I have been called to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have been assigned to Labor in the France, Lyon mission and this blog contains my journey for the next 18 months.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Bonjour Tout le monde!! Comment ça va? Bien, j'espére!
This week has been crazy! We started out with the a devotional with Jenny Oaks Baker. She is really good... haha
She played some awesome songs and the Spirit was really there. She also got to include her family which was awesome and something you don't always get to see at the MTC.
Well, as you probably know from my last email, I got my flight plans last Friday and will be talking off to France
on Monday (WOOHOO!!!).
With all the stress of the mission coming quickly, everyone in my zone leaving (3 France Districts and 1 Tahitian
District) decided that we were going to do an English Fast where we aren't allowed to talk in English unless the person we were talking wasn't going to a French Speaking mission.. IT WAS SO HARD! We ended today. The first day was probably the hardest but best day because as we went on haha we stopped speaking as much French and sat in silence.. but that's okay! Because my French vocabulary grew so much! It was awesome! I am actually confident that I will be okay in France. I know how to pray, I know how to bear my testimony and I know that if I am at a bakery and offered celui-ci or celui-la that I need to take celui-ci because celui-la is alcoholic.. haha the trainers try to trick the "Bleus" (french name for Greenies or noobs as we call them in the MTC) into choosing celui-la because it's funny..
This week we also got to hear from Elder Dube! He is adorable and a lot shorter than I thought.. but he talked
about focusing on how this mission isn't our mission it's the Lord's so lets work on making the Lord's mission a
good one by being exactly obedient and focusing outward. It made me so excited to go and focus on others
for the next 17 months!
So when all missionaries are preparing to leave, the Thursday before they leave they have what's called "in-field
orientation" where we go and learn about what our first week as a missionary will be like. It was fun- Except for
the fact that we got challenged to go and contact while we're at the airport! I need to go and buy an English
Book of Mormon so I can hand one of those out and then I was given a pass-along card by one of the teachers
at In-Field Orientation and I have to give that out as well. I have been praying really hard that I will find
someone to give it to and that they will be prepared and preferably speak English haha.
Okay, so I have 2 stories for today. 1 is a really cool story and the last is a slightly funny story.
Soeur Clark and I have an investigator named Guillaume, I think I've talked about him before, but in case I didn't, here is a quick re-cap! Guillaume is a wonderful man with a Christian background. 5 years ago, Guillaume's wife was pregnant with a baby girl, but something happened and the baby was born still born. Because of that experience Guillaume doesn't believe in God. Well, during the first lesson with Guillaume, he and I connected because we have had a similar life experience. As we continued to teach him, it felt like he wasn't progressing as well, but then he started keeping our commitments, and last Sunday he came to church and loved it! Well, Soeur Clark and I got to teach him on Wednesday and we taught him about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how through the Atonement everything wrong or unfair in life can be made right. I showed him the video "Because of Him" (Go watch it!! https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-00-1420-because-of-him?lang=eng) and at the end the Spirit was so strong that it felt like we had just had a bucket of water poured on us. He told us as the video finished that he had found his reason and we then challenged him to be baptized and he said yes! He is set to be baptized on March 7th! It was the most powerful experience I have had in my life! It was awesome! From that experience I can not deny that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. I KNOW with all my heart, with everything that I have the it is true. I am SO glad that I got to end my MTC stay what the experience. It has completely changed my mission because that is when I found out for myself why I am on a mission. I am on a mission to change people through the Atonement and to help them to come to Christ. This mission is not for me but for my Lord and I just hope that I can do it justice.
We got a little bit of a flight change the other day and when we were reading the letter, it was addressed to an Elder Keagan Robb...
so I guess now I'm an elder! I also don't have to leave until 5am now instead of 3am haha.
Well brothers and sisters! There is nothing I would rather be doing right now! Missions are the greatest things! If you
have a desire, according to D&C 4, you are called to the work! If you aren't old enough to go right now, prepare yourself
because it comes before you know it. If you are old enough, prepare yourself! If you don't know, start preparing yourself
and pray! Missions are the best, but remember that every member is a missionary! Don't forget that there are opportunities
to testify and share the gospel all around, even if you do live in UT County.. ha (:
I love you all SO SO much and I am grateful for your support and your prayers. I can feel them helping to carry me
through the tough times and I can feel them propelling me during the good. Be good and the next time I'll talk to you
will be from France!
I love this scripture!! If we will press forward, like the Email says, I know that we will be blessed. As Gordon B.
Hickley once said, "Life is to be enjoyed, not just endured." Let us go and bless others as we press forward.
Soeur Keagan Robb
Thanks Dana For the AWESOME
Daylight Donuts trump Krispy Kreme anyday!!
Can you say we were a little spoiled? Thank you all for the
Great packages!! I felt very very loved!!