Just a quick note for all of you who have been asking... YES I am "dying" next month...but, NO! My blog is not dying with me!!! Stay tuned for the many miracles, adventures, recipes, and more, to come in the following months!!!
Transfer Goal = Take a Taxi
Between the icy rain, wind, hail, and starvation, we decided it was time to cross, "Take a Taxi" off our transfer bucket list. Believe it or not, neither of us had ever taken a taxi. But we were sure all you had to do was throw your arms up and shout, "Taxi!" whenever you saw a green-lighted car. But what we didn't know was, not only would that wave down a taxi, but also a potential investigator! Well, okay... maybe he was only interested in Mormons until he found out we don't actually have multiple wives. Hahaha. Oh Eric... (taxi man) Either way, he said he "loves the Mormons!!!" and wants to come to church this week...Hopefully he doesn't come looking for wives. Ahaha.
Ya win some ya lose some!
During a little split contacting on the train, I met the most incredible new ami. A young French student named Camille. She has texted us every single day since just to make sure we haven't forgotten the rendezvous we set for next week after her exams :) So we found a new investigator!! But...lost Soeur George in the process...again... hahaha. She was also in the middle of a contact and missed our stop. So, I found myself wandering around La Défense alone...déjà-vu? My favorite part about losing my companion is the excuse it gives me to ask people to use their phones. It's perfect--you can teach them the gospel while it rings, and they can't go anywhere because you're holding their phone!
It's been raining cats and dogs all week and all of the Trains in our area are shut down for "spring cleaning". So we have to walk everywhere, even if it takes us several hours. Needless to say, there has been no need for taking showers with all this rain pouring down on our heads! Hahaha.
Bienvenue, Mardi Gras!
There are unicorns everywhere! Apparently, everyone dresses up in Unicorn onesies for Mardi Gras. Even the adults. Grown men. Pregnant woman. Everyone! It was sure amusing to see but it definitely makes it a lot harder to take street contacting seriously when you're stopping a bunch of unicorns to teach them the gospel.
The Pirate Man.
This guy didn't have an excuse, it wasn't Mardi Gras, Lol. But there was a grown man dancing around the metros in a pirate costume asking for money. When I told him that I had no money, he got really, really close to my face and growled like Jack Sparrow. Then he stuck his hat over my face and walked away. Hahaha. He was actually a pretty funny guy.
On Wednesday, we woke up with a crazy prompting to go to a city named Suresnes. When we got there, we worked the entire day and didn't see a single positive thing happen. Not one person stopped to talk to us. No one let us in. People moved seats on the train so that they didn't have to sit by us. This happened ALL day!! Welp...I guess the Lord was just testing our obedience!
But the NEXT day.
Thursday we woke up with ANOTHER crazy prompting! Only this time it was to pass by a member’s house. The family Ledru. The Ledrus are empty nesters and they are currently working on the construction of the Paris temple. So they are never there until at least 9pm. But, we went anyways. The members weren't there. BUT their non-member daughter-in-law was!! We taught her the Plan of salvation and she LOVED it. Then, she came to church this Sunday! No wonder the lord sent us all over the place the day before! He had to make sure we would listen when it was most important :)
The baptism of our sweet little Lena was on Saturday. She was SO excited!
We saw an unbelievable amount of miracles that day. Her parents invited ALL their nonmember friends and Soeur George and I just ran around like crazy talking to all of them!! Here's a couple Baptism Day Miracles for y'all :)...
After making really good friends with some Evangelist Rockers, we had a little jam session at the piano and they played the jazziest version of "How Great Thou Art" I had ever heard, and we all sang together! Hahaha. It was so great. Everyone else was just laughing and clapping to the music. Then they invited me to come sing in their Christian Rock Band at Church, Hahaha! When they left, they told their member friends... "We love these girls!!! They can come teach us the good word of God ANYDAY!"
A coworker of Lena's mom, a fully veiled Muslim woman, came up to her and said that she had felt the spirit at the baptism and would be attending church with her the following day. AMAZING!!
Birthday party in a Castle.
When the address of our sushi girl friends from last week took us to a castle, we were certain we had been punked. We called them, expecting an explanation, and they told us...yeah! That's the right place!! Apparently, the Castle had been renovated on the inside to be made into apartments, hahaha. So yeah, we attended a birthday party in a castle in France. We also taught a great lesson about our own castles!! #Temples ;)
After Church, we went with Emelie to the Bendio's to make tacos and watch a conference talk by elder Uchtdorf. It was such a lovely afternoon. That night, Emelie sent a text to the Bendio's to thank them for having her over because she truly felt like she had a family and sisters when she was with us and that she felt a warm feeling.
Miracles happen... EVEN IN FRANCE!
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.