Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Week 58: Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The Fifields

Tuesday, December 27, 2016


It was a super fun week! 

We had a fun dinner with the Volks. Their two daughters there were in the YSA. They had their living room very decorated! And they had yummy tacos! (A tradition for the elders they have over.) They usually only have the East elders over, but they had the West by accident. But, now they might have us over more. :)

We went over Mongers a lot this week. Basically it is three families there now. One of the families moved their stuff over on Friday and we helped. Haha it was fun! They are all living in the same building but in different apartments. So, that is nice for them. 

The 5 year old twins came to church with Krish, Ganga, and Monita. It was fun and they had fun. They are super adorable!

Oh yeah! I'm staying here for another 6 weeks. This is my 4th transfer here. Elder Umphress is staying here, too. The East elders, Elder Moore and Elder Young are both moving out and the area is being "whitewashed." Elder Giolitto (former Assistant) and Elder Seve are going to move in. So, it will be an interesting transfer.

Anyway, I'm excited to continue to teach all of the Mongers. They are awesome! I'll have to get a picture of them all sometime in the future.

Also, we met an atheist who has actually read the whole bible and actually wants to know if there is a God. He wants hard proof, so we talked about faith and gave him Alma 32 to read. We are meeting him on Wednesday. His name is Daniel.

Oh yeah, he lives in the same street as all our other investigators, so that is fun.

We had a super fun Christmas Party on Thursday! It was with 3 zones. Elder Bingham and Elder Casto, my former companions were both there, too! 

Also, the talent show was hilarious and great! A lot of jokes were cracked, but there were some beautiful talents, too. Elder Bingham played some hymns on his guitar while he signed and Elder Casto got volunteers to eat spicy peppers. Sister Griffin had one, too! I got my packages (which I opened on Christmas) and my letters (which were fun to read there). 

Also, we went caroling at a retirement home and that was a lot of fun! 

Basically, we partied from 9:30 to 5:30. :D

Yup so it was a great week! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Love,

Elder Kloosterboer

When you come home and it is cold haha. Haha and it flip flops!

Elder Bingham Singing and Elder Giolitto helping with sound


Elder Whipple is a master at spinning basketballs. He put two spinning basketballs on Elder Jordan's feet

Elder Casto with the volunteers eating the hot peppers







Elder Moore turning super red and starting to cry! Haha 


Elder Casto had to sit down for a bit haha!

The challenge was to wait for 5 mins before eating yoghurt or drinking milk or eating bread. All but one made it

Elder Matthias, President Griffin, and Elder Busher as wise men. Ha ha

Our zone (I look super short!)

I got an elder stocking!




My little decoration

The Lingards!

Toblerone Pyramid

Us, and the other Elders and Brother and Sister Monson

My Family on Skype!


Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 57: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! :)

Elder Young and I at Colonial

Monday, December 19, 2016


Hello!

We went to a super cool Christmas concert yesterday at the Naperville Stake Center (church building)! Different choirs and people sang and we sang. It was wonderful! I, also, got to reconnect with YSAs in the Stake and Elder Umphress reconnected with a YSA from the Schaumburg YSA branch. Naperville knows how to do a Christmas Concert. Haha, it went from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M., but we stayed there until 9:15 and didn't get home until past 10:00. So, it was a longer day than usual.

Yea, and we went to the Mongers on Saturday to stop by and they invited us in. Their extended family was there and we taught them all from the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi where Christ comes to the Americas. The extended family is not Christian, but they are willing to learn more of Christ and come to know Him. We also sang a few hymns with them. Apparently Krish's favorite songs are "Scripture Power" and "I Am Child of God." 

Also, yesterday was the first time Monika came to church (she has been to Mutual but not to church)! We think she liked it, but we will ask them later today or this week. Now we have had all of them come except for Roman who is Deacon age now.

Oh yeah, last Monday, we taught Stephanie and two of her sons instead of her. We watch "The Great Apostasy" (the one from Seminary in the D&C Visual Resources) with them. They liked it! We were going to teach them again, but life happened. Hopefully we will teach them this week. They are all awesome!

Also, it's getting super cold here. In the negative in degrees Fahrenheit. We are actually not supposed to go out in the weather unless we have an appointment and have transportation inside a car or something. I did go out in like 3 degree Fahrenheit, though and it probably felt like in the negatives. My legs were freezing and my face got hit after I went inside... It is very interesting. I looked like a robber sometimes haha!

Anyway, it was still a great week! I have a Christmas Party all the way down in Joliet (rather than in Naperville) because we are combining with the missionaries in that stake.

Quick overview:

A Bishop (the title of the pastor) is over a congregation of members and that is called a ward.

A Stake President is over 5-12 wards and that is called a Stake. 

A mission varies in size depending on location in the world, but our mission, The Illinois Chicago West Mission, is over 5 stakes (Peoria, Rockford, Schaumburg, Naperville, and Joliet)

In our mission, there is usually one set of missionaries per ward but there can be more. My ward has two sets (4 missionaries). Missionaries are in pairs or threes.

