Monday, July 25, 2016

Week 36: We Ought to Obey God Rather Than Men

Cool building!

Monday, July 25, 2016

It was a great week! So, the Elders Quorum's President, Ammon, just got married 2 Saturdays ago and he needed help getting some things out of the house to move. So we helped him and his wife with that. Now that was up north and we have a potential up there, so we decided to go visit him. He is pretty awesome! It turned out he had this day (Tuesday) off and so we went at the right time. We set up an appointment to come back that selfsame day and got a member to come with us. It was a great lesson and he was telling himself what he needed to do before we got to it haha! 

We were going to teach him after the Fireside on Sunday, but he went on a camping trip with his dad for the weekend (short notice). So, we will try and teach him again this week. He definitely got interested with The Eternal Families being taught at Institute. 

We are looking for apartments because the lease will end on August 10th for our current one. We might be moving twice in order to get a good apartment for not too much money. It will be interesting how it plays out.

We went on exchanges with the elders in Bolingbrook and I went to their area with Elder Bird. It was a pretty good exchange! It was pretty hot, though and we did weeding outside. Also, Elder Bird's bike he is using from the mission got in some trouble. The pedal fell off! Lol! Luckily, we weren't that far away from our appointment and we locked it up by the school that was there and I biked while he ran to the appointment. Hahaha!

So the fireside was pretty great! We came in late and ended up sitting in front of the mission president, President Griffin. I didn't realize until after I sat down haha. We got good seats on the second to front row.

Erin (a former investigator) came with Annie and she has been coming to church since last week. It was great that she was there because I think the spirit taught her a lot and she went to shake the speaker's hand herself!

The spirit was pretty strong and everyone sung loud and proud, so that was good!

Yup, it was a good week! I know that "We ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29) and that God will bless us as we make Him our top priority and obey Him first. I know that this is His church and that Thomas Monson is his Prophet on the earth today here to keep Christ's doctrines straight. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Yay! We got an OFFLINE map for our members and investigators! I've been waiting for this for ever!
Confederate Flag
Lol - going 3mph as this guy prepared the way for us
Lol the road the GPS wanted us to go on ended and we ended up going on another road that wasn't on the GPS. Lol!
These 2 pictures were taken in the same minute - that light is from the lightning! 1
These 2 pictures were taken in the same minute - that light is from the lightning! 2
We went to this and it was awesome!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Week 35: It's the YSA life for me: Transfer 2

Cool pic!

Monday, July 18, 2016

So, Elder Kearl and I picked up our District Leader, Elder Neve, for him to go home and I was outside in the foyer when President said something about a new Elder coming back by train to the mission.... So a new elder may or may not have gone with the departing missionaries for a bit lol..!  Anyway, while waiting for my new companion, I worked in my area with some other missionaries and it was good! We got a referral!

We had a meeting over Skype that day, too, because Elder Bingham is the district leader. Yay for Skype! We didn't need to drive an hour round trip because of it :)

I talked to an elder who was at transfers about a less active member that on his records said to ask this elder about him 1.5 years ago, and, later, we contacted him and he had just moved out of a bad situation, so we taught him at his new apartment, and he should be coming to institute this Thursday! Not to church last Sunday due to work, but the next one, hopefully! 

A lot of Young Single Adults (YSAs) are really busy and that is the hard part for focusing on them.

Yeah, not much else happened this week. A lot of thunderstorms happened and we got drenched in the few seconds that we went from a doorstep to our car from an investigator's home. That was crazy, actually. We were talking to the investigator woman on her doorstep and it started raining hard and then BANG! The thunder sounded like it was right there! Anyway, we had to drop her because she is actually in her 50s and she doesn't want to learn from people under 20... 

We are also changing apartment and looked for some today. That was interesting and I learned some things about renting a place where the people have to move and move in lots. 

Oh and we had a pretty cool Sacrament Meeting yesterday! The president of Joliet Stake came and he and his wife both talked. One thing the President talked about was that blessings are given to you when you are where you need to be, but they are constrained or restricted when you are not where you are supposed to be. Think about that.

Also, many people came from the other wards and we found out they had Linger Longer that day, too. 

Also, we have great members! 

Anyway, I know that Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are 3 different personages who are one, or perfectly unified. I know that Heavenly Father wants what is best for us, His children. I also know that Jesus Christ, under the direction of Heavenly Father, created this world. I know that all the ordinances needed to reach our highest potential are available to us through the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints through the proper authorities. I know the Book of Mormon is the Word of God and is TRUE. The way to know it is through asking God, the Eternal Father himself and listening to him through God, the Holy Ghost. I say these thing in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Elder Lane!
We have been having a lot of thunderstorms lately....
66.6,.. lol
A YSA member, Briana, cooked this curry for us a few weeks ago. It was yummy!
Some cool landscapes

Monday, July 11, 2016

Week 34: I Squished a Bug and it Was Beautiful in The Dark

Former Elder (Elder Lemon) in my brother's last district on his mission

Monday, July 11, 2016

Haha, sometimes random songs go into my head and I was singing the title to "I Kissed a girl and I Liked it" or however that song goes from Katy Perry?

