This blog is for family and friends who wish to following Trevan as he sacrifices his time and talents to go forth and teach the Gospel in the Belgium/Netherlands Mission for the next two years. Follow him as he grows through experience, challenges and triumphs throughout his mission. May our prayers provide him comfort and protection as he serves the people in his mission and may we all be inspired to be missionaries in our own lives.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Anything But Groaning in Groningen

First off, my sincere apologies for last week and the mad rush it was to email home with a 3 minute time bomb flashing at your face at an Internet cafe where you have no more change to add time and spell check wants to change everything you want to say in Turkish. Golly I hope the email was comprehendible.
Last Monday we decided then and there that the week would be a great week and that nothing out there would stop us from having a great week. Such a mentality has power to give you according to your desires. This week was a testimony to that.

We were able to recontact investigators that had dropped us and taught a few lessons, and the biggest one of them being JONES. Hallelujah. He had been traveling the last few weeks but we found him home and he expressed his desire to still be baptized so we took our ward mission leader Bro. Scherf on joint teach and taught about faith and repentance from the 3rd lesson. Bro Scherf testified of his experience of repentance before baptism and I know that the Spirit touched Jones and that it will help him continue progressing.

Delft and Den Haag
Wednesday heaven showered us with rays of Sunshine. President invited us over for lunch so we ate with him and zuster Robinson and said our goodbyes because they leave on the 1st. Really hard and strange but it is exciting for them to go back after 3 years of sheer dedicated service. I love them so much. We were contacting around the beautiful centrum then got a text from our investigator 10 minutes before our member lesson saying she was sorry for the notice but her boyfriend didn’t like that we were teaching her and threw her Book of Mormon away. We want to go over there and pep talk her into being a strong and independent woman but the setting is not too appropriate for that haha after all her name is Destiny, and she was just on the right path to finding hers...

So our joint teach came away and was awesome enough to do some look ups with us of people we had contacted the day before. Heavenly Father knew of the effort we had taken and 2 of those potentials let us in on the spot and we taught the Restoration with Ilyza with us on joint teach! So awesome to see such miracles when you do all you can to move the work forth. Awesome day.

This week we were in Groningen. (good luck finding that one on the map it is basically Germany) and it was a grand time. We actually got to meet with a woman named Nina and her husband and 2 little girls, of which are a referral from a Zuster in Dordrecht that I received after our Rotterdam performance back in April. It was sooo cool to go teach them and help her husband who has been trying to find faith for his wife who is so spiritually sensitive and loves the zuster missionaries there. It was amazing.

Ahhh we met with such cool members in Groningen. I love that ward simply because it is functional haha so sad but the members JUST GET IT. Nothing is better than when members just get it and nothing comes before living and moving the Gospel forward. Priceless.

We head to Leeuwarden this week now. Where they speak Fries. Not a dialect, not an accent. Another language. Hooray.

But the DRIVE up to Groningen is magnificent. Ah it is so beautiful. Last night coming home the sun peeked through the crazy Holland clouds and kissed the richly green landscape with the windmills and canals and it was simply out of this world.

WE are going to play beach volleyball right now and it is raining and windy. There is no such thing as summer in Holland. Seriously. You all say it is like 100 back in the states and you are boasting. That’s really cold of you. Shoutout to my sweats and sweaters because it is freezing here.

The strength of the members here is unbelievable. Once again. This continent is under the refiner's fire in regards to religion and standards yet the members in Belgium and the Netherlands all take the heat and are shaped into some of the most incredible people I have ever had the pleasure to meet.

I hope you had a good week. Shoutout to all the Father's back home for Father's day! Love you Dad thank you for all you do and the prayers and love you send. It is felt and seen in everyday miracles.

Also I got a flashlight as a father's day gift in Leeuwarden Sunday. Haha not a father but it lit up my world.


Elder Trevan Scott Reese

Oh yes, we went to Germany this week as well at the border. Add that to the list.

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