Voilà ! Le Hebdomadaire !
A Change in the Program.
My body wouldn't stop trembling during sacrament meeting. I was completely overtaken by the spirit telling me that I NEEDED to get up and share my testimony. Now, if it were fast and testimony meeting, that prompting would have been really easy to follow. However, seeing as it was not the first Sunday of the month, and that the bishop already had the meeting filled with great speakers, it seemed a little unfair... Why would the Lord give me a prompting he knew I couldn't follow? What did he want me to do? I can just see it now... sneaking up to the pulpit in the middle of sacrament meeting, "Excuse me Bishop, I just need to borrow the microphone for a couple minutes...don't mind me!" Hahaha. But, knowing that probably wouldn't have gone over well, I got up to go to the bathroom instead. I figured maybe I was mistaking indigestion for spiritual promptings. Upon my return from the bathroom, I was shocked to see my companion waving at me from the podium, Hahaha. Did she tell me she was giving a talk today? Then she looks at me jokingly says, "Well Sœur! Looks like we're giving our departing testimonies today!"
So, The Lord provided a way! As always! #1Nephi3:7 "...The Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." Amen!
In my testimony I spoke of one of the greatest things I have learned on my mission. Something you have heard me say very often! Which is... MIRACLES HAPPEN!.... ESPECIALLY in France! So let's take a look at a few of this week's miracles, shall we? :)
Clémence @ Church
A dear friend of mine (the 16 year-old daughter of the Non-believing family I lived with in Normandy) took a train for over an hour to come to church with us this Sunday! The ward members welcomed her in as one of their own and she loved meeting all of our friends--Almost as much as we enjoyed introducing her to all of them! While my companion was fixing rendezvous with members, I had the opportunity of taking her around and giving a little chapel tour. While we were walking around I looked at her and said, "Clémence, do you want to know what is so cool about our church?...It is the EXACT same church that Jesus Christ himself established on the Earth. We even have prophets and apostles, just like in the Bible!" Then she gasps and says, "Woah!! Really!? That IS cool!!" Which leads us to even MORE miracles!...
Clémence will be coming back to church with us the week after Conference, to hear one of our apostles speak to us, in person! Elder Anderson, who will be visiting us prior to the temple open house :)
We got special permission to travel to Paris to continue teaching Clémence!
Elder Anderson came and spoke to us on one of my very first Sundays in the MTC, 18 months ago. Now I am going to have the opportunity to hear him speak to us on my very last Sunday in the mission. :) That is a miracle to me.
Paid Sick Days.
This week I caught a bad Bronchitis bug and a UTI. So we were forced to spend a lot of time working from the apartment. Luckily, on the mission, we have something that I like to call- paid sick days! It's when you're stuck in the apartment against your own free will, (like when you're really really sick) so you do everything you can possibly do from the apartment, and then the Lord sends you miracles in return! Missionaries don't get paid money... but we get paid in miracles!! So after doing all we could from the apartment, The Lord made up for the rest by sending us not one, not two, but THREE, self-referrals from my hometown's temple visitor center that all became new investigators! :)
Be A Friend.
While sitting in Sunday School, I noticed a woman leave the room and felt impressed to follow her. I followed her all the way outside where I was able to stop and talk to her. After speaking for several minutes, she broke into tears and began explaining to me that she was leaving because she wasn't even sure if she even had a testimony after having confronted certain difficulties. I don't remember what I said to her, but I just remember sincerely praying the entire time to know what the Lord would have me say to her. I know he was listening very closely to that prayer. Because the spirit filled my mouth with words that had the capacity to allow her to feel the love of her Father in Heaven, and I know she felt it. About an hour later, we returned to Relief Society together. We were also able to fix rendezvous for the following weeks to come teach the missionary lessons to her and her family :). That was a miracle. To see someone who was so close to turning away from God, experience his love, and make the decision to stay.
Many people ask me why I enjoy being a missionary so much. I have been thinking about it a lot lately as I have been preparing to return to "normal life". There are many reasons why I love being a missionary. But one reason I have loved being a missionary is that, it has taught me how to be a friend to everyone :) So one goal that I would like to set for after the mission, is to be a friend.
We all need friends. My wish is that we will plead with the Lord to teach us how to be a friend, to everyone.
I love you all, my friends! :)
À la prochaine,
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.