Anyway, a bug was in the apartment because we left the door open a bit and I squished it and it's guts started glowing! That was surety cool. But, I don't think it is the typical fireflies I see.

Oh yeah, last night I was trying to sleep and at 11:11p.m. we hear a knock on the door.... and I didn't lock the door that night haha. I was kinda scared! Anyway, I went down stairs to the door and looked out the peep hole. No one was there, so I opened the door and.... a pair of shoes were lying on the ground.. Wow! Elder Kearl said it must have been a friend because he had asked his dad to get him shoes lol. 

Anyway, this week, we had Zone training by our one Zone Leader, Elder Maughn. It was pretty good. We had a demonstration with a member teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The member was great! There were 3 different demonstrations (30 minute, 10 minute and 5 minute). Sister Griffin was there and she decided to be the member for the other two haha. 

We went to a funeral for a YSA. He had had some medical issues. It was a good experience, though and well prepared. That was my second funeral, that I know of, that I have been to. The first LDS one. 
We visited a YSA from the Bolingbrook ward who actually goes to the Wheaton ward and lives in the Wheaton ward. It was cool, though because one of his roommates had met a lady across the street who was interested in the message and the Book of Mormon. So, we went over there and talked to her and gave her the Book of Mormon. It is cool to work with a LOT of returned missionaries and hear their stories and to see their continued mission life outside the mission. 

As I was reading from John 9 I found this:
"Concerning those with handicaps and disabilities, President Boyd  K. Packer  of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles  taught: “It is natural for parents with handicapped children to ask themselves,  ‘What did we do wrong?’  The idea that all suffering is somehow the direct result of sin has been taught since ancient times.  It is false doctrine. That notion was even accepted by some of the early disciples until the Lord corrected them. “‘As Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. “‘And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? “‘Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.’ (John 9:1–3.) “There is little room for feelings of guilt in connection with handicaps. Some handicaps may result from carelessness or abuse, and some through addiction of parents  But most of them do not. Afflictions come to the innocent” (“The Moving of the  Water,”  Ensign,  May 1991,  7–8)."

I know that this life is our testing period for us to become stronger and grow. That is the point. And just because trials come, it isn't necessarily because of sin.

Also, I found another favorite verse. John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself."

That is what we ask people to do all the time. Understanding will come over time, prayer, EXPERIENCE and KEEPING GOD'S COMMANDMENTS. :) I definitely know that is true.

Oh we got a text from the Assistants during dinner on Saturday saying we would get a transfer call and at 9:22, we got our call from the President. That is the earliest I have gotten the call, I think. I'm staying here and Elder Bingham is coming into the area. He will be the District Leader of this district in the Joliet East Zone. Elder Kearl is going to Sycamore to be a Zone Leader in the Rockford South Zone. It will be an interesting transfer back as a "District Monkey" (companion of the District Leader). Elder Julander and Elder Faimalo are going to Joliet 1st North (in the district). They will be a "zebra" companionship because elder Faimalo was assigned Spanish speaking and now he is English speaking with an English speaking elder.

Anyway, a bunch of people are leaving the mission on Wednesday. 18 missionaries are leaving and 12 are coming in excluding 1 who will wait here for a visa or something. 

Anyway, I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Baby on Board - cute pic!
Car Selfie
Mysterious fog.....oooooh lol. At night.
Squished bug
The house Elder Kearl and I made to be a Christ-like home

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Week 33: Meeting Other Missionaries While Proselyting!

View from a summer sales apartment

Monday, July 4, 2016

Well, I found out this week that a member who lives here, Mckenzie, is friends with Josh Reichman from Broomfield 3rd ward! That's one of the first that I have talked to someone who knows a friend of mine. Mckenzie is a YSA in one of the wards inside our area and we were just visiting her.

We had an interesting lesson with Mona this week. She is from France and we brought a member from the Naperville 3rd ward who went to France for his mission. We met him because we helped him move. Anyway,
she found out that he spoke French in the middle of the lesson and Voila! They started speaking French and she was impressed! That was pretty cool.

We also, had some interesting texting moments when we were trying to get in contact with one of the YSAs for dinner. It turned out that we were pranked on and we went to Red Lobster and waited for 10 minutes and left. Yup, we are not paying 32 bucks for a meal right now. Haha. Yeah it was interesting. We found out the YSA's real phone number and he will take us out another time.

