Friday, July 24, 2015

Week 2 Amsterdam - My Eyes Were Open

Hello Hello!!:)

Were to begin....this week has been full of so many crazy adventures and great miracles and tender mercies. Is all I know for sure is that Heavenly Father, knows who I am, He's is so much closer to me then I thought. This is His work and it is not slowing down for anything.

This past week has been fun for sure. Working with Elder Bringhurst has been an absolute blast. It's been so fun to have him as a companion. Still kinda in a shock, I mean who would of guessed we would end up in Amsterdam together, kinda a one in a million chance. But I wouldn't change it for the world, cause life is great! It has been so fun to just go out and work hard and laugh and have a great time the whole time we are doing it. Sure makes missionary work a lot different! A good different that is:)

So, we were able to meet with Peter and Evy a couple of times this week and it has been incredible to see so many miracles come into their lives. Here are some of the miracles that they have seen the past couple of days. Peter has got a job that is going to help him support his family so much better and one that he enjoys. They were able to get a car so now they don't have to rely on anyone to come to church. They finally have an appointment to go and meet with the city tomorrow so they can get married!! Every time we go over to their home, they just tell us how grateful they are for this new light we have brought into their lives. I wish you could all just see them now. They have a new light in their eyes, Jesus Christ has entered into their hearts and they are new people. I have never met an investigator who has such a strong testimony is our Savior and Our Heavenly Father. They have so much trust is Him it is touching to see. I was telling Elder Bringhurst this week that every time I go over to their house I feel like I am going to my Aunts or something. They are literally family to me. So great. Oh and get this, I finally was able to convince Peter to let us try and carry up a fridge they have been wanting to get up stairs. Well it was crazy....We had to carry a American size fridge, I say American cause that is very rare to see here, up 8 flights of stairs cause there was no elevator. But guess who came out on top! we did:) We weren't going to be beat by a fridge haha. But they really appreciated that too, Peter and I had a good laugh that we finally did it. But I just love that family so much. They are so ready to be baptized and can't wait either. One big miracle.

This week my eyes were also opened a little bit. In two different ways. One I can give 100% credit to Elder Bringhurst for. He has opened my eyes on how stinking lucky we are to have the mission that we have. We really do have one of the coolest places ever! I love my mission so much! My eyes were also opened this week by my Father In Heaven, for the first time I really began to see everyone as a child of God. I finally was able to see God's children as He sees them, glorious, amazing, full of potential. I know that we really all are children of a loving Heavenly Father, He knows all of us perfectly and truly does talk to us. He is there always and is never EVER going to give up on us. Why? Because we mean everything to Him! How incredible is that!?

I also had the incredible opportunity to go back to Delft on Saturday and say goodbye to Josh Ampah, one of my best friends! It was the greatest welcome ever. He had no idea I was coming and we walk in and he was laying on the floor and I was like 'my brother!' and He jumped up so fast and gave me the biggest hug. I can't even bring it into words how great that was. That is what life is all about. Seeing that smile on someone who you have come to love face. We were able to have a nice lunch and enjoy the afternoon with each other, a big tender mercy to me that's for sure. And being back in Delft just brought back so many good memories. But it also hit me, missions go by to fast. I am going to make the best of every second, because it's true what they say time flies!

I love you all and am thankful for the love and support! Have an amazing week!

Love, Elder Parr
Elder Bringhurst and I
Our Big Reunion with Josh and former companion Elder Lee

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