Monday, December 15, 2014

It All Started with a SMS...

Guillaume, Elder Gram and me having
a Family Home Morning together!
Bonjour Tout le monde!  I hope you have had a great week and are feeling the Spirit of Christmas!  It is quickly approaching!  It's been an awesome week here in Nancy full of change and miracles.  On Wednesday Elder Velazquez arrived.  He's an awesome missionary and we've already been blessed to see so many cool things happen this week.  I can't wait to see what miracles we will have this transfer!

Elder Gram and I had a great two days together visiting our amis and members so he could say goodbye.  We had a FHE with Guillaume, a FHE with the L'Homel family which featured a German dish that Elder Gram loves which had sauerkraut, sausages, meats and potatoes and was pretty delicious.  On Tuesday night we met with the Freard Family.  When we got back we did "face masks"! (Got to keep it exciting at the end of the day!)  Wednesday morning we took Elder Gram to the Gare and waited for Elder Velazquez to arrive.  While waiting we got a message from Vincent.

Vincent is the man that Elder Gram and I met about two weeks ago on Sunday night.  After about three hours of no success we were blessed to finish with three lessons the last hour.  We were able to teach about the restoration to Vincent in the street and give him a Book of Mormon.  He was touched by the message and said he was going to the South of France for a few weeks but to call him the week of Christmas because he'd like to talk more.  The message this morning was, "Hey, could we meet this afternoon...I'd love to talk more?"  We sent a text saying "yes" that we would be free after three and he promised to call when he was off work.  We met at a Cafe and had a coke and taught him.  Throughout the rendez-vous we learned that he had read 100 pages of the Book of Mormon and loved it.  He found it easier to understand than the Bible.  He'd been told by people at his church and work that we were a cult and to not go near us but he knew we weren't and wanted to know what our church could bring to his life.  The spirit was so strong and prompted us to ask him to be baptized.  He said yes, to my surprise, and then we were able to fix a date and he was so happy.  We set a rendez-vous for later in the week.  An hour later we got a SMS telling us his brother had died suddenly of a heart attack and he asked us to pray for him and his brother's soul.  Our hearts were broken.  Talk about a trial of faith right after accepting to be baptized into the Lord's church.  We were able to talk to him on the phone later and he asked, "What can your church give me brother is dead."  It was an amazing moment to be able to tell him that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ he would be able to see his brother again.  We testified that we knew it was not by chance that we had met him when we did and he said he wanted to do anything he needed to so he didn't have to be scared of death.  It was such a miracle, so unexpected, and I'm so grateful for the spirit that prompts us to do the Lord's will.  I know you will never regret following a prompting.  I'm so grateful for the peace and hope this gospel gives to us.  Even when it seems like things aren't going our way, or we feel alone.  If we turn to the Lord in our hour of need we will feel the unmistakable love he has for each one of us.

Srdjan and his wife came to church, loved it, and accepted baptismal dates.  Thankful for "google translate" and the ability it gives us to teach them in Serbian!
Within the first hour of Elder Velazquez's arrival we taught a lesson in Spanish!
Met many new people contacting this cool!
Saw a change of heart with Alfred...from saying he didn't want to meet with us anymore to saying he'd read and pray every night and see if it makes a difference!
Had an awesome ward Christmas party and picnic.  The Nancy ward is so great!
Last night we had a late night miracle.  We met a French man, Nicholas, who wants to see us again in the New Year!

There is so much to share but so little time to do it.  It was such a great week and I'm excited for our Christmas Conference with Elder Teixeira and the great things we have planned for the week.  Please know how much I love you all and pray for you.  Till next week...

Love...Elder Player
Our festive tablecloth my mom sent!

I know...kind of scary!  This was Elder Gram's last night
and we decided to do face masks!

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