Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Week 10: Prank Calling Da Police

LOL no missionaries allowed!

Monday, January 25, 2015

So.... during MCM on Tuesday night, I called the police. Haha. It was a pocket dial and, in my embarrassment and fear, I hung up on them when I took the phone out... They called back and asked what the issue was and who I was. It was bad and it was in the MIDDLE of a meeting. Yeah and I accidentally called them again on Sunday. Whoopsies! They didn't ask for a name that time and I didn't hang up. Suffice it to say, I gave the phone to my companion, Elder Heiner. 

Anyway, Elder Vaughn replaced Elder Webster; Elder Jordan replaced Elder Wells; and Sister Wallace Replaced Sister Shephard. 

Also, my first transfer meeting is the last transfer meeting forever. The first presidency said no more meetings for transfers, so yup. They basically have a bus system with the missionaries now.

We also had a good missionary worldwide broadcast! There had not been one for a decade before that broadcast. 
We went to 5 Guys after that and made a little advertisement. One of the women working there was like, "Really?" We don't know if that comment was for the thing or the fact that 18-21 year olds were drawing. Lol.
Oh and I did my first blessing! It was good, but it took a lot of faith! :D I had no idea what to say and then I just opened my mouth and the words came. Yay for the Holy Ghost! I also got a lot of PDFs from I didn't know they had a lot of those in PDF form! 

We went to Panda Express and Elder Anderson forgot his his bag with his iPad inside! We got a text from Bishop that some lady called him and said one of the missionaries left his bag there. Want to know how she knew the Bishop's phone number? She looked at the pass along card Elder Anderson gave her and found the meetinghouse and the number there! So, that was cool! Anyway, it was an ok week. A bit slower than others. We dropped a lot of people who just weren't interested, but we got some new potential investigators, too. Oh, and on Sunday, a random person came to church after our sacrament meeting at about 12:30P.M. and he is in our area. The Zone Leaders talked to him and he is just seeing what the church is like. He was like, "oh there is a Mormon church here and another one besides the other one." Yup, there are 3 churches in a row and the middle one is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is not interested in meeting up with the missionaries right now, but he is interested in our activities. We may see him again.

Also, the Tiwi was speechless yesterday. Usually it says, "Check your speed or check your seatbelt." Basically it broke, but it fixed itself during its sleep. Lol.

Oh, and by the way, I am serving a mission in the only state in modern times where a prophet of God was murdered by the people. Yup.

Anyway, I know that his is the one true church of the Lord and that there really is a Heavenly Father who loves us so much he created a specific plan for us all. I also know that Jesus Christ is the Son of Heavenly Father both physically and spiritually. I know that Jesus Christ is our big brother who loves us so very much that he suffered and died for us. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Kloosterboer
Advertising I made while we ate at 5 Guys :)

Glitchy phone

Rough ice

Confederate flag on truck!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Week 9: Greenie Rank 2

My red/freezing/hot/cold face
Monday, January 18, 2015

'Twas a good week! We, Elder Heiner and I, went to Gary's house (a referral from the Spanish elders) and got to teach 3 others in that sitting about the restoration. The spirit was really thick and we pointed out that was the spirit. It was a good discussion. Their schedules are harsh and unpredictable, so it is going to be hard to set up appointments.

We got into service this week. They are using for missionaries now here. One of the service opportunities has to do with food and we sort and move the food. The person in charge has dealt with LDS missionaries before and had a good experience with them. She is pretty awesome. She asked the ZL if they cam on bike or car, haha. 

I drove on Wednesday! It was fun. I was able to drive because I was on exchanges and my temporary company was not allowed to drive. I stayed in the area this time and we found one person to teach that night. (We didn't per se teach him, but we got his contact info to get in touch for a future date.)

Also, on Wednesday (when we drive to Morton for District Meeting) we went to Washington just as we got to the Church building in Morton. So, we drove 20 minutes to Washington and helped the sisters take bolts out of the tire and put a new one on. It was hard due to the cold temperature outside (it was stuck so we kicked it haha). So, we were 50 minutes late to the district meeting, but everyone was there, so yay! 

That was the last District Meeting of the transfer, so we had district lunch at Pizza Ranch after the meeting. It was so fulfilling and they had good dessert, as well!

Unfortunately for this week, some of the appointments were cancelled. It's a rough life for me.

