Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Alles gaat goed‏

From e-mail dated 8 June, 2009

Wow, it sounds like it's been a good time in Utah. Things here have been going pretty well as well...
Both of our baptismal dates are getting pushed back a little bit. They both still want to get baptized, but Engelien hasn't had all of the lessons yet and she is still working on quitting smoking--she just won't be quite ready in a week and a half-- so we aren't sure when for her yet--we're going to pray with her about it tonight and help her pick out a date she feels more comfortable with. Milene just wants some more time to be comfortable with all of the changes she is going to have to make, so she's thinking she wants to get baptized sometime in July. Pray for both of them--Satan works really hard on people when they've made a decision like this that would bring them closer to Christ.
We had an AMAZING experience with prayer this week. We've been asking members of the ward to pray for Azelea because she has been having a really hard time getting work off on Sundays, and thus hasn't been able to come to church. She knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that the church was restored through Joseph Smith (her scriptures look like she is a seminary teacher or something!), but not being able to come to church has really been holding her back in making progress toward baptism. Anyway, so the ward members have been praying that she will be able to come to church. At one of our appointments this week she told us that she went in to request Sunday off and her boss told her the schedule was already out--she went to look and she already had Sunday off! Without even requesting it! Prayer does wonders! She is super excited to come to church--and her daughter, Catharina, is just as excited (if not more). Plus, I'll be giving a talk that Sunday-- so Azelea is excited to hear me speak Dutch. Oh, boy-- that's going to be interesting--
Oh, funny story with Catharina (Azelea's daughter)(by the way-- I may have called her Belina or Catharine in other letters-- they are all the same person, she just has a lot of nicknames)--Sjaak and Zr. Baxter were teaching Azelea about the plan of salvation so the Sjaak can get some practice before going on his mission, and Catharina was drawing a picture of me. She drew a picture of me in a beautiful ball gown, but it didn't have any sleeves! I pointed it out to her and she said, "Oh yeah! Sleeves are important! Your body is a temple!" And then we had a little talk about modesty. It was really quite the experience. Gotta love 6 year old little girls!
Okay, well, I don't have a whole ton of time left, but I wanted to tell you about a verijkingsavond (Relief Society activity thingy) that the ward had this week. Broeder and Zuster Reijnders used to be temple president and matron and they are superstar members of the ward. They led a discussion on the temple, and it was AMAZING! The temple is such a special place where eternal covenants are made. I wish I had time to write all of the new neat things I learned, but I've only got about two minutes left. I just want to share my testimony of the importance of temple work. Searching out ancestors and going to the temple are an important part of missionary work. There are people being taught in the spirit world right now! And there are people accepting the gospel! They just need someone here to do their work. Be sure to take time to go to the temple--it will really bless you in more ways than you will ever be able to imagine.
Okay, I have to go.
Love you all!

Veel liefs,
Zuster Chantelle Fowler

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