Monday, August 29, 2016

Week 41: St Charles! :)


Monday, August 29, 2016

It was a super good week!  I'm in St Charles now! It is a very nice area here!

I saw Elder Casto and Elder Heiner (with his new trainee, Elder King-I think). They are all doing well. 

I met a lot of my new zone at the stake center in Naperville. They are all pretty awesome! It is going to be a fun transfer!

We helped fix a play set for some nonmember neighbor's of some members on the first day. That was fun!

So, I'm getting to know he people and the area a bit more. It is funny because only 6 days ago, I'd hardly knew the area, but now I know quite a bit more.

We also know the owners for the Colonial Cafe and the other ap elders who we share the ward with ft to go on Tuesday (Elder Young's first day in the real mission field). We will get to go this week. We did get some of their fantastic ice cream when we went over to their house.
Elder Eddenfield took a selfie of us

We did a lot of walking and some biking this week as we are in a car share and the miles are just not there... Haha. 

The members here are awesome! We also went to the Salvation Army to help out and there were some cool people there. 

Also, we are teaching this Nepali family and they don't know much English (but still some), so that is fun! We are trying to see if they can get to do some English classes for free and if there are any Nepali people (or people who know the language) in the stake.

The only thing they have in Nepali is the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet-not even any other pamphlets or the Book of Mormon. So, we have been going through that pamphlet slowly. 

We had a cool experience while walking home on Saturday.  We saw some members and we talked to them. One of their friends, who is actually a former investigator in the other area of the ward, was there. We didn't plan on teaching them, but one thing led to the other and we did! Haha. They had gotten burritos, and we had been going home for the purpose of eating in our apartment, so we accepted their invitation to eat with them. The burrito was DELICIOUS! Yum! Anyway, Barb (the nonmember) is pretty cool! 

Church was good! It was at 1 pm-the first time on my mission. So, that was interesting. They also have an upstairs in the church. It was interesting calling the majority of people "brother" or "sister" so-and-so. 

I also used a Laundromat for the first time on my mission today. It was cool with the card and uploading money directly from my card  so that I don't have to deal with coins or cash. Yay!

Anyway I'm excited for this week. I know that the gospel is one of the most important, if not the most important, things to share with people. I know God loves us, His spirit children, and that he wants what is best for us. I know that this is Christ's church and that it is the organization to prepare us for His second coming and to help us with our families. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Exactly 100 miles for the day!
Lol! They changed my profile picture! (Don't worry, it was temporary)
My suitcases are getting fatter and fatter each time I move! Oh oh!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Week 40: Going Family Side!

My real zone - Joliet East Zone. (Hermana Nelson, Sister Doty, Sister
James, Sister Waters, me, Elder Julander, Elder Bingham, Elder Ellis,
Elder Bollschweiler, Elder Bird, Sister Ivy, Sister Smith, Sister
Wixom,  Elder Hale, Elder Maughn, Elder Faimalo, and Elder Cook.) The
Senior Sisters, Sister Jackson and Sister Rungaitis) were missing.
Monday, August 22, 2016

We had Sushi on Monday. It was actually pretty good. I got some spicy shrimp, too and practiced with the chopsticks. We finally met Alex, but he's going to college to Colorado (CSU) and isn't interested learning about another religion right now.

He was appreciative of our efforts, though.

We went to FMSC this one time this week and it was intense! We were going way to quick and they said for us to change jobs in the assembly line, so we did, but that just made us faster hahaha! (They only have so much donation money for us to pack that much). 

We had an interesting conversation with a referral investigator over Facebook. - yeah it was weird haha.

Not that much happened this week, but it was an interesting week, haha. The work is hastening for the Naperville YSA area, though. So it is very exciting. A few pass off lessons are going to be happening soon, too. We got two referrals from the Tempe Arizona Mission lately, too. A guy sister missionaries were teaching and a woman elders were teaching. Haha.

