Monday, March 17, 2014

Want a Tour?

Bonjour!  Tout le Monde!  I hope you have all had a great week.  It's been a great week here in Rouen and we continue to be blessed by the Lord.

I'm going to start with three of our miracles we had this last week.  Wednesday we were off to Mantes la Jolie for District meeting.  We arrived, had the meeting, ate and then had about 30 minutes before our train left so we took off and went contacting around the church.  We started taking to people but no one was interested.  Just when it was time to catch our train we meet a man named Lamine Khady.  He was fascinated by our being there, trying to speak French, and talking about church.  We told him that Christ's church was restored and on the earth today and then asked if he was interested.  He said, "Yes".  We gave him a church tour right then and we were able to give him a Book of Mormon and invite him to start reading.
He lives in Paris with his wife and child and we found out his address and gave his name to the missionaries there.  I can't wait for the missionaries in Paris to see him this week.

As the week  continued we had some time to go porting on Saturday night.  We went to a neighborhood not too far from our apartment.  There are some nice houses and in two hours we met people of every kind but in the end they all said, NO!  As we were walking home we ran into a woman and decided to contact her. Right after we started she said, "I know you, I'm Joyce!"  We contacted Joyce last transfer but haven't been able to keep in contact.  She expressed that she was still interested and lived on that street and we could come by.  We were able to pray with her right there on the street.  So cool that the Lord never let's you down after you've put in the effort.  He'll put people in you path!

Speaking of the Lord putting people in your path...we were on the bus heading home and at a stop Elder Johnson looked out the window and said, "I think that's Leonilde!"  I looked and said no and the bus continued going.  By the next stop I said, a little cowardly, "Maybe we should go back and see if that was her."  We got off the bus and walked back and when we got there it was Leonilde and her daughter Lola. They looked quite different with a hair cut!  We were able to schedule a rendez-vous with her for Friday and then on Friday we were able to pass her to the sister missionaries.  It was a great rendez-vous and the sisters are seeing her again this week!

This week we started our new Branch mission plan.  It includes seeing every member every 7 days to give them a spiritual thought, pray and help them understand how they can do missionary work.  We have the best branch ever!  This week we're going to visit each of them again and tonight we have the chance to go to the Bertrand Family's home and do our passbacks from two weeks ago.  They invited us to FHE with their friends who came to church yesterday and loved it and want to learn more!

Here's a few highlights from the week...
*Orange Juice - I'm pretty sure I drank more orange juice this week than ever before.  It's a staple food her and we are always offered a glass by people.  Luckily, I love OJ!
*Bruno - Our ami who said he's been coming to church the last few weeks...came yesterday!
*We were assigned the dessert for district meeting.  We decided to make Galettes du Roi.  They turned out really good but then we realized we had nothing big enough to carry them on the train.  Being creative and missionary poor we took off our chair covers.  (They snap on and are hollow, almost like trays) and it was a perfect fit for the galettes.  Everyone got a good laugh out of that one and we got some weird looks on the train.  But you do what you have to do!
*Wilfried is doing awesome and excited for his baptism on the 29th.  He even went shopping this last week to get new clothes to wear after he's baptized!
*To top off the week...the six missionaries sang in Sacrament meeting yesterday.  We sang Joseph Smith's first prayer to "Come Thou
Fount of every Blessing".  We thought it would be awesome but we didn't have time to practice and therefore I don't know if we'll be asked to sing every week!  HaHa

I hope you all have a great week.  Thanks for all your love and support.  Till next week...

Elder Player
Little Rue in Franch
Reminds me of San Francisco a little!

Our Gallettes de Roi before we put them
inside the chair cushions!

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