This transfer has gotten off to a great start! Training is so much fun! And it is really stressful as well! Haha. It's really weird being looked to and relied upon as the one to know everything about this country, language, and just missionary work in general. I feel like I know hardly any more than she does. Luckily, she is very patient with me, and we are having a blast Learning and growing together. It's pretty freaking awesome to have God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and angels on your side, helping us every step of the way. We feel their strength, guidance, and peace every moment of every day. It takes a lot of prayer and faith to know that They are always there, but the more we trust in Them, and call down for Their help, we are able to do things that we didn't think were possible. We are so blessed!
So, just real quickly. I want to tell you about a really cool miracle we had this week. So we were out contacting at night. Cold, dark, and Chambéry is a ghost town after the sun goes down. Not the prime circumstances for street contacting. But, we prayed hard to have a miracle, and to find someone to teach. We contacted into one man, named Patrick, asking him if he would do our questionnaire with us. He said yes, but he only had 1 minute. Well....45 minutes later, this man had a Restoration pamphlet in his possession, with a promise that he would go home and read it. He wouldn't take the BOM, but he took the pamphlet. It's amazing how the Spirit touches people's hearts and softens them once you start testifying of truths, like the Restoration. The only problem was that he took our phone number, but wouldnt give us his. Never a good sign...
So, 2 days later, we go out contacting again. We had been praying for the past 2 days that Patrick really would read the pamphlet, and call us back. Well, we hadn't been out for more than 5 minnutes when lo and behold, Patrick comes walking across the street. I got so excited I ran across the sidewalk yelling "Patrick!! Is that you!?!" Haha. Scared him half to death. But he was so happy to see us. We got talking and everything, and then asked if he read the pamphlet. He said yes! And that he had questions. So, we sat down on the park bench with him, and for the next hour explained the whole restoration, answering all his questions. The Spirit was really strong. When he heard that Christ came to America after His resurrection, he was like "of course...that makes perfect sense! Why wouldn't Christ want to see and teach more people than just those in Jérusalem? I bet you He made a stop in Dublin, Hong Kong, and everywhere else while He was at it!" Haha. It's so cool to see which aspects of the precious truths that we have in the gospel in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints touch people and click with them. It's different for each person. So, as we explained how that's what the whole BOM is about essentially, he couldn't wait to read it. He gladly took a copy home this time, and we are very excited to meet with him again and discuss it! God works miracles! He puts people in your path that are ready!
As for all of our other amis, please pray that they will keep progressing. We finally got to see our friend Tony again and teach him! He is doing great, he's just working on receiving an answer to his prayer if our Church really has the true authority to baptize. Nathan is doing great as well! As are the Hisenis. Please pray though that Gilles and Bienvenue will get in contact with us again!
One quick funny story from this week. So me and sœur Gerritsen were sitting in the gare waiting for our train to come. We were speaking English to each other. These 2 girls come sitting down across from us, thinking we cant speak French. So, one says "look at their skirts. That's bizarre. Look at their shoes...oh la la la those are ugly." I will admit, I was wearing my hideous proselyting shoes and I fully agreed with her. I was trying so hard not to laugh. But as we were walking out to catch the train, I purposely said something in French to my comp, just loud enough for those girls to hear. The look on their faces was priceless...their faces turned a nice shade of red. Haha
Anyways, I hope you all have a lovely week! There's snow on the mountains here and the trees are just a beautiful canvas of color! I love what I'm doing, and I love love love my Savior Jesus Christ. I think I love our morning studies just as much as I love proselyting during the day. It's just so wonderful to get to learn more and more each day about the greatest Person to have ever walked this earth. Every day I grow closer to Him, and more thankful for all He did for me . I also have realized that I will never be able to pay Him back for what He's done for me. That's not why I'm serving a mission. It's because of what He did. He made it possible for every one of us to change, to become better, so good in fact that one day we will be able to become like Him. Perfect.
Have a fantastic week!