Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ballin' and BBQ with the Boys

Good Day all the world!

(I take notes on my iPad in my free time on trains to recall stuff
that has happened, so I just kind of copied and pasted this section.
So I'm sorry if it doesn't make sense to you)

So We've been trying to make sure we stay safe down here. The other
day, we were riding the bus to go pass someone. We weren't sure where
the stop was, but we went a little too far from  the one we wanted. On
the bus, this French woman started talking to me in English. She
asked, "are you a student?" And I said no and explained who we were.
She then told me straight up to get off the bus; it was headed into a
sketchy part of ville that I'm not familiar with. We got off and
walked the opposite direction to where we needed to be.

If that wasn't a prompting, I don't know what is! It's obvious that
God is watching out for us. Especially the missionaries that were
injured two weeks ago.

We had a cool miracle this last week..

Four weeks ago, elder Kahn and I were in centreville and this guy
called us over. We started talking to him, his name is Andrew, and we
find out he was baptized 5 years ago, and has since been less active.
We befriended him and SPARCed him up. At the end of our conversation,
we tried to fix a rdv or get his number but he didn't have a phone and
wasn't willing to set a rendezvous (appointment). And unfortunately we
walked away with no way of contacting him again. In the conversation
we had with him, he had mentioned his wife, who's name is Joan.

Rewind 4 months: in my first week in Valence, elder Thangaraj and I
met a woman named Joan. She was very nice and we got her number, but
we were never able to set a rendezvous with her..

Yesterday, we were sitting there making some calls, and the thought of
Andrew, the less active guy, came to my head. I also remembered the
woman we met 4 months ago. I didn't think it could be possible... In
my mind I was like "No way.. It couldn't be" So I thought I might as
well give it a try. I decided to call Joan's number and ask for
Andrew, and it turns out that Joan is his wife! We were able to find
him again. The super cool thing is that his 13 year old daughter was
also baptized, and his wife isn't a member. So we're going to try to
work with them. He hasn't seen the new, beautiful chapel in valence,
so we're going to show him the new one and try to get him back to
church! It's crazy how one simple thing from 4 months ago has played
an important role for right now.

A few more amazing things have happened as well!

Waiting in some random park for a rdv

A few weeks ago, this guy walked into church just to see what it was.

He couldn't stay for long, but we got his number. We were able to meet
up with him and give him a tour of the chapel.  He brought his wife
and two young boys. We showed them the chapel and they really enjoyed
it. He and his wife are from Madagascar.

While Elder Kahn and I were cleaning the apartment the other day, he
found a Book of Mormon in Malagasy. We were stoked because that's his
native language! It was the only one that we had.

We had brought this book to our rendezvous with him. After the chapel
tour, we explained the restoration and he was very receptive. When we
told him that we would like to give him the Book of Mormon in French,
he was super happy! When we told him we have one in Malagasy, he was
like "c'est vrai? Ça existe?!" He was way happy about that as well. He
said that will be good for his wife because her French isn't as good.

At the end of our rendezvous, he asked if he could buy a bible from us
because he doesn't have one at his home. We told him that we will find
one for him in French for the next time we see each other and that it
will be free. He was again pretty happy about that. After they had
left the chapel, Elder Kahn and I decided to look in the cabinets of
the clerks office for a bible so we wouldn't need to order one from
the office. We open up on of the cabinets, and sitting there at the
front is a bible in French, another Book of Mormon in Malagasy, AND a
bible in Malagasy!

We were shocked and couldn't believe it.. that was downright a miracle!

One of the transfer goals that our equipe set was to find and teach a
family... We might have found our family! :)

Conference was way sick. We were able to watch Saturday afternoon,
priesthood session, and Sunday morning. We're going to try to watch
some talks that we missed this week.

We've been spending quite  a bit of time with "the boys." The rugby
boys haha we went to a rugby this last week and got to sit with some
of them and their families; we had a barbecue on Saturday with a bunch
of rugby guys. It was way sick. We made a bunch of friends, some of
them are actually less active members, and we're gonna try to do some
kind of activity at the church, like volleyball or basketball. One of
these days we might even play touch rugby with them. They're all super
nice dudes!

Also our former mission president, President Roney was made and area

seventy. We all could see that coming!

Well that's all for this week. It was a good one for the books. Let's
just pray that it can make it to my journal. (Sorry mom 😉)

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