Monday, April 25, 2016

Groentje...ik kom zo aan!!!!

Goedemorgen iedereen!!!!!
the other day I complemented somebody
on the bus this cute muslim lady
on her scarf...and she would not
let me not take it. I felt so bad.
She practically forced me to take it!!

GUESS WHAT....this was the best week ever.
For reals though.

Karen was baptized, and although it was the most stressful weekend of my mission ever, it all worked out and the service was soooooo beautiful.
The devil for sure likes to get his last licks in, but it actually went smoothly in the end.

This weekend things I had to do:

Practice for two songs I would be playing and singing....
1 for the baptism, and the other for relief society.
Write a 15 min. talk on Charity...(easy topic, so I cant complain)
Figure everything out for the baptism.
Help prepare Karen, and make sure everything went smoothly.
Make lots of treats...for the baptism, and pancakes for Irma(the best less active member ever who feeds us Belgian food every week, and talks in Antwerps) for her birthday.
Because guess what...
I am being kicked out of Antwerpen.
Honestly I felt it coming from the beginning of the transfer, and I was blessed to have had a 7 week transfer here instead of 6. I honestly was just blessed to be able to come back to Belgium at all let alone here in Antwerpen with zr. Lindsey. We have had a lot of fun, and she is going to kill it TRAINING on her 3rd transfer what!! Also I was lucky to have been able to teach Karen...because honestly I cant take any credit there. She showed up to church on my first week, and was truly prepared. I have loved just even being able to know her and get to know her cute kids. I will miss her, but we are planning a trip to Malaga Spain, because she lived there and speaks spanish amazingly and very other language you can think of.

I bet you are wondering where I am going...well I will tell you.
I am headed to GOUDA!!
and wait there is more....
I will also be TRAINING A GROENTJE!!! (greenie) 
and wait there is even more...
I will be sister training leader.
and wait this isnt more...but what I just told you entails me white-washing a city!! AHHHH 
(white-washing means that both missionaries in the city are being kicked out, and brand new missionaries are being thrown in there without a clue of what they are doing, where to go, and who they are teaching...) yep that is what I have to do.
I am starting to freak out while writing this...because I havent really been thinking about it too much!! haha
I will be white-washing and training for the first time ever, and also I am going to be sister training leader...this poor greenie has no idea what she has gotten herself into. (pray for her to be okay after this transfer)

I am sad, because sis. Harris is coming to Belgium and I am just missing her, but I am pumped for her, because she has never been to Belgium and she is going to kill it!!

I am sad to also be leaving this beautiful country. Belgium is amazing...and I refuse not to speak Flemish in Gouda the whole time. I will miss it here, and this place...but I am very excited for the new challenge that awaits. 

Anyways everything went really well this week, the songs went really well. Elder Needham came and sang oceans by hillsong with me on the guitar..and dont hate me mom, it was soooo crazy that I didnt get to record it. I was sooooo mad. so dont worry I am already mad enough at myself. 
I seriously am starting to realize that my time is almost up. Missions go by way toooooooo fast. I really love this place, and I dont want to leave...sometimes I miss my family, but really I dont want to leave here. I have met the most amazing people and life long friends. EVERYONE SHOULD SERVE A MISSION!!!

I miss you all, but there is nowhere I would rather be. 
Wees Veilig, en Prettige week nog!
Zuster Stewart-Chester


Zuster Lindsey and I
Our District:)

Ice cream

and Marriette an investigator:) who is the sweetest lady ever.  
Irma :)

Eld. Needham

 Eld. Billy
and Eld. Billy..(VDDB)


getting lost on the way to the temple.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Come what may and LOVE it!

Zuster Robbins came back for a visit!!  I saw her at Stake Conferene.  Jelle was there too:)  I've missed them both!  


It was an insane week of traveling. and a lot of mistakes and crazy travel situations....and hilarious Elders and losing everything. If you want to know the exact details please read Elder Van Den Dungen Billen's blog....because I am pretty sure he got a list of all of the things that went wrong. It was A TON of fun though!! 

We went to the Netherlands for sis. Lindsey's Legality stuff and then to the temple, and to Keukenhof. I got to see sister Harris...and it was worth it...even if I had to get up at 5 in the morning to catch the train the next morning...and had to run to the train for 10 min...because the door got jammed...lets just say the Devil did not want me to go to the temple this week. 

The temple was amazing!!! But we are always sooooo rushed and it is sad. I cant wait to go home, and just sit in the temple allllllll day long. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TEMPLES NEXT DOOR!!!

I lost my OV chip kart on the way home, and we were freaking out, because Elder Mackay and Eld. Groesbeck had also lost their phone....and it seemed like eerything was going wrong. Eld. VDDB basically screamed in front of all the people at the station that we needed to pray. Well we did haha and we found it. The Lord answers prayers. 

