Friday, November 21, 2014

Week 8: Wow this week has been CRAZY!!

Elder Muller & Elder Childs in the Trenches Together!

Wow this week has been CRAZY!!!!

Actually not really, but I wanted to get you all pumped up. :)

It has been really cool though. On Tuesday, we had district meeting. We slept over in Ghent because we didn't have enough money to get back to Brugge the night before (we were waiting on reimbursements). It was really cool. The only sad thing was that the Ghent Zusters were on exchanges so they couldn't make it. That morning the District Leaders got a phone call from President saying that he and Zuster Robinson were going to be there. Kinda put the pressure on! 

As I said last week, we wanted to go to Ieper that day, but we were kind of afraid to ask President, because it would essentially give us a second P-Day. 

Elder Lindstrom (from Kortrijk) got up the guts to ask him, and he and Sister Robinson just started laughing really hard. "Of course you can go, that's where we're headed right after this."

So yeah, we got to go to Ieper with President. It was really cool because they were honoring the 100th anniversary of the start of the Eerste Wereld Oorlog. (WW I)

We got to go to several trench monuments and stuff, it was really cool. Sadly I don't have a camera, but I uploaded a few from Elder Childs, and I want to get some from Elder Lindstrom as well. 

We stayed that night in Ghent again because by the time we got home, we would have missed the last bus to our apartment. (It's too far to walk) So we had a slumber party two nights in a row. 

On Friday we went to Oostende (an hour bus ride) and tried to meet with some Less Actives and a Potential Investigator. We didn't have any luck with that, both of them weren't home. We did go to the beach while we were there, so there are some pics of us there. Not nearly as warm as a Florida beach :)  

So Brugge is so cool. They just set up the ice rink in the Markt, and are working on the Kerstmis Markt. It's going to be legit. Too legit. 

Sunday was really cool. We had a really good church service. I'm starting to understand more of what's being taught, so that's pretty cool. Afterwards, we visited a less active that contacted us. It was pretty crazy. He's gone through a lot the past year or so, so we're going to try to help him get back on the right track. 

Today was an awesome P-Day. We went to Ghent and toured the Castle there. It was pretty funny, as soon as we got there I remembered that Hillary and I had already visited it before. Last time we left cause there was a bunch of obnoxious school kids haha. It was a lot of fun. Almost all the missionaries in Belgium came. I got to see a sister from my MTC district, Zuster Mashburn so that was cool. We both miss our MTC district a ton! It's really hard going from being with a whole bunch of missionaries to just you and your companion. It gets lonely sometimes. Luckily, Elder Childs makes up for it with his big personality!

Well that's about it. I guess I should share a spiritual message. 

I've started reading the Book of Mormon again, both in English and in Nederlands. I would encourage all of you to read the first two chapters in 1 Nephi, and really apply some of what happens to Lehi's family, but more especially, the promises and blessings that the Lord gives to Nephi. I think that we often forget that in those first two chapters, the Lord VISITS Nephi. 

1 Nephi 2:16 
16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, being exceedingly young, nevertheless being large in stature, and also having great desires to know of the mysteries of God, wherefore, I did cry unto the Lord; and behold he did visit me, and did soften my heart that I did believe all the words which had been spoken by my father; wherefore, I did not rebel against him like unto my brothers.

Anyway, there's your homework. I promise as an authorized representative of Jesus Christ, that if you do what Nephi did, and live as he lived, that you will receive the same blessings and promises the Lord gave him. The scriptures are for US. Apply them to yourself!

Tot Volgende Week!!!

Elder Muller

Extra notes from a family email from Elder Muller:  He would love handwritten letters.  Emails are obviously faster, but it is nice for him to get a letter at this apartment.  If you do send him a letter, please include your email address so that maybe he can answer you that way. I don't know how easy it will be for him to get to a post office to return a letter. That is my suggestion, not his!

His apartment address for now is:

Elder Bryan  Muller
Sint Petersmolenstraat 204
Bus 201,
8000 Brugge 
Belgie (Belgium)

If you want to send him some thing bigger than a letter envelope, then it has to be sent to the mission address which is on the front of the blog. The post office in Belgium does not leave packages at apartments, and that creates problems for missionaries to try and find the post office and make time to get there.

Elder Muller fast asleep--second day in Belgium! (Thanks Elder Childs!)

Elder Muller and  President and Sister Robinson in Ieper, Belgium
A Beautiful Picture of Brugge (taken by Elder Childs)
The Belgian Coast!
A Chilly Day at the North Sea!
Having Some Fun!
More Fun!
Chillin at a Castle in Ghent
Beautiful Countryside in Belgium
WWI Bunkers in Ieper, Belgium
Monument in Ieper, Belgium
The Last Post in Ieper, Belgium
Elder Muller Preaching the Word!

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