These past few days since I last emailed haven't been super exciting, just your normal missionary work. Although, we had a pretty epic game of church ball this week in which my team won! I had all the Tahitians on my team so naturally we won. But I actually did really good at playing this week, and made some pretty decent baskets.
We did have some cool miracles this week too, well besides my team winning church ball and Portugal beating France haha.
One of the miracles was that we were able to pass off one of our amis to the elders. Now that might not seem like such a miracle, but as we met him with the elders, he not only opened up more, but it was the best lesson we have had with him. I think that the elders will do a fine job and that he will progress much better with them.
-Funny story about this rendezvous: We were there with the elders teaching this ami and he invites us over to his house so we go. As soon as we get there he takes his shirt off haha... He is not the most in shape person..... Anyways, we just ignore it and as were teaching the lesson, his dog comes up to soeur Alberts and starts trying to get up her skirt.. It was just a mess haha and the whole time this is going on, our shirtless ami is telling us that we don't need to worry about his dog because he's a nice dog haha. It was funny, but like I said, a good lesson and the spirit was definitely present, which is all that matters :)
Our next miracle was that we were able to see our ami Bernadette this week. When we went and taught her, she told us that she didn't understand the Book of Mormon at all, so we read with her the chapter we had assigned at our last lesson (3 Nephi 11). As we read the chapter together, she said that she felt something good and we were able to testify that it was the spirit. We were also able to talk to her son Jonathan who is 10 and he said that he loves to read the Book of Mormon and that he wants to get baptized. Bernadette told us that she wanted to be baptized on the same day as Jonathan, but she wouldn't set a date with us because she has a really complicated situation right now. As we were getting ready to leave though, Jonathan told me that he wanted to be a missionary like me when he was older! I was so surprised when he said that! I was sparced (in our mission we use sparc to describe how we feel when someone gives us a compliment and we are completely caught off guard and just super happy inside from what they say because it was so incredibly nice and you just don't know how to describe the feeling).
The last miracle that I want to share happened on Thursday. Thursday we were on our way home from Lyon. It had been a long 4 days in Lyon and we were so tired and it was hot and we were thirsty. We decided to go to a store in the gare (train station) really quick to get a drink and while we were there i bumped into this lady and did the usual "pardon moi" and went to buy the drinks when she started speaking English. Here in France, we take advantage of contacting everyone we can that speaks English because it sparcs them as well as us ha. So I start talking to this lady and asking her where she is from and we get talking. Turns out that she is from a city near to Chicago and was actually lost and looking for help. We were then able to help her get to where she needed to go and and as we were in the process of doing that we ran into another American woman who was too lost! Cool story- they were on the same train! So we were able to help them get where they needed to go and were able to share the gospel with them. They called us their angels sent from God haha it was cute.
Well folks, that is about it for this week! I just want you all to remember that you have a loving Heavenly Father who is just one prayer away :)
I love you all!
Have a great week,
Soeur Keagan Robb
Weekly Spiritual Thought:
This weeks spiritual thought comes from a talk given at BYU called "The Quest for Excellence" by Gordon B. Hinckley. He says, "We will not become perfect in a day or a month or a year. We will not accomplish it in a lifetime, but we can begin now, starting with our more obvious weakness and gradually converting them to strengths as we go forward with our lives. All of us cannot be geniuses, but we can strive for excellence, This quest may be a long one. It may be fraught with much of repentance, and it will take much of effort. Do not sell yourselves short. You are sons and daughters of God, children with a divine potential. "Look to God and live" (Alma 37:47).
I love this quote because it helps me to see that I can't be perfect right now, but I can start working towards it! This quote gives me hope that as I do my part and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, it is attainable! So it is for all of us! So don't sell yourself short! Remember your divine potential, remember where you came from and who you are!