Monday, November 25, 2013

Trains and Winter Rains

Bonjour!  I hope you are all having a great day.  This has been a great week in Rouen.  Full of great experiences and lots of talking to the people of France.

Last week after P-Day we went and taught a referral named Baptiste.  He's 21 years old and was referred to us by the Branch President.  We talked about the Book of Mormon and he asked us how the book had impacted our lives.  He is looking for peace in his life and we testified that is exactly what it's done for us. He took the book and promised to read it.  We are going back to talk to him tonight and I can't wait to see what he thinks.  We meet a women at the bus stop and had a 10 minute lesson, then got onto the bus to finish talking to her.  We are hoping to pass by this week and see her and her three kids.

Tuesday we took a train to Mantes la Jolie for our district meeting.  It takes about an hour each way but we made it back by 4 o'clock that evening.  On the way home we were sitting behind a young woman who turned around quickly and asked if we were Americans.  She is living with a host family and teaching English in the Junior High School.  She doesn't have very many English friends and she doesn't speak much French. The English kids she knows drink a ton and she doesn't do that.  We thought of a girl in our ward from America doing the same thing and asked if we could take her number so she could call.  They are going to hang out this week!  What a perfect way to introduce the gospel.  We had a crazy call form a woman named Manon who asked if we did baptisms.  "Yes, Yes!" we said.  She asked if she could set a date.  "Sure, we need to meet with you and teach you a little first but then we can set a date!"  We asked if it was for her and she said no it was for her daughter, Mince.  We asked how old she was and she said two!  Umm...we explained that we don't baptize until they are eight and asked if we could meet and talk more about that.  So, we are hoping to see Manon this week, also.

Wednesday we taught a less active.  It was awesome and we were able to give him a blessing and we read Elder Uchtdorf's talk, "Come Join with Us."  We'be been asked to always have this talk with us and share it with people, especially less actives.  I love it and would recommend it to all!  Then we taught an awesome lesson to Kalid who we met last Sunday.  He's a Muslim from Morocco but we taught him at the church and gave him a church tour.  We are meeting with him again this week!

Thursday we had no lessons or meetings so we decided to go porting.  The weather here is about 34 degrees F with high humidity so it feels a lot colder than home.  We spent 3 hours out porting and decided we'd do one more and then hop on the bus to head home.  The last door was opened by a women named Beatrice.  She is about 85 years old and she only opened the door about two inches with the security chain on.  We explained why we were there and started talking.  It came up that here husband had died 4 months ago.  They had been married for 65 years and she was awfully lonely.  We started talking about the Plan of Salvation and told her that she will see him again and they can be together again because of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Her eyes lit up!  As we continued to talk she told us to hold on and then came out a window by the front door onto the porch to hear more.  We talked for about 25 minutes.  We gave her a Book of Mormon to start reading and she was so happy to have one.  She said she had just finished a book so this was perfect.  We left her with a prayer and said we'd pray for her again that night.  She said, "Nobody has ever asked to pray for me.  Thank you!"  It was awesome to see the hope and the joy come into her eyes to hear that she and her husband can be together forever!  I'm so grateful for the Plan of Salvation, for eternal families and temples.

Friday and Saturday consisted of an exchange with the Elders in Manes la Jolie.  I spent the time with Elder Piere from Tahiti.  It was great and a good learning experience.  We helped another member move too.  We are getting pretty good at moving washers and dryers up narrow European stairs.

Sunday was our primary program.  It was awesome with our 12 children in the Branch.  There is no better way to feel the spirit than have young children talk and sing about Christ.  We had a less active come with her son.  Annabel and Daniel, who's 8.  We did some wallpapering for her a while ago.  They loved the program!

I can't believe that it's Thanksgiving this week and on Sunday it will be the 1st of December.  Be sure to tell me about your turkey dinners and Black Friday shopping experiences.  I miss you all, love hearing from you every week.  Everything is going great here.  Thanks for all your support.  It makes a huge difference.

Love you all...
Elder Player
Exchange with Elder Piere from Tahiti

Pain au chocolat aux mandes...Delicious

Another Moving Day!

Not a normal lunch but yummy
homemade steak and frites!

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