It has been a couple weeks since you guys have gotten a good weekly letter from me, so I want to take a bit more time this week. This week was an exciting one in the office, as it was transfer week. Normally with transfer week we spend most on the day on Monday planning for the arrivals of new Greenies (New arriving missionaries) and departing of "dying" missionaries. As much as I don't like planning I am starting to see the value of it with most things.
On Tuesday, it got kinda crazy. I went with the Assistants (APs) to the airport to pick up the 4 new "greenie" sisters. Schipol might be my favorite airport in the world. Reason why? The parking garage is sectioned off into different areas to help you find your car (nothing special) but all the sections are dutch things. For example: Wooden clogs, cows, bikes, windmills, and more. But to put icing on the cake each section has an associated sound, so much to my surprise, I was blow away when we got out of the car to hear the sound of wooden clogs walking, then the sound of a cow mooing, and other sounds as we made our way through the parking garage. I don't know why we loved it so much, but we were all cracking up. Anyway, we took the sisters immediately down to The Hague to do some legal work before coming back to the office. After a half day of training we got to go out for crepes at the crepe house in Leiden. I can't wait to bring the Family there! In the evening, we had a great testimony meeting with the new sisters and the office staff. I got to share a little about how noticing small miracles or tender mercies has helped me to keep moving forward. Sometimes I enjoy the small miracles more than the big miracles!
Wednesday was mostly filled with new missionary training that I didn't have to do much for. My day got busy when the departing missionaries came. We have to get them ready to fly home and get them checked out of all legal stuff. The only problem is, one elder didn't show up! He got on a train in Belgium at 12 and wasn't seen again! So we had missionaries checking every main train station from Antwerp to Amsterdam. No luck. So at 6pm we finally get a call about this kid being at Amsterdam Central Station. So me and my companion booked it out of the office to the train station to get the next train to amsterdam, luckily we got there 30 seconds before a train to Amsterdam left (small miracles right?) and we eventually got him and 8 pieces of luggage back to Leiden and then drove him to the mission home 2-3 hours late. Fun day being the rescue squad :)
Nothing too crazy for the rest of the week. Worked on a letter to parents about Christmas packages and sent it out to everyone. If there is anyone that would love to make a missionary in the Netherlands happy on Christmas you can send a letter or package to:
Elder Talyon Perry
2316 ZA Leiden
I will love you forever :)
To end I wanted to share about the Book of Mormon. We have been challenged as a mission to read the Book of Mormon before the end of the year. I started on Monday and while I haven't gotten so far in the reading yet (only to 1 Ne 12) I will say that I've enjoyed it so much! While general conference was great, I sat there the whole time looking forward to starting my reading on Monday! I have noticed that this week was the least stressful week I've had in the office yet! No question! I felt much like Nephi (1 Nephi 7:16-18) when his brothers tied him up. Nephi prayed to our Heavenly Father and didn't ask for the bindings to disappear but rather for the strength to bear and break them. To compare it back to myself God didn't take the stress away from me but he gave me the strength to bear it better. Amazing what a change it has already made in my life! I invite all those reading this to join me in reading the Book Of Mormon before the end of the year. I know it will change your lives! So read the Book of Mormon and send me a Christmas package :)
Elder Talyon Anderson Perry