Don't worry... I didn't buy the Orange Helmet (but she really wanted to)
Celebrating Helmets Video
Mom the Editors note: The Dutch people don't embrace wearing bicycle helmets... and the Missionaries have not been required to wear them in this Mission... until now. The policy was reviewed and now each missionary is required to wear a helmet. Hence the giggling and brave smiles... and new helmets.
Saturday was real good this week though. We met up with the District Leaders and went to teach a lesson to J. our favorite 74 year old man. We taught him about The Plan of Salvation and it was a really powerful lesson to be able to talk about our purpose in this life. His wife passed away a while back and he is just a super old man that wants to develop a relationship with God. He was happy to have 4 missionaries there, and we were all able to bear such a powerful witness of Jesus Christ's role in the plan of Happiness. We committed him to coming to church the next day. When we went to pick him up for church, he said he had slept in... but we're hoping that he comes next week! Grapje moment- as we were walking out, the Elders were in the other room and J. whispered to me in a most serious voice- "Is hij jouw vriendje?" (Is he your boyfriend) I died laughing.
After the lesson we had interviews with President and Sister Bunnell at the church, and we were supposed to bring our helmets to show President. We were all booking it to the church... 6 missionaries and the majority of us wearing our helmets. We were getting some of the funniest looks. I am not quite used to these helmets yet :)
Interviews were soooo good though. President and Sister Bunnell are a dream and are so dedicated to this mission already. A lot of the interview was just getting to know and asking questions about my life and how I get along with my family, but one question that really stood out to me was when President asked me how my relationship is with my Father in Heaven. It really struck me that out of everyone I have met on my mission and everyone I know in my life, Heavenly Father is the most important. That is one big lesson I am trying to learn on my mission. I need to please Heavenly Father instead of trying to always please people. As I love my Heavenly Father and do all I can to serve him, He will help me to have enough energy and love for the people around me.
Zuster Watts and Zuster Bush... Dear Friends from High School
Zuster Jaramillo and I are having way too much fun together. She is the sassiest most hilarious Aruban I have ever met. She´s the first Aruban I've ever met but probably will stay my favorite :) We have fun cooking lots of food together and she has fun scaring me multiple times a day. Yesterday she freaked me out when I came out of the bathroom and she got it all on camera. Literally 5 minutes later she did it again while I was brushing my teeth. Pretty soon she´ll have an entire film.
That´s about it for this week! It´s finally getting hot here again and everyone is coming and going for vacation.
I love you all! I feel so blessed to have such a big family strong in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and also so many friends out there doing what I am doing. Whether you are on a mission or not you can still be an example to those around you by just loving people!
P.S. My One Year mark on Thursday. Whaaaaaaaaaaat. We are all freaking out over here. I don´t believe it.