A district of missionaries is comprised of a few sets of missionaries (there are 4 sets in my District). In our mission, usually 2 districts make a zone of missionaries. There are 2 Zones per stake in our mission, therefore we have 10 Zones. 

Usually each Stake of missionaries (2 zones) meet for Christmas parties or other activities together. This year, that is happening with Peoria and Rockford, but the 2 Naperville Zones are splitting up. One is going to Schaumburg and the other to Joliet. So, mine is going to Joliet. So, there will be 3 zones at my Christmas party (around 54 missionaries). So, it will be fun (it will be fun either way haha).

Hopefully that makes sense.

Anyway, I've been reading in Numbers and Deuteronomy lately. At first glance it seems like God is cruel. But he is not. He is very loving! He keeps true to promises. In the Book of Mormon in the first book of Nephi, chapter four, verse thirteen it explains a bit: 13 Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief.

Anyway, I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and I also know the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.

Interesting facts: the capitalization of LORD or GOD in the Old Testament refers to Jehovah a.k.a. Jesus Christ. Jesus is the God of the Old Testament. However, Jesus was acting in the authority of His father who is our Father, Heavenly Father a.k.a Elohim. Heavenly Father is the one we pray to in Jesus' name because through Jesus, we can live again and things are made possible only through Him. So, Jesus is our God and so is Heavenly Father, they are separate beings along with the Holy Ghost, but They are one in purpose and one God because of that purpose.

It is awesome reading the scriptures and seeing how much God really does love us. He has perfect love. I know that this is true and that He has a Plan for you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love,
Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Young and I on exchanges going out in the cold - FREEZING!

Elder Young and I went to Colonial (a store owned by a nonmember whose wife and kids are
members of our congregation). We had a coupon from a few transfers ago so it was free! Yum!

Splitting the Ice-Cream

All done!

Bumper sticker we got!


Our District - Elders Adams, Julander, Moore, Kloosterboer, Young, Christensen,
Bird, Stewart Chester (frowning, lol), and Umphress


Joy to the World the Lord is Come concert


Program - it was fun singing with the congregation







Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 56: It's Cold!

Getting ready for the cold

Monday, December 12, 2016


Hello everyone! 

We went door to door one night in a street and someone called the cops on us! That was my first time someone called the cops on us. Also it was only the week before when someone asked us for our permit. Lol. No one told us to leave for this one. It was weird. Anyway, the cop was a bit confusing on what we needed to do, but we went to the police station the next day and found out they just need us to register our names for free just so they know who is knocking on their residence's doors. Problem solved!

There was, also, some snowfall again this weekend. We were trying to get a ride for the Mongers to come to church, but a lot of people were scared for that responsibility! In the end, the youngest had to go to the hospital and they wouldn't be back on time. So, we couldn't get them a ride because they would be back home too late. But, they said they would go this week. Also, we are going to help their family move into the area this week. That will be fun. We may even teach them, too!

I also brought out the boots I found at an apartment left by an elder. It was fun crunching on the snow without worry about it falling into my shoes and on my socks.

Oh yeah! We went to the Hedbergs to show them the Christmas video and Barb was there. She ended up having questions about the Plan of Salvation particularly on where we go after life. To explain this we started simply at He beginning and 2 Nephi 2 brought things to light very well! 

I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Through the Book of Mormon and the Bible, false doctrines will be confounded, contentions will be laid down, and peace will be established (see 2 Nephi 3:11:12).

Anyway, Barb said we can come teach her more of the Plan of Salvation when she is at the Hedbergs. So, that will be fun! She is great!

Also, the new theme for youth is out for next year. Check it out at https://www.lds.org/youth/theme/2017 The theme is "Ask" of God. They have some good free music, too.

So it was a great week, and it will be a great week this week!

I know Christ lives. I know we will live again. I know Christ and Heavenly Father loves us perfectly. Because of this, we can have faith in Them and have a hope for the future.

Love,
Elder Kloosterboer

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 55: Snow! And Splits!

A demonstration of poor armor on the Zone Leaders at Zone Training, lol!
Elder Tedders on the left and Elder Stewart-Chester on the right

Monday, December 5, 2016


Hello everyone! 

We finally got some good snow! :) It was fun crunching on it. It was scary though. It was Elder Umphress' first time driving.. lol. We went around a roundabout and crashed into the curb. That was an interesting experience... lol.

We had our Christmas breakfast on Saturday. The Mongers came and so did the Furchtsams. We invited them both. :) They had a blast!

We had a good time teaching the Mongers last night after the First Presidency Christmas Devotional. We read in the Book of Mormon Stories for them. Everyone in the room read including the mom. It was awesome. We read chapters 50 and 51 about the Jaredites and related it to prayer. The 5 year old loves to pray for a few lessons now (ever since she went to church for all three hours). We are still working on getting the 12 and 16 year olds to pray. They haven't been to church on Sunday, either... so, yeah. Church does wonders! 

