm staying here in Antwerpen!  Elder Reese is staying as well.  We are loosing some fun people from the zone, but there are quite a few others coming down.  Like Elder Groesbeck, one of my former companions!  He is coming down and serving as a district leader in Genk, so we'll get to work with him quite a bit which I'm super excited about just because I've never really served around any of my old companions before and he is super cool so it's a good start.  Also, pretty much all of the sisters are training, and there is one area that is getting white washed with a trainer and a greeny so it is looking like it will be a fun transfer.

Elder Groesbeck and Elder Lott
picture from August 2015 in Brugges

As far as our investigators go, the ones we have are still doing well but our progression is starting to loose steam.  We haven't been able to put the attention we need to on our investigators and our area with transfer day and planning for the upcoming transfer.  Hopefully that can change this week, we'll see.  It has the potential to be just as busy. We have a zone training to put together for tomorrow and a possible week of exchanges with district leaders and other companionships.  We'll see.

The reason the for the title of my letter this week is because of a regional youth activity that happened this last week.  All the youth for the Dutch speaking region of Europe (our mission), came together for a day of activities and a dance in the evening, and they met here in Antwerpen!  It just happened to be that like 80% of the leaders and a whole bunch of the youth that showed up were from wards and places that I have been on my mission.  So when we stopped by to help out and get dinner for a little bit, I saw a whole ton of the people from old wards on my mission! It was so crazy having everyone there at once but it was a tender mercy for sure.

Tender Mercies of the Lord
Elder David A. Bednar
New Era Magazine, February 2012

I'm going to have to head out now, we have to finish setting up a zone p-day we're doing today. (Volleyball and ultimate frisby) and we have to get stuff ready for zone training and find time to go shopping and get everthing else done. Should be fun.  Love you guys!

-Elder Hayden Lott  

Oh, one last thing.  Question of the week:  Are the spring flowers blooming there?

Answer:  The flowers are starting to bloom here, some tulips, some of many other types but I'm terrible at recognizing them.

Groot-Bijgaarden Castle Park in Belgium
photo from

Entrance Gate of Groot-Bijgaarden Castle Park near Brussels, Belgium
photo from

Also I remember a while back you asking about Dutch/Flemmish sayings I had heard.  I heard quite a few this week. Things like:

Hij ziet de kat uit de boom.  (He sees the cat out of the tree) That describes a person that weighs all his options and picks the best one, and is diligent to solve problems.

U gaat dus naar de kerk zeker.  (You go to the church don't you?)  You say this to people who always leave the door open behind them.

Spreken is zilver, maar zwijgen is Goud.  (Speaking is silver, but (shutting up) is gold.)  This implies that sometimes the best thing to say, is nothing at all.

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