Thursday, November 26, 2015

Week 1/2: Missionary Work is HARD :)

District 43C in classroom
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Hello everyone!

Missionary work is work. lol. I've learned so much while I have been here! It's been a roller coaster of emotions, too. I had to go to the Travel Office because I was born outside of the states, so I had to show them my Driver License. My companion is Elder Whipple and he is from a small town in Logandale by Las Vegas. We and one other elder, Elder Royce, are going to the Illinois Chicago West Mission. The other elders are going to North Dakota Bismark Mission. Their names are Elder Peterson, Elder Laws, and Elder Brush. Elder Peterson is Elder Royce's companion. 

We all sleep in the same room. It is pretty crowded. I should have picked a bed when I went in there the first time, but I didn't and so I have a top bunk, which is actually alright now, but it didn't have a ladder at the beginning... I realized yesterday all the elders going to my mission are on the top bunks.

We are pretty close friends now and we talk too much. lol. We haven't gone to bed at 10:30 P.M. yet or even put the lights off at that time. lol.

Turns out the Dec 07 in my mail address here stands for the departure date and so we are here for nearly 3 weeks. This is due to Thanksgiving. No new missionaries this week. Also, in March, English speaking missionaries will be in the MTC for 3 weeks and not 2. the other elders and all the sisters are leaving Dec 9 and so my schedule actually goes to then.

The sisters are pretty nice. Their names are Sister Reis, Sister Roy, Sister Hoffman, Sister Brown. The first two are going to North Dakota Bismark and the second two are going to Canada Vancouver Mission. Sister Roy is from Canada and Sister Hoffman loves it already haha.

We all have a fun time and we sit next to each other at lunch. Also, when we see the other District, we sit with them. We are in Zone 43 District C. District B left this Monday and District D came in the same time as us, but they leave next Monday. We got a double intake on our arrival into the MTC - around 650 missionaries. It will be like that again on December 2nd. At the MTC, we do a lot of practice. Our teachers turn into investigators they taught so we can practice with them. There are two so we are practicing with Sarah right now. This week we started our TRC (Training Resource Center) investigator who may or may not be an investigator or a  member or a less active member. But his name is Reed. He is cool and he is reading the Book of Mormon and prayed after our first meeting with him. 

I can testify of Missionary Work. I know what I am doing is the right thing. We are just tools in God's hand and I thank him for that. I am not the best teacher, but the Holy Ghost is, and He is the one who teaches. I know that this is the true church and that we know of the fullness of the Gospel (the good news of the Atonement of Jesus Christ). I know that we have it because it is in the Book of Mormon. It brings happiness to me and I know I can become guiltless through it and gain literal strength through it. I invite you to read the Book of Mormon and look for the gospel and then pray if it is true and if it can help you. If you do this sincerely, you can receive an answer. I love you all! I will have my next preparation day on December 4th.

Love,

Elder Kloosterboer










A door in the basement while
vacuuming erasers for service

service - vacuuming erasers



nice sunset





15M (numbers on the Dan Jones
Building and on my residence hall)


ice cream twix
my residence hall


poo pouri - not pot pouri






Balancing act

Friday, November 13, 2015

Week 0: Set Apart

November 13th, 2015

So, I just got set apart last night (Nov 12th) at 9 P.M. I'm a real missionary now! (said like Pinocchio :P) Anyway, this is my blog and it will be updated weekly on Preparation Day (P Day) usually on a Monday, but not always. Also, I have to give my mom some time to convert the email to blog lol.
As you can see on the right hand side of this page, there is a "FOLLOW BY EMAIL" option. If you write your email there, you will automatically get blog updates at the end of the day a blog was submitted.
Also, I think I will return on Nov 15, 2017 because that is the Wednesday before the 18th (which will be 2 years) (I have 733 days right now lol.) My contact information is on the right hand side, also. My email is jordi.kloosterboer@myldsmail.net and my mail address will be:
"Illinois Chicago West Mission
1319 Butterfield Rd Ste 522
Downers Grove IL 60515-5515
United States"
after December 1st.
But, from November 18th until then it is (which is my stay in the Missionary Training Center (or MTC):
"Elder Jordi Kloosterboer
DEC07 IL-CHIW
2005 N 900 E Unit 205
Provo UT 84602"
I'm guessing the Dec 07 part means, that is my first Preparation Day in Illinois.
If you want to send me mail:
"All missionary mail must come through the US Mail or commercial delivery services. These services should not be used to send pizzas, fast foods, ice-cream, or any items that will spoil if they are not refrigerated within 24 hours. Missionaries are not called out of class to receive packages, nor do they have access to a refrigerator. For security reasons, we cannot accept any items delivered by hand."
Also on the right hand side is the Mormon.org sticker. Click on it and you will go to my Mormon.org profile. :)
At the top of the page there are two tabs, "Home" for the actual blogs and "Map of Mission Field" for, surprise, map of the mission field :P 
Anyway, I'll end with my testimony.
I know that God has a plan for us all and that we really did exist before this world (pre-mortal existence). I know that we will be happy if we follow Christ and keep his commandments. I know the Book of Mormon is a true book, and if you haven't read at least from the cover to the first chapter, you should. There are testimonies of people in there of the Book of Mormon and it is cool to read. I know the Lord will be with me during these two years to help me teach people the "good news" (aka the gospel) and that the real teacher will be the Holy Ghost.

Stay awesome people. See you in two years!!

- Elder Kloosterboer