Thursday, July 28, 2016

Week 63 No valor in the eyes of Christ

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Hello! This was another great week here in Geneva! I don't have a lot
of time today so here is a quick list of things I can remember :)

We had a multi zone conference in Lyon this Friday which was really
good! We talked a lot about the interregional plan here in Europe and
how we can help members accomplish the plan. We had to present on the
first step which was "Invite An Ami" and it was really fun. Haha
Sister Brown made us play a water balloon game that ended up turning
into a water balloon fight. After conference we went on an exchange
with the assistants in Lyon! I was with Elder Landry and their driver
Elder Sumter! Haha it was kind of a short exchange because once
conference got over it was pretty late...but we went out and ported a
little bit and had a really cool lesson with a woman! Then it was
already time to go home haha so it was really short. But then Saturday                
morning we woke up and played soccer with them and a bunch of their
friends and then went back to Geneva! When we got back the Spanish
Sisters had a baptism so we all went to it!

Also this week guess who I saw?! Elder Battezzato!! :) The Lausanne
zone came into Geneva on Thursday night because we all had to catch a
train early the next morning so he came and stayed the night in our
apartment! Haha it was so good to see him I have missed him this last
month. We actually went and saw Serge together as well and we taught
him about following the prophet and about baptism and confirmation!
Honestly it was so good to catch up with my screggio that I've missed!
Also we went to a restaurant and someone needed help translating from
French to English and voilà I was there and we ended up getting a free
drink out of it which was nice :)

I also went on an exchange with Elder Oborn from Annemasse! He started
off in Nice and then went to Ajaccio just like me so we had a lot to
talk about! Sylvia and Noel and Marie Rose are all doing so well, so
that was good to hear :) but we went and had a few lessons and had
some good contacts on the road!

On Thursday we had zone finding day here in Geneva so the whole zone
was all here in Genève and had a good time! We split up into 2 teams
and had challenges that we had to go out and get in order to advance
to the next area. Good stuff and we saw some cool miracles!

Matthew 9: 18-26 was a story that really touched me this week. I love
how Christ was on his way to heal a "ruler" and on the way he was
stopped by a woman who had physical problems and probably not a solid
home situation and healed her. It really touched me how the ruler had
no more valor in the eyes of Christ than the poor woman. I know that
Christ lives!

Elder Wade
Matthew 9:18-26
18 ¶While he spake these things unto them, behold, there came a certain ruler, and worshipped him, saying, My daughter is even now dead: but come and lay thy hand upon her, and she shall live.
19 And Jesus arose, and followed him, and so did his disciples.
20 ¶And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood twelve years, came behind him, and touched the hem of his garment:
 21 For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole.
22 But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
 23 And when Jesus came into the ruler’s house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise,
24 He said unto them, Give place: for the maid is not dead, but sleepeth. And they laughed him to scorn.
25 But when the people were put forth, he went in, and took her by the hand, and the maid arose.
26 And the fame hereof went abroad into all that land.

The 2 chauffeurs ;)

My boy Connell

 Mandy and Atoussa 3 month baptism selfie!

Serge's kids!

Zone finding day with some members of the zone

Week 62 First person to pray with me in 15 years...

Weekly pic with Rosy haha (taken today)

Hello everyone! This week was crazy busy, but a lot of fun! We had an
awesome week and I am grateful for how the work is going. I'll just go
ahead and get started with the email :)

