Monday, July 4, 2016

July the 4th be with y'all 🇺🇸🎆💥🏈🎇💵🇺🇸

Hey y'all! We had a good week, with pas mal de miracles :)

Miracle number one: we were at the church doing something on the computer, and the phone rang in the bishop's office next door. No one else was there, so we decided to answer it just in case it was important. The woman on the other end wanted to talk to the bishop, but since he was out of town we took her number and volunteered to help. We figured right off the bat that she was a less-active that no one had heard from in a while. A couple days later, we went by her place to see if we could help her with anything. We went with a member who noticed faster than we did that she was using some religious terminology a little different than we normally use in the church, about bishops and baptism and marriage and stuff. As it turns out, this lady had never even heard of our church! She was 100% Catholic and just called the first "bishop" she saw in the phone book. Fortunately, the member with us had served his mission in Italy and knew the Catholic church really well thanks to that, so he was able to explain how our Church is different more effectively than we could. This woman is going through a tough patch in her life right now, so we were able to give her some comfort and she even came to church the next day! One of our awesome members really took her under her wing, we hardly saw her for the whole three hours :) missionary work works waaaayyy better with members!

Miracle number two: Elder Peron was calling random people out of the phone on Saturday to invite them to church. He had taken a little break and then had barely picked up the phone again when he saw a potential ami listed there. He had the impression to call him directly (not send a message or anything), so without a second thought he did. Voilà the conversation (although it was in French):

Dude: Allo?
Elder: Bonjour, it's the missionaries! How are you?
Dude: Very good! How are you?
Elder: Doing great! We were just wondering if you'd like to come to church with us tomorrow?
Dude: Sure! Where is it?
Elder: (gives church address)
Dude: And what time?
Elder: 2:00.
Dude: Great, I'll be there!
Elder: Cool, see you tomorrow!
Dude: See you tomorrow, bye!

Miracle number three: we had just left our apartment to go to church when a car pulls up next to us and the woman inside calls out: "Hey les Mormons! Les Mormons!" Normally that's a red flag for someone rather unpleasant, but we turned around anyway to see what she wanted. She asked if we were, in fact, the Mormons, and then asked: "Where's your church? I haven't been in a long time and I'd really like my 15-year-old daughter to start attending." Needless to say, we promptly gave her the address and our phone number.

"For I am God, and mine arm is not shortened; and I will show miracles, signs, and wonders, unto all those who believe on my name." (Doctrine & Covenants 35:8)

Elder Jensen

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