On Monday, Sister Goodman wanted to spend her last p-day in Belgium in Brussels. So we took a little day trip with just the two of us. I still marvel that it's possible- we can just decide to go to Brussels, Belgium on a whim and it's only an hour and a half train ride away! It was delightful. We saw the sights of the main square, got Belgian waffles (of course) walked around the royal palace, and visited a cathedral where there was a free organ concert, which was amazing. Another highlight of the day was running into two American members on vacation- "Sisters!!" It's always so cool to be recognized and appreciated for what we're doing by random strangers. Apparently they had been looking for missionaries their whole trip. So that was cool!
|Recreating my waffle picture|
|Fun in Brussels|
Tuesday was our last district meeting. Elder Johnson has gone home (in mission lingo we say he's "dying" just like new missionaries are "born." It's pretty weird, I'll admit). In any case, it was a great meeting. We all brought our helmets to take pictures. I'll miss that district!
|These pictures basically characterize our district last transfer, helmets and all. Elders Walker, Thornock, Johnson, Hosea, Roberts, and Clukey, the awesome Caldwells, and Sister Goodman and I. Long live the one true district!|
Wednesday was transfer day. It was actually kind of hectic getting everyone on the right trains, but Sister Goodman made it safely to Dordrecht and Sister Young made it safely to Belgium, so all is well! Sister Young is fabulous. She's athletic, sincere, selfless, basically just awesome. We are excited to work together this transfer!
On Saturday we had District Leader Council, where we met with the other leaders in this zone to determine the needs of the missionaries here and how we could best help them. It was inspiring to take part in. I love the organization in the Church!
On Saturday night we travelled to Nederland so that Sister Young could attend the baptism of an awesome lady she taught in Gouda on Sunday- so we slept over with the Dordrecht sisters, Sister Goodman and Sister Fleming! It was super gezellig and fun. All the sisters in this mission are just stellar.
We returned on Sunday afternoon and managed to have dinner before a lesson we had planned. Despite the fact that it was raining, and I was still sick, we embarked out on the journey and just had such a wonderful spiritual experience. Our investigator had been feeling down and noticed the absence of the Spirit in her life the past week. We felt prompted to read 2 Nephi 32 with her, and it just buoyed her up so much! She repeated several times, "Ik ben zo blij dat jullie zijn gekomen." (I'm so glad you came!). Sister Young bore killer testimony and the Spirit was really strong. Totally worth it.
So it was a wonderful week! I love being on my mission. It has been such a blessing, and it has been changing me. I am so grateful for the experiences I am having here. It is a marvelous work and a wonder!
Have a great week iedereen! Ik hou van jullie!
Liefs, Zuster McKinney Voss
|Departing companion. :-(|
|Getting ice cream after DLC in front of Antwerpen Centraal!|
|Last moments together|
|And 1st moments together!|
|Uncle Mike pose with a cool statue|
|Cathedral with an awesome organ suspended on the wall|