I'm transferring, though! I'm going to St Charles West area. It is inside the Naperville Stake. It will be fun. I'm going to be companions with Elder Eddenfield. I replaced him back in Rockford. He is pretty cool.

I have had a different companion every transfer. The longest time I've been with a companion was with my trainer, Elder Heiner, for two transfers. So that is interesting.

Oh yeah, Elder Heiner is training his fourth trainee for (probably) his last two transfers, so I get a younger bro! 

I know God knows what is best for us to make us grow and have joy. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 


Elder Kloosterboer

Monday, August 15, 2016

Week 39: Interesting Peeps

Naperville East Zone-District at zone Play-Day -- (going right from
the top) Elder Anderson, Elder Kirkham, Elder Larsen, Elder Hunter,
Elder Hendrickson, Elder Bungham, Elder Royce, Sister Khou, Sister
Mead, Elder Clark, Elder Giolitto, and me!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Not much happened this week. We did meet some interesting people, though and some interesting stories. 

We went on exchanges for the last time of the transfer and Elder Faimalo came up here. I got to drive and the GPS took me on a small road that just ended, so I just did a u turn on the nice grass there. 

We went out into the middle of nowhere haha! 

We were going to a dinner appointment from Frankfort area to Naperville area and, it was funny because we saw some women in a car next to us in Joliet area on one road (Rte 59) and they passed us, but in Naperville area we were ahead of them and they were following us. Turned out they were going to the same Chick-Fil-A in Naperville. Haha. 

A bunch of people have left and it is sad. So Sacrament Meeting is already smaller.

Today was super fun because we got invited to the Naperville East Zone's Play-Day and we played Ultimate, Soccer, and Beach Volleyball. 

I really like this quote here:

"We do  not  preach  and  teach in  order  to  “bring  people  into  the  Church”  or  to  increase  the  membership of the  Church. We  do  not  preach and  teach just  to  persuade people  to  live  better  lives.  We  honor  and appreciate  the  many  ministers  and  others  who  are  involved in  the  kind  of  ministry  that  makes  bad  men good  and  good  men better.  That  is important,  but  we  offer  something  more.  One  can  qualify  for the terrestrial  kingdom  instead  of  the telestial kingdom  without  the  aid  of this  Church. We are  concerned with a  higher  destination.   "The  purpose  of  our  missionary  work  is  to  help  the children of God  fulfill a  condition  prescribed by  our Savior  and  Redeemer. We  preach and  teach in  order  to  baptize  the children  of  God  so  that  they  can  be saved in  the celestial kingdom  instead  of being  limited  to  a lesser  kingdom.  We  do missionary  work  in order  to  baptize  and  confirm...   "As the  prophets  of  this dispensation  have  told  us, the  missionaries’  purpose  of  being  in the  mission  field is to save souls,  to  baptize  converts,  which  is  to  open  the doors  of  the celestial kingdom  to  the sons and daughters of  God. 
  "No  one  else  can  do  this.  Other churches  cannot  do it.  Good  Christian  living  cannot  do  it.  Good  faith, good  desires,  and  good  reasoning  cannot  do  it.  "Only  the  priesthood  of God  can  administer  a baptism  that  will satisfy  the  divine  decree  that  “except  a man be  born  of  water  and  of the  Spirit,  he  cannot  enter  into  the  kingdom  of God”  (John  3:5)."  - Elder  Dallin  H.  Oaks (“Why Do  We  Do Missionary  Work?,”  New  Era, Sep 2009,  2–3, From  an  address given  at  a  seminar  for  new  mission  presidents  on  June  23,  1992)  

Our message is for everyone, whether you are good or bad. We believe in more than one Kingdom of Glory where we will end up for the eternities due to differences in good works and desires of people. In order to get to the Kingdom of Glory where God, the Father dwells, we need to be baptized by the authority given from Him who lives there, God. This is why we are out here. I know the work that I do is God's work and if one who investigates this and does what s/he is invited to do, s/he will know of the truthfulness of it from God himself. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

P.S. Oh yeah! I got some Beignets, too. They were Yummy!

