Helping people move & singin in the rain
Being pelted by hail
cool glasses I made
"the great and spacious building"
So much happened this week I feel like it was 2 weeks smooshed into one!
Last Monday night we saw Kate and sat by the river and just talked about the hand of the Lord in our lives and she had so many questions about the Book of Mormon. She is so sweet and I'm so sad she is going back to Ohio, but she is so excited to see her family after it's been a few weeks. Oh we just love Kate!
Tuesday we had a big zone conference at the Rouen chapel. Afterwards, we saw Nina and made beignets with her and talked a lot about how the gospel blesses families. She is so sweet and we just hope that she gets the answers and courage she needs.
Later we passed by Telma. She is from Angola and she is so funny. We found her address in the area book and we felt like we should go by. It was a MIRACLE! When we first got there we were a little unsure because we didn't have her last name and we had no clue which sonnette was hers. Luckily, Soeur Johns noticed the door was already open (it wasn't like that last time we stopped by) and we just decided to ask people if they knew who Telma was and we finally found her! She let us in to pray and we're going by tonight.
Wednesday we moved Sr Crocq again..we went porting in a building and sang for a muslim family that didn't speak French..interesting experience..later we had an FHE with the Depuydts and a member, Sr. Crisitini. She had throat cancer so she doesn't have her vocal cords so she can't really talk. She was so touched by the Spirit as we sang and shared scriptures with her. We just really gained so much love for her during the lesson.
Thursday was crazy! We passed by some people that the sisters here in the past taught, but nothing happened..so we went and found some and we prayed with them and got another rdv! We're excited for this week to see what is in store for them.
We also found this building...we like to call it le grand bâtiment spacieux aka the great and spacious building because it is HUGE! We passed by this building on the metro once and I nudged Soeur Johns, "If everyone in that batiment was a member, that would be it's own stake!" So it become our goal to knock every door. We have had quite some stories haha but we have had quite a bit of success! We have some people who we are planning on seeing again so we are excited.
Friday we did some more moving for Soeur Croqc and decided to go back to our great and spacious building to find some more. And we found Nanou. She is such a sweet lady. We knocked on her door and she let us in so we could sing for her. Her daughter and her daughter's friend were on the couch (they're about 13 years old) and they left the room when we were going to sing I am a Child of God...and let me just preview ya here..Soeur Johns and I are no Dixie Chicks... and halfway through the song we hear some snickers and the girls were filming us on their iPad! So if we become the next youtube stars..heaven help us all..
Saturday we had a real miracle. We went to our rdv with Rachel and she wasn't there..and we decided to wait in the lobby part of the building where all the mailboxes are..and guess who walks in? Rachel! And we've never met her, but we both felt it was her and as she walked in we asked her if she knew a Rachel and it was her. There are 13 floors in the building so the likelihood that it was her was almost impossible. So we got to teach her about the Book of Mormon and she seems interested.
Sunday was interesting. Earlier in the week we were porting and we saw through the window a ton of Africans having a party..and we love adventures..so we sonnered the intercom and this guy named Kevin came to the door...completely drunk. So Soeur Johns asked him if he has ever been baptized..he said no..so we got his number and gave it to the elders. Then, he showed up for all 3 hours of church! So cool!
We stopped by the Barnjaks after church as always on Sundays to pray with them before going porting around their area..and it began to POUR out rain and hail and we were completely soaked and being pelted with ice chunks..such an adventure..but the Barnjaks were so sweet and helped dry us off and give us little treats before we go talk to everyone and their dog (sometimes cat) for the rest of the evening.
We passed by Monique and brought her the hymn book we promised and we put our testimonies in it using the titles of hymns. When we knocked on her door her friend was there and they were playing piano and flute together! So fun and perfect timing! So it was a great opportunity to see her and her friend. We sang and they played about a bajillion hymns and it was so fun and the spirit was so strong. We invited her to come hear us sing at church (good excuse to invite people to come to church and not miss it) and she might be able to! We just adore Monique and love singing hymns with her because the words are just pure doctrine themselves.
This week has just been so full, I can't fit it all into an email, but just know the work is moving forward, miracles happen everyday, and this church is the true church of Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for the blessings of the gospel and the incredible promise from Jesus Christ that if we do all we can, He can make up the rest. He pays our debt, we must only accept to allow Him to pay it. We can believe in Christ, but forget to simply believe Christ. With His atoning sacrifice, we can be perfect one day. The goal is not for us to be perfect or fail, but to try, fail, and then try again.
Thank you for all your prayers and love! Have a wonderful week!