Monday, August 11, 2008

Visitors and Local Missionary Farewell

The past ten days have really gone by fast. We have had two trips to Belgium, had visitors from the states, and have had a local missionary give his farewell talk in Sacrament Meeting yesterday. On Saturday the 2nd we had our first visitors from the states, Mark & Helen Watts. They are the in-laws to our son Trent. They came for 3 days to see what Holland was like. They had a great time visiting with members at church. Most members speak some English, so that made it easier. We had a great time with them in Amsterdam on Monday. It was interesting to visit Anne Frank's House. There was a very somber feeling there. The boat ride through the canals was great. We were able to enjoy the wonderful ornate architecture of many old buildings as we cruised leisurely past them. To end the day we had dinner at a Chinese/Dutch family's home (the Ng family shown in other blog photos). Then we made it to another Sunday and enjoyed the talks and talents of the Croese family as they participated in the Sacrament Meeting. Their son Jared was leaving for his mission to Suriname (near Brazil). At the end of the meeting the Stake President went to the pulpit and announced that he would now set Jared apart as a missionary, and that any that needed to could leave. The circle of brethren soon laid their hands on Jared's head and set him apart. Then the audience was invited to go to the cultural hall and partake of some soup, bread, and punch. Because of distances here and the small homes, that type of reception is not uncommon.

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