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.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
'Sup toute le monde! How is everyone doing? Fantastic I hope :)
This week in Albi was a blast for sure! We got 4 new Amis! Woot woot! I guess I should start at the beginning :)
Monday: Monday we got to have a lunch appointment at the Bernardi's house! I always love those.. We had to go over because Sandy (the mom) does this thing called "magnetism" where she can tell how your body and spirit are and she can tell you what's wrong...? I dunno.. She says that I'm perfect and don't need it, which has only happened to her one time before me! So go me! Haha but I guess Souer Van Loon needed it.. So we went and got it done for her and apparently it helps? I dunno haha to each their own.
Tuesday: Tuesday we got to contact a bit, look at an apartment, and work on the area book. We also taught English class. I love teaching English class. It's a blast! We are currently planning a 4th of July party and its going to be epic! So if anyone has any favorite 4th of July recipes or traditions, let me know! I would love to get some more ideas :)
Wednesday: Wednesday we got to teach a church headquarter referral named Axel. He's so cool! Apparently he had met with the missionaries 4 years ago, and even had a baptismal date but he couldn't quit smoking so they dropped him and he lost contact with the church. But he remembers everything, and asked us what he needed to do to be baptized! He said he will be coming to church each Sunday because he feels that It will give him the strength to quit smoking. He's already down from 20 cigarettes to 5 each day! And he asked for us to find someone to give him a blessing to help him stop! He's so ready and I'm excited to teach him! He committed to reading and praying daily, but we would love your prayers for him too :)
Thursday: Thursday we had interviews with president! Can I just say, President is one of my favorite people on the earth! He told me that I get to stay in Albi for a long time... Haha he also basically read everything on my mind and told me lots of things I didn't know about myself! Like he told me that I don't need to feel pressured to go to a school like BYU that where ever I go the lord will bless me. It was WAY cool and he answered so many prayers.
Friday: Friday we got to teach a new ami named Mark. He is one of Cynthia's friends. He's cool. He was receptive to the lessons and at the end I was able to testify to him about the Book of Mormon and promise him that If he would read the book with a sincere heart he would feel that this was the true church and he would understand easily what he was reading. He was actually really surprised with that promise.. Haha we finished our lesson by having him pray. It was his first prayer and it was the sweetest prayer I've heard in a long time. He was very sincere and I know that if he will keep that, he will get those blessings promised. It was probably one of the most powerful moments on my mission. The spirit was like a flood over everyone! So cool :)
Saturday and Sunday: We taught Juan Saturday. We were hoping to commit him to baptism but like usual, the opposition kicked in and we were unable to. He even told us he needs some time to think about the church.. But he asked for a blessing! We of course told him that we would try and find someone to do that. The only slight problem is that he speaks Spanish. So we looked everywhere around us and no one could. So we prayed and felt like we needed to call him. During that call Soeur Van Loon promised him that if he would come to a world wide conference in Toulouse with us he would get that blessing. He said he would come, and he did even though he didn't have much money and driving that far is expensive. After the blessing, we tried to find someone who speaks Spanish and turns out that just one person there spoke Spanish besides Juan! And that guy wasn't planning on coming but had a feeling he needed to go. #miracle so he was able to go and give Juan a blessing. It was beautiful and Juan said it was exactly what he needed. He went away glowing and smiling. The conference was for members and was in French.. So I didn't get much out of it because they spoke too fast haha but what I did get is that the gospel is the answer to all our problems! Beautiful right? :) I would just like to add my testimony that the gospel is the source of lasting happiness on the earth today. It is also the way to lasting happiness after this life. Every good thing I have in this life is all thanks the the gospel.
Je vous aime! Soyez forte et bonne courage avec tout.
Big bisous from France, Sœur Keagan Robb
La mission Français de Lyon Lyon Business Centre 59 rue de l'Abondance 69003 Lyon France
Weekly Scripture: 3 Nephi 22: 7 I love this scripture! We are truly never alone! Thanks to the atonement of Jesus Christ all is possible! Recently I've been studying Grace and I have a talk I would like to challenge you to read. It's called Receiving Divine Assistance through the Grace of the Lord by Gene R. Cook. It's amazing!!