Hello everyone! Another week in the books! I'm always bad at beginning these, so here is the recap haha
Lundi: So after P day we went and had dinner with the Bentele family! It was awesome because they have a 17 year old daughter named Alizée and Mandy and Atoussa are both 18 years old and so they became friends! They were excited to hear that Mandy and Atoussa are being baptized on April 16th! So we all ate together and then we shared a spiritual thought on obedience and faith and it went well! Mardi: so elder Barnes and I woke up and made the trip to Lyon for MLC! Basically at MLC all the zone leaders are taught by President Brown and the assistants! That pretty much took the whole day. Basically President gave us a challenge of 91 baptisms this transfer...or 1 baptism per companionship. We talked about ways that we could accomplish the goal. We also talked about how to teach more using the Book of Mormon :) it was also great to see some of my other companions I've served with there like Elder Boynton and Elder Richmond (who are actually companions right now in Bordeaux.) voilà just a lot of missionary stuff! Mercredi: great day! So we took our notes from MLC and prepared a little bit to present at our zone! Then we had a little bit to do some contacting and we saw some pretty cool things and talked to some cool people! Then we had a mini rdv with the Suisse STLs by skype to prepare for zone training a little bit more! Then we went chez la famille Volpicelli with Mandy and Atoussa and we taught them the law of chastity. It went super well and they both accepted. As we were teaching, I just got really grateful for this commandment and how much it blesses us. Sometimes we overlook the blessings that we receive while we keep it, but it really does bless us so much and I am so grateful for it :) also as we went home that night and finished planning for zone training, elder Barnes and I thought of a goal for our zone. We really prayed and we felt like we could get 15 baptisms this transfer as a zone. That would be a lot of work considering that would be the most baptisms in this zone in a transfer, but we have faith :) in our zone there are 13 companionships so that would be 2 more than 1 per equipe in our zone. Haha if that made any sense. Luke 1:37 though :) Jeudi: zone training! Zone training went super good! It was nice to have our whole zone together for the first time of the transfer. It was so weird because when I first came into the mission Elder Burton was my ZL in Nice and now he is finishing his mission and I am his ha. Honestly I love him he's a stud and it was good to catch up with him after a few months. And then the Austin couple made an amazing lunch for us all after! Elder and Sister Austin are the best. Then after zone training I was on an exchange with Elder Mauss! He works here in Geneva as well. Elder Mauss took comedian classes at BYU and he's so funny haha. We had a few RDVs that fell through and so we contacted. At the end of the night we went and passed a family who was just baptized about 2 moths ago. They are incredible. They were found, taught, and baptized in about 5 weeks. So we read the Book of Mormon with them. Vendredi: so we exchanged colleagues so I was back with Elder Barnes and we went and gave a 15 year old girl in the Ward a blessing at the hospital! She had surgery on her stomach and wanted a blessing. I am very grateful for the priesthood and for opportunities to use it. Then after that we started another exchange with the Elders from Chambery! I was with elder Hoopes from American Fork! He is a good kid and I really enjoyed being with him. We went and taught Mandy and Atoussa about prayer and scripture study. Then after we got back in contact with Ali and went and had a heart to heart with him haha. He decided to start meeting with us again! Then at 7 we had our weekly Amis/members party and We watched "Meet the Mormons." I forgot what it was like to say goodbye to my family and the story at the end definitely reminded me of how hard it was! It's crazy that's been a year!! Samedi: finally after 6 months I had another Samedi sportif!! We went and played soccer with most of the Geneva district and some members and Amis! We are going to start playing every Saturday with Amis! So then directly after that we ran to the church and gave a blessing to one of the sisters investigators named Natasha! Natasha is super cool and has a 14 year old sun named Rishon that we started teaching on Saturday as well! Natasha came up to us Friday night after watching "Meet the Mormons" and told us that she wants her son Rishon to be like us one day and go on a mission! So Natasha is getting baptized on April 30th and Rishon met with us at the church and we had such a cool rdv with him! We taught Rishon the story of another 14 year old boy like himself who wanted to know which church was true...really powerful. He accepted baptism on April 30th with his mom as well! He is so incredible and is so humble. I love him already. After the rdv there was a baptism of an 8 year old boy in the English Ward and so we brought Mandy and Atoussa to that so that they could see how it works! They loved it! After we picked out their white clothes for the baptism on the 16th! So after that we taught Ali and Parvine! We read out of the Book of Mormon with them! Ali said that ever since he started reading the Book of Mormon his desire to smoke has gone down! It was cool :) Dimanche: So we woke up and ran to the church and Atoussa had her baptismal interview and everything went well :) then we had church which was soooo great. Then after church Mandy had her baptismal interview and it went perfectly! They are all set for the 16th! Then we went over to Ali's house with Parvine, Mandy and Atoussa and we ate dinner! It was cool because Atoussa and Mandy both fasted as well :) also Rishon came to church by himself! We were so happy he was there.
We are so excited with the baptisms of Mandy and Atoussa this weekend. It really is incredible to see how much faith both of them have. Mandy's mom is still super against her choice to be baptized and has basically kicked her out of the house, but she knows it's true and still wants to be baptized. It has been really humbling to see their progression together over the past month and to see how prepared they have been! It would be awesome if you kept them in your prayers this week :)
John 16:33 is my scripture for the week. For me it is so comforting and I love the simplicity by which he says, "In the world ye shall have tribulation..." He doesn't say "maybe you'll have tribulation" or "if you live righteously and perfectly you can avoid tribulation." He says we will have tribulation. But, Christ will never leave us alone. He finishes the verse by saying, "But be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." And honestly I love how he says that. He simply says that he has overcome the world...and because he has, we will never have to go through anything in life alone. And because of this knowledge we should be of good cheer!!
Bonne semaine! Elder Wade
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
Haha companionship photo. I had to take photos of elder Barnes for
his brothers wedding and so we snapped a photo ensemble
3 of my past companions at MLC whom I love soooo much! :)