This week has been a really great week with a lot of spiritual growth and growth of my language skills!
On Monday night we had a great evening with an awesome family here in montpellier! (you know who you are} They are an american-ish family and we had a little taco party and had a very good discussion about the gospel. The Father of the family was just sustained as our new Ward Mission Leader! He is really awesome and he has worked really hard on getting a great start for the ward mission activities this year. It is really great to have fresh ideas and alot of concentration on mission activities. We have been able to fix goals and really expand our reach to help members more. This is awesome news for us!
I am not supposed to identify peoples names on my blog as it is a privacy issue. From now on I will identify our ami’s by letters. Here goes: First the Chinese Girl who we teach will be called “E” and the Coordinate from LDS.org will be called “Y” and we teach a woman from Albania who we will call “P” and that american-ish family will be called “the family C”, the man who speaks 4 languages and helps us with French is “JM” there we go! Any new ami’s and contacts will be explained when I speak about them. 🙂
Tuesday we had french class with JM and it went really well! he asks alot of questions and now we have basically started teaching him. He just corrects us when we make language mistakes. It went very well and I really have learned alot about French every time. Tuesday afternoon we went and met with Y and taught him about some of the commandments and spoke more about his upcoming baptismal date which was very good. He seemed to respond well to the commandments and he was supposed to come to church this week. However, he called us on Saturday and said he could not but its ok, I know he will come next week!
Wednesday started off with an excellent district meeting where we discussed goals and we discussed being delightful. We were able to set goals together as a district and really work on improving. Then we all ate together and had tartiflette!!!!! Wow, is it good! It is basically bacon and potatoes and onions and cheese in a cassrole! That has to be the best invention ever. Afterward we went and did some contacting in a park. We were able to teach some people and meet some new people! I really like contacting because I get to use French and I am not so reserved about talking to strangers! Then we taught english class and we had alot of students come in this week! It was awesome and we can see our students making great progress! Right after english class we went to our friends house (F) and he was having a little party. He is Moroccan and his mom made alot of couscous. It was really great! She prepared it with a really yummy vegetable sauce and chicken! They had like 6 other friends there and they were all asking questions about the church so it turned out to be a really great missionary opportunity!
Thursday was a really good day with alot of contacting and then in the evening we went and helped children with their homework. This activity is a great opportunity help the kids and their parents are very thankful and appreciative. It is a very muslim neighborhood, so we cannot preach there but the parents really are starting to like us so that is very good! Then to end the day there was ward counsel meeting which was super important because it was to get the ward mission plan underway! It was really good for all the different people so share their ideas!
Friday morning we met with the ward mission leader. We are working with him to implement his vision and get it all coordinated. It went really well and I know the work here will be moving along well. After the meeting I went on an exchange with one of the Zone Leaders, Elder Pettingil. It was super awesome! He is so full of energy and he is a great missionary! I spent the day working with him and we taught the ami of their equip who is getting baptized this Saturday. It went well and we ended the exchanges and met with the other elders to have dinner. Our really awesome french woman (The one who made us the turkey stuffed with foie gras) fed us, but this time dinner was even better! She made us a dish called Paëlla. A huge pot of rice with shrimp and muscles and chicken! It was sooo amazing! It is very traditional dish from Spain and I loved it sooo much!
Then Saturday was great we did service for “The family R”. They have made alot of progress on their house! They have missionaries over every week to help and it is looking a ton better! They are very thankful and I love doing service for them. They are a wonderful and strong family. After that we held an english class and again we had alot of people!
For a quick spiritual thought, all things are possible with faith in the lord and his prophets have told us this;
6 Wherefore, we search the prophets, and we have many revelations and the spirit of prophecy; and having all thesewitnesses we obtain a hope, and our faith becometh unshaken, insomuch that we truly can command in the name of Jesus and the very trees obey us, or the mountains, or the waves of the sea.
7 Nevertheless, the Lord God showeth us our weakness that we may know that it is by his grace, and his great condescensions unto the children of men, that we have power to do these things.
I am so thankful to be in France and to serve and help people! I really love it here! I know then even when days seem hard I can move mountains with the help of the Lord.