For dinner on Thursday, we went to the Houssians (older members in the ward) and they had some really good chocolate pie. Yum! They are an awesome couple who have been on several missions around the world and are really into family history.

Elder Heiner and I went tracting at the college apartments at "The Oaks". Before that, we played a game where we flip through the Book of Mormon, while walking, and stopping at a place to read the chapter heading, then the other elder has to guess where it is (book and chapter). It was fun. I got 2 right! :D Back at The Oaks, let's just say some apartments smelt like Colorado :P and there was a party going on at 3:30 in the afternoon! They party all day at ISU, apparently. Also, one guy wanted to eat his bowl of cereal more than he wanted to talk to us... Okay... Lol. 

Also, we froze our faces off on Sunday at night. It was 6 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind chill made it down to -9 degrees Fahrenheit. And, we helped the ZLs bring a couch up 2 stories in that weather. We had to navigate the couch around the corners of the stairway. Anyway, it was fun and I am excited for this week. I am not getting transferred (what a surprise..:P). The only people getting transferred in the district are Elder Webster, Elder Wells and Sister Shephard.

Anyway, have a good week! 

Love you all, 
Elder Kloosterboer  

Comparing Longitude and Latitude of Broomfield and Normal

A good talk about "Be Ye Perfect" Pg 1

Pg 2

Using Google Translate on Elder Ashcraft's nametag

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Week 8: "Family History, I Am Doing It"

My first week in Normal, IL (December 8th 2015)

Monday, January 11, 2015

The title is from a song in the Children's Songbook. We have been listening to it a lot recently. They have such good tunes and good doctrine in them. It's so amazing how much doctrine is in them!

We had New Missionary Training on Tuesday. Elder Ashcraft is on his second transfer, and Elder Whipple and I are on our first. A missionary is "new" for his first 2 transfers, or 12 weeks. So, us 3 and our companions all went into Howie's van for the 2 hour trek to the meeting in Naperville. Howie is such a bad driver, LOL. He would pass someone and still have his right indicator on in the right lane. He also made a Utah truck driver scared on purpose hehe.

It was a good meeting and I got a free scarf! Just what I needed! That and dinner at Howie's and MCM (officially called Missionary Coordinating Meeting, now called Moo Cow Moo) were the things we did on Tuesday. Yup--meetings and food (and message after dinner).

We finally met Carie and Nathan! We were in the neighborhood and knocked on Carie's door and there she was with a cute kitten. It was a funny encounter. She said Nathan would be home about an hour and a quarter later, so we set up an appointment and voilĂ . They are a couple attending the local university here. They have had 3 lessons now, all with different elders haha (Spanish, the elders we replaced, and us). We had a good discussion.
We figured out Wednesday's at the same time works for them. However we already have an appointment next Wednesday, so it will be the one after that. 

There are a lot more blue events on our calendar. Blue is a good sign (they are teaching appointments). It's all very exciting!

We literally broke into the ZL apartment to get a device they needed. We had a meeting that day in Peoria and they were already in Morton, which is nearer. We had Avanti's after the meeting and it was sooo good! 

BTW, on that meeting on Tuesday, we talked a lot about Family History. We have talked about it a lot this week at dinners etc. We even talked about it in Elders Quorum, actually! 

It was freezing on the weekend. We, also, got stood up by an investigator, so we got to be outside for longer, that's ok, though. We met a former investigator on the street who has read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. Yup.

We also walked for an hour in the cold wet wind in 9 degree Fahrenheit weather. It's more windy here than in Chicago, too. Yeah and in the summer, the wind goes away, so one just gets really sticky and hot.

We gave a family referral to the Spanish elders :). We help each other :D 

We shoveled driveways for service for some people in the ward and one lady caught us and gave us brownies. Today, she gave us a cake. What! So many nice people here.

Anyway, I know that families can be happy together forever and that family history work is very important and that ancestors are waiting for the work for them to be done. I know this is the only and true church of Jesus Christ and that only though this church and its priesthood holders, we can live with God again and our families. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love y'all,
Elder Kloosterboer
My MTC District at the Provo Temple

Elder Whipple, my MTC companion

Bird I got from a member on our Christmas tree

Bowling last week

Starting the second game off good

Howie and Sister Albrechtsen
Christmas Stocking
Elder Heiner with tortoise

Tortoise at Clarks

Big Wheels

Dead Squirrel

Triple Delta

Eating at Avanti's - we had gift cards

Book of Mormon Challenge. Look at all the reference names to Jesus on these pages

Quarters for future laundry loads

There are a lot of these signs around .....