Oh yeah! I went on my first official splits. I went with Brother Monson to the Mongers and Elder Umphress went to Stephanie's with Brother Cleere. We did it because they were going to be separate at first, but then we were going to switch them due to conflicts and then they couldn't and yeah. It was fun!

We also had Zone Training. It was fun! The Sister Training Leaders trained on how we need to leave investigators with strong Armor of God by having great Companionship Studies. Also, the Zone Leaders brought out members from the wards who we asked questions to.

Yes, so it was a fun week. I'm excited to continue to work with members in this great work of God's. "For behold, this is my work and my glory--to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man."

I know that God loves us. I know the plan He has for us. It's AWESOME! I love Jesus. I'm glad it is ChristMASS. Even though it isn't a holiday set up by God, and not the time when Jesus was born, it is still a great time to look more to Christ. I've been reading a lot in the Pentateuch lately. It is awesome how much everything points to Christ. I know the Bible is the true word of God (as far as it is translated correctly). I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's one and only true church with His Priesthood Authority and Power therein. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love,
Elder Kloosterboer 

It's beginning to look a lot like... Christmas

Lol. Snow on Car


Wow! Grand Ferrero Rocher!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Week 54: Yummy Thanksgiving! Also, #LIGHTtheWORLD

Late night selfie

Monday, November 28, 2016


So I was just thinking that this transfer will be weird because transfer day is on Wednesday, December 28 and missionaries going home will go home on Friday, December 16. This is so they can go home for Christmas. So, I wonder if they will do the same for me for Thanksgiving when I go home. 

Anyway.

Well this week was full of finding! Holidays are great and bad at the same time for missionaries haha. Lots of people were gone and lots of families were together. 

We had a great Thanksgiving, though! We visited with members all day except for weekly planning and such. It was very productive and yummy! I, also, made s'mores :)

Oooo! The Christmas video is awesome and it is now up on Mormon.org! Go visit it! There are miniature videos for each day in December leading up to Christmas Day.  The challenge is awesome and I am super excited for it! I know the challenge will bless you as you sincerely do it. I promise you will feel more joy as you do it, too. So, I invite you all to go to the website, watch the video, and check out the challenge and do it. (Click the below calendar pics to enlarge them.)

Also, we have a Christmas breakfast this Saturday. I'm super excited for it!

On a different note, we did lots of biking this week. Also lots of biking in the dark on long roads. It is nice to see the stars away from city life, too.

I've been studying the law of Moses recently in the Old Testament. It's crazy how much symbolism goes toward Christ and what He did (what He would do in the future for them). I'm so glad that we have prophets on the earth again to dispense the gospel out to the people. I know that Christ lives. Because of Him, everything is made possible. The plan works because of Him. 

I know this is His one and only church back on the earth again with His Priesthood. Only because of the ordinance done properly by His Priesthood can we be exalted and have eternal life and eternal increase. Now that can be done for the living and the dead. That is the Good News we bring to people :) God still cares. I know He does and I know He loves me and you. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love,
Elder Kloosterboer

 #LIGHTtheWORLD 25 ways in 25 days starting on December 1. I'm excited! Go to Mormon.org on Nov 25 to see the awesome video associated with it!


Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 53: Twenty On The Twentieth :)


The Mongers

Monday, November 21, 2016


Hi everyone!

As you can tell, I turned 20 yesterday! Yay! Haha. On Saturday, we went to have dinner with the Maynes and he found out it was my birthday the next day, so he bought us a cake! What! It was super delicious, too! Also, Sister Smith had an extra apple pie left from the Relief Society dinner and asked if we wanted it on Thursday. We got it and I was starting to eat it on Saturday as I was reading a birthday card I got from my parents. It said, "Enjoy the Journey! (And don't forget to stop for pie.)" haha. Very fitting for that exact time I read it. So I eat some lovely hot pie with cold vanilla ice cream. :D 
























Also, Brother Maynes announced my birthday in Gospel Doctrine, so lots of people said happy birthday on Sunday. :) 

My birthday card from the Mission President and his wife. Haha it's fun!

Oh, oh! Krish, Ganga, and Monita came to a baptism on Saturday, and, then, they went to church for all three hours! They loved it all! Krish was saying that he wanted to get baptized right then and there LOL. 

We also had lots of fun adventures on the bikes this week. Elder Umphress has his own very nice bike. 

We realized that some neighborhoods, only the road is public and everything else is private... lol.  Yea, we are scared to park our bikes now.

There were two fun big dogs that ran out to greet us from this one garage each time we were near the property. We realized they have an invisible fence, so we were less scared. We wanted to knock the door, but we didn't want to take the risk of having headlines say, "Mormon Missionaries Mauled to Death After Entering in a Property." Lol. They were cute but dogs, but they were barking a lot and growling.

Yes, so it was a fun week.

Thank you all that sent me birthday wishes! :)

Love,
Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Moore and me


#LIGHTtheWORLD 25 ways in 25 days starting on December 1. I'm excited!
Go to Mormon.org on Nov 25 to see the awesome video associated with it!


Fog




 The MTC district a year ago with our Thanksgiving packed dinner