Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Lions and tigers and bears, Oh my.

Transfer news.
No changes. So yes, we are the happiest campers. 

On top of that the other soeur companionship got taken out of rouen, so basically our number of amis just doubled. 

Goodbye lunch and dinner hours. 

Hmm/ what words could I even use to describe this week? out-of-the-o.r.d.i.n.a.r.y that's for sure. We spent more time in prefectures getting legal in this country than doing anything else. But I can officially stay in France until 2015 now, so... see you then? 
Cool miracle with the kalobe family this week. We had a lesson with them this week about the Book of Mormon and we brought one of our members named tarolin with us. Turns out that both Tarolin and Mr.Kalobe played professional football. Insta friends. The lesson went great and the family is excited to start reading together every night. The only thing that is holding this family back right now is that they haven't come to church. We are working on it.

We also had a great last minute lesson with noella this week. someone else fell through so we texted her to see if she wanted to meet with us and she did! love it when that happens. it just so happens that fr.bitanga, our dmb, was at the church early for a meeting so he taught her with us. He is the most incredible teacher. ever. We taught the restoration and her questions were incroyable. The spirit was so strong as we were talking about Joseph Smith and it was a confirmation to me, yet again, of the reality of his prophetic call. She was really taking things in but she kept saying, "I don't want to change my religion." I know that she understands that this message will require change, but what she needs to understand is that we are not asking her to change her religion. We want her to stay Christian, but realize that there is so much more than just that!! Christ's real and living church is back on the earth!! There is more that we can do and more blessings than we could ever even imagine. 

Then we saw Laura. It has been a while since we had seen her. we got a text from her saying she wasn't really interested in the church anymore for the moment..we were devastated! She was on the path with a baptismal date! we wanted to hear why the sudden change, so we set up a RDV and went over to her house. She started by telling us that she had watched more conference talks and knows the church is good and one day she may get baptized...which is AWESOME, but she ended by saying that she doesn't feel like right now is her time, nor that she wants to lead a Mormon lifestyle. It is so sad because we know how much this will bless her now! But we respect her agency and just love her anyways! I know one day she will be ready and we don't want to push her or force her to baptism. she has to want it. one day. 

We also had the BEST P-DAY OF ALL TIME. Meet the Warheingans. best. people. ever. they took us to the zoo and packed us a huge picnic. We had a blast. I love member bonding time. & there is nothing quite as pretty as the Normandy countryside from a car window. 

ALSO, I got to go back to ST.OUEN and spend the night because I started my legality in Versailles. It was so good to see Soeur Hosking, she is doing amazing!! She is SPEAKING ON THE PHONE IN FRENCH. miracle child. Also, TEX got baptized! I never thought that would happen, but i am learning fast to never say never. That place is still exploding!! Ahh, also Soeur Hosking just got transferred to LIEGE!! Which means, a) we are living the same mission and i am obsessed and b) YOU GET TO MEET HER WHEN YOU PICK ME UP!! I feel so blessed. 

Other than that this week was pretty steady. Our amis are progressing slowly, but we have a lot of faith that they are going to make it. We are really excited to stay this next transfer and really get things rolling here. I know that miracles are coming. Stand watch. 

bisous bisous, 
soeur johns 

District photo. Trying to hide those double digits. 

The jungles of France. 

Favorite animal. 

Nothing in the white handbook about not holding BABY GOATS.

One more. Doing the family name proud. 

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