Monday, October 14, 2013

Teaching in the Rain and Exchanges

Francis, a new convert, and me
Bonjour!  I hope everyone had a great week!  It's been a good week here and fall has finally arrived!

After our P-day activities last week we started off with a lesson with Sylvestre and And Eleana!  They're great!  Sylvestre was heading to the Ukraine for a week so we had a lesson on prayer. At the end of the lesson we had a closing prayer and prayed specifically for each person in the family and asked for the Lord to watch over his family and bless them with health and safety while he's gone.  They were touched and could feel the spirit testifying to them of prayer and its power.  After that we started our exchanges.  I was with Elder Godfrey for Tuesday and Elder Eldredge was with Elder Wood.  It was great!

Elder Godfrey has been here for four weeks, so he's still a bleu, but we were blessed with some great success and had a fun day.  We went out and held nothing back and talked to tons of people.  We had a few awkward experiences too.  An Asian man ran out and said, "Oh! You're the Jesus people.  Follow me!"  Of course, we followed him and then he pointed to a man who was at a cash register and said, "He loves Jesus too!"  Then he left us with a confused man looking at us.  After that we used "Alma Contacting".  It's known in our mission and is where you teach right there and then, set a rendez-vous date, if that doesn't work a phone number or if that doesn't work, give them a card with your phone number.  We tried to teach that way but it just wasn't working.  Finally I said, "Man I have never tried this hard to teach right on the street!" and BAM!  Right after I said that the next guy we talked to listened to us teach about the restoration.  We got his number and gave him a Book of Mormon.  It was sweet!  We had a mangez-vous with the Hakenpaa family from Finland.  They would speak English and then switch to Finnish so it was a little crazy but what a super nice family!  We finished the night with an awesome lesson with the sisters amis. (The sisters were sick) One, named Odette, was awesome and had lots of questions.  She was looking for a church where she felt like she fit in.  The sisters are seeing her again this week.  I hope to hear more about her progress.

Wednesday we had district meeting and President Pozananski was in town so he came.  He even stayed for lunch after a great meeting.  We had potluck and for dessert we bought different types of pastries from a bakery.  It was delicious.  This week we changed the time we leave our apartments from 11:00 to 10:30.
President Pozananski said if we pray for inspiration we will see miracles in that extra 30 minutes.  We are already seeing that happen.  He's so great and caring and we are lucky to have him!  We taught Una on Wednesday and Thursday night.  We taught about the Plan of Salvation and he loved it so much and said it makes so much more sense now.  He brought up baptism again and said he's already been baptized but we asked him to pray about it and he agreed.  We explained that our baptism was the right one with the right authority.  He lives outside of our area so we passed him to the other Elders in Louise.  It's still in our Zone and Stake so when be's baptized (not if) we'll be able to go!

Thursday included a visit to the doctor's office for a quick follow-up for Elder Eldredge.  I must say America has really good medical care.  Here the doctor's office is an apartment, and the waiting room is a hall.  The doctor's office is a bedroom with a computer, a cupboard with the medicines and a small exam table in the corner.  Odd but it works.  We had lunch with Frere Fraikin who always gives us great advice.

The weekend was full of knocking on doors and changes in the weather.  We've had sunlight and nice weather for the last few weeks but fall is here and that means rain.  It's rained the last few days and I've been using my new coat and scarfs!  We've had some nice runs to the tram and got to use a parapluie.  We had an awesome lesson with Francis, a new convert, and the Mulanda familty.  We even had a mangez-vous with the Bishop's family.  He's Belge and she is Irish.  He speaks French to the kid and she speaks English to them.  The 5 year old boy can speak perfect French and English and switch back and forth with ease!  It's amazing and they are a cool family.  The bishop is a diplomat for the United Nations and just returned from Afghanistan.  Two years ago he was in Kosovo and dealt with the crisis there.  Sister Orsini is a doctor and plans go back to her practice soon now that their baby is almost a year old.  We had some delicious Mexican food!  On the way back at 8:55 (as usual) a man sat down on the metro.  We casually said "Hi" and "How are you?"  We ended up teaching him for the next 15 minutes and had a great lesson.  We are teaching him again tonight.  The Lord is preparing people and they are put in our path.  Thanks for all of your prayers and support.  I know I couldn't do it without all of you!  Missionary work is amazing and I'm so lucky to be here right now at this time.  Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Player

Some interesting things from this week:
The church's heater is out so everyone was bundled up.  It was about 53-55 degrees inside on Sunday.

Church movies are awesome, and since we don't exercise on Sunday mornings we start our day with a church movie.  We watched, "Mountain of the Lord".  It's about the Salt Lake temple and was awesome. Cool fact I learned was that after we became a sate and we're named Utah it wasn't because of the Ute Indians but Utah actually means, "the top of the mountains".  It fulfills a prophecy in Isaiah 2:2-3..."A house of the Lord will be built in the top of the mountains and people from all nations will flow unto it".  That's the Salt Lake Temple.  Super cool and I had no idea about that.
District Cardi Party

European Union Station
Our Apartment Cardi Party!
Yesterday the sisters came in and said, "We need a translator for our lesson from French to English."  They were teaching 3 French people and 2 English people so I translated for them...crazy but super fun!
Our attempt at a "jumping picture"

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