Oh yeah, we were going to eat in a park by a baseball place and, as we were entering the parking lot, a ball bounced right in front of us about 10 feet away. Imagine if we had gone in the parking lot a second earlier! Yup, it was scary and the baseball players were bad haha. So, we had exchanges this week and Elder Cook came into my area with me and Elder Kearl went with Elder Neve and Maughn in Joliet. Elder Cook and I biked all the way to FMSC 6 miles away and saw that they were closed! We realized it was probably because of the 4th of July weekend. So, that was 12 miles for nothing really, oh well, it was still fun because I like biking. I stopped and talked to a woman and eventually asked her if I could give her a card. She was all like, "I have no hands!" While she had a phone in her hand... *slap on the face* lol.

We went downtown and went to a train station. I was expecting a busy train station, but there were only a few people there. We talked to a lot of people there and had lasting conversation about the gospel. That was pretty cool. Unfortunately none were young single adults, but, on the way back to the car, we saw a young single adult walk out of his home and we got to talk to him. He seemed pretty interesting and he is open weekends, so we will call him up and set up a time to follow up this weekend.

Interestingly enough, we just got a referral from that same area where we didn't even knock on.

We also got a new investigator from other elders and we gave some new investigators to other elders.

Also, we were working in the sisters area, Naperville 3rd and, as we were about to knock on a door, we see a car with a TIWI and it is the sisters! Lol! They were like, "What are you doing?" And I was like, "There is a YSA here!" Haha. We also bumped into the Bollingbrook elders. They were talking to the members inside and we knocked on the door haha. So, that was funny because I usually don't see other missionaries during proselyting time.

If you're not a member, this next paragraph maybe doesn't make sense to you, sorry!
Oh yeah, so we are in the Joliet East Zone (there are 2 districts per zone, 2 zones per stake, 5 stakes in our mission) and our ward is the Naperville YSA ward and we cover both Naperville and Joliet stakes, but we report to Naperville stake and that is where the ward is located in. So, as missionaries we report to our zone leaders who report to the stake leaders, and since our zone leaders are in Joliet stake, they report to the wrong stake! So we had to answer their questions and also the Naperville Zone leader questions, too. They wanted us to get all our numbers to them also. (Naperville Zone Leaders forgot we are not in their zone anymore so they needed all the info on the last day possible.)  we said they can just get that from the other Zone Leaders. So that will be interesting on how that continues. Yeah, I don't know if anyone can follow that, but oh well!

It was a good week, this week! And because it is July 4th, I would like to share some scripture verses from the Book of Mormon that tell of a prophet called Nephi seeing the coming of the United States.
1 Nephi 13:10-19
"10 And it came to pass that I looked and beheld many waters; and they
divided the Gentiles from the seed of my brethren.
11 And it came to pass that the angel said unto me: Behold the wrath
of God is upon the seed of thy brethren.
12 And I looked and beheld a man among the Gentiles, who was separated
from the seed of my brethren by the many waters; and I beheld the
Spirit of God, that it came down and wrought upon the man; and he went
forth upon the many waters, even unto the seed of my brethren, who
were in the promised land.
13 And it came to pass that I beheld the Spirit of God, that it
wrought upon other Gentiles; and they went forth out of captivity,
upon the many waters.
14 And it came to pass that I beheld many multitudes of the Gentiles
upon the land of promise; and I beheld the wrath of God, that it was
upon the seed of my brethren; and they were scattered before the
Gentiles and were smitten.
15 And I beheld the Spirit of the Lord, that it was upon the Gentiles,
and they did prosper and obtain the land for their inheritance; and I
beheld that they were white, and exceedingly fair and beautiful, like
unto my people before they were slain.
16 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles who had
gone forth out of captivity did humble themselves before the Lord; and
the power of the Lord was with them.
17 And I beheld that their mother Gentiles were gathered together upon
the waters, and upon the land also, to battle against them.
18 And I beheld that the power of God was with them, and also that the
wrath of God was upon all those that were gathered together against
them to battle.
19 And I, Nephi, beheld that the Gentiles that had gone out of
captivity were delivered by the power of God out of the hands of all
other nations."

I know it was no coincidence that the colonies won against the empire. God's hand was definitely in the history of the United States. This led to the Bill of Rights including freedom of religion which led to one thing to another and Joseph Smith, a Prophet of God, restored His church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, back on the earth in the fullness. I know that this is true. I know that God loves us and still talks to us in these days and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and is a true record of the people in America. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.Hope you all had a great 4th of July (Independence Day)!

Elder Kloosterboer

Lucifer Gospel,, lol