Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week 46 - Belgium

A Norwegian soldier(ette) agreed to take a photo with us
Pink skies/ moon in Turnhout! 
The Royal Palace! But the royal flags aren't waving so they're not home- no door contact today. 
Some cool EU building 
Mary...                   ...Elis(z)abeth!
Picture the Atomium in the far distance.. apparently you can see it from here on non-foggy days (:

Beste Fam,
This week we swung by Brussels twice (wow, one day I'll look back on this and it'll seem so crazy, being a few hours' train ride from all these major European cities), once for P-day and once for Zr. Castro's legality paperwork, and it's always so fun to windowshop (+ enjoy free samples) in the dozens of chocolatiers and enjoy the beautiful centrum.

On Tuesday, Zr. Castro and I were looking someone up and ended up meeting a friendly older atheist lady who we had a neat conversation with about what it means to be a good person/ how to find lasting happiness and satisfaction/ how important it is to think for yourself (which she encouraged us to "start doing"), but she couldn't wrap her head around two "young, energetic girls with so much going for them who don't want to take a step back and just enjoy life" and we were able to point out common ground and clear up some skewed ideas, and she said we can come back to exchange stories. Coincidentally, her name was Emma de Smith- so we met the Flemish ongelovige Emma Smith. (:

I continue to be amazed by the strength of the members here, and am so grateful for this time to serve the Lord full-time and be completely immersed in the things that matter most. I'm grateful for the knowledge that Heavenly Father has a plan for every one of His children, and that through sending a redeemer, He "bringeth about his great and eternal purposes, which were prepared from the foundation of the world" (see Alma 42:26) - our earthly lives go so much deeper and we are so much more than we realize.

I love you all! I hope you felt some Belgian vibes of love all the way from Turnhout to Niceville, Florida this Valentine's Day. (:
Veel liefs, 
Zuster Riley (: 

Mmm cool flavors

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