Sunday, November 10, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Yo everyone what is good???? So this week was pretty good. Elder H set his first baptismal date! Such a flippin stud. The lady we found was actually the one in a million that actually let us in the door!! So that was a pretty big miracle. We just got back from our zone p-day in eindhoven. Our zone leaders thought it would be a good idea to play what they called ultimate soccer. Or regular soccer with an excercise ball! Haha funnest thing in the world but I am pooped. So the biggest shock of my mission came this week. I was sitting in priesthood translating from English to Dutch for one of the investigators. haha not doing very well but trying. But all of the sudden who interrupted the men's club other than one of the sisters! She asked if she could borrow me for a sec, and a new translator was secured for our investigator. She asked "so could you give a baptismal interview right now"? I looked at my watch and was like ya I think I got time haha. But this was totally unplanned. She has been investigating the church for 3 years and decided enough was enough and we are having a baptism next weekend. Haha so flipping cool.
I hope that I can send pictures some how!
This lady L, during the interview was just like Elder I want you to baptize me! Haha okay.
The Lord is there and has so much in store. If we only trust in him, komt dan alles goed (then everything will work out fine). Haha Really shock of the mission. Well I love you guys and will see you soon.... this is my last september. I refuse to quit, I will FINISH STRONG. The church is true it's that simple
Elder Mitch Ipson
6412 HK, Heerlen
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
It really does seem like yesterday that he was born. I still remember the feeling of finally getting to hold him when he was born. He was really tiny and scrawny. He was red all over (which is a good color, blue means the baby is not breathing-bad color), he had a little patch of strawberry blonde colored hair. Within a matter of days he was cover from the tip of his pointy little head to the very tips of his tiny toes with baby acne. I could not believe how bad it was. The dermatologist that I worked for at the time was also amazed but, of course, there was nothing he could do for poor Mitch. We just had to "wait it out" until his skin and hormones adjusted to life on the wonderful earth that we inhabit.
Ross and I were about 32 years old (but whose counting?) when we had Mitch. Yes, I was asked many times if Mitch was my grandson. One day when I was picking him up from kindergarten, one of the kids yelled, "Mitch your grandma's here to get you". When Mitch saw that it was just me, not his grandma, he yelled back, "she's just my mom". Oh well, when you're older those kinds of things don't bother you because trying to keep up with young children makes you feel like a grandma.
Mitch was always a handful but in a good way. He loved to tease every person that walked on this planet. There were many times I thought I would die of embarrasment from something that he had said or from something that he had done., or both.
He has grown into a fun loving and responsible adult. He has always known what he wanted to accomplish in this life and so far nothing has stopped him from reaching his goals. Luckily, his goals have always been positive and good. At least, as far as I know and believe me I really do know more than I want to about some of his "adventures". I apologize to any of you who have been included in any "adventures" that you were not happy with.
I love you Mitch and I am so very proud of you.
P.S. I'm going to make sure to print this post so that when you get home and I'm ready for you to go back to The Netherlands because you're teasing me, I can read it and remember how I felt on your 20th "birth" day.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
I hope all is well first off! Second off happy mothers day to all of you mom´s out there!! You have a big task to fulfill which honestly probably isn´t thanked enough, so I salute you!!!
A big lesson on the power of prayer came to me this week as the experience of the week takes place. Not only that of my own, but also that of many around the world. (Particularly I believe that of my mom). We had a pretty rough week, and to be honest it was a little discouraging, I did my best to smile through it but it was starting to get the best of me. But I remembered something I had learned from Elder M and our experiences together in Vlissingen and that was `Wait for Sunday`. So my prayer was that something would happen on sunday, something it didn´t have to be huge but just to let me know that the Lord was still there by my side. We had an appointment with a lady that day and we weren´t so sure that she would be home (as that is the case with most people from S). But she was home, she told us how she didn´t have lots of time because she had to go to the police station to get her daughter checked out as the daughter was strangled by her ex-husband, obviously that was something really important, so we asked her if we could just come back another time, she said she had time and wanted to "feel peace" so we stayed. The events of this appointment may be the highlight of my mission. She bore her testimony of the gospel, and we bore ours, then the daughter bore hers, by the end they all were willing to follow the spirit and committed to entering the waters of baptism.
Now I don´t focus on the numbers. Because they aren´t important, they show the progress of our investigators not our own. But I gained a huge testimony of prayer specifically knock and its shall be opened. It is because of all of your prayers even if its "please bless the missionaries" that these miracles happen, naturally I have to do something too, but thank you all so much. I appreciate all of your support, and hope all is well with all of you.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Dear Friends, Family, Aquaintances, Buddy, and Fat Louis,
So I just came to the realization as of today I have been on the Lords errand for 8 months... Where the heck does the time go? man..
