Monday, February 22, 2016

Week 14: Big Eyes

With Elder Heiner
Monday, February 22, 2016

Hey People!

So, today I got an eye exam and my eyes got dilated and now I can't read well. So excuse my writings as I can't check them!

Anyway at the eye clinic, they numbed my eyes and poked them! That was a first! Usually they do a puff of air. Anyway, I have new contacts and I don't have to wear glasses (except for sunglasses) now!

Also, two Fridays ago, I got a 5 dollar gift card to go to "Mission Mart" I got 6 ties from that, today! (Picture coming next week.)

I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time on my mission and third time in my life yesterday! It is so great! I know it to be true! Now, onto my fourth! You know, out of "6,607 total verses found in the Book of Mormon,  3,925 reference Jesus Christ’s name" isn't that crazy!

Funny story: we knocked on a door and a lady screamed, she opened the door and she screamed lol. She kept the call going, in case we were going to kill her! Very smart lol. I think she has watched a lot of horrors! 

Also, it is funny how many people think they know the law, when they do not and we just don't argue so we don't cause contention, but we leave them there in there falseness. And it is unfortunate because that happens not just with the fact of solicitors, but with the gospel. As missionaries, we are protected under the first amendment to knock on doors even where soliciting is not allowed, but not where no trespassing signs are.

Anyway, it is funny how some people are not open for looking into things where they might be wrong...

We had a big zone conference on Thursday and it was good!

Elder Vaughn is using Duolingo for his Spanish and it is so fun! But, I'm glad I'm in English! :D ah, I am starting to see better! Ooh, it is good! My eyes are still pretty dilated, though.

Saturday was a great lovely warm sunny day! People were out and people were happy! The sun is like Jesus, they both bring light and happiness into our lives, all we have to do is go outside or unto Jesus.

One of the sisters in our ward gave us another cake all for is shoveling her driveway! She is so sweet! It is so yummy too! We got her bigger print scriptures from another member and she was so thankful!

Also, yesterday, we were knocking on apartments where a guy who had been taught in the past, that we talked to, suggested we should go. They were all family apartments! It was cool! Lol, but only the children would answer and one of them opened the door three times and we were still standing there haha he was funny!

Anyway! It was a fun week. No progressing investigators at the moment, sadly, but it is still good here.

I know that as we come unto Christ, we will be happier. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love, 

Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Ashcraft and Elder Vaughn (Spanish missionaries)
It was really foggy outside when we were
driving on the highway one day
Lol, A little cube for Windows at a thrift store
That is cool!! Sign is at a nursing home
Yummy cake that a sister in the ward gave us

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Week 13: I Know That My Redeemer Lives!

Monday, February 15, 2016

I had my last New Missionary Training on Tuesday. It was pretty good! We sang "Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel" and President ended up talking about the song. Also, he suggested we use songs in proselyting, which I already thought about, so that was pretty cool. We did a practice singing "I Am a Child of God." Well that was my last New Missionary Training. 

After the meeting, we had dinner at Howie's and Sis. Albrechtsen's and we got cake because it was Elder Bennett's birthday on Monday. 


We had to reset TIWI because it wouldn't let us log in. It was funny because it was like, "No driver... No driver... No driver..." 

We went on to a Chinese place for District lunch on Wednesday. It had some nice food there. Funny thing happened; one of the elders got charged twice, so we have to go back and sort that out. Lol.

I went on exchanges with Elder Anderson for what would be the last exchange of that kind. (They changed some rules concerning exchanges that I found out about Sunday night.) We had a good time and we found Monique who we will hopefully teach tomorrow with her sister, Dominique. They have been taught before and have been to church and to a baptism. There are so many exciting things that happen in missionary work (and, unfortunately some sad things.) 

We got a ton of Twix bags from one of the service places we go to because of he hard work we do. We also got a nice "Valentine" bag from the other one we go to. At HSHM, Elder Neve, Elder Anderson, Elder Kearl, and I got to sort books into 5 categories (Children's, Adult Hardbacks, Adult Soft-backs, Cooking, and Religious). That was pretty fun. 

