Hey all! Hope you`re doing well! Life is beautiful here in Suisse (:
This week was definitely one of the funnest weeks of my mission. Being a missionary is just the best thing in the world!
To start the week off on the right foot, I had an exchange Monday-Tuesday with one of my favorite people in the world, Sœur Wadsworth! We contacted in the rain Monday and did some potential calls haha, okay, one potential call because we ran out of time for anything else haha. And we had a blast! She is awesome. The next day we did all of our studies and went out and got crêpes for lunch from a crêpe stand! And then the Zone Leaders (Elder Humphrey and Elder McKee) came over to fix their shower head and bring me stuff they got at Ikea for our appartment in Yverdon. Oh they`re hilarious. There is nothing but laughs and good times when we`re with the Zone Leaders. After they left, we went and contacted and then headed to see a less active. She is DARLING! Her name is Sœur Gonzales and she is from Equador. She is sick or she would come to Church and she lives so far away that they dont take her the sacrament.. Okay.. Here I dont even know if they have a shut-ins sacrament program because the most YM in one ward is 3 and no one here can drive because its too expensive.. So who knows! But she is wonderful and LOVES when the misisonaries visit. She says that we are the light when she is down. It definately makes being a missionary even more Worth it!
Wednesday we went to the farm and it was by far the hardest time I`ve been at the farm! We cleaned the cow pens! They hadn`t been cleaned for 12 weeks!! Needless to say, no one sat by us on the way home from the farm and I dont blame them! We smelled like cow poop and even had it all over our clothes... It was awful but still fun haha. I love the farm. It defintely teaches us how to work hard. When we got home we cleaned up and then set out for a day of contacting for 6 hours. We had 25 really good conversations so it was fun but my feet hurt so bad! Mais C`est la vie pour les missionnaires!
Thursday was our zone finding day! It was super cool! We found so many people and got lots of numbers for the different sectors. We even got a new ami for Yverdon! His name is Félicien. He is SO COOL! Golden. He contacted us en fait. He said he was really interested in meeting with us. He had been contacted by the missionaries before and said that he knew there was no coincidence that we had been in the same place as him and that it was a sign from God. SO COOL! We got to meet with him on Saturday which I`ll tell more about when I get there (;
Friday was Zone Conference in Lyon. It was nothing short of spectacular. We focused on teaching repentance and baptizing converts. President walked in and said to us <<Elders and Sisters, there is a spirit of baptism in this room right now. Can you feel it?>> It was so cool! He has so much faith in us that we can achieve our goal of 91 convert baptisms and I believe it with all my heart! I don`t know who the baptism in Yverdon will be, but as of right now we have a baptism on the calendar and we are planning one for the 8th of May. I am really looking forward to my first baptism of the mission! And if for some reason, we dont get the baptism here, its okay! Because this is a mission goal, so we will, as a mission, accomplish it!!
Saturday was the day! We were doing weekly planning and received a phone call and turns out if was Félicien! he said that he was at our Church to find out more but it was locked... So we explained that we only have a meeting on Sunday that is open to everyone but that we could be there in a couple of hours! He agreed and we set a RDV. We found a member (bastian and Judith bonny) to teach with us and headed over to the Church. We gave him a Church tour and did the basic lesson 0 (get to know them and talk about our expectations and finish with a gospel though) but he wanted more! So we taught the whole restoration with him. And........................He loved it! He said that everything we taught him made sense. And his favorite part was the first vision. He said that it was genious and that if God wanted to restore his gospel on the earth it would be a lot easier for him to appear and say it like that haha. He felt like everything we said was true and loved that we had the book of mormon because there had to be other stories if God really did love all his children. He is legit golden! We are working on getting him baptized on May 8th..... So if you all woudln`t mind, through out the week would you keep Félicien in your prayers? Just that he will progress well and know that this is the true Church. THANKS (:
Sunday was just a nice relaxing day. I loved Church. The talks were on prayer and it was just beautiful.
Well folks, thats about it for this week! To finish I just want to invite you to look up a song on YouTube. It`s Hello by Adele but a missionary version. If you`re wondering what a mission is like, Watch the video and you will know! Its hilarious and so accurate haha.
Here is the link to the video she talks about
Keep up the good work (: LOVE YOU!
This set of verses talk about when Peter denies the Savior. As I was studying the atonement this week I came across a quote from President Hinckley that touched me.
<<My heart goes out to Peter. So many of us are so much like him. We pledge our loyalty; we affirm our determination to be of good courage; we declare, sometimes even publicly, that come what may we will do the right thing, that we will stand for the right cause, that we will be true to ourselves and to others. Then the pressures begin to build. Sometimes these are social pressures. Sometimes they are personal appetites. Sometimes they are false ambitions. There is a weakening of the will. There is a softening of discipline. There is capitulation. And then there is remorse, followed by self-accusation and bitter tears of regret. Now, if there be those throughout the Church who by word or act have denied the faith, I pray that you may draw comfort and resolution from the example of Peter, who, though he had walked daily with Jesus, in an hour of extremity momentarily denied the Lord and also the testimony which he carried in his own heart. But he rose above this and became a mighty defender and a powerful advocate. So, too, there is a way for any person to turn about and add his or her strength and faith to the strength and faith of others in building the kingdom of God.>>
I love this quote because we are all Peters at one point in our life. We may not deny christ, but we will all sin, which is turning our hearts from Heavenly Father. But how cool is the Atonement?! We have the chance to repent(Change) and come back and like Peter be one of the biggest supports for the Church and I love that. Repentance isn`t just for the sinners, because everyone of us are sinners who keep trying (:
Soeur Keagan RobbFro