Well we had a super cool Miracle this week. We called up an inactive member (we decided to work to reactivate the members here as there are lots, and do finding that way) and this man amazes me to ever extent and definition of the word amazing. He said that he wanted us to come over and it would be fine to get to know us, but his girlfriend is interested in the church. And he can´t teach her or tell her about the church because he doesn´t have the spirit with him right now. So we went over there and got to meet them. They have had a now 8 week old baby together and are looking for eternal marraige.So to put a long story short, they obviously have to get married first, but as of today M is our first baptismal date here in Rotterdam. He (I) used to be a semi-pro MMA fighter (we get along great) and she is just the kindest most honest seeker of truth. When she accepted baptism there was not hesitation in her voice. It was soooo cooollll. Please pray for them, as when this happens, these two will/are kingdom builders. These people are so amazing.
I have gained such a testimony of the fact that when things are going good between you and your companion, that you will have good lessons. Unity is essential. "If ye are not one ye are not mine". It's essential to everything.
Well attached are some photos I hope you enjoy.
PS:The pictures of flowers and stuff with wooden shoes are from Keukenhof. We got to go after our Temple Conference it was super cool.
thats all folks.
(Don´t worry mom, I only wear the orange shirt to bed.)
Monday, April 8, 2013
After we got this email from Mitch he sent another one. He has been transferred in an "emergency" transfer to Roterdam. He didn't give any details so I guess we will be in suspense until he sends an email next week.
MITCH AT A ZONE CONFERENCE. I KNOW THE ELDER TO MITCH'S RIGHT IS ELDER LIND, HE AND MITCH WERE IN THE MTC TOGETHER. I DON'T KNOW THE NAMES OF THE OTHER ELDERS.
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Life has been a little slow for Elder Mitch and so I thought you might like to read an email he sent a few weeks ago.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Mitch has been serving in Vlissigen, Netherlands for the four months he has been in the country. He loved it and was very comfortabl there. He was transferred to Turnhout, Belgium. In his own words "holy cow", I don't know crap". Well his grammar is still terrible. He is dying because he said: "I can't understand a word that is being said. I hope people don't think I'm being rude but it's hard to pay attention when I don't have a clue what the conversation is about". I think he will end up loving this area almost as much as Vlissingen. He is out of his comfort zone and I know that that is one of the points of being transferred, not only to have different experiences but to also have a chance to meet new friends.
The branch he is serving in is larger than the one in Vlissingen. I think he may be a little overwhelmed with the culture shock. He is also missing the Van Eijzeren Family, I can't blame him for that.
I believe that the Spirit or Light within ourselves attracts others that radiate similar light. I know that Mitch will make some great friends in this area. When our Stake President set him apart as a full time missionary, Mitch was blessed with the gift of tongues and that he would love the people just like his own family. I believe that with all of my heart, otherwise I probably couldn't stand this separation called serving a mission. I've learned that "I can do hard things". I know Mitch has learned that too.
Of course, I don't have any details about his companion yet except for Mitch said he is awesome. Hopefully, Mitch will have time to give us some details soon.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Mitch's new companion is Elder Mathis. I don't know anything about him yet, and I won't know until the Van Eijzeren's write to us to give us the details. Mitch is always in a "hurry" when he emails.
They did have another baptism. Sister, Ijeoma Francisca Ibechukwu. she is from Nigeria and is learning to speak Dutch, so the service was in English. She is 32 years old and she came to The Netherlands because of the war in her country, her dad and brother were killed and she does not know where her mom is. Pretty sad story, it reminds me that I should be more grateful for what I have.
Back to Mitch. It snowed in Vlissingen. Birgitta Van Eijeren sent pictures to me, thank heavens.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
This Sunday is transfer Sunday so he's worried he will get moved. It would be nice if he could finish out the time that his companion, Elder Van De Graaff has left. I think he only has about a month before he comes home.
The baptism that they had was an ederly woman, 75 years. Her 80 year-old husband performed the baptism. He had been a member for about 40 years. Someone asked if she was doing a "death bed repentence thing". Mitch said some of the questions in the baptism interview were hard to ask her.
Monday, January 7, 2013
His companion is Elder Van De Graaff. He is from Chicago, but has Dutch roots. His mother is originally from the Netherlands. While growing up Elder VDG was able to visit his grandmother there. His father served a mission to the Netherlands. His mom told me she is more Dutch than his dad.
They have been assigned to an area that has been closed for about five years. They have become very close to the Branch President and his family. There are 25 members in the branch. The branch is small but the members are very close. They had one baptism in December and have another scheduled for this Saturday. Alot of their baptisms fall through but Mitch is still staying positive.