Hello everyone! This week was so incredible. Mandy and Atoussa's baptism was a very powerful and spiritual experience and I am grateful to have been apart of it. This week was filled with amazing experiences that I will forever be grateful for. Here is the recap! Tuesday: We started an exchange with the Salève Elders! I was with Elder Price here in Geneva. Elder Price played basketball at Layton High and I honestly love him so much he is such a good guy. We went and met with Ali and taught him and tried to help him quit smoking again. Still a work in process haha. So then we contacted into someone named Bertron and he was just about to go and pick his kids up but he had about 20 or so minutes so we taught him the retab and fixed a rdv for Friday! We also went and had a family home evening at the Barray family home with Atoussa and Mandy and we read Moroni 6! Good stuff. Wednesday: So Elder Barnes and I drove to Annecy for the Salève district meeting. Along the way we found this way cool bridge and snapped a few photos which I'll send. But anyways, Elder Price is the DL of the district and he did a great job! We talked about getting Amis to church and extending commitments. So then we made it back to Geneva and we had a quick lesson with Mandy and Atoussa and registered them with familysearch.org to be able to find some names to go to the temple with next week! Thursday: okay so between Thursday and Saturday night right before Atoussa and Mandy's baptism there was so much opposition it was incredible! But, we had district meeting in Geneva and Elder Mauss is the DL here and we talked about the same thing as the Salève district! It was great. Then we got a call from our ward mission leader telling us about some opposition that had happened with Mandy and Atoussa! So we spent the next little bit taking care of all of that. But it all got solved...kind of. So then we saw Rishon and taught him about the plan of salvation! His understanding is amazing and he retains information so well. Then we had a high council meeting to go to for the Stake and we talked about the missionary work in the area. Friday: Friday was super busy. We had 5 RDVs all back to back and they all took place. So the first was with Atoussa and Mandy and it was the last one before their baptism! We read 3 Nephi 27 with them and pumped them up for their baptism!! It went super well and we taught with Sister Ischola who is an amazing member here. Then after we taught Bertron and he even brought his friend Yan! We taught the restoration to them and they had a lot of questions but we responded to them and gave them their own Book of Mormon and they said they would start to read it! Then we had an intense rdv with Mandy's grandma which lasted about 5 minutes. She was not happy Mandy was getting baptized to say the least! A lot could be said about that situation but I will just leave it at that. Then we had a rdv with an ami named Serge! So serge is from Congo and is married and has 3 kids and asked for a Book of Mormon online! So last week Elder Barnes was on an exchange and he committed him to baptism for May 7th! So we showed up this time and we taught him the restoration and he loved it! The spirit was really strong. He talked to his wife and his 8 year old daughter and they want to be baptized too!! :) it was seriously so cool. I am excited to see his progression over the next few weeks! Then after we went and saw Rishon at Sister Ischola's house and we taught him about faith and repentance! His baptism for April 30th is looking great! Saturday: Baptism day! Hahaha I can honestly promise the week went by so slowly with everything that was happening and all the opposition there was, and we were just praying that Saturday would come. And voilà it did haha. So we started off by playing soccer with the district and some Amis! Then we got ready for the baptism! Elder Barnes and I showed up at the church and like 10 minutes later Atoussa and Mandy did! The baptismal service was so incredible!! Mandy asked me to baptize her, while Atoussa asked Elder Barnes! It was seriously such a powerful moment to see these girls enter the water! After Mandy came out of the water she just had the biggest smile on her face and said "c'est magnifique" (I think you call all translate that haha). Mandy was baptized first, and then Atoussa went! It was seriously so cool I can't even really explain it. They were so happy and honestly glowing! After we had a little celebration at the church with the members! The Ward support was so incredible for Atoussa and Mandy. The Ward has seriously been right by their sides. They received a lot of hugs and bisous from the the Ward. You just had to have been there, but it was so amazing! We got texts from both of them later that night saying how happy they were and Mandy said, "Thank you, I am so happy to have done it. I feel like a new life is starting for me and I will never regret it." Atoussa said, "Thank you for tonight, it was magical and I am so excited for tomorrow (talking about the confirmation" Sunday: Confirmation! Our ward mission leader Fidalgo was able to confirm both Mandy and Atoussa members of the church :) ah it was so amazing and the spirit was so strong. Seriously after both of the confirmations they both had the biggest smiles and they looked so happy. Also Serge and Rishon came to church and the Ward members loved them. Seriously the Ward here is incredible. So then after we taught our Amis class and we taught the plan of salvation and Atoussa helped us teach haha. She did such a good job too...there were multiple moments where she would say something right out of Preach My Gospel and she doesn't even know what that is haha. We need to get her on a mission! So then after church Atoussa and Mandy had their temple interviews and both received their recommend! They are going to try and go to the temple this Saturday...how amazing is that? Seriously elder Barnes and I were so happy for them. They were so prepared to receive the gospel. We first met Atoussa 6 weeks ago and now she is baptized! And our first lesson with Mandy was March 17th and she was baptized less than a month later. It is just crazy to see how prepared they were. I am so happy for the both of them :) But after all that ended, we went and ate at the Bishops house! The Gaag family is so awesome I love them a lot.
Crazy week!! I was really humbled as I partook of the sacrament this week. I am so grateful for the sacrament and what it means. My scripture for the week is 2 Nephi 31:21. I know that every line in that scripture is true. Thank you for the prayers and support :)
2 Nephi 31:21
And now, behold, my beloved brethren, this is the way; and there is none other way nor name given under heaven whereby man can be saved in the kingdom of God. And now, behold, this is the doctrine of Christ, and the only and true doctrine of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, which is one God, without end. Amen.
Mandy and I
Elder Barnes and Atoussa!
Us with our ward mission leader Fidalgo!
Elder Barnes and I
Maybe one of my favorite photos ever!! This was taken Sunday after
church when they had been confirmed members and had just received
their temple recommends!! :) they are going to try and go to the
temple for baptisms this Saturday!!
Exchange with elder Price and some kids were playing basketball so