SNOW. We saw snow clear up in the mountains while coming back from
an exchange and had to take a pic.
Exchange with Elder Hansen from Davis High in Ajaccio!
Hello everyone! Another great week here on the island. The work is
picking up like crazy and we are so happy about it. Here's the recap
of the week!
Monday: P day! Pretty normal. We were going to go to a cool Ville
named Porto but the weather was bad so we didn't do a lot! Sylvia and
Noel came over and it was great. We are using Sylvia right now to help
teach Noel and it's been going great and we have been seeing some
Tuesday: Tuesday was a really crazy day! So we had 5 lessons fixed at
different times on Tuesday and all 5 of them fell through which was a
little discouraging. But, Tuesday night we found out that it was The
birthday of the mom of Jacob and Casper haha so we grabbed a cake and
went over and told her happy birthday and other funny sentences in
Polish (remember, Jacob and Casper speak French but their parents
speak polish and only a little French) it was so funny. She was
laughing so hard at us because we couldn't pronounce anything haha.
Also, kind of a funny story that goes along with this....we had the
biggest brain crash right before we went to Jacob and caspers
apartment and knocked on the apartment door one floor above theirs and
when the guy opened the door we realized that it was someone who
chewed us out a few days earlier haha. Needless to say he definitely
was not happy to see us a second time (even when we had cake in our
hands... like come on??) haha so anyways, after that we met with
Sylvia and Noel again. I love them so much. Christ taught us to "love
one another" and for me that is such a simple yet profound statement
and honestly, Sylvia and Noel do such an amazing job at loving people.
Wednesday: Okay really good day. So we went on an exchange with Bastia
and Elder Hansen from Bastia (and Davis high:)) came down to Ajaccio
with elder Johnson and I. So we went and passed Marie Rose and had an
awesome time together reading "the first great commandment" by elder
holland. Right after that we went and had an awesome lesson with Jacob
and Casper and we taught them about the Book of Mormon and we
committed them to be baptized for January 30th! It was super awesome.
So please keep them in your prayers. They are exactly what the little
group here in Ajaccio needs. So then after that we had a rendez vous
that the people didn't show up to, and it was about 8:45 so we went
porting and hoping for a last minute miracle and we drove to an
apartment and went up to the top floor and the first door we knocked
on was a cute family of 5 who let us in and they were all soooo nice.
They didn't have a lot of time, so we fixed a RDV with them for
Thursday! It was really cool :)
Thursday: So we finished the exchange and then came back to Ajaccio
where we did some service for Marie Rose around her house. Then we
ported and contacted a little bit. Then we went to the rendez vous
with the family we ported into the night before and it went so well.
We shared a video of Christ and started to talk about him and then
Joseph and Elizabeth (the parents) both talked about how they have
lost family members in the past. It was really cool because we
testified that God had created a plan for us and that we would explain
it to them the next time we came over. So we scheduled another rendez
vous for this upcoming week and left. Really cool experience.
Friday: great day. We ported a lot haha. So then we went and visited
Frere Colonna because we all felt really strongly that we needed to go
visit him. And when we got there we started talking to him and he
talked about how it had been a long time since he had heard the story
of Joseph Smith and the first vision, so we read Joseph Smith history
with him. It was so awesome.
Hahahaha okay so the funniest thing happened...so Frere Colonna is
basically blind right and can't really see anything and he always
makes jokes about how he can't see haha so Elder Johnson jokingly
asked him when the last time he took his little motor scooter on a
ride and Frere Colonna straight up answered "8 days" hahahaha we
almost died. He honestly can't see and he's riding his scooter around.
He is riding his scooter 100% off of faith I'm not kidding haha. What
a man. I love him sooooo much!!!
Saturday: Saturday was great because Frere Antoni's son isn't a member
and he's here on vacation for a few more weeks and so he wanted to
play basketball with us and so we showed up and we had invited a
friend named Robin who was awesome! So we played basketball with them
:) and afterwards we taught Robin the restoration and it was great. We
are going to try and fix a RDV with him this coming week again! So
then after that we had a few RDVs scheduled that all fell through
again so that definitely wasn't the best so we ended up doing some
contacting. Then we had a RDV with Sylvia and Noel. I love them so
much they are such great examples of loving one another.
Sunday: Sunday! It was awesome. It was held in our apartment again.
It's kinda cool that no matter where you take the sacrament...it's
always the same. I gave a talk during sacrament on the sacrament :) so
then after we went and gave the sacrament to Frere Colonna. Honestly
that's always one of the huge highlights of my week is going to give
him the sacrament. He's such a faithful member and incredible example.
Then Soeur Antonetti had us, Sylvia, Noel, and Marie Rose over for
some cake! And then we contacted for a little bit and then had 2 RDVs
fall through so we contacted more :)
I testify that Jesus is the Christ. I know that he sacrificed himself
for us and then 3 days later he was resurrected. I know he lives and
that he is at the head of this church.
Thank you for the support!
I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you,
concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come, yea, the Son, the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world,
yea, the sins of every man who steadfastly believeth on his name.
Kinda blurry but I won a cake game called "galette des rois" and voilà
Basketball with some Amis!
Pic of Vivario with a rainbow and some snow on the mountains
Selfie with the recent converts Sylvia and Marie Rose :)