We nailed floorboards in the last room at the Clark's on Saturday. That was cool. The other 2 rooms we helped with look awesome! We helped do 75% of the last, and biggest, room. That doesn't include painting and such, though.

Because Bishop was not in town and because of the snow, we didn't have Ward Council on Sunday, which is a big bummer! I wanted to go to that! Anyway, we had breakfast instead at Howie's and Sis. Albrechtsen's. It was good!
Also, I gave a talk on Sunday about Spiritually uplifting others. It was good! I did it because one of the youth couldn't (I think they were sick). Oh, and I did have plenty of time to prepare it. 

Anyway, I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives!
He lives, he lives, who once was dead.
He lives, my ever-living Head.
He lives to bless me with his love.
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives my hungry soul to feed.
He lives to bless in time of need.

He lives to grant me rich supply.
He lives to guide me with his eye.
He lives to comfort me when faint.
He lives to hear my soul’s complaint.
He lives to silence all my fears.
He lives to wipe away my tears.
He lives to calm my troubled heart.
He lives all blessings to impart.

He lives, my kind, wise heav’nly Friend.
He lives and loves me to the end.
He lives, and while he lives, I’ll sing.
He lives, my Prophet, Priest, and King.
He lives and grants me daily breath.
He lives, and I shall conquer death.
He lives my mansion to prepare.
He lives to bring me safely there.

He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”
He lives! All glory to his name!
He lives, my Savior, still the same.
Oh, sweet the joy this sentence gives:
“I know that my Redeemer lives!”

That is a song in the LDS Hymnbook, by the way. It is called "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" and I testify that He does which is why I included the song here. I know that Jesus Christ is the center of a plan our Heavenly Father created to give us joy. I know that songs are a great way to get you in a better state to receive the Holy Ghost more abundantly, and that through the hymns and primary songs, we receive the spirit more abundantly. In Galatians 5:22-23 it says, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." I know that the spirit brings these good things that we do want, and I know we can having the blessing of having the Holy Ghost with us all the time through baptism and keep the covenant of baptism. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

To listen and see hymns and Primary songs, you can go to an App Store and look up LDS Music. It is also on LDS.org (just search up hymns or Children's Songbook).

Love,

Elder Kloosterboer

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Week 12: 3 Months Down

ISU (Illinois Sate University)
Monday, February 8, 2016

We had our apartment inspected this week. We told them that 11 on Tuesday was fine, but then we realized we had service from 9 to 2, so we told them and we came to the conclusion that they would just have to inspect it by themselves. Lol we cleaned so much the previous night and the morning of. We got a great score, though! Our apartment looks nice now!:) 

Anyway, we helped unload a truck for a food drive thing. Over 100 families came and got a lot of great food. We helped carry their boxes of heavy food out to their cars and such. My arms got a lot of beating that day, haha.

We went on Companion exchanges on Wednesday and Elder John came up to my area. It was really fun! We taught Nathan and Carrie and had Tortellinis with them! Yum! We also got to quickly see a potential nearby. 

After Companion exchanges, we had the Family History Event, it was fun and good! We learned a lot from it, too.... 

We had service at Home Sweet Home Ministries again on Friday. This time we were sorting out  the clothes from donations. We had a little fun putting some on, too. :D Also, Shonya (no idea how to spell her name) is in charge of that area. She is super hilarious and nice! There are a lot of cool people at HSHM.

Elder Bennett, Elder Heiner, Elder Neve,
Elder Anderson, and myself at HSHM
So plans change all the time as a missionary, which is why we have backup events. On Saturday, we found out an investigator got called into work, so we tracted more at the street we were going to tract. We found a super sweet older guy. He wants to come to church and will, except he goes out of town to Chicago a lot. But, we gave him a Book of Mormon and we are going to find out if he has read any of it yet. I am excited to keep teaching him.

We, also, helped the Clarks put floorboards down again, and their little son gave me an IPhone he made from the scrap wood. He is so cute haha! He always wants to give me something haha.

There are a lot of nice people here, in the ward!

