Zuster Fox?

Zuster Fox?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Belgium, de beloofde land

Belgium is a blazing fire of missionary success! I am so excited to be in Turnhout!!!

Where to even begin? I'll quickly summarize the last couple of days in Den Haag. One of our investigators who sister Bradley and I found finally came to church! After several months, it was so amazing to see him finally make the commitment. On P-day we had a blast playing ultimate frisbee with the other missionaries for the last time, in between the frenzy of packing and cleaning. Then we went to a FHE with the young single adults at the Romig's, which was wonderful.

Tuesday was our last district meeting. I have loved the Den Haag district|! Then Sister Hopkin and I taught the Restoration lesson to a new investigator as well as one of our progressing investigators. it was a great way to finish strong in Den Haag! We had a fabulous dinner with the Romigs and the other missionaries, dundies were presented, and we all said goodbye. parting is indeed such sweet sorrow!
Receiving my last dundie, "master of the dundies" award. lol (Z Voss was the only missionary to receive all 7 dundies awarded by Elder Clafin)

I have missed Den Haag. On Wednesday morning we left to meet all the other missionaries at the train stations in the adventure that is getting everyone to their new destination. It was all so quick! Ethlyn escorted me as far as Rotterdam and then I made my way to Belgium with all the others who were transferred there. Leaving Den Haag is a bit heart breaking- but it should be, otherwise I didn't serve here with all my heart, might, mind and strength! But I will miss everyone there...
Seeing Gayana, one of my awesome friends in Den Haag for the last time before I left! tears were shed... :P

Nevertheless, I am so thrilled to be in Belgium!!! Turnhout is the promised land, a dream city! We have been working really hard and seeing miracles every single day, almost indescribable. I have been here for four days, and we have done a lot of contacting, just knocking and doors- but one day, we were let in to teach lessons three different times! People have just been opening their hearts and homes to us, and we have taught nine lessons total since I have been here. We taught the Plan of Salvation to a family and they loved it, and are so excited to turn their lives over to God and to make the changes necessary so they can be together forever. It was a powerful, beautiful lesson. Sister Goodman and I have found two new investigators together and taught several first lessons about the restoration. In one lesson, we shared Joseph Smiths's story in his own captivating words, and the man immediately remarked that it gave him chills. In another situation, we said just a simple prayer before leaving and the man started to cry, he was so emotionally overwhlemed by the Spirit. There are so many prepared people here! I feel so blessed to serve in the incredible city of Turnhout.
Biking through beautiful Belgian fields together!

It is beautiful and old. I feel like coming to Belgium is stepping back a couple of centuries. The architecture is lovely. The milk doesn't need to be refrigerated and never expires, but is still pretty good. The accent is sometimes difficult to understand. It literally sounds like Dutch with thick Irish accent, if that makes any sense. I thought I was pretty good at this language, but Vlaams requires me to listern really hard and even then I don't completely get it. Haha it's a work in progress! the Belgian people I have found to be extremely friendly and kind however, so it has been wonderful. I love the members here in Turnhout. I am looking forward to getting to know them better|!

Right when I first got here, I noticed all sorts of things that make it different from the Netherlands, but now everything seems normal. I'll try to think about and write everything down next week. It's definitely a different country! A new exciting world to explore. Sister Goodman, my new companion, is amazing- she is from Colorado, also went to BYU, musically talented, and we are basically Disney princess together. We are having a blast together here!
We love reading disney stories together for language study :)

Have a great week everybody and remember doctrine and covenants 76:59. All things are ours, for we are His, precious sons and daughters of God. I love and miss you all!

Liefs from Belgie!!!
Zuster Voss
Ice Cream from Ethlyn!
Milkshakes with the District Leaders

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