This week blew by as usual. We continued in our faith, pushing more and talking to more and more people than we have in weeks passed. We still have yet to find any solid investigators. Those that we have are very flaky. The challenges continue. But so do we.
We went down and had an exchange in Pau again to welcome in a new missionary, Elder Spencer, the only bleu in our zone this transfer. That was fun, I spent the day with Elder Bollard, one of the district leaders, and he is a great man and a great missionary.
We had an interesting experience together. We had gone out to Bizanos, a small suburb of Pau, to pass one of their amis. He wasnt home, so with the hour we had we decided to do some porting (knocking doors). We walked to a round a bout with about 5 roads branching off of it. Decided to say a prayer to go a certain way. After the prayer we chose a road with an electrical box that had the word dope spraypainted on it (it was odd because I had made a mental note earlier in the day that I had seemed to be using that word a lot during the day) so we started this road. The first house we see, really nice, large, had a big gate around it. We ring the intercom and a lady's frantic voice comes on saying "I'm coming!" in french. Out comes this nice looking older lady, who looked very nervous. As she asked/saw who we were, she turned off, we presented ourselves and she quickly told us that she was waiting for an urgent phone call regarding her very sick son, and that she didnt have time to give us. We asked her as she was walking away, if we could do anything for her and she simply kept walking.
We refelcted as we walked away that here this poor lady was, very much on edge because of her son, looking for a solution, and seeing that she believed in God (which she told us) I imagined she prayed for help, and here we come to ringing her doorbell, what couldve been the very solution to her son's illness, a blessing from the holy priesthood. It dawned on me how so many times in life God just gives us a solution, probably a bit different than we thought, and puts it right under our nose. But if we are distracted and not sensitive to the Spirit, the solution slips away. It also was a testimony to me that God uses us as missionaries to fulfill missions of mercy to His children wherever they may be in the corners of the earth, because of His great love for each one of us.
Saturday we spent the morning and afternoon helping a member family, la famille Blanchon, stack fire wood for next winter. It was this massive pile that we moved and stacked with the help of us 4 elders, Fr Blanchon, two of the Blanchons' daughters (who are older, have had kids, and divorced), and the boyfriend of one of the daughter. It was fun and exhausting. Always feels good to do service. Everybody there was a member except the boyfriend, whose name is Eric. We got to get to know him a lot better. It was interesting in talking to Fr. Blanchon to hear the stress in his voice as he pushed us to go talk with Eric. I felt that Fr. Blanchon had a certain stress about it. And I realized as we ate lunch together, and I was pondering the situation in mind, that Fr. Blanchon is really working to make sure his family is all sealed in the temple. And how important that is to him. I had this little revelation and all of the sudden I saw the immense importance of talking to Eric. Fr. Blanchon wants to save his family. The fact of living together forever as a family is a real and urgent matter that is a great blessing, but also a large responsibility we all have. It was another small but real witness to me of the reality of the Plan of Salvation in our lives. And of course I thought of you my super wonderful family, and how much I love and want to be with you forever as well. And I am so grateful to have you, especially when I see families here that are torn apart. It makes my heart ache and also extremely thankful.
"Only the Gospel will bring joy, happiness, and salvation to the human family." -President Benson, Preach My Gospel
This week we go to Lyon for leadership council, then have zone training, then interviews with president next monday in Pau. Gonna be a really full week. So emails will probably come your way Tuesday.
Exciting week ahead, We all must rely on the Lord more.