The Brubaker Family

The Brubaker Family

President Brubaker and I are excited to be here as the Mission President and companion of the Belgium Brussels Netherlands Mission! We love your sons and daughters, and feel to thank you for the wonderful missionaries you have raised! This is a very unique mission. Our mission includes two countries, and five languages, not including many dialects spoken in the Netherlands. The missionaries are teaching many people from all around the globe. With the help of the Spirit, the missionaries are finding those who have been prepared to receive the Gospel. This is truly the best mission in the world, and we are honored to be a part of it. We will try and take good care of your sons and daughters. We love them so much already!

We have 5 children and 11 wonderful grand children. We have so much fun together! We are grateful for the support they have given us as we prepared to leave for three years. Our home is in Salt Lake City, Utah. We have raised our family in the Millcreek Holladay area. We enjoy many activities together. We are happiest when we are hiking in Southern Utah, cross-country skiing into our rustic cabin in the Uintahs, enjoying a good game of Train or Settlers of Catan, or just being together and sharing a meal with each other. We love our family so much!!!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Charlotte Wiersma Has A BIG Family in The Hague!

Charlotte Wiersma - Dec. 30, 2011

Den Haag

Sister Ence, Sister Perry, Charlotte (Bep) and Sister Tanner

Wow, wow, wow. Where do we begin? Charlotte is AMAZING. She met the Zusters while taking a walk in the park about 8 months ago. She has always had a stong belief in our Heavenly Father but had never quite found a church in which she felt at home. After many months of careful study and prayer, she received her answer that she had finally found the right church. Charlotte has such a strong love for the Bible and the Book of Mormon. She has studied diligently and has sought earnestly to learn what Heavenly Father's will for her is. She is an example to us all of faith and endurance. She is willing to share her testimony with those she comes in contact with and her enthusiasm for the gospel is contagious! Charlotte is a great addition to the ward here in Den Haag and is a ray of light! We love her!! -- Zuster Perry and Zuster Tanner

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Stepping Back in Hindeloopen

President Brubaker and I took our P-Day and met my niece, Sarah and Hilbert in Hindeloopen. We enjoyed every minute with them. It felt sooo good to be with their sweet family! Hindeloopen is a small town located in the northern part of Holland.
The weather did not deter us from making a wonderful, never to be forgotten memory!
My nephews, Gabriel and Lorenzo enjoyed discovering this hidden gem in the Netherlands with us. Hindeloopen painting was started in the 17th century. Hindeloopers started to color the woodcarvings on small wooden pieces, wooden shoes, furniture and such.
We visited the Schaatsen Museum. Over the centuries ice skating has been very popular in the Netherlands. It was not only for pleasure, but was a useful way to travel along the canals in the Netherlands.
A pair of Hindeloopen skates.
We were fascinated with the beautiful hindeloopen painting.
An old "klompen" workshop.
it gets dark really early in the northern part of the Netherlands. Sarah and I loved discovering this small village. We felt like we had stepped back in time!
We found a few treasures in the 2nd hand winkel.
This was a perfect day to spend with our family away from home in the sweet little town of

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

'Tis the Reason For the Season

It's Christmas Eve.....
The office elders; Elder Jones, and Elder Benson along with Elder McCarlie, Elder Andrews, and Elder Mortensen and Elder and Sister Pankratz enjoyed a memorable evening together at the mission home on Christmas Eve.
After dinner, Elder Jones and Elder Benson were in charge of our nativity program. They assigned us all parts. We all dressed appropriately.
Elder Jones and Elder Benson even found their flock of sheep.
Elder McCarlie, Elder Benson, and Elder Mortensen made great wisemen.
Elder and Sister Pankratz were Joseph and Mary
President Brubaker was asked to be the narrator.
"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the
field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory
of the Lord shone round about them,
and they were sore afraid.
And the angel said unto them,
"Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of
great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.

And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into
heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto
Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the
Lord hath made known unto us.

....and they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the babe
lying in a manger
and they fell down and worshipped him.
....the wisemen came from the east, bringing gifts; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
President Brubaker and I sang
"Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella".

We enjoyed singing Christmas hymns during the acting out of the Nativity. Elder Benson played a beautiful Christmas medley. There was a feeling of gratitude and unity among us as we felt the true Christmas spirit.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in Holland Nannabecca and Grandpere

This is a little video we sent our children and grand children.
We thought you might enjoy watching it.
President and Sister Brubaker
Belgium Netherlands Mission

Former Missionaries Return!

We had some wonderful visits to the mission home and office during December! Elder Waldie returned with his entire family! They are really brave to travel together for two weeks! I am sure they will make memories they will never forget!

We loved meeting his parents and enjoyed meeting all his brothers and sisters that we have
heard so much about!
Chantelle Fowler (Carter) and her new husband Seth came and visited us at the mission home.
We thought it was a great idea to spend part of their honeymoon here for Christmas!

Elder (Eric) Robinson and his family came and had lunch with us at the office! We had a great hearing about some of their adventures as they come to the Netherlands for Christmas!
In time of test, family is best. ~Burmese Proverb

Monday, December 19, 2011

So Hard to Say Good-Bye...

President Brubaker and I have decided that saying good-bye to our missionaries is the hardest thing we have to do! Seven missionaries came to the mission office to have their last interview with President Brubaker. Sister Pankratz had made a delicious lunch for all of us!

Elder Brockbank, Elder Mueller, and Elder Osmond showed me their beautiful plates that they will take home as a special reminder of their service as full-time missionaries.
After interviews, the missionaries arrived at the mission home. Everything was ready for a memorable evening together.
A request was made that we have the same meal the missionaries received when they first came to the mission.
Mexican Avocado Condiment Soup!
Chocolate fondue for dessert!
We were able to share with each other those things that are closest to our hearts.

A time to ponder and reflect...
Elder Brockbank and Elder Mueller took a restful moment to enjoy a 50 year old collection of books in the mission home.
The mission home was filled with beautiful Christmas hymns.
Looking through books of past missionaries.
Morning came quickly, and we all took the train to the airport!

Do we really have to go?
Elder Favero was relieved that he was able to stay for a few weeks longer.
He and Elder Cundick caught the train back to Heerleen.

l-r Elder vanDoesburg, Elder Brockbank, Elder Osmond,
Elder Bair, Elder Mueller, and Elder Alexander
Elder Jones and Elder Benson are going to miss Elder Alexander in the office!
Elder Jones was trained by the best!
President Brubaker wonders how our mission will survive without
these amazing missionaries!
Elder van Doesburg has had the privilege of serving in his own beloved country of Holland, and learned to love the adjoining country of Belgium, as he served most of his mission in Belgium! President Brubaker was pleased that Elder van Doesburg won't be too far to be a joint teach for his fellow missionaries!

Don't forget us...remember Love is the Key!