We also had Ring conferentie...Stake Conference here so I got to see most of my buddies from Gent and even Jelle so that was pretty cool. I also got a big shout out from President Boom, talking about serving with dad Alex on his mission and saying that if I came to Tilburg he would spoil me rotten and president Bunnell was there soooo I think he took notes and I hope I go to Tilburg;) haha

Karen is stilll AMAZ|ING!!! and is getting baptized if I can get all the papers worked out because I forgot to bring them to the interview (palm to the face) haha but everything willl work out and we are really excited for her.

I dont have any time....but I love you alll!!! I am telling ELd. VDDB's blog for this week, and you will probably get more of what happened.

Zuster Stewart-Chester
Zuster Lindsey and I

Selfie with some Random people in the background 
Our adventure crew...disaster after disaster.

Elder MacKay, Elder Needham , Elder Van Den Dungen Bille, moi, Zuster Lindsey, Elder Groesbeck

Monday, April 11, 2016


Karin and Sam and FUFU!!
Goedmiddag allemaal!!

Alles is geweldig hier in Antwerpen.

THE SUN IS SHINING!! and this week I wore my flats and no tights! WHAT?!?! Pretty cool.

Other than that this week was cool. I went to Lokerin on exchanges and I rode sis. Robbins my trainer's bike. Haha it was a good time. Sis. Hanny and I rode to the middle of no where and went off-roading with our bikes, and talked to these cool Geo-cachers. Then knocked doors, and prayed with this stubborn old man on his driveway. He got really emotional and had tears in his eyes at the end. 
They also live above a bakery so I bought a yummy pastry for breakfast.

Oh and also on the bus ride there I talked to this cute little old lady. She totally opened up to us, because sis. Lindsey asked her where she was going!:) She told us how she is alone, and lost her husband a few years ago. I asked her if she believed that she would see him again, and she told me no. I told her that I knew she would, and that she could also know if she prayed. She was a little taken aback, and asked me really? It was a super cool experience. I have never been able to bare testimony like I did with that lady on transportation and it was super cool. God put the words in my mouth, and pushed me to say them. 

It was soooo wonderful, and it was so good to see everyone again. It just made me sooooo grateful for my mission and all of the wonderful people that I have been able to meet and the memories I have already met. I cant wait to meet and make more memories. 
I LOVE GENT! The branch is just soooo great and so welcoming and they are alll just family. 
We also had a cool experience where an investigator showed up and went to the dutch investigator class, and all of the other missionaries te gent went to the English investigator class. Broeder Goethals asked us to go in and we taught her a lesson about God, Prayer and how she could make contact with God. At the end she said a prayer and it was so sweet. She said she felt like her voice was sent somewhere else, not just in that room. Super cool...and who knows, maybe we were supposed to be in Gent to teach her. It was a cool experience. 
Also I talked to a super cool girl on the way back who is an artist. I got her talking by taking a picture of sis. Lindsey asleep on the train and we talked the rest of the time, laughing. She was really cool, and super curious...who knows:)

I love missions. They are the best. Everyone should serve a mission!!
I MISS YOU ALL, but time is going by way toooo fast. 

Ik hou van jullie!!
Wees veilig!
Zuster Stewart-Chester


We went to Brugge today:)

And we went on a boat...

Monday, April 4, 2016


Goedemiddag iedereen!!!!!

Well its a fast one again this week sorry....we have to use the library for a couple weeks because they are doing renovation on the church. But I wont complain, because that means we can go to church in Gent next week WOOT WOOT!! haha tell everyone!

This week I got super sick. I hit a wall, because it was just a really bad flu from what I had before...but because we have been killing ourselves on bikes lately, it hasnt helped at all.
I felt so terrible. I really felt like I was wasting time, so I refused to not take too many rests and still bike everywhere, but then I payed for it and I finally just had to rest. I think it is because I grew up with parents who always taught me to push through it, and how when I have a job, I wont just be able to call in sick all the time.....and this is like a really important job. Doing missionary work, so I felt so stupid, like I was wasting my mission away. But I am slowly getting better, and we were still able to get our hours, and get work done this week. 

We got our investigator Karin on date this week. I have never met anybody so prepared and ready as she is for baptism. She will do so many good things for the church here in Antwerpen. She said she wants to meet you mom:) 

General Conference was lovely of course, I hope you all took the chance to listen and ponder. It is such a priveledge we have to listen to the words of God. I LOVE THIS GOSPEL. I love the apostles, and Thomas S. Monson and all of the authorities. They really are called of God.
I will do better next week.

Ik hou van jullie!!
Zuster Stewart-Chester