So I had a lot of great experiences this week, but I wanted to start
off by share 3 of them!
1.So on Sunday morning we got ready and decided to go out contacting
at Place de Neuve before church started. We had been contacting solo
for about 30 minutes when I contacted into someone from Australia!! He
is currently working for the UN and just decided to go on a little
Sunday morning walk. Anyways, he knew about our church and I told him
that my dad served a mission in Sydney and that I had some close
friends (Carthew Family) that lived in the Down Under as well! So we
started to talk and had a really long conversation about God and why
certain things happen in this life and what God's role in all of it
this. After about 30 minutes of intense conversation he needed to go
and I asked him if I could pray with him...right there standing up in
the middle of a busy park with people all around us and he agreed to
let me. After the prayer with some tears in his eyes he said, "You are
the first person that has prayed for me in over 15 years. Thank you."
It really was a conversation that I will never forget and even though
he didn't accept the gospel right then and there, I know he felt the
2.The other story happened when I was on my exchange with Elder
Tehahe! We were out contacting and we felt like we needed to pass by a
members house really quickly. So we did and had a great conversation.
(His back story is that his wife is the one at brought him to the
church but now she is really less active and almost against the
church, but he still goes.) So we told him that we would all pray so
that her heart would be softened and that she would come to church
this Sunday because she hadn't been in multiple years. Sunday morning
rolls around and he gets up to bare his testimony and he very humbly
thanked the missionaries for what they do and then talked about how
today was one of he best days because one of his biggest wishes came
true. As soon as he said that I looked back to see where he was
sitting and his wife was right there with her son and daughter! Ah it
was so cool and I'm so grateful for her willingness to come even
though it had been a long time.
3.We had to do a mini exchange with the Spanish Elders because we had
2 RDVs at the same time that we needed to go to. I was with Elder
Brady Haug and the person cancelled last second. So, for some reason I
called up a member to ask her if she needed anything because we had
some spare time and when I asked her she thought I was kidding and
then she said that the sister missionaries were at her house right
then, and that she was in the middle of telling them that she needed a
blessing when we called her. So we ran over and gave her a blessing!
It was a really cool experiment!

Also on Tuesday us and the Lausanne ZL's drove to Lyon and had MLC!
President Brown and the assistants did a great job of presenting a new
initiative this transfer called "Feu de Joie en Juillet" where we will
be working a lot with members and helping them complete steps on the
interregional plan here in Europe! Really the main focus of it all was
working with members and them working with us! Then on Thursday here
in Geneva we presented to our zone everything that was talked about!
It was super fun and we had a water balloon activity that quickly
turned into a water fight haha. I took a few cheap shots so I had to
finish presenting soaking wet haha. It was fun to get the whole zone
up to Geneva and have a good time and learn from each other!

I also had the opportunity to go on an exchange with a brand new bleu
this transfer, Elder Tehahe! Haha so a little bit about him: He is
huge!! Photo coming haha. He is from the beautiful place of Tahiti and
it was so fun to be with someone so new and to see some raw blue fire!
It was his first exchange ever and so it was fun to watch him and
learn from him. We had a pretty rough day as 3 lessons fell through,
but we took it to the street and did some nice contacting! We
seriously had such a good time and laughed a lot. We actually found
quite a few people who were interested in the gospel and wanted to
know more; so we will try and see a few of them this week!

Our Amis are doing well! We saw Serge a few times this week and he is
progressing well. He is having just a few doubts about his baptism but
he is definitely working past them. He is set to be baptized here in a
few weeks and he is definitely ready. We got back in contact with
Jamel which was super awesome and she's doing great. Ali is also
progressing well and just needs to keep the word of wisdom and he will
be ready! Those are our 3 main progressing Amis but we have other
potentials that we have seen lately that we are trying to fix dates
with! This week was a great week finding Amis and we are looking
forward to a solid week coming up.

Mosiah 2: 21-22. I love these 2 verses because sometimes I think that
some of the commandments are there to weigh me down or to control me,
but it's actually the exact opposite. The commandments are the to set
me free and in obeying them we are happy! It was a super good week and
thank you for all the support!

Elder Wade
Mosiah 2:21-22 
21 I say unto you that if ye should serve him who has created you from the beginning, and is preserving you from day to day, by lending you breath, that ye may live and move and do according to your own will, and even supporting you from one moment to another—I say, if ye should serve him with all your whole souls yet ye would be unprofitable servants.
22 And behold, all that he requires of you is to keep his commandments; and he has promised you that if ye would keep his commandments ye should prosper in the land; and he never doth vary from that which he hath said; therefore, if ye do keep his commandments he doth bless you and prosper you.

Exchange with Elder Tehahe!

Serge and his family!

Mangez vous with the corneta family!

 Selfie I took with a girl on the bus haha. We contacted into her
mom on the bus and she wanted to take a picture with some Americans.
So I took a quick selfie as well :)

I'm taller than Elder Hall ;)