Frog / Toad
Funny pic

Nice sunset
There is a skunk in the middle of this picture. We saw two skunks that
night and 3 another night!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Week 38: Fun Driving Yay!

The Fort Collins Colorado Temple is going to be open on the 19th! Wish
I could go! I suggest going, you don't need to be a member.

Monday, August 8, 2016

We had FHE (Family Home Evening - a get together for the young single adults) on Monday. We had our spiritual message and, then, taste tested 14 different Pringles flavors and it wasn't multiple choice. I only got 2/14 lol! Some people were really good, though! The highest amount someone got correct was 11/14. Yup, so that was super fun! Chris was going to come, but we found out last minute he needed a ride and no one lives near him! We got him to come to a dinner with us with 6 members at their apartment, though. They played Super Smash Bros after haha! 

We had Zone Conference this week and that was pretty interesting.. Haha! Something that is changing is that any meetings before 10 except New Missionary/Training Orientation will always be at 10 or later. President knows how important Book of Mormon Study is and wants us to have Personal Study for at least 30 minutes each and every day.

We helped a member move some furniture he bought for his friend moving to this area into his new home as a surprise for when he gets here. That was fun! The member doing this is super ripped, too! That was helpful!

We had exchanges for Friday. Elder Bollschweiler came into my area with me and Elder Bingham went into their area with Elder Bird. It was a fun day! We biked to FMSC. Elder Bollschweiler liked the exercise, but not the bike, haha!

We went to downtown Aurora and did some street contacting and looking for a a referral's house that we found out doesn't exist... We were heading back to the car and a nice member asked if we wanted some Gatorade out of her window in her car. We said 'Sure!" Some people are so very nice! 

The nice thing about this exchange is that I got to drive! Yay! 

We had dinner with Joe and Dominic for the last time here. They finished work that day. They are awesome. Sariah was there, too. They are all "Service Pros" and are part of the group that feeds us a lot haha!

Then we exchanged again. The next morning we went to FMSC again and Joe and Dominic came because they were off work. It was pretty fun and they really enjoyed it, too!

We went to a baptism in Bloomingdale for a boy Elder Bingham taught before. The Ward Mission Leader there who picked us up is hilarious!

Anyway, I know that God made a plan for us and that he wants us to succeed. I know that we need to continue on having spiritual experiences and going often to church, so that we don't fall away. Making the hard right instead of the easy wrong is the way to grow and that is why we are here. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer

Hey Look! It's Elder Holland!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Week 37: It's August...

Monday, August 1, 2016

It was a great week! I went on two exchanges-one with my mission brother, Elder Julander, and the other with Elder Cook in his new area. So, I have been on exchanges with Elder Cook in his old area (Joliet 1 North), my area (Naper YSA), and his new area (Joliet 1 South) haha! It is fun. They have a nice area! 

After Zone Play-Day pic
We had another lesson with Chris and he should be coming to FHE tonight with his sister and one of his friends, so that will be super cool!

Interesting story with a potential we had: we have dropped by a lot of times at different times of the day by this member referral, Alex, and he has never been there or no one has come to the door.. Anyway, we had left a card saying to call us if interested etc. We hear back that he posted a picture of the card on Facebook saying how great fun it was to get it, but he hasn't called us... Haha. Lol. Anyway, we will be trying him again.

We had Zone Play-Day today and we played Tennis, Volleyball, and Soccer! It was super fun and I got super sweaty and hot! 

Also, I just wanted to share this quote from the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jr, “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done."

I know that the work I do is God's work and that nothing can stop it. We missionaries are just tools in His work "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." I know that God lives and that He very much so has His hand in our lives. I know he loves us all and I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Kloosterboer
Eating at Joe's for the very last time!