Hail Mary on the Stairway to Heaven
No greater news could come to the unaware eyes than that of not one but TWO clutch wins in the final seconds for the Cougars to open the 2015 season. Against 2 very solid teams in a magnificent hail-mary fashion. One of them being the Boise State Broncos simply adds a cup of cherries on top. Trust me, I have raised the colors high in the blue here on the other side of the pond.
This past week has been all over the place, quite literally, and we have been able to see some neat things happen. Tuesday I was on exchanges in Amsterdam aka Babylon and had the chance to convert the souls there. We taught a lady named Sophia who from the doorstep on breastfed her daughter as we taught about the restored gospel. Happens to the breast of us sometimes. But it turned out to be a great lesson and she told us she loved the church because it was peaceful and made the step to `´come permanently`´ in her words.
Last week I talked a little about Maria, and this week Elder Morrell and I were able to teach her on exchanges. Yes, Elder Morrell and I have made it on exchanges and you can only imagine how great that was haha. But we taught her the Plan of Salvation which she found much peace in and committed to read the pamphlet about it before we come back. She went off again on her fear of the refugees coming in, but I feel for her.
The political situation over here is insane. I won’t sugarcoat it at all. Europe is flipping a lid and the situation with the refugees coming in is getting crazy. ISIS is spreading and has already been spotted in Germany I think. I don’t know much about it since it began when I was in the MTC but I don’t think it’s any good... The problems with Syria are crazy and people are coming to Europe in bucket loads. It’s so sad for those who are all genuinely seeking peace at the expense of a few who want to destroy everything. We are starting to see it all over now. Just Thursday we contacted a man who fled from Syria and has no solid future or plans anymore, just trying to live. America has its issues with the presidency and stuff and over here it is getting heated too. But the work will go on because it is not finished. And I don’t mean to sound like a martyr but why should we fear when we are doing the most important work ever to be done? We just live in the world, not of it.
We met a neat guy this week that went to the young single adult camp, found a girlfriend who is active and great and is in the reactivation process. We blessed his home and he told us he wants to do everything he can to receive the Melchezidek priesthood and go on joint teach. Moral of the story: all you need is love.
We also went to an appointment with the singing elders this week while they visited Apeldoorn. Hahaha. Interesting, not too awkward. I miss Elder Conatti sometimes too so it was great to see him. But again, so incredibly glad that music ship has sailed. #blessings
Yesterday something really neat happened. We taught a lady who Elder Morrell and I found on exchanges (we should just end up comps man) who is THE most prepared woman I have met on my mission. She sells doTerra, that Utah mom essential oil company, and learned of the church from there. As we talked she told us of her beliefs and was teaching us restored truth. Amazing. She knows that churches were changed and that the fullness was lost. She believes so strongly in families (has 9 kids and not a Mormon) and thinks that child baptism makes no sense. Basically smashed every European stereotype for religion out of the water. Thanks to the Spirit we taught an amazing first lesson and she is excited to read in the Book of Mormon to determine if it is of God. She is down to pray about it and recognizes how answers will come through the Holy Ghost. We won´t be back for a while because she said she wants time but we will get over again to give her note and Proclamation to the Family frame. One of the neatest miracles of my mission. I could see her in white and I genuinely felt like I was speaking to a Dutch member. We left speechless.
We got big plans this week planning for a Mission Leader Council in Leidschendam and for Zone Training next week in Zwolle. Thank goodness the language isn´t an obstacle anymore haha
To end, I heard one of the coolest quotes in sacrament meeting yesterday that I have ever heard in church:
´´Knowing there is a highway to hell and a stairway to heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers. Are you set on cruise control or will you make the time to take the stairs? ´´
BOOM. Hit me like a wrecking ball. Love every piece of it. Remember that this week.
And yell on my behalf this Saturday as the Cougars play in the Rose Bowl.
Elder Trevan Scott Reese