Monday, February 10, 2014

Le Gospel is Here!

Bonjour tout le monde!  I hope you have had a great week and yes, it's been another great week here in Rouen!  Our amis are doing great and we continue to find some great new amis that we can hardly wait to teach this week!  But of course we had some interesting experiences too that I'll share!  Here we go...

-Leonilde...Last week I told about the awesome lesson that we had with Leonilde.  We asked her to be baptized and it was silent as she re-read Moroni over and over again.  Then our member told her she didn't have to decide that day.  This week as we taught her, Elder Wallace and I (we were on exchanges) with Frere Bitanga, we read verses from the Book of Mormon and talked about baptism again.  She had so many questions and the spirit was so strong.  We invited her to be baptized and again it was the same situation.  Silence!  So we gave her a challenge to read Mosiah 18 and went back on Friday with Tarolin.  We finished the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then read the verse from Mosiah 18.  It says:
 10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
We than asked her again about baptism and she accepted and said, "I want to be baptized!"  I can't wait to see how she progresses in the coming weeks!

-Le Gospel...We received a phone call from Frere Bitanga asking us to come to the pre-funeral service for the husband of Eunice.  (Her husband, a member, was killed in a car accident recently.)  We said yes and arrived at 5:00.  We sat down and then they asked us to move to the front and the program began.  It consisted of prayers, scripture readings, singing and was a unique experience that I will never forget.  The songs and prayers were done in shouting and crying, full of emotion.  Frere Bitanga leaned over and asked if we had ever been to an African worship service.  When we said no he said, "It's a good experience, right?" There were about 125 people and we were the only two white ones there.  I'm sure they were thinking, "What are these white people doing here?"  It was great!

-Food...This week Elder Johnson had his first two mangez-vous!  Without a doubt, they were great!  We had steaks, frites, crab salad, homemade madelines and of course, cheese.  Elder Johnson is a bit of a picky eater and as I looked over throughout the meals he looked a little overwhelmed.  When we left he said he was "so full" so I think it was a success!

-Had an awesome exchange with Elder Wallace from Southern California and we met some awesome people.  Two of them have met with missionaries before and one went to church when she lived in Holland and loved it.  She was excited to know that the church was in Rouen too!

-Had Domino's pizza and it was delicious!

-Ezechias passed the sacrament again yesterday and we have a zone conference and interviews this Friday, Sweet!

That's a little run down of our week.  The work is going awesome and I'm loving being with Elder Johnson. Training is an awesome experience and I'm learning lots.  I hope you all have a great week and know that I love and miss you all!

Love...Elder Player
Eating tacos last night at our apartment!

Sunday School with Ezechias!

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