We got the squirrels tail

Awesome cookie from a friend of Elder Ashcraft

A whole tin full!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Week 7: 2016

Bowling with the Zone
Monday, January 4, 2016

Hey everyone!

Wooohoo! It's 2016 and I'm 21 next year. So, I figured out I'll be coming back 2 days after my 21st birthday, on the 22nd of November. So my mission is for 2 years and 4 days. Another thing I realized this week was how the Book of Mormon is constructed and edited and how you can't just included every detail. In my journal, that I write in every day, I can't write every detail because I'll have an overload of journals at the end of my 2 year mission with too many insignificant details. The Book of Mormon goes over 1000 years of wars and spiritual information and God's dealings with people, so that would go well over 500 pages if they included insignificant information. So, when there are repeated words or phrases, it is important.

Anyway, the week was pretty awesome! I'll include some pictures that I forgot to include for last week's blog entry, by the way. 

A member invited us to Jason's Deli on Monday night and it was great! I didn't know they had free good ice cream there! She, the member, went on a mission to Switzerland, and she was telling us about her awesome experiences there.

We finally found a self referral. She has stomach flu, so we couldn't teach her, then, but she was going to the hospital. We saw her because we went to the sketchy part of town at night where there are drive by shootings and sketchy people. Actually this is where I got that picture with the big Jesus on the wall. But it was fine, we have a car Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and every other Monday. This was one of my the Mondays we had the car. We also got in contact with the mom of an investigator there too. It was a successful night.

On Tuesday, we helped the Spanish elders with cleaning the baptismal font and being there as extra men so that the girl being baptized could pick out a baptismal dress.

She was baptized the following night and confirmed on Sunday in our ward.

On Wednesday, we had district meeting and decided what, as a district we should fast for, and I went on exchanges with Elder Wells in Morton South Area. By the way, fasting is for specific purpose you want the lord to help you with and it includes mighty prayer and sacrifice (no food for a day).

Anyway, the exchange was great! I learned a lot. Also, they have a gym in their club house for their apartment... So the following morning, I worked out there. We did a lot of tracting together. Also there is a set of tracks where the lights don't work and where some missionaries nearly got tail ended with a train lol. Scary. Yeah Illinois is a bit sketch, but it's ok. Where we went, it felt a bit like England due to the small roads in the country side where you can go fast and snow was on the fields. Oh, and we had both phones for the exchange because I forgot to give ours back to Elder Heiner, so that was fun.

We had dinner at the Allens that night and mentioned the challenge the mission president gave us--to mark Jesus' names (including He and such), times when he speaks, and his attributes in other people all in the Book of Mormon. We have 3 months to do it (6 pages a day). Anyway, she wanted to do it so we talked more about it and gave her a fresh Book of Mormon to do it in. That was New Year's Eve.

We taught Rhyannon, her husband, and her friend. They were finally in their house and had a friend over. Rhyannon and Alyssa (the friend) said they wanted to go to church, but they didn't. No idea why. :( We will find out this week.

We taught Todd and Leann finally, as well. They are cool, but a little too forgetful unfortunately.
I got sunburned from all the walking on Saturday, but we had a gift card to Meatheads, so we ate there for lunch and the meat was so good. Yum! Expensive, though. 

Oh and I lost one of my name tags 2 Saturday's ago and I lost the other this Saturday. So, I don't have any official name tags right now. I should be getting 2 this week, though. 

Today, I went bowling in non-proselyting (non-church) clothes and I didn't have a name tag. Just a regular Mormon hanging out with the missionaries lol. We played air hockey and bowling. So much fun! 

Anyway, I know that when you do what the Lord wants, you gain blessings you have been promised. I know the church is true and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Love y'all,
Elder Kloosterboer

Scriptures and where they are from

My small name tag

table in the river

Yay I got a strike (vetaz)

76 is a common score
end of game 

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Ice on the window

Ice melting

nearly gone
Listening to the new Youth Music in the car

President and Sister Griffin's hands