Saturday, May 31, 2014

525,600 Minutes - May 12, 2014

525,600 Minutes. 525,000 moments so dear. 525,600 minutes. How do you measure, measure a year? 

In RDVs? in Transfers? in amis? in baptemes? In companions? In villes? In laughter and strife? I cant believe this week will mark one year as a missionary... Just wow. So much has happened. I have learned so much, and I am even more excited to be a missionary, now that I feel like I somewhat know what Im doing! haha  

One of the hardest parts of the mission is getting transfered, and having to leave the amis, companion, ville, and branch/ward that has cared for you with their whole heart and soul. Well, I didnt leave, but the Temahukis did. It was terrible. Honestly. I cried after church as we took pictures together infront of the chapel. They surprised us the next day with a call to come over and eat a last super with them... cheeseburgers and Chaco Tacos. Classy and spiritual. Being in their home (my home) one more time was worth the entire PDay. I love them so much and I am so grateful for the time I had with them! And yes, I cried again when they took us home afterwards. I cant wait to visit them in Tahiti! They told me that they are going to send their son Taylor to BYU to find me and marry me, hahaha. I wouldnt object being in their family forever!! They are my mission parents :)  

We have been working with the a less active brother named Frere Corga... two weeks ago his wife up and left with the three kids, the cars, all their money, and his passport... he just so happens to be from Portugal. My Portuguese companion is meant to be here. The Lord inspires our mission president... Well because of this unfortunate event, we were able to meet Frere Corgas parents and brother, who ONLY speak Portuguese. We had many RDVs this week where I sat with a huge smile having no idea what was going on. It was like I was a helpless Bleu again, but worse, haha. Soeur Paulo has started teaching me Portuguese. Cool language... Who knew I would learn two languages out here? The family loves us, and they welcome us warmly with mango juice and fish dinners. Pray for them to progress and see miracles in their lives thanks to God.

Margaret and Jonhse are still making lovely strides of progress. We reset the baptismal date with Jonhse... the 24th!! So exciting :) he is becoming more serious and being more integrated. Our members were skeptical towards him at first, because lots of african  converts in france quickly go inactive, but he has been coming to church for 7 weeks now!! Incredible man. Pray for him to continue to progress. Margaret is the sweetest. She is obsessed with the Book of Mormon comic book we gave her. Soeur Bouchard, a super old sister in our ward that was helping us integrate Margaret fell ill this week. She has been in the hospital, and will probably be there for a few more weeks. Margaret took the time out of her life to go and visit her. Shes such a Christlike woman. Pray that she will be touched by our message and be more open to the idea of baptism.

As we visited Soeur Bouchard this week, I realized how much my love for these members has grown. Because there are so few of them, we are able to be more personal with each of them. She is such a strong woman, even if she is physically very weak. I can see the strength of her faith in the manor that she lives. As we visited her,  my eyes filled with tears at seeing her so down. Pray for her recovery. We were able to eat with the family Mazylerat this week. Their home has been filled more with the Spirit. They can see how the peace of the gospel blesses them, and they are working harder to apply the gospel in their family. I love them. Soeur Mazyelrat is a strength to us. 

We had an incredible exchange this week!!  We did a blitz with the Soeurs in Limoge, meaning all
four of us stayed their for the day... Well, I was in charge. WHAT?! Again. Im gettin old. Being the first exchange I have ever been in charge of, I wanted to make it awesome! On the train ride over, I made a game with BINGO contacting boards and point systems for brochures and sharing different principles in the street. I was with a sister named Soeur Christensen. They  have struggling in the amis department, so we literally had 4 hours of contacting to do... SOOO FUN! We used the game, had incredible questionnaires, and found ourselves RUNNING after people we saw that fit a characteristic on the BINGO board. How fun. We ended up getting 5 numbers and setting 2 RDVs on the spot. Miracles happen when we're focused and willing. We blew the lid off of the mission stereotypes. We had 26 conversations. How fantastic to be a missionary!! 

We have been meeting with Stephane more to help him prepare for the temple! He came to church on Sunday. I about cried when the branch president slung his arm over Stéphanes shoulder and asked him to bless the sacrament. Such a special moment for us all to be together... Steve also got back from a week in  England. The second he got back, he called and asked to see us. We talked about his thoughts over crepes and ice cream. He kept telling himself all week "I need to do this." As we announced his baptism over the pulpit in sacrament, every 20 sets of eyes popped out of their heads and their mouths changed into smiles from ear to ear... This Saturday at 3!! We are so excited for him. Pray for him to have a spiritually edifying week before he follows the Savior into the waters of baptism  :) 

Well, I love you. I know this is the true gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it. God is our loving Heavenly Father.

Passez une belle semaine :)
Avec tout mon amour,
Soeur Beeny

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