It has been such a great week!
I love being a servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is so real, so fulfilling, and so empowering.
First and foremost, I am staying in Nice, but Elder Uluave has been transferred for his last transfer. And sad loss. He is the man and a brother I am going to miss. My new companion came in yesterday. His name is Elder Loera. He is from Hemmet, near Riverside SoCal. His parents are mexican and so he speaks perfect spanish english and french. He is 15 months into his mission and pulled out an Atlanta Braves Snapback hat while he was unpacking last night. Needless to say...it is going to be an awesome transfer. I am really excited for this next transfer, there is so much for us to accomplish and so blessings the Lord has in store for us.
Do you remember the man last week that called us at Stake Conference asking if there was church on Sunday, well his name is Viktor. He is a big russian man that is a boxer turned boxing coach living in Nice. His french is quite good but he has a strong Russian accent. His story is interesting. He was contacted on the road two weeks ago by another elder in our ward and he came to church that Sunday, and when Elder Smith invited him to take the lessons he refused. Somehow and Someway unknown to us he got the cell phone number for Elder Uluave and my cell phone and called us at Stake Conference. Well we have since met with him 3 times and he accepted a baptismal date of October 19th. In all 3 of our lessons the spirit has been very strong, however he is definitely the closed mysterious almost paranoid Russian type, he wont tell us what he is looking for, where he lives, and even when we ask how is day was he'll ask why do you ask?... It also is a beautiful opportunity for our Heavenly Father to pour out blessings to him as he continues to grow spiritually and be obedient. But he loves the message his faith and testimony have grown immensely since weve met with him. At our first Rendezvous he had already read to 2 Nephi 4...I think Elder Smith gave him a Book Of Mormon when he first contacted him. So we are working with to help him open up and try to let the Lord help him with his problems. It is an incredible thing to be apart of.
For Elder Uluaves going away Sunday our Portugeuse community brought in two amazing cakes. Then Violetta, a Peruvian member that loves the missionaries and is a ward missionary herself...and has lived in France for several years ... took us out to eat last night. She took us to this super fancy restaurant and really walked in like she owned the place. She took us out for ice cream afterwards...
We're teaching our boy Alcides about the priesthood today, he is receiving the Aaronic priesthood on Sunday. Stoked!
I love this Work and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through Him we can have the power to change and to truly find happiness in any station of life in which we find ourselves.
We become want we want to be by consistently being what we want to become.
|Ward Building in Nice|
|Goodbye Dinner for Elder Uluave|