Monday, September 26, 2016

Il faut que vous snapchattiez la Conférence Générale

Get with the times, y'all. The Church gets more and more modern every year it seems.

So this week we taught a 7-yr old preparing for baptism about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she could not hold still to save her life. You ever tried teaching a chatty little girl how to be saved in the kingdom of God while she's doing cartwheels around the room? Well, we have! Right after that rendez-vous we went down to Cugnaux and had dinner with a super awesome family, except that the parents were out of town so it was all four of us missionaries and the family's two kids, one of whom got back from a mission in England last year and her brother who got back from Tahiti about 2 weeks ago. We had a good time.

Wednesday we went to a less active's house to do service with 6 missionaries, us four from Concorde and the two from Montauban who had come down for an exchange. We were doing a combination of painting and stucco-ing, which I'd never done before but it turned out alright! Pictures to follow.

On Thursday we had Zone Training! It was fun to see the whole zone together, since about half of the zone is scattered in far-flung places like Agen, Mont-de-Marsan, Tarbes, Pau, and Bayonne. We discussed the story of Christ calming the sea, and I learned something I'd never really thought about before: the apostles all had the exact same power to calm the storm. Any one of them could've done it himself, if only he'd had more faith. It's easy to see how they were lacking in faith when they panicked and literally thought they were going to die, even with the Messiah in the boat with them. Just remember kids: if Christ is in your boat, or if you're in His boat, you'll be just fine.

We ate delicious quiche after zone training.

Let's see, what to say, what to say...oh yeah. Miiiiiiracles!! We had a few this week, all within the span of about 10 minutes. During our weekly planning on Friday, we texted our best ami, a dude in his last year of university with whom we speak English because he speaks very well already and wants to keep practicing. He is native French though. We haven't seen him too recently so we asked if he was still reading the Book of Mormon and praying every night. HE WAS!! Best text we've received in a long time. He said that not only does he read and pray every night, but he thinks it's amazing and helps a lot. He's right. Really hoping we can get him out to General Conference this next week-end, along with our next best ami: we contacted him on the street thinking he was Chinese, which he is. I spoke in Chinese with him and he sounds totally native and everything. However, we didn't find out until the day after we talked to him and got his phone number that his parents live in Paris and he grew up in France! He speaks English with us as well, and it explains why he has a curiously French accent when he speaks...but yeah, our two best amis are both trilingual :) Fun, right? He came to Samedi Sportif and had a good time and would've come to church, but was busy that afternoon. The last miracle is that our old amie whom we haven't seen in almost 4 weeks finally answered her phone! We've been so confused as to where she went, but she answered and we were able to fix a rendez-vous with her!

C'est ça. Merci tout le monde d'avoir lu jusqu'à là, et je vous souhaite une bonne continuation :)


Elder Jensen

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