Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 7:58 AM
Oh, wow. I'll have all the world know that I am an emotional wreck as I write this letter... so if I don't make any sense whatsoever... that might be why.
So, when Prophet announced his glorious revelation from the Lord the transmition froze right after he said that the age of missionary boys would be changed to worthy 18 year olds. And so did we... I was with my companion and Elder Caldwell and Elder Fitch and we just sat there.... not even realizing the momentum of what he had just said. Then I was like... "WAIT... WHAT??" and we started embracing and screaming and celebrating. But from that moment on... I have been wondering wondering wondering what James's decision would be. Then when I read his letter just a few minutes ago I was overcome with emotion. I love you James!!!!!! AHHHHHHH!!!! I'm sooo sooo soooo excited for you. Thank you for answering the call of the prophet. I know that he is inspired of God and that you ARE ready for this.
Man this week was FULL of miracles. The biggest miracle I've seen on my mission in fact. I'm going to have to recount to you the story in its entire. So it all started as Elder Tulley and I were walked down the road from the Institute Building looking for people to share a glorious message with. We had just finished talking to someone who mocked us BUT we were not discouraged. We saw a couple carrying boxes out of their car. We ran up and asked if we could help. They were bewildered... and accepted. They were moving their daughter's belongings into her new dorm room. Apparently they had asked the landlord if anyone could help them... but there was NO ONE. We came. We did. And throughout the whole experienced they were really shocked that two young boys (in strange clothing) were willing to give a helping hand. When we started talking to them about our church and our mission, and they were quite interested. The father works for IBM, which apparently was founded by a Mormon and they knew Romney. They told us that their daughter was searching... so we left of Book of Mormon in her appartment. They insisted on buying us a drink to thank us. INSISTED. So, that night we told them more about our church over milkshakes.... because of the word of wisdom and all. It went really well, but they live in the north and were only there for the day, so we gave her the site to look up the missionaries in Lille. THEN WE LEFT. TWO DAYS later. Elder Tulley and I are on exchanges and Elder Tulley meets a girl on the street with her friend. They start talking and eventually the girl says, I think that you met my parents the other day and left a Book in my appartement... and that's only the beginning. I still haven't met her, but we met with her friend on friday... his name is Pierre and he said that he would be baptized once he knows that the Book of Mormon is true. A bright student of history with a great desire to find truth! We will be meeting with Edmee (the daughter) soon.
In other news... We met and taught two students... one from Ukraine and the other from China. They both excepted to be baptized once they know of the truth as well. The only secret we can claim is PRAYER. This is the Lord's work and the prayer of faith unlocks the windows of heaven. I loved that that was such a great focus during all of general conference because it is really what all in the church and what all in the world need to hear. Pray, pray, pray. Then pray some more.
Ling Liu will be baptized this friday! It was a lot of fun teaching her the 10 commandments because she didn't know them before. She said that she would stop using the Lord's name in vain and sactify her Sundays. She is already much living the gospel, we just gotta kinda tell that God has commanded us to do certain things, and she already knows why. Completely gave up coffee and tea THAT SECOND.
What else? We climbed a mountain this morning. The Saint Victoire! It was really pretty. On the bus there was a boy who said he wanted to take us to his village to show as a secret way up the mountain (like Golem taking us to Mordor). We accepted. He gave us a tour of his village called Vauvenargues. There is a beautiful castle there where Picasso habited and is buried. I'll have to send you guys pictures next time. Then he showed us the passage that was secret. It was a great afternoon in Southern France.
I am loving my mission. I love you and thank you for your prayers. Listen to general conference again and again! I didn't get to listen to the last session, but repetition helps us to know and understand the messages better! I am so grateful that we receive the will of the Lord for our day from inspired/inspiring men called to his work. I am glad to be called to his work and to do my tiny little part.
PS. JAMES AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH