Saturday, April 25, 2015

We Met Vinny James!

Entering a tunnel on road trip to Brussels, Belgium!

Elders in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Market Square in Brussels, Belgium
Park in Brussels, Belgium we used to walk in with our kids!

Not a picture a mom likes to see! Police with machine guns.
Missionaries in the van for trip to Brussels, Belgium

Brussels, Belgium

Today we had a surprise email from Elder Muller. It seems his preparation day was switched from Monday to today, Saturday, April 25. We didn't know this was going to happen, so we had not sent him all of our weekly emails:( We normally do that on Sunday evening, so I was very sad to have missed "talking" to him this week. Now I have to wait until Monday, May 4th! Seems like forever from now:( But he sent a wonderful email filled with amazing stories!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Hello everyone, 

I'm sure this is a surprise. Our P-Day was moved to today, because Monday is Koningsdag  (King's Day) here in Nederland, so it's going to be crazy. We will be working the whole day having a booth and giving out copies of the Book of Mormon. (This is the day spent honoring the King of Nederland)

So Vinny James... Elder Paur and I were on our way to do a lookup when we saw this guy hanging up posters for Koningsdag.(King's Day) We decided we would ask him if we could get one of the posters and ended up starting to talk a bit with him. Turns out he was Vinny James! One of the headline DJ's for the biggest concert in Rotterdam on Koningsdag! Pretty cool, and we got a free poster out of if as well.

Well it's been a pretty cool week. Short, but we had some cool miracles happen. We had a really cool lesson Tuesday with a girl named R---. She has been progressing slowly with the Elders for awhile, but Tuesday apparently she was a lot different (It was the first time I taught her). She actually admitted that she wanted to change her life and that she wasn't happy with the way she was living. According to Elder Paur, before, she kind of danced around it a bit. We taught the Restoration as well as watched the movie and just bore testimony. It was amazing. There really is nothing like bearing testimony; it can change lessons, people, and lives. I've really seen that.

Something else that is really awesome that we've been working hard on, is testifying about what our companion taught. When we teach, we do our best to teach in unity, each of us normally teaches a principle, and the other will pick up when that principle is finished. We've found that instead of just going into the next part of the lesson, stopping to bear testimony to support your companion has improved our unity immensely. It's something that Preach My Gospel teaches us, and something we've been focusing on. It shows people that we know what we are teaching is true, and that we aren't just saying memorized lines. We are teaching THEM, not a lesson. Anyway, it was a really spiritual lesson. Awesome! :)

We had another cool miracle Wednesday. We taught J-----, the woman I talked about who came to church last Sunday. It was another great lesson. We taught the first lesson and invited her to baptism. She accepted! We are hopefully going to set a date with her this week. She is just super cool. She has been reading in the Book of Mormon even when she had stopped meeting with the Elders. AHHH! So much faith it's awesome! I love it! :)

Thursday we had even more miracles! It's just been a week full of miracles! We went on splits with the Silva team (Elders Silve and da Silva....Elder Muller's friends from the Missionary Training Center) because we have an investigator whose native tongue is Spanish. She can speak Dutch just fine, but we figured it would be cool for her if we brought someone who can speak Spanish. So I was able to teach with Elder da Silva again for the first time since the MTC! It so cool! We talked about the Plan of Salvation. Where we came from, why we are here, and what the purpose of this life is. We only got about half way through the full Plan of Salvation lesson, but we were able to talk a lot about Christ and why He is important to her, and how He has helped her in her life. 

We walked out of the lesson and freaked out a bit. We can actually teach now! Our language skills have come such a long way as well, it's amazing. We can actually speak Dutch now! We aren't flipping through books trying to find out how to say a word. It was great. It really showed me how far I've come in six months in the land. Glad I was able to get that perspective. Sometimes as a missionary it is hard to see improvement in yourself.  It's easy to see what you still lack, but not what you've gained. 

Click on this link to learn more about the Plan of Salvation

What was even cooler about this day was that Elder Paur and Elder Silva had a really awesome lesson as well! They looked up a potential (Someone they had talked to on the street previously who had showed interest in us teaching him) in the same building as the lady we taught. They taught him the first lesson, and he also wants to get baptized! This city is on fire! We have no idea what is going on, but the Lord is just pouring out blessings on us this transfer! This area is just amazing!

Friday was fun as well. Miracles happened. It's just great, Elder Paur and I just can't get over how many miracles we've seen. :)

Friday I actually went to Belgium! Woohoo! It just couldn't keep me away! I traveled down to Belgium with the office Elders and some other missionaries for a legality trip. When you come into the country, you have to sign into a city and receive your ID card (a little bit like a green card I guess... I don't know, I don't have one. :) ) That is what they were doing. I had to go down to get signed into the city, and also activate my electronic signature on my Belgian citizenship card. That took the whole day. Something cool though, I'm going to get a Belgian drivers license! I don't know why, but the office Elders have begun my process to switch out my American one for a Belgian one. I guess I'll have to drive in the future... I don't know haha. It was a fun day. It all took place in Brussels, so we spent an hour or two there. I got some waffles and fries for lunch... looked at some sights, it was fun. I didn't realize just how much I was going to miss the waffles and the fries here in Nederland... They just aren't the same.

The miracles happened back here in Rotterdam. Elder Paur and Elder Bean were on exchanges because me and Elder Bean's comp were in Belgium. They had two really cool miracles. They were able to teach a referral from the Elders in Rotterdam South, and turns out that he wants to get baptized as well, AND serve a mission! He's a 21 year old African kid who is really awesome (According to them... I haven't met him). #blessings

The second miracle is that they were walking on the stadhuisplein (City Hall Square) when this blind elderly woman came up to them and stopped them. She told them that she had sensed their presence, and that she knew they were messengers from God. SO COOL!!!! We will hopefully teach her next week. :)
Well today has been fun as well. We had a pretty chill P-day. We went shopping in the market and got some great deals. I got hipster glasses for .50 cents, a button up shirt for 5 euro, and a cool watch for 10 euro. It's been a great day so far! Tonight we have a super member present met zin 6 dinner appointment, so it's going to be a blast! (Member present lesson with six missionaries, dinner appointment!)  Well I hope you all have a good week!
Love ya!

Elder Muller

Elders Muller, Paur, Silva and da Silva
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Cathedral in Rotterdam
Elders Muller, Paur, Silva and da Silva looking tough on the tram!
Rotterdam, Netherlands

Elders Jones, Paur and Bean
Elder Muller's new watch!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


Thinking this must have something to do with the title!
Torturing us with food pictures!
More Food Taunting!
Farewell Dinner with Evans-Rigby Familie in Antwerpen!
Transfer good-byes at Centraal Station in Antwerpen (see all the luggage in the background!)
Last Companion Photo in Antwerpen with Elder Pugh

This must still be from last week's visit to the Keukenhof. Somehow it showed up in the pictures for this week!  So beautiful that I thought it worth posting!

Rotterdam!!! World Famous Erasmus Bridge
Elder Muller in Rotterdam!
Elder Paur - New Companion!
Erasmus Bridge

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dames en Heren. Goedemiddag. U bevinden zich in de sprinter naar Rotterdam Noord. (Ladies and Gentlemen, Good Afternoon! You find yourself on the fast commuter train to Rotterdam North!)

Just making fun of the train conductors... they always say the same thing. You can just rattle of the same spiel every time.

So. Cool beans. Well the title of my email is kind of an inside joke, but there are several pictures demonstrating it, so yeah. SHHHH!

Well it's been a loooong week. Transfer weeks are always long. It's been a great week though. Lot's of miracles. I am now in Rotterdam, and probably one of the coolest areas in the mission. We live right in downtown. In a skyscraper!! It's pretty awesome!!  So Monday and Tuesday nothing too crazy happened. Elder Pugh and I mostly got ready for transfers and the whitewash. (Whitewash is a missionary term used to mean that both Elders in the companionship are being transferred out, and two new Elders will come into the area. The companionship leaving has to make sure the area book is up to date with all the information on people the Elders are teaching, and appointments that have already been scheduled, etc. It helps the new Elders transition into the area, and also helps people being taught so that they don't get lost in the transfer! It is an exciting thing for an area to have two new Elders/Sisters come in, but it is also hard in that neither of them know the area or any one in the area! But it can be an exciting time for missionaries as well as Church members in that area!) We had to write up a report of all the people we were working with for the new Elders. 

We had a really good last district meeting though. It was very spiritual. 
This transfer we've been studying chapter 4 of Preach My Gospel, which is all about the Spirit. Teaching by the Spirit, learning by the Spirit, and helping others recognize the Spirit. Our district meeting was on gifts of the Spirit. The end activity was pretty cool. We sat in a circle around a table, and ping ponged back and forth sharing what other's spiritual gifts were. Sometimes it's hard to recognize the gifts that God has given you, but easier to only see what others have and you don't. God gave each of us the gifts that we have for a reason. We each shared what we saw in each other, not in ourselves, but for the purpose of helping them realize their own spiritual gifts. It was really awesome. 

Here is a link to the manual "Preach My Gospel". It is a wonderful book put together by the Church Missionary Department to help missionaries learn how to be effective teachers. It is also a wonderful book for members to use to help them in their personal testimony, as well as learn how to be effective member missionaries.

Wednesday was transfer day, so it was crazy, but miracles happened. Elder Paur (Elder Muller's new companion in Rotterdam) and I were looking for a bike at the used fiets (bicycle) shop in Rotterdam Centraal (central train station) when suddenly this lady was like "Elders!!! It's so good to see you! When would you like to come over for dinner and talk about Jesus?" So to be honest, our first thoughts were kind of cautious, because well, to be honest, she looked like a prostitute. After talking to her for a bit though, we figured out that she had in fact met with missionaries before and taken the lessons. So we got her information. We called the Elders that she had mentioned, and they freaked out. Apparently she is a super cool lady who was a really serious investigator. She has a daughter that she also wanted us to teach. She had dropped off the face of the planet, so it was a miracle that we ran into her and that she invited us back over. (And she actually is a prostitute.... Where am I serving a mission?!?!?!?!?!? No actually there is a whole reason behind it, that I'm not going to go into. Bottom line is that she wants to change, and that's the most important thing). So first day in Rotterdam. Welcome to the Netherlands! :) 
Thursday we had some other really cool miracles as well. We taught a RAD in the morning (Restoration Lesson with Baptismal invitation) that went really well. We also found some cool potentials street contacting that I have faith will go somewhere. 

The biggest miracle was that out of the blue, this lady called us up and told us that the she had dealt with the problems in her life, and that she wanted to be taught again, and go deeper into the lessons. She set up an appointment for next week, and told us that she would be at church on Sunday. She was another person who was going strong and then dropped off the face of the earth. She came to church too! This is probably the biggest step of faith I've seen an investigator take so far on my mission. This woman is amazing! She has never come to church before in her life, doesn't know anyone, not even the missionaries, she hasn't met with us yet, but still comes to church and stays all three hours. She is incredible! It's so cool! 

We were also able to do service for an elderly woman in our ward, along with the Schiedam Elders (Silva Team!). (Schiedam is the name of a city...and this companionship happens to be Elders Silva and de Silva!! Elder Muller and these two Elders were roommates at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah!!)  We cleaned up her back yard and then she fed us dinner! It was really good. It was like this stew of corn and beans with meat. mmmm! 

I saw Elder Pugh again on Saturday, as well as Sister Young. We had to open the church for them for District Leader Council. We also had lunch with them afterwards at this really Italian place. They make the pasta and sauce right in front of you. Pretty good price too.

Well, now my email is all over the place and out of order. I'm about out of time anyway. It's going to be a fun transfer. We've already seen some really cool miracles, and I know we are only going to see more.  It has been an amazing first week!

The Church is True! The Book of Mormon is True! If you haven't read it, read it. If you have read it, read it again. Ask God if it's true. He'll tell you.

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Love you guys!

Elder Muller

Links to information on the city of Rotterdam....a very interesting and beautiful city indeed!

I sure miss this young proud of him!

Quite a contrast in architecture compared to Brugges and Antwerpen, Belgium!




Tradition to take picture with this animal skin...Elder Muller doesn't know why!

View from Elder Muller's Apartment!!
View from the apartment!
Apartment View!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Off to ROTTERDAM!!!!!!

Generation Photo: Elder Muller with his "father", Elder Childs, and Elder Childs' "father", Elder Elkins

Elder Hunt with  Elder Muller. Elder Hunt was his second companion/trainer in Brugge

Elder Muller and  Elder Hills

Land of the Tulips!

Elder Muller and Elder Pugh

Elder Muller and Elder Pugh,  Companions in Antwerpen

Elder Muller in the Keukenhof ...The Garden of Europe!


Elder Muller in the Keukenhof....beautiful tulips!

13 April 2015

That's right! I'm getting transferred to Rotterdam Noord (North)! I'm leaving Antwerpen :'( Elder Pugh is also leaving, we are getting whitewashed, (Term used to mean both missionaries are leaving and two new ones will come into the area.) so it's going to be a crazy couple days getting everything ready. 

Anyway, I'm going to Rotterdam North with Elder Paur as my new companion. I've only heard good things about him, so I'm excited. That apartment is right in the center, so it should be really cool. 

Something really cool, Elders Silva and da Silva are going to be in my district, and we are in the same ward! I'm so excited to see them! I haven't seen them since our first Zone Conference in the land. (They were all roommates in the Missionary  Training Center!)  I'm super pumped! Also, Elder Shelton, my last comp, is going to be my district leader. It will be fun!

Elder Pugh is also going to Rotterdam, but another area and ward. He is going to be district leader there (which is why we are both leaving). We will probably still see each other though. I'm going to miss him, he's a great friend and companion. We had a great time together. 

