This last week we have been able to revolutionize our work here in Den Helder. It wasn't too shabby to begin with, but it's only gotten better.
At the start of the week we actually got to go to the temple, which is a wonderful miracle in itself. But we went with Elder and Zuster Jansen, Hossein and Roja for their first time ever. Elder Penman and I met them in Zoetermeer to do baptisms for the dead for Hossein's brother and mother who were killed some time ago in Iran. Roja was baptized for his mother and him for his brother. After they got out of the water Elder Penman and I were able to confirm them and be the witnesses in the temple. It was soooOOOooo cool. A dream. It was really a dream for a missionary in this mission to see. They loved the temple so much and can't wait to go back in a year for their endowments.
Another few notable miracles from the week came from them and the Boerlages as well. Early in the week I was determined to get more members to come teach with us in Den Helder, a great deal also because Elder Cook and I were on exchanges Monday and Tuesday and were able to teach each lesson with a member. I was awakened to the importance of members in missionary work and read it the next morning in Preach My Gospel. A lot of the time I haven't had the best attitude about it because getting a member to 1. Agree to come, 2. Have the time to come, and/or 3. Not take over a lesson when they come, is just more hoops to jump through, and nothing is worse when you jump through them and then your appointment doesn't go through... BUT throwing that aside, we took steps of faith this week and were able to teach several lessons with members, and not only members, but with Hossein and a few of the Boerlages present! Its like killed 2 birds with one stone because they do sooo great in the lessons and their testimonies are in turn strengthened as they bear them. Cool stuff.
Hossein came and taught Triggered with us and testified of his decision to join THE church and not just A church. We were teaching about the plan of salvation and came to our life on earth when we mentioned how we take chances that God gives us (aka baptism) and we came out of the appointment with a baptismal date for Tsigereda at the end of June! So that was a testimony to me about how important that joint teach can be. It was awesome, Hossein loved it, and next week he is being set apart as a ward missionary. Perfect.
One of my favorite things about Den Helder is peoples' willingness to come to church. I haven't had this many investigators in church at one time since being a greenie in Antwerpen, and even then only once in a while. This is constant. There is beauty in the branches. The Lord prepares his vineyard in spectacular ways.
This week we have no exchanges with Amsterdam or Almere, but a busy week with service and new investigators. I appreciate the prayers that make miracles happen for us. We are going to try and get more members out with us, which is a little more difficult done than said.
I had to snap a shot of the Almere Relief Society picture when I was with Cook at a member's house. Classic.
Elder Trevan Scott Reese