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.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 7, 2015

Another week come and gone, chalk full of travelling the Netherlands and working all over the zone to support and build areas in the Apeldoorn stake. 

In short, I was able to work here in Apeldoorn for a few days and also in Groningen and Emmen on a few exchanges and splits. We had an awesome miracle with a woman named Maria from Indonesia. We looked her up on exchanges and she let us in thinking we were from her church. But we sat down and talked to her. She was real anxious about the refugee situation here in Europe since every country is being asked to take in Syrian refugees. What originally was going to be a short lesson about trust in God turned into a backwards upside down first lesson and baptismal invitation, to which she accepted when an answer comes. It was really neat to see her outlook change through the lesson and the Spirit was incredibly strong as we taught about modern da prophets leading and guiding us today. She kept saying ``Dat zou wel kunnen. Zou wel kunnen`` meaning that it could definitely be possible and it makes sense. She said anytime we are there she will let us in to teach. And she wants to come to church #blessings
We also got to teach a lesson on the doorstep which made me so grateful for the Preach My Gospel system. We had 5 minutes to give the Restoration with personal appeals to a man named Bart and his family, give the Book of Mormon to him with a scripture, explain our purpose and pray with him. And through the Spirit it worked completely. 

Apeldoorn is an area with much focus on the active members. The stake wants us to visit and support them often so we do that quite a lot. It is a lot of fun and is greatly needed. That is where a lot of our time goes to.

Saturday we needed to exchange back with elders before heading to Groningen and doing splits before stake conference later that day back in Apeldoorn. Because of crazy train situations, we ended up travelling ALL of the Fryslan and Groningen provinces before getting back to Apeldoorn, missing the entire first block of stake conference. Nice. 

Yesterday we had stake conference and it was packed here. I loved it. Nothing is better than seeing so many members come together in this country. The Spirit and strength is tangible. 

We could get to Berlin pretty quick if we wanted
I was able to call Suriname again yesterday and things are looking well for Lucia´s baptism and journey to Suriname. The relief society president in Suriname wants to call her right away and talk so the branch there is pretty excited :)

I can’t believe nothing crazy or typical of my mission hasn´t happened in Apeldoorn just yet. Nothing as crazy as Vlissingen haha but who knows what might come.

I plan on diving into my studies on miracles this week because I have the feeling again that miracles are on the verge right now. And last time I felt that cool things happened in Vlissingen. :)

Shoutout to the Cougars and their miracle win over the Huskers! Take that into this next week and pummel the Broncos too ;) ahhh I miss football.

You never know the good that you do.

Uit alle liefde van mijn ziel,

Elder Trevan Scott Reese

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