It was testimony meeting (when the members of the congregation bare their testimonies of Jesus, the church and the Gospel etc.) on Sunday at church. There were some pretty good ones, I liked.

We had a meeting at 8-9 at night and when we were leaving, I was still standing outside while Elder Anderson started to drive! Lol. I was making sure my seat was sit-able. Anyway, I saw that the ZLs had a package for me and it was from my brother, Daniel! Yes! I had a fun time opening that up after daily planning. We used Elder Heiner's IPad to do the planning and I didn't notice I didn't have my IPad until later... We asked the ZL to look for it in their truck and this morning they did. It wasn't there. They were picking us up anyway and we decided to go back to the church to check if it was there... We got there and Elder Bennet said that he saw it on the ground at that moment and that Elder Anderson should stop the truck as to not to crunch the IPad. It turns out it had been laying screen up for 13.5 hours in the cold with snow falling down... Yup. Luckily, it had not snowed that much at that moment. It was at 14%, though and we charged it up at the apartment as we were doing our shopping.

My iPad case covered in snow
Yay - it works!
Anyway, scripture study this morning was hard without the IPad. I am glad I have it in one piece and that it didn't crack or get destroyed. 

Anyway, have a good week and always think of the positive:) I know that Jesus is resurrected and that we can have hope due to His Atonement. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Love y'all,
Elder Kloosterboer


Half a face
It rained super hard one day!
Our ward's goals concerning missionary work for each month
This license plate though!


Monday, February 1, 2016

Week 11: Internet Down

Elder Heiner's Birthday Party

Monday, February 1, 2016

I noticed I put down 2015 last week... Yeah still not used to writing down 2016 even though it is February now! Oh how time flies!  We did a lot of service last week, actually. On Monday, we had dinner at the Clarks and the dad asked if we could come earlier to do some service, so we did. It was actually pretty good. We were sawing boards and hammering nails into boards on the ground in the last room it needed it to be done in the house. It was super fun to use some power tools (small ones) and using some nice arm power to whack in some nails. Haha. We, also, did some service at a pre-thrift store place. It is called Home Sweet Home Ministries. They help the homeless and such, but in order to do that, they need some revenue for the food and shelter and utilities for the homeless and for paying the staff. That revenue comes from selling donations to thrift stores. So we sorted where things go. 

Elder Heiner turned 20 on Tuesday! He got lots of food and 3 cakes/pies! (Well I enjoyed some of that, too. :P) I have to say, "Banana Creme Pie is really nice! Yum!" 

The church's Internet didn't work on Friday. Right now, as of me writing this, it still does not work. They are trying to fix it today. Hopefully they fix it because we have a Family History Open House this Thursday at the church... On Fridays, we do our planning for the next week and we use the Internet to sync our devices for that. So, we did the parts where we didn't need Internet and the following day, on Saturday, we were checking up on an investigator and, near them, there is a McDonalds where we used the Internet to sync and such. The investigator there is one we do not easily get a hold of and we made an appointment for the next Saturday. So I am excited for that!

Anyway, my parents sent me some good stuff and a fixed belt buckle. I was using my companion's extra one for a while. So, now I have my own one again. :)

Oh and with the picture of the truck. The story behind that is this. As missionaries, on missions we have to back the car up, so, we like pull in spots. We pulled in the only pull in spot in the church and the Zone Leaders parked right in front of us, so that we would have to back up. Anyway, to get me back, we put a dumpster in front of their truck so that they would have to put it back or back up. (We didn't think that one all the way through, but it was funny.)

Also, on Thursday, the District Leaders and Zone Leaders went to a meeting with the Mission Department, so the other District Leader's companion became my companion for the day. We were inviting a lot of young single adults to come to institute (scripture study class) and found out a lot of people have moved because this is a college town haha.

Anyway, this week is going to be interesting because we have some lessons that could be the last lessons, at least for a while...

Anyway, love you all,

Elder Kloosterboer.

My name tags finally arrived



Heart stone from the Mission President's wife
because she couldn't give us a hug
We put a dumpster in front of the Zone Leaders' truck