Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Hello family and friends! 

I hope you all had a good week! I heard that there's a good amount of snow back home. I can say that it's pretty warm here. By warm, I mean dry. On Friday it was freezing. We have had rain, but no snow yet. 

As for the week, on Tuesday we did some porting and contacting! There's nothing much more to say about that. We just knocked on lots of doors. No ones too interested to listen to us. We do meet nice people who are kind to us though! So it's still worth it.

We then taught Frederic that night. We talked about the Book of Mormon. He has a date for the 6th of feb. for his baptism. So we want to make sure that he's reading a lot more. It went very well.

On Wednesday, we went to an outer ville named Valence-d'Agen. It's a ville with bigger houses. So we did some more porting. We ended up ringing the bell of a castle! 
The lady who answered spoke English! But, she still said no. 

We continued and knocked on more doors. Still no success. It's kinda hard to keep knocking doors when no ones responding to your message. It's ok though, because I know this is what we are suppose to do. We have only one investigator and we just need to find people to teach! So what more can we really do? 

On Thursday we had a zone leader exchange. I went to Toulouse with Elder Ottesen. We had some lessons fall though, so we contacted a lot. We went to a big square and contacted solo with some other missionaries. It's fun to do solo contacting! That's where you walk around by yourself and try to talk to people. People are usually more inclined to talk to you because you are alone. 

I had a few good conversations.

After that we went to try and find some potential investigators. We took the Metro. The metro in Toulouse is a lot smaller than Lyon, but it's quicker and they are more frequent. 

The people we tried to pass weren't there. So we went to the church. There was a genealogy evening where recent converts came and watched how to create an account and find ancestors on FamilySearch. It was really in depth. 

After that we went back to the apartment and cooked food for some training the next day.

On Friday we went back to the church and had zone training. We had all the missionaries in the zone together and we talked about what we could do to improve our work. The subject of the training was about finding families to teach and baptize. We have a goal to baptize 250 people, and President Brown knows that if we teach families and baptize them, we can achieve that goal! 

After the training we had Tartdeflet. We made a lot! 

We also ate cakes that had little toys in It. The game is that if you find the toy in your slice, you are the king! I won... 

There were other cakes, so there were other kings. We went onto the stairs and took pictures together. Then we took zone pictures. 

We cleaned up and then went home.

Saturday: we played Basketball with some of the members in branch! My legs got really sore from it. We also decided that we wanted to go to Castelsarrisan again. So we took a train. We decided to port. Again, not too many responses. We tried to pass e lady we found last week. She wasn't home, so we will try again near the end of the transfer. We don't want to seem like we are too pushy. 

We ported a little more and then caught our train back home. 

On Sunday we had church in the morning. I helped bless the sacrament, and then we had class with Frederic about things that God has given us to help learn his will on earth. Frederic loves math, and the member who teaches always tries to try in a math equation so Frederic can understand. We talked about how we have scriptures and prophets. Frederic seemed to understand it well. 

After church we came home and studied. I started to study about the Apostasy. One thing we see often as missionaries is that people do not want to talk about religion. There is a bad history with religion in France. And so when people see the name Jesus Christ on our plaques, they just ignore us or won't talk to us. 

I'm trying to study to find out all the details about the Apostasy so I can simply explain to people why it's important to have a church lead by Christ. 

After our studies we went to go pass a old investigator. We stood outside her door, and she wanted us to come inside, but since we were alone we couldn't. She got pretty mad that we couldn't, but she ended up giving us food to take home to eat. There were neighbors who smelled smoke, so we all had to go outside and wait for the fire department to come. So we talked with our ami for a bit. 

The fire department came and we then left to go visit our less active Sr. korpel. She was sick, so we just sat and talked with her on the stairs. 

Once we left, we went home and did some weekly planning. 

That sums up the week!

It's been a mix of porting, and lessons with Sr. korpel. She doesn't want to come to church, so we have been reading the Book of Mormon with her every night. It seems like it's helping!

I love you all, and hope you have a good week! 

-Love, Elder Race Acheson

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