We were able to go teach Edouardo and his family this week. Edouardo and his family are from Congo. He comes to English every Saturday and randomly brings members of his BEAUTIFUL family. They love us and invited us over for a while. They really got to know us and why we are here as missionaries. Their 16 year old daughter LOVES us. She loves One Direction, and The Vampire Diaries... You can only imagine her reaction when I told her I was in an episode of TVD. She just about lost it. To sum it up, we had a great time, and they invited us over for dinner... we are thinking it will the 12th for my birthday! YAY! We also found out something SO shocking about them... Christian, our awesome ami with girlfriend and baby from Congo, is their son!! WE FREAKED OUT! So our two families we are teaching, are just one big family. We cant wait to help them become eternal. Pray for us to help them progress and accept the gospel in their lives.
Odile came to FHE last week, which was such a surprise, and such a joy to see her again. Pray for her to recognize the absence of the gospel in her life and to desire to return. We were able to spend Mardi with Daniel for his birthday!! He is such a great ami. He is so much fun... Did I tell you he is from Iran? He loved being with us... You may have received some pictures from him over email, haha. He has such a tender heart. Pray for him to keep his engagements and commit himself to baptism. For New Years we were invited over to Marie Christine's, our ami who owns way too much crap. Literally. We helped her again this week. She owns like 120 sweaters. She has like 38 pairs of pajamas!! THATS NOT NECESSARY! We love her anyway, and she made us a great steak dinner for New Years. She also fed us Foi Gras (duck liver, very popular here) and while she was cutting it, she cut her finger. She started to bleed... and yet she continue to cut the food!! She got blood on the food and Soeur DO was seriously going to pass out... well Marie Christine went to the kitchen and Soeur Richardson prayed that we wouldn't get HIV or something crazy... but she came back after wrapping up her finger and it turns out that she just got blood on the cloth around the foi gras. WE WERE SO RELIEVED! Pray works. It was a fun night to say the least!
Mecredi we spent the day searching for missing less actives... and we sadly didn't find any. We had fun still though! Our new favorite thing to do is directly translate English songs into French and then sing them out loud as we walk down the streets of Chambéry!! It is quite hysterical and a great French exercise... A few of our favorites were Un Cuillère Plein de Sucre (A spoon full of sugar), Bébé tu es un feu articifice (Baby you're a firework), and Je resents 22 (I'm feelin 22). I highly recommend trying this sometime. We also made a beautiful new street board this week! Its a big wooden panel that we put stuff on and then we set it up and we contact people with it... The one we made is covered with pictures of families, and we put the words A Jamais across the front, which means Forever. We will find our families and teach them!! Our street board will pull them in :)
We were able to teach our ami Josiane this week... she's the one who has been coming to church for 5 years but isn't baptized. I asked her what the Restoration was, and she said the Second Coming... So obviously she comes to church, but she doesnt really understand the church. She isn't baptized cause she isn't ready to keep the big commandments. Pray for her to allow us to come over more so she can really feel the spirit of the gospel in her life, and so she will develop a desire to follow the commandments.
Also, mom thank you so much for sending me that book, The Power of the Everyday Missionary... Actually, it isn't in the missionary reading list, so I didn't have the right to read it out here in the field... So I've had it just sitting in my desk, and I thought to myself last week, Hey I could give this to our branch mission leader Frere Munn, because he's from Scotland, so he speaks English, and he would love it! So I took it to him last week, and he came to our weekly meeting this week and brought it with him... He has read it 3 times already and has EVERYTHING marked up. He went on about how great the ideas are for about 30 minutes and said to tell you thank you for your inspiration to send me the book. It is going to help our little branch really get into missionary work... Look how much good you have done mom! Thank you so much :)
So we did service for Mary Christine again, and then we went out contacting. It was dark outside, so we stayed in the lighted areas of Centre Ville. Soeur Rich and I split up and I saw three young adults walking together. As I approached them and told them I was a missionary for Jesus Christ, they became so excited they put down their belongings and boldly declared they were Christians as well! Of course, I was thrilled and knew it was our miracle for the day... well we began talking and one of them began asking me many questions. As we told them that we believed Jesus was the Son of God, and that He was separate from God, the young man became very angry and started yelling at us that we were crazy! He whipped out his bible and searched for scriptures. He asked if our salvation was secure, and we told him no, but that we are saved by grace after all that we can do. He yelled at us some more and his friends tried to calm him down. Soeur Richardson's tongue was tied by God, because she lost her French, and it was a good thing because she was getting heated. I was just smiling the whole time, remaining calm, and frankly wondering if we should leave or not. He forced me to read scriptures out loud and then demanded me how we could be true Christians and believe what we believe. They told us that it is not necessary to keep the commandments as long as we accept Christ in our hearts. It was actually a very long conversation/him yelling at me. At the end he told me that I didn't believe the bible, I didn't worship the real God, and that I wasn't serving Jesus Christ. I swear he stabbed me in the heart. I burst into tears and sternly bore fervent testimony that I am a servant of Jesus Christ and that I know He is our savior. I wished them a good night and then Soeur Richardson and I returned home. I was so shocked. As I thought about the experience afterwards, all I could think of was how lucky I am to have the TRUE gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I am so lucky to have the knowledge of a living prophet, the Book of Mormon, and the true doctrine of our Lord and Savior. I was overcome by the spirit. The spirit testified to me that I do serve the Lord. It was a really sad and frankly scary experience, but my testimony was solidified by this experience. I am grateful for the trials of our lives and for all that we learn. The Lord know what He's doing. Always keep your faith burning bright my friends!
I love you all and I hope your have a blessed week!!
Avec tout mon amour,