Hello friends and family,
I hope you all had a great conference weekend. I know that I did. We had our investigator Jean-Phillip come. He come to most of the sessions and it seems that he really liked it. We had another man named Jean-Claude who came. He has only met with the missionaries a couple times, but he does know a little about the church. He only watched a part of a session because he had to go somewhere else. He said it was interesting. So we will try and see him this week and talk to him more about conference. I love LDS General Conference for so many reasons.We gather together twice a year to listen to direction from a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson and the Twelve Apostles.
|My aunts, Bonnie Lee and Betsy Lee Bailey. Both sing in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.|
So as for the week, here it goes.
On Monday it was Easter Monday. So no stores were open, buses didn't run, and we spent the day at a member’s house. We ate for a while and even played some football. I don't know what happened but I ended up ripping my pants. So Jeremy, the 27-year-old member that we play sports with, gave me his jeans for the day. We were with the Perez Family.
On Tuesday we did groceries with Sr. Korpal at the same time. We then did some contacting. We then met Brianna at the church and we had a good lesson with her. We taught her the Plan of Salvation, and we answered some of her questions.
Wednesday, we went took an emergency trip to the mall to H&M to get some p-day pants for me. We then taught Jean-Phillip at the church and that went well! Jean-Phillip is now in 2 Nephi of the Book of Mormon and he seems to really like. We went over the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
We then called up Brianna (the American girl) and then we took a bus and went to the super market and we got some Root beer. American’s love root beer. We talked a lot during the walk, and just spent some time with her. We sat down at a bench and we answered some of her questions. We are working with her to start reading the Book of Mormon. She is really believing, and she has had lots of events to help her have faith. So now we are just working to have her study the word of the prophets.
Thursday We went shopping again with Sr. Korpal. We love to spend time with her. We know that it helps her to have contact with active members (I hope we can be known as active members). We know that it means a lot to her.
We taught Jean-Phillip and we went over tithing and the other commandments like the Word of Wisdom and the Law of Chastity. He said that he will try to keep all the commandments, so we are pretty happy with him.
After that we went over to Frederic's house and we taught him the last lesson of integration. We taught him a little about general conference. Showed him what the Conference center looks like, and how the people give talks.
Since we are now finished with the lessons, we will start studying with him a few times each week. We plan to read a chapter with him, and help him understand it, and then give him a new assignment. That way we can help him push through the Book of Mormon. We then went over to Sr. Korpal's. We started the Book of Mormon again. We know that will help her have the spirit with her more often. We have made lots of good progress with her! She said that she will come to church next week. So hopefully that will all go according to plan. We then made it home and started to eat. We then got a text from the Branch President to tell us to get on Skype for the branch Council. We ran all the way to the church in the rain to get there.
On Friday we did our weekly planning. So that took most of the morning and part of the afternoon. We then went to the Church to teach Jean-Phillip. We went over what to expect for General Conference. We went over what to expect and told him to come with a question in his head. It turned out to be a good lesson.
We came back to the apartment because we needed to make some dessert for a dinner that evening. It also happened to be April Fools. So Sr. Korpal called us and told us that she saw us on the T.V. We were walking in the background of a news cast. We thought she was serious because we were walking in Centre Ville at the time that she said that she saw us. She then said "Poisson d'avril" (April Fools) I have to say, she got us pretty good.
We made some calls that night, and we tried to invite people to come to Conference at the church on Saturday and Sunday. That’s how we got Jean-Claude to come. So I guess calls sometimes work!
We then got picked up to go to the Family Dieute’s house. We had some pizza with their family and another family in the branch. The family Yonnet. It’s always fun to be at their house. We had some Cheddar pizza and it didn’t turn out too bad. They really liked the bread we brought as well for dessert.
On Saturday we went to the church to make sure that the T.V. was going to work. Jeremy was there to show us how it worked. He then took us to a really good bakery and we got some sandwiches. It’s cool to hang with Jeremy. He is 27 but he is pretty much our age. We coached him on his dating situation and encouraged him about “eternal families.”
We went out and contacted. I went up to a lady and very confidently said "excuse me Monsieur" (excuse me mister) on accident... I kept a straight face and then kept walking realizing what I said... The funny thing is that she stopped and said yes? But I dropped the ball on that conversation. I was too embarrassed.
While we were walking further down the street we stopped this couple and we had a really great conversation with them! We ended up giving them a Book of Mormon. We hope that they will call us!
We then went to the church at 6 in the night to watch conference. Because of the time difference we have to watch it in the evening.
On Sunday, we did studies in the morning. There was a marathon right outside our window. The finish line was just down the road. Also for personal study, I read a really good talk to missionaries called the 4th Missionary. I am trying harder now to become a more engaged missionary. I only have so long left on my mission, and I know I need to improve a great deal.
We spent all day at the church watching the sessions. We had Frederic and Sr. Korpal came to for the 6:00 session. Like I said at the top of this letter, we had a potential ami come named Jean-Claude. So we will see where that goes!
Anyways, that's the week. It was pretty good! So we will see how next week turns out! I love you all, and will talk to you all soon!
Love, Elder Race Acheson