P-Day? What's that?
To kick off the week, we had a killer preparation day! Instead of going site seeing, we decided to teach Emelie with our mission president's wife. Because how many more times are we going to be able to do that? :) As the two of us get closer to the end, we seem to have less and less of a desire to have p-days, and more and more of a desire to just teach lessons ALL the time. Many of you have been emailing me lately to ask what my favorite part of missionary "work" is... to answer you all at once... teaching!
During our lesson with Emelie and Soeur Babin, Emelie told us that she knew the church was true. Because even though she doesn't feel like she has had all the responses to her prayers yet, she continues to feel like something is drawing her to the church and to all of the things we teach her. Especially the commandments. The spirit was so incredible during the entire lesson. I wish it were possible to write every single detail of every lesson I have ever been part of during my mission, especially this one. But needless to say, we went out heel-clicking :)
The Greniers: A Powerhouse Family.
We taught Emelie again the very next day with the family Grenier. Another great lesson :) Then, right afterward, we picked up another investigator (Morgan) and we went over to the Grenier's kid's house and we taught a lesson with them! We haven't been able to teach Morgan in several weeks and after that lesson, it was clear to us why we haven't been able to get a hold of her. Someone was working REALLY hard to make sure that lesson didn't take place, because WOW! We taught the Plan of Salvation and the spirit filled the room to the rafters. It was so strong that I was certain it was also overflowing everyone else's apartments that shared the same building as the Greniers. Then, we looked at Morgan and said, "When you know this is true for yourself, will you follow the example of Jesus Christ, and be baptized by someone holding the authority of God?" Then she said with a smile, "Well, I know it's true!" So we very happily fixed a baptismal date with Morgan for May 27th :).
Updates on Omar.
I know that many of you are very curious to know what's going on with Omar...So are we! All we know is that he is currently passing through a difficult time with his divorce and can't see us for the moment. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.
A lot of Lasts.
Tuesday was my Last Interview. Wednesday was my Last Zone Conference. I gave my "dying" testimony and yes, I of course bawled like a baby as just about the only words I could get out of my mouth were, "You are so lucky to be here" with a pause for dramatic effect between each word. Okay, maybe the pause was just because I was crying, but it worked for dramatic effect. I also had the opportunity to sing a song that I have been working on for the past 6 months for president. A song originally written by my sweet mama, "An instrument in my hands" adapted by me, into French, "Un instrument entre ses mains." It was an emotional day. After Zone conference, I also had my Last exchange in Paris. By the time we got home, Thursday night, I was completely blasted.
CHANGE. What's that?
We get a little too excited about change, on the mission. This week I had my hair done to have something nice and fresh for this summer. Now all of the sisters in the zone are lining up to get theirs done too, hahaha. Here's a before and after! We also had the opportunity to teach the entire salon staff about the temple and give them all special invitations to the temple open house!! :) They were all so thrilled!
Mormons in Disguise.
We went out for an early morning run with Emily, a little Word of Wisdom object lesson we were trying out with her :), when we were brought to a stop by a group of catholic pasteurs offering coffee and church tours to all the passersby. Flattered by their kindness, we thanked them but kindly told them that we don't actually drink coffee. They were only shocked until they noticed our badges. The sweats and tennis shoes must have disguised us as "normal people". But we were actually the Mormons ;)
-"Oh! We didn't even recognize you!! You're The Mormons!!!"
-"We sure are!!!"
We ended up talking with them for about 15 minutes and they liked us so much they told us that we should join their church, Hahaha. Of course, we laughed and said with a wink, "Hmmm... thanks for the offer! But we are actually here to baptize you!" Which elicited a pretty good response. They seemed at least partially convinced considering they made us run all the way home to get temple open house invitations for them and bring them back. ;) They are ALL registered to attend the temple open house next month! Also, now whenever we see them they yell out and wave, "HEY!! IT’S OUR MORMONS!!"
The temple is bringing SO many miracles, as you can imagine! This week we have been going from referral to referral in Chesney (where the temple is being built) to deliver invitations for the temple open house. Our feet have never been so blistered, hahaha. But it is so great! We are always lost so we just stop everyone along the way to ask for directions and say something like, "We are here to deliver this special invitation for the Mormon temple open house next month, could you tell us where to find..." Then they give us directions followed by something along the lines of, "Hey! Wait! I actually want an invitation too!" Which is perfect because the law with our temple invitations in France is that we can't just hand them out like pass along cards, the people have to specifically ask us for them. So we got the system down ;) Then we give them one and ask if they have any other friends who might be interested in having one as well, and they send us to another referral! And of course, we ask for more directions along the way.
Miracles happen!!!... especially in LE CHESNAY!!
Oh! Also!!! Super awesome news!!! Emelie came up to us in church yesterday morning and told us that she had prayed to know if she was supposed to be baptized and guess what her answer was?.... YES!!! So we pulled a fast one and got her a baptismal interview right after church and... she passed!!! Woot woot woot! :D Now just a few more steps before she can get baptized, but she is well on her way! Soeur George and I contacted Emelie together and have been teaching her together for the past 6 months or so. It's been amazing to be here to see her go through the entire conversion process, highs and lows, and to be able to do it all with the same companion. A rare and beautiful experience!
I just love being a missionary!
I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the France, Paris Mission.