Monday, August 4, 2014

Rain, Pastries & Romain

Lake we contacted at!

Riding the metro!

District Meeting at the Mission Home!
Bonjour tout le monde.  I hope you had a great week!   It's been an awesome week here and I have so much to tell you.  After emails we are off the to Chateau Fontainbleu for some sightseeing so I've got to be fast!

After 14 months I made it to the mission home for the first time.  It's awesome!  The area, Le Vesinet, is so nice and the mission home is great.  Since our interviews were at the house, the zone leaders got permission for us to do our District meeting in the mission home living room.  It was super nice and I was happy when President and Soeur Babin made quick hello's but didn't sit in on the meeting.  We all had our interviews after and since it wasn't a Zone Conference we didn't have time constraints and so we were able to have nice, long interviews.  President and Soeur Babin are awesome and have all my confidence and trust.  I'm excited for our first Zone Conference with them this coming Friday.  After district meeting and interviews we decided we wanted to go to a Chinese Buffet for lunch but they were closed so we had KFC!  After lunch Elder Powelson and I went on exchanges.

I went to Paris Lilas and had an awesome exchange.  Elder Powelson is cool and a great teacher.  We were able to contact and teach 3 lessons on the road.  One lady was hesitant at first but as we testified the spirit softened her heart and we were able to teach the restoration and the Book of Mormon.  At the end we asked if we could pray for her and she said yes.  As we prayed we asked that she'd be blessed with happiness and the ability to find peace in her life with the Book of Mormon.  After the prayer she told us that she and her husband had recently separated and she was really searching for happiness and was going to go home and read right away!  She has a son, who already believes, and I can't wait for them to go back and teach them both.

We also taught ttheir recent convert, Cedric.  He is so cool and 22.  If I could have friends like him I'd move back to France after my mission.  He contacted the church and was "golden."  He works for a well known patisserie in Paris and sometimes brings pastries home but hadn't this time.  He asked us what our favorite pastries were and went and got us each one.  I now have two new favorite pastries...Paris-Brest and delicious and I highly recommend them!

After exchanges we were able to teach Romain two times.  He has a good heart and a desire to change. The lesson on Saturday focused on why we are here on earth, repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, and baptism. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted.  It was an awesome lesson.  I'm so grateful for the people that the Lord prepares to receive his gospel.

We gave service to a member in our ward who was moving and then helped Soeur Blateron paint and sand her windows.  She fed us a great meal as well.  We were able to see Victor who had watched the restoration video and loved it.  He is really interested and wants to know more.  We gave him material in Portuguese and he was excited to read.  Hopefully, after they get back from vacation he'll be able to come to church.

Highlights from the week...
*Peach Schweppes Ice Cream Floats...YUM!
*Vasile family...taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ and it went good!
*Contacted at a cool lake, taught a few lessons, watched remote control speed boat racing and people canoeing!
*Ate with the Kusseling family and spoke in English.  It was the most unnatural thought we've given in a long time.
*Had thunderstorms every night and still forgot to take our umbrellas and ended up soaking wet...DUH!

This week we have Zone Conference, an exchange and some good lessons planned.  It should be a great week!  Hope you have a good one too.  Thanks for your love and support!

Elder Player

Chateau de Vincennes

This is a kebap...Yum!

Paris thunderstorm!

Pastry night!

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