Monday, October 28, 2013

It all starts with one seed and I'm off to Rouen

Bonjour everyone!  I hope you all had a great week.  It was a great week here in Bruxelles and I just found out this morning that it was my last.
So, where am I going?....drum roll...Rouen, France.  Don't know much about the new ville but I do know that my next companion is Elder Cramer.  Rouen is in the Northern part of France and that's about all I know.  More to come next week.

This last week in Brussels has been amazing and I'm so excited for things to come with some new people we found and awesome lessons we had with our other amis!

Last Tuesday after our district meeting, Elder Eldredge and I went to finish getting our "legality" in Belgium. (I know...just in time to leave)  After getting our legality cards I was asked to start papers for my Belgium Drivers License.  The cool thing about the Belge License is it is good for your entire life in all of the European Union.  That's sweet!!!  We had a mangez vous with the Volz family, a member family, and had a great discussion about missionary work and the members we are working with in the ward.  Their son, Yaro, just got back from his mission to Switzerland so it was fun to talk to him about what it was like there.  The meal was awesome too.  After that we headed straight to Kingsley and Marsellas and shared a great talk from the July 2011 Ensign called, "Start Moving".  (I recommend it to everyone!)  We expressed to them the need to move forward with faith.

On Wednesday we were off for our first rendez vous with Mireille.  We found her porting last Sunday.  She had already been taught by the sisters until they were pulled from here in February 2012.  We had an awesome rendez vous and talked about the restoration.  She had lots of questions and was worried because she works every weekend.  We scheduled another rendez vous for this Wednesday but just before we left we asked if she'd want to come to a member's home for a Family Home Evening on Monday.  She checked her planner and said, "why not!"  So, tonight we have a Family Home Evening with her, her husband, two children and the Curtis Family.  I'm super excited!  After that we proceeded through our day but all our other rendez vous fell through.  As we were on our way back at about 8 p.m. we got off the metro at a stop to do 1 last hour of finding.  We started walking and then stopped at a house and decided to try it.  This one had a button that said Congo/Cisse.  We pushed the button and asked if we could come pray with the family and they invited us in.  Wow!  That was a miracle!  We gave them Book of Mormons and prayed with them. They set up a follow rendez vous for this week.  I can't wait to go and see them tomorrow.  This was another example of the Lord putting people in our path.

Thursday and Friday were great days with an exchange with Elder Wood, some delicious Alfredo Pasta, a lesson with the Johnson family about going to the temple for baptisms for the dead and even seeing Slyvestre, who is back from his trip to the Ukraine.  One of the highlights was with Elder Wood.  We missed our stop because we were talking to someone so he had to wait for the metro to go back.  A drunk man asked us for money for a prescription for his back.  Luckily he didn't get off at our stop.  On a tram to a rendeaz vous an elderly Muslim lady started talking to us.  She complemented us for being "Jesus people" and said we are good guys.  She talked to us for 15 minutes until she had to get off.

Saturday we had another miracle.  While walking to do a passback we decided to stop at this building and push the sonars and see if anyone was interested.  The first button we pushed a lady answered and asked us to come in.  Once again, it was another person who had a seed planted by missionaries in 2006.  She had a Book of Mormon, Hymn Book and said she'd love to talk to us more.  It just shows that even if a person isn't ready the first time you leave a Book of Mormon, a pamphlet or even just a pass along card the seed has been planted!

Yesterday at church we got a call from Gentil.  He was at the Tram Stop and wanted us to come and walk with him to church.  Gentil is a young man that Elder Davis and I met about two months ago.  Nothing happened until we called him this past Monday.  We set up a rendez vous for Friday, which went great and then he came to Church without a reminder call or anything.  He loved church.  It was such a great Sacrament meeting and I know the Spirit was able to touch him.  We had dinner with the Hatch family in the Chateaux, taught Francis so he can start his geneology for his family and take their names to the temple. Last, but not least, Elder Eldredge got a call to be a trainer.  He'll be awesome and his bleu will have the best ville, in my opinion.  Once that happened I knew I was leaving.  I can't wait to go to Rouen and meet the people and see miracles there!  The next few days will be full of "goodbyes" and lots of exciting changes.  Have a great Halloween and thanks for all your love and support.  It means the world to me.

Elder Player

Here's my new address in Rouen:
Les Missionnaires
Elder Chase Player
137 Rue Meridienne, Windsor
76100 Rouen

Random Highlights:
Got invited to teach 150 people at a Protestant church yesterday...sadly our church schedules were at the same time...phew!
Rouen is in Normandy and is where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
The main course for district meeting was Ritzy Chicken and Almond was delicious!
They have Dominos Pizza here with a 5 Euro pizza of course we had to have some!
The Johnson Family who is
preparing to go to the temple!
District Meeting Meal
Ritzy Chicken and Almond Rice
Raspberry Nutella Dessert...delicious!

Fall Colors in Belgium
District Meeting/October 2013

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