I loved seeing all your pictures from Thanksgiving! It made me so happy to see the family together. My Thanksgiving was definitely a lot different. On Thanksgiving day I did an exchange with the Sister Training Leaders and spent the day in another area in Longueuil. We went out to eat to a restaurant with a member. It is a really popular restaurant here called,”Scores”, but it’s really not that good.
Here is a funny story from our exchanges. We visited a less active lady in the ward who is super nice and talks forever…ha! Her heart was set on singing a Celine Dion song with us before the lesson. She promised us that if we sang, “My Heart will go on” with her she would come to church on Sunday. So that evening while I was singing Celine Dion with a less active you were probably eating turkey all the way back in Colorado…haha!
The exciting news from this week is Geraldine and Redia accepted a baptismal date!!:) They are getting baptized on the 27th of December. The week of Christmas! I am so happy for them. Geraldine is so happy and excited! We had a Relief Society activity this last weekend with the ward and she was so excited to tell everyone about her baptism. What was also great is our new investigator, Grace, from Congo came to the activity. Geraldine and Grace immediately became friends! Geraldine gave her a big hug and said, “you will love this church, you can feel so much love here.”
The Relief Society activity was so much fun. Along with Grace, our new investigator that we found last week our other investigator Lucy came. It was great to see the ward becoming friends with our investigators. Also, this last Sunday two of our other investigators Paula and Fernando came to church. It was the Primary program this last Sunday and they just loved it! Both of them said they would be back next Sunday.
Soeur Blanc and I feel so blessed. This last week we have been praying and fasting that our investigators could start coming to church. Some of them finally made it and we were so happy. Another blessing was seeing our recent convert, Daniel passing the sacrament:)
Grace and her brother George were not able to make it to Sacrament meeting this last Sunday because Grace is super sick. Last night we went over to her house with the Elders and they gave her a blessing. She was sick the night she went to the Relief Society activity, but she didn’t tell. She said that she didn’t want to make us feel bad. Keep her in your prayers that she will feel better.
We did start teaching the family this last week. We taught Grace, her brother George and the three little girls. It is difficult because the little girls only speak english. So we teach George and Grace in french and the little girls in english. We taught the little girls how to pray last week. When we went to their home last night the first thing they said to us is, “we prayed before we went to bed last night!” They were so excited to tell us. George is trying to teach us their african language…ha it’s fun! Grace is 27, George is 30 and then the three little girls are ages 11, 8 and 5.
Our other really progressing investigators right now are Paula and Fernando. I am sorry for talking about all these people you don’t really know. It is just funny because they are on my mind 24 seven.
I want to leave you with my testimony on prayer. This last week when we went to the Relief Society activity, all of sudden I felt so sick. My stomach ached and I was in so much pain. I was so sad because I didn’t want to go home with all of our investigators there. I was sitting on the bathroom floor in the church building in so much pain with my companion. I said we need to say a prayer, I need help. Soeur Blanc and I knelt down in prayer in the church bathroom asking for Him to help me feel better. After the prayer the pain didn’t go away right away, but He gave me the strength I needed to make it back to the activity. Then slowly throughout the night the pain left. I think that is how it is with prayer. You don’t always get your answers or the help you need all at once, but He will give us the strength we need to endure our trials and weaknesses. As we continue in faith He will answer us. I know our Heavenly Father always hears and answers all our prayers. We just need to remember to accept His timing and to be patient.
Well, I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!