Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Week 38 Wrong elevator number and fish head

 Kissing a fish head...kinda a girly selfie mais voilà

Hello everyone. This week was absolutely incredible. We experienced
some great things and 2 absolute miracles with Micca and it was
overall an amazing week. Voilà the week.

Monday: P Day! Soldes started up here again and so we basically did
that all day! Then after that we wrote emails and then went to Frere
Antoni's house and had some fresh fish and taught his non member son
Kevin before he went back to Australia. He's going to start taking the
missionary lessons in Australia so that will be good!
Tuesday: Okay Tuesday was super great! So we went and passes Micca and
his family because it had been over a week since we last saw them, and
they weren't there. So we were feeling pretty discouraged about them
and then we went out of the apartment building and Micca was just
getting out of his car! So we talked to him and he told us that him
and his wife were starting to have some doubts about baptism, but long
story short, Elder Hall started showing him pictures of Sylvia's
baptism a month ago and the spirit was really strong. He is so awesome
and he's so humble! It's amazing. But we had a good day out porting
and got some rendez vous fixed. So then we went and ate at a kebab
shop for dinner and sparked the owner and he gave us free ice cream so
then we sang "Love one another" for him and he loved it haha. Okay so
another bad moment with cake this week someone had given us
some cake and we walked past this guy and offered it to him and he
just started freaking out and just started saying the craziest things
to us and threatened to go get his gun and shoot all 3 of us if we
didn't leave the apartment complex hahaha....ya we left the apartment
Wednesday: Miracle day! Okay so we scheduled 6 RDVs this day and it
was so cool! Cool about 4 weeks ago Elder Hall and Elder
Johnson were sending something in the mail and I was just outside the
post (still within sight and sound of them don't worry ;)) and I
contacted a group of middle aged men and taught them the restoration
and we got 2 numbers out of it but we weren't able to see any of them
yet. So on Wednesday we were porting and we happened to port right
into one of the guys who gave us his number (Patrick and his wife
Claudine) and so he let us in and after 5 minutes there was a knock
out the door and it was his other friend (Joseph) who was the other
one interested! So we retaught the restoration and gave them both
Books of Mormon. So as a companionship we have been working on talking
to everyone we see and most importantly to families (that's the big
push in our mission right now is talking to families) and we were
leaving an apartment and We saw a family waking into another building
and we all just looked at each other and then I just ran and held the
door right before it shut and quickly explained who we were and they
accepted a follow up rendez vous!
Thursday: Thursday we passed Marie Rose after lunch and then went and
passed Claudine and Patrick and Patrick wasn't there so we taught
Claudine a little bit about the Book of Mormon! She loves it. And then
after that we went and ported for a long time and didn't see too much!
We tried to pass a few potentials who weren't home, and then we headed
up to Bastia because we had Zone Training Friday morning! Also just a
fact, on Corsica there are only 2 companionships of 3 missionaries. Us
(Ajaccio) and then Bastia. So that's why you always read about Bastia
haha because on the island they are the only other missionaries we
ever see.
Friday: So we woke up in Bastia and then drove to the church for Zone
training! Zone training was held in Nice so we just skyped in from
Bastia and it was great! Our focus is mainly in families right now
which is great because that's where we have been having most of our
success lately! So we got back and ported a little bit and then we met
with Sylvia and Noel! Good stuff.
Saturday: Okay so Saturday was Part 2 of the miracle with Micca! So we
were out porting in a random apartment and we finished the 4th floor
and we had a RDV at the 7th floor and so we hop onto the elevator and
elder Johnson hits floor 0 instead of 7 and so we started heading down
and we hit the ground floor and guess who was waiting
there.....Micca!! Haha I couldn't believe it. We all freaked out! We
were just in a complete random apartment and he happened to be there
visiting his brother. All the little details that led up to that were
crazy. We happened to be in the same random apartment building and
elder Johnson accidentally hits 0 instead of 7. And so we talked to
him about baptism and we just felt like something had changed and he
wasn't excited about it and stuff. So we were a little nervous. But,
he said we could come over to his house Sunday night! So that was a
cool miracle. So we had some rendez vous lined up for the whole rest
of the day and they were great!
Sunday: Sunday! Okay so we had church and Joseph and his wife
Francoise came! It was the first time we met with Francoise and she is
awesome! She has been reading th Book of Mormon a little since we met
Joseph and she said she's been interested in our church for a while!
So we taught them after church. They are great. then after church we
went and passed a few potentials, and then we went to Micca and
Immanuel's house! So it was just a miracle to be honest. So we went to
their house a little worried and nervous with them. We taught them the
importance of praying and reading the scriptures as a family and it
went good. You could just tell there was something holding them back.
So we asked a few questions and and Immanuel had a problem with the
priesthood being restored and then we started talking about the
priesthood and about what the priesthood does. And so Micca said
"Elders could you give our home a blessing or something? We need it
for comfort." (SIDE STORY: Immanuel was in a big accident about 20
years ago and almost died. She suffered no brain damage but is
handicapped on the left side of her body) And so we volunteered to
give Immanuel a priesthood blessing and she said yes and she asked me
to give it to her. So we gave her a blessing and at the end of the
blessing she just sat there and had tears coming down her face. No one
said a word in the apartment for 5 minutes straight as the spirit just
bore witness to her and to Micca that the priesthood has been restored
again on the earth. Honestly words can't even describe the spirit that
was there. It was truly incredible. When Immanuel could talk she just
thanked us and said she felt a feeling of love and comfort she has
never before felt and then she started crying again. It was a very
spiritual night for everyone there. They have been pretty wishy washy
with rendez vous but after that they asked us to come back Tuesday
night and explain more that we know. It was an amazing experience.

My spiritual thought comes from Alma 26:26-30. Read it. There is no
way that Joseph Smith could have made up the Book of Mormon because he
didn't know what it was like to serve a mission because when he was
translating the book, no one he had ever known had served a mission or
anything like it. So if you read the details that go into these
verses...only a missionary could have written them and at the time, no
one had ever gone on missions. The Book of Mormon is true.

Thank you all for the support. This week was a very amazing week for
us and we are very grateful. Thank you for the prayers as well.

Elder Wade

Alma 26:26-30

 26 But behold, my beloved brethren, we came into the wilderness not with the intent to destroy our brethren, but with the intent that perhaps we might save some few of their souls.                                                                                                                                                           27 Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success.                                                                             28 And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world—not upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God.                                                                                           29 And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we have also entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them; and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been delivered again.                                                                                                    30 And we have suffered all manner of afflictions, and all this, that perhaps we might be the means of saving some soul; and we supposed that our joy would be full if perhaps we could be the means of saving some.

 Selfie with Micca, Immanuel and Samuel after the RDV :)

 Us 3 with Marie Rose. She has come so far since her baptism!!

 At the kebab shop with the owner haha. He was so funny.

 Skyping into Zone Conference from Corsica!

Frere Colonna!!

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