Well boy do we have reason to be happy! The sun is shining in Saint-Nazaire!
This week was another rough week, but we did have some miracles! It's also really awesome because the weather is finally becoming SPRING! The flowers are bloomin, the birds are singin, and the sisters are preachin!
Last monday night we had an awesome FHE at Esperence's and it was so fun! Soeur Sorenson and I gave a lesson about preparing for the temple since we had 2 recent converts there. We also had a ton of food it's always so fun to be around our recent converts and the members.
Tuesday Soeur Sorenson and I devoted the whole day to finding people who live further away and we got to meet this cute old man who thanked us for the Americans that liberated France. He was so sweet and he even teared up talking about the men who died and how he can't help but cry every time he sees the numerous tombs of American soldiers that fought for him. It was so sweet and nice to hear some American patriotism since it's been a while since I've heard people talk like that.
We also contacted this older man with his grown son as they were working on their electricity that wasn't working. They just kept laughing at us because we had so much enthusiasm and conviction about our beliefs. Finally the older man asked us who we were and we explained we were missionaries for our church and he looked us in the eyes and said, 'Well..you are good missionaries!" aw that touched my heart. WE JUST LOVE OLD MEN! They are the best. Plus they are really nice to young American twins. :)
Wednesday we had a lesson with our amie, Beauty. She speaks English. She is from Nigeria. Her 3 daughters are named, Princess, Destiny, and Treasure. Beauty was telling us all about her life and crossing the Black Sea on a raft on her journey to France. She said her friends tried making the journey before she took her family and they all died, but she prayed really hard that they would make it and she said that she promised God she would devote her life to serve Him if they made it through. She has been through so much. We are trying to help her see how incredible the Book of Mormon is and help her come to church, but she goes to another church for right now and it's hard with the language barrier since everyone at church speaks French.
Thursday we had a miracle! We were 20 minutes early to an appointment and we had some time so we went porting and the 5th door we knocked on was a cool lady from Kinshasa, Congo and her cool husband who is French. They have traveled a lot in the states and have been to SLC and even went to 'mormon church' as they called it :) They were so nice and they loved praying with us. We hope to see them this week.
Friday we went to see Mata, our Tongan member. She had been out of town for a while and wasn't feeling very good when she got back so Soeur Sorenson, the Harrises, and I went over and brought dinner and cookies and cleaned her house while she told us all about her family reunion in Tonga which looked so cool! I want to go to Tonga now. She is so sweet and we were so happy to serve her since life seemed to be so crazy for her and it's so hard for her to be in France where she doesn't speak the language.
We also saw Jeanne and she is just progressing like the wonderful recent convert she is. This week she went out with Rachel, the Relief Society President to go visiting teaching. Rachel told us that Jeanne just couldn't stop chatting and being so kind to Soeur Bichon, an elderly sister in the ward. How cool is that! Jeanne just loves helping and giving of herself to people. She is one of the most generous people I've ever met.
Saturday we had an awesome church tour with our friend, Soukaina who is from Morocco. She is 23 and so cool. As we walked around the church she told us that she just felt so good in the church and she didn't know a place like that existed in Saint-Nazaire. The more I thought about it the more it made me think about the scripture Doctrine and Covenants 123:
12 For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties, and denominations, who are ablinded by the subtle bcraftiness of men, whereby they lie in wait to cdeceive, and who are only kept from the truth because they dknow not where to find it—
So many people would love to enjoy the blessings from the true church of Jesus Christ, but simply don't know where to find it. So this week I challenge you all to share the gospel with someone who may not know where to find the peace we can receive by going to church. Invite someone to come to church! Offer to be their friend on the most incredible journey to discovering the incredible power, blessings, and beauty from the gospel of Jesus Christ. Open your mouth, take their hand, and let's go people! It's time to hasten this work and who WOULDN'T want to be a part of this large movement!
So get out there and share the truth!
Love you all!