This past week we had some good rendez-vous with our amis! We had a rdv with a new lady, Rachel, who we met on the metro a few weeks ago. We talked about the Book of Mormon and by the end she said she needed a week to read it but if she found out it was true, she'd be baptized! The sisters are going back tonight and we can't wait to see what happens. Then, Elder Garner and I had an awesome rdv with Wilfried, who we've tried to set a baptismal date with 3 times. We had another rdv but it got cancelled and shortly after that Wilfried sent a text and asked if he could come to the church. We wouldn't have been able to meet with Wilfried if the other rdv had not fallen through. It's amazing how things work out. We talked with him about his reading in the Book of Mormon and the importance of keeping commitments to help us progress. He told us that he really wants to be prepared but has fears of falling back into old ways and that is why he doesn't want to set a date. Elder Garner said, "There's a scripture I want to read from the Book of Mormon. It talks about Zoram giving a sermon and how he had his fear taken from him." We related the sermon to baptism and how we often have to move forward with faith and that after our fear will be taken from us. Wilfred said, "That's exactly how I feel!" We asked if he'd be baptized the 22nd of March and he said no but told us that he had prayed and set a date for the 29th of March. Right after his birthday, so it can mark a "new me", PERFECT! It was awesome and the spirit of the scriptures showed him he could do it and changed his heart! On Saturday Wilfried was telling us that on December 31st he prayed for God to help place something or someone in his life to help him change and now he realizes that was us and he is ready to follow what God has sent to him. Just another testimony builder to me that God is preparing people for the Gospel and they are put in our path. We have to be ready and looking for them and then share what we have. So ask yourself, "Are there people ready and waiting for me to share the Gospel and am I ready with the knowledge to share it?" If not ask yourself what can I do to become ready?
Another awesome moment was on Sunday when Romain was able to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. We had Branch Conference and it was all about the temple and Ezechias participated. (Even though he hasn't been yet his remarks where spot on.) They are both doing great and we will have FHE with the Batinga family, Romain, Ezechias and Wilfried this week. I can hardly wait!
We were lucky to have a couple of delicious mangez-vous. On Thursday we ate with the Warenghien's for Elder Johnson's birthday. He turned 20! We also ate with Anderson and Amandine, their daughter, and it was her birthday too. (Anderson is who took Elder Cramer and me to Etretat). We had delicious salmon, quiche, a beet, olive and mushroom chicken, cheeses and a homemade cheesecake. It was delicious! This was the night I was struggling with my French but at least it was with them and we were all able to laugh! We ate with Frere Augey and his family and had steaks, potatoes and some crab salad. It was perfect. Yesterday after Branch Conference we had a meal with breads, quiches, desserts and everything else you could want.
We had our exchanges this week. Elder Johnson was with Elder Wallace in Mantes la Jolie and I stayed in Rouen with Elder Garner. It was great and we found an awesome new neighborhood full of families that we were able to port. I can't wait to go back and knock on every door!
This coming week we are off to Paris for Elder Johnson's legality so I'll be going on a scavenger hunt with the other trainers. I'll get to see the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe while our bleus go to their medical appointments. I'm glad to be the trainer this time around! Wednesday we are off to Mantes for district meeting and we have some great things planned for the rest of the week. The weather is changing here. It's getting lighter in the morning and the trees are starting to blossom. Yay! Spring is coming!
I hope you all have a great last week in February. Thanks for your emails, love and support.
Love you all...
|The Branch President's son, Sam|
Future missionary (Check out the name tag)
|Sam and me!|