So the highlights from my week... Here it goes. 

So Monday was cool. Nothing crazy happened. We mostly studied the Disc of Knowledge. It's a collection of files and notes put together by a mission president in California about a whole range of topics. It has the whole set of the General Journal of Discourses, as well as notes for almost every verse in the scriptures. It's really cool, and we've been learning a lot from it. I added a link to where you can download it to the email. Elder Pugh gave it to me, and I uploaded it to my cloud storage thing. Go learn some cool stuff. Warning: It can get kind of deep, this isn't your run of the mill study guide. 

Tuesday was a busy day. We had dinner with the Evans, which is always fun. That night we slept over at the Zone Leaders. It was a lot of fun. 

Wednesday was the big day. Temple Conference! It was so good. It was about a two hour drive up to Zoetermeer where the temple is. We rode with the Zone Leaders (hence the sleepover). The temple was just absolutely great. I haven't been able to go since the MTC, and it was just awesome. We did a session with our whole Zone, all in Dutch. It was really cool. It definitely was a twist, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I could understand. The Spirit was really strong the whole time, and I learned a lot. There is nothing quite like being in the Celestial room with 40 other missionaries after an endowment session. It was really powerful.  (If anyone has any questions about our temples and the sacred ordinances that are performed there, please click on this link )

Den Haag Temple

After the temple session we had a big lunch with everyone from the Antwerpen, Den Haag, and Eindhoven zones. A lot of missionaries. Then we hit up Keukenhof, all 70 of us. Yeah. The Garden of Europe. I have lots of lekker pics. We just wandered around for hours taking pictures and being with other missionaries. It was a lot of fun. 

Thursday was also a really busy day, we had 4 appointments, which was great. We started off by teaching Yury about faith. It was a pretty cool lesson. In the afternoon we taught Louis, a less active guy about our age. He's the best. He was the only one home, but his whole family are just awesome. They are probably one of the coolest families I've worked with so far. I'm going to miss them a lot. We had a dinner appointment that night with Ivan, another less active we've been helping out. He took us out to eat for couscous, it was really good. They hooked it up fat, we couldn't even finish it all. Missionaries can eat a lot, so it really was a ton of food! 

After dinner we had a really cool appointment with a recent convert/less active named Jen. He hasn't been able to come to church because of work, but he recently got his schedule changed so he wants to come back. He wants to go to the temple this summer, so we talked a lot about it and answered some questions for him. It really was a blessing being able to teach that lesson right after temple conference. We were able to bear awesome testimony about the temple and how it's helped us. It was the icing on the cake for temple conference. Sharing it with others. That's what's so cool about everything in the gospel, the best way to strengthen yourself, is to share it with others. Recognizing and being grateful for the blessings you've received, and then sharing those blessing with others and helping them learn how to receive them for themselves. 

Friday was also a really cool day, we worked with Michael Boegaerts, a fairly recent RM. We looked some people up, and knocked doors with him. It was a lot of fun. He knows what he's doing as well, so he was a big help. He's a really cool guy, I think if I had stayed here and Belgium, we would have been friends. :)  He also took us out to eat, so that was cool. We went and had some lekker frietjes. (delicious Belgian fries!)

Saturday was tough because it rained all day. We stayed inside and worked on area book in the morning. We had a really cool look up though, it was an Easter Referral that is actually in the sisters area, but we went and looked it up for them. The lady was really cool and was pretty interested in learning more about the church. Sadly, we had to give her info to the Sisters. Jammer haha. (Too bad!...meaning they would like to have been able to keep teaching her, but because she is in the Sister missionaries area, they turn the contact information over to them!)

Sunday was great. They had a special Easter service, and it was just great. The whole sacrament meeting was based around musical numbers sung by the Young Single Adults.
The Sunday School was combined and was probably the best part. Every class (so teens, gospel principles, gospel essentials, gospel doctrine, YSA, etc.) gave a ten minute 'presentation' or something. In Wijk Antwerpen (Elder Muller's Ward), there are two main Sunday School classes, one for the Dutch speakers, and one for English. The English class is mostly made up of African people. For their portion of the meeting, they sang a song. It was great. By they end it had turned into an African gospel choir with clapping and Alleluias. Probably mag niet (isn't allowed) but it was great anyway. Made my day. 

Sunday night we also had transfer calls... which I already talked about.

It will be a cool transfer. I'm excited to go to Rotterdam. All of my companions have served in Rotterdam South. I'll be in North, but I'm still excited to serve there. 

I'll talk to you guys more next week! Loves!

Elder Muller

My new address:

Wijnbrugstraat 131

3011 XW Rotterdam

The Keukenhof

Elder Muller & Elder Childs