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Monday, July 14, 2014

Outbound Mission to Washington, D.C.

Hello from Maryland/DC! Woah. Last week was pretty intense. I couldn't even believe that we were there by the capital on the Fourth of July. It was Soo fun! Here's some fun pics below. So something fun about Maryland is that there's soooo many deer here that keep running out in front of our car hahah. Also, I am loving this country-ish feeling to my area. The ward here is pretty great. We have lots of characters that aren't afraid to be themselves. One of the ward missionaries, Brother Larkin, is awesome! He just takes the initiative and calls some of our investigators that he is fellow shipping to see when we can come over. He also brings copies of the Book of Mormon wherever he goes so he can give them out. What a missionary!!

Right after Sister Taggart and I ate some frozen yogurt in the city on the fourth in DC, a Mormon family chased us down and invited us to eat lunch with them in this way nice Italian restaurant with them. We made some new friends!

So my mission president, President Cooke, acts like Steve Martin and Steve Carrell. He claims that he looks like Leslie Neilson, but none of us missionaries know who that is haha. We did charades last night for a Sunday evening FHE, and his word was "pig." He acted out a gorilla (or that's what it looked like) and we were all laughing sooo hard. No one could guess what he was doing. But he really is an incredible person with great character.
We have an investigator named Paula, and she is quite the character as well. She came to church with us, and when we were singing the first hymn, my companion was trying to turn to the page it was on, but she said, "No. Turn to the next hymn were gonna sing!" I think she just wanted a head start or something. She's definitely a spunky one. She loves yard sales, and LOVES service. So won't join the chin unless we find a bunch of service for her, so we're working on that one.
Tracting is fun! It is a challenge, but it allows us to tweek our door approaches and contacting techniques to become better each day. The challenge we are working with is that we talk with many people while walking/tracting, but they always say, "just come back any time" instead of setting an appointment with us. I know we will figure it out though.
So we have a pretty cool potential investigator. Solange is from Cameroon, and she is a Christian. She just moved here, and she has 3 boys. She accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon, and we were able to teach her the restoration. We will go back to her house this week to teach her more and answer any questions she has.

Well, l love you all! I always love reading your emails and hearing about your lives. 

Sister Steenhoek

PS: So here is my mailing address for my outbound:
Washington DC North Mission
11700 Falls Road
Potomac MD 20854-2823

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