|My District Before Leaving the MTC|
That's right! My first area here in the Belgium Netherlands mission is in Brugge!!!!! More on that later....
So, what a crazy week and a half. So much has happened, I don't even know where to start. I guess with the MTC.
So the last couple of days in the MTC were pretty tough. My companion Elder Matos had knee surgery, so Elder da Silva and I had to take turns taking care of him. It wasn't hard, but it threw a wrench in our schedule.
|Last Gym Day - Mustache Thursday!|
So some thing else pretty funny happened: Shaniqua.
We came in from class one night, and there was a mannequin head in Elder Hunter's bed.
It really freaked him out, cause it's pretty scary looking. We had a bunch of new Elders going to Norway and Sweden, so we decided to have some fun. We put Shaniqua on top of Elder Silva's head, and run into their room. That's what the pics are.
|One more day at the Provo Temple|
|Tripanionship of Destiny with their teacher, Brother Wells|
|Our Departure Ritual|
|Elder Muller and his teacher, Broeder (Brother) Wells|
The testimony meeting was absolutely incredible. We still had the Spirit from the blessings, so we were all just on a ridiculous Spiritual high. I can't even share much, because it was so personal. It changed my life, and my testimony.
So travel to the mission. Pretty crazy. We took a train to the SLC airport (pictures of us in the album) and from there flew to Seattle. From Seattle we met up with another Elder going to our mission who had been waiting for his visa. Then came the 10 hour flight. OOOOOOOH BOY. I sat next to Elder Silva on both flights, which is funny, because I'm the tallest Elder, and he's the shortest. On the flight to Amsterdam, he was trying to get comfortable. He finally gave up, and tapped me on the shoulder. "Elder Muller, is it okay if I sleep on your shoulder?" I just laughed a little and said yeah. So he slept on my shoulder for 4 hours.
|On the train to the Salt Lake City Airport|
|Look at all that luggage!|
On the second half of the flight we got to talking with the lady sitting across from us in the aisle. It all started because I went to the W/C. When I came back and sat down, she stopped me and showed me a picture she had taken of me and Elder Silva totally OUT! It was really funny, we both had the masks and ear plugs in and everything. That gave us the opening we needed, and we started talking to her. For the next two hours we talked about what we did as missionaries, etc. She was really interested, and wanted to read out of my Dutch Book of Mormon (She's from the Netherlands). She read the introduction, and we thought that was going to be it, but she was like, "Who's Moroni? And where can I read this scriptures?" SHE WANTED TO READ MORONI 10:4-5!!! GOLDEN!!!
We ended up giving her a digital copy of the Book of Mormon in Dutch (The MTC failed to give us Dutch BoM's to hand out). Pretty sick!!!!
|Arriving in the Netherlands! President and Sister Robinson are on the Right|
|Waiting for the train to Leiden, Netherlands (Mission Home)|
|Still waiting for the train -- Elder Muller looking pretty chill after the long travel to get there!|
|In conference room getting training! Still wide awake from the overseas travel!|
|Opening their letters with first assignment! Elder Muller waiting patiently in the back of the room for his!|
|Elder Muller opening his letter -- Brugge!!! Are you kidding me!! I LOVE IT!!!|
|Elder Muller meeting his trainer for the next 12 weeks: Elder Childs|
So after we landed we met President and Sister Robinson. They are sooo awesome! The AP's are really cool as well.(AP's are Assistants to the President. They are Elders just like Elder Muller who have an assignment for part of their mission to work in the mission office reporting directly to the Mission President.) Something funny, one of the Office Elders knows of me. Elder Evans. Apparently his parents know you, so yeah, he was expecting me. Pretty cool I guess. He's from Antwerp. (Elder Evans is the son of some friends of ours from when we lived in Mechelen, Belgium...which is where lived when we joined the Church!!)
We had tons of training and stuff, but within 3 hours of us landing, me and Elder Hunter this time went contacting with one of the office Elders. It was really scary, but really fun. We only did it for an hour or so, but we met some really cool people. We got 4 potential investigators!!! (not in our area, but still, not bad for being jet lagged and half asleep!)
So that night we found out where our first area would be, and who our trainers were. I of course am assigned to Brugge!!!!
We got sent all over the place, which is sad. Most of the people in my district are in the Netherlands, but two Zusters, Mashburn and Hanson are in my zone in Belgium. It will be nice to see familiar faces.
My trainer's name is Elder Childs. He's from Utah and is pretty awesome. I am still getting used to him though. I was so tight with Elder da Silva and Matos. We were like brothers. Elder Childs and I are really different, but so far we are working well together. He has a very American attitude, and I'm used to Europeans haha. He's a cool guy though.
Our area covers all of Brugge, Oostende and everything else north and west of Kortrijk. It is absolutely HUGE! We have a small branch in Brugge with about 30 active members, but they are all really strong in the gospel, and cool people.
We don't have a ton of investigators, but that's what we are here for! To build up the Branch! We've done a lot of contacting, and gotten some good potential investigators. We've only taught one lesson so far, the others have all fallen through. Next week we should have more though.
The language is really hard haha. I was hoping it was going to be easier but that's not how a mission works. It's not supposed to be easy. There are a ton of different dialects here in Brugge because of all the tourists, so that makes it harder. I'm doing my best though! I haven't bought a bike yet because we just take the bus or train everywhere, so I don't really need it here.
Anyway, I don't have much more time, but Brugge is awesome. The mission is really hard, but it's really worth it. I've only been out here for a couple days, and everyday is hard work, but I love it. There's nothing like coming home and feeling like you did a good job that day. Anyone who's on the fence about serving a mission, stop thinking about it, and just do it. It's worth it, trust me.
P.S. I met Elder Cooper, he's training Elder Hunter. Pretty cool guy.