Hello from the MTC...I hope everyone had a great memorial day! I have almost been here for 3 weeks. A lot of what goes on is the same but I'll try to tell you some exciting things that happened.
We have 2 new investigators, which are our two teachers, Raphael and Delphine. Delphine is a gypsy and Raphael is a devote catholic. Needless to say we have some hurdles to get over.
On Tuesday night Elder and Sister Zwick from the seventy came to our devotional. They talked about the fundamentals used to build a temple. Elder Zwick is the lead contractor for the Portland, Oregon temple so he knew what he was talking about. The 6 steps are as follows:
1. Start with the end in mind...a blueprint.
2. Have a strong desire and commitment.
3. Be willing and have the discipline to work hard...don't be discouraged because Heavenly Father is always patient with out efforts.
4. Prepare for challenges - they will come.
5. Structural integrity and physical integrity are important.
6. Total dedication to the Lord in all you do.
It was an awesome talk and I got to be in the choir so I sat up close.
Wednesday we had Elder Vinson from the Seventy observe our class. The night before he came we did some cleaning, set up pictures and made everything spiffy. It was pretty funny, but we passed. We got over 700 new sisters and elders this week.
Thursday we taught two lessons to French speaking members. It was amazing to see how we could actually speak French and their feedback was encouraging. You could really feel the spirit.
Friday was another good day and on Saturday we had a substitute, Sister Judd, who served in Paris and just got home 5 months ago. She told us that having a native mission president has really helped the work to explode. She told us to cast aside all stereotypes of the French and you will have success and the best mission you could possibly imagine.
Sunday was fast Sunday. We had a 25 hour fast. That was a first for me. I was called to be a District Leader in the meeting. A shock but exciting. The rest of the day was District council, District meeting and a bi-weekly leadership training. Ted Gibbons was our speaker at our devotional last night. He told the story of Joseph Smith through Willard Richards testimony and journal. It was amazing to hear about the inspiration Joseph received. At the end we sang "Praise to the Man". The spirit was so strong! Be sure to read D&C 135:3 and reflect on how your life has been affected because of Joseph Smith. This one man changed millions or lives and gave his own life so we could have the gospel and the ability to have eternal life. Pretty amazing what one person can do!
I am so thankful to be here, learning more about the gospel and strengthening my testimony. I can hardly wait to share this joy with the people of France, Belgium and Luxembourg.
Thanks for all your letters and support. You're the BEST!