It's the holiday season, the holiday season, so whoop-dee-doo, a hippety-hop... Santa's coming at 12 o' clock! Hopefully you've been good, because he's been watching you in his magic ball made out of snow!
There is the Christmas spirit is here in Toulouse (or rather, as much of the Christmas spirit as France can muster). Lit trees, light posts covered in lights, Capitole square has a market with lots of Christmas goodies, mimes are even wearing santa hats to spread the cheer, the local accordionists have replaced their normally melancholic reperatoire with songs of Christmas! It is a sight to behold! Elder Petek and I add to these festivities by walking the streets of Toulouse and sharing the glorious message of the significance of Noel with those with ears to hear and eyes to see!
This last week has been one full of changes. First of all, we changed appartments, then we changed amis, then we changed wards. We didn't get left with a whole lot from the companionship that we replaced, so we spent a lot of time out on the streets, looking for the elect... those whom the Lord and his angels have been preparing for us to recieve. We had some really good finds... people who we will be seeing this week and teaching more about the incredible message of the Restoration (isn't it an amazing time of year to learn this message for the first time?) There is Jeremie... A man from New Calidonia, who knew about Joseph Smith and the amazing things that he was able to accomplish and had a desire to learn more. There is Benjamin... A student from Sicily who learned about Mitt Romney (kind of idolizes him a tad) and wants to learn more about them Mormons. There is Hang Kai... A student from China (who we'll be seeing in a few hours) who wants to learn more of Christ. And others! A white-wash is very nice because you feel very fresh and very much at liberty. Elder Petek and I are doubly enjoying our extra time together. We are very good of friends and have the same vision of the kind of work we want to do want we want to accomplish this transfer. I'm excited that you all will get to meet him on Christmas!
So Sebastian and Utile will be baptized on Saturday, at the same service! It will be an incredible occasion. I promise to send you pictures and such. Elsa and David are progressing, but they aren't quite ready to be baptized. We refixed a new date for them on the 5th of January, by which date we hope to have them truly ready. Oh, and remember Iris, the miracle girl who was converted to Christianity in China, but who was almost impossible for us to see because of the all of the oppostion? Well, she wanted to meet with us again, despite her pastor who forbidded it, and now she will be meeting with us on a regular basis. (We might even spend some Christmas time with her.) There are miracles happening in this land which has been concectrated to the work of the Lord in these days! It's such an incredible opportunity to be able to be here at this time.
I love you all! Good luck to those who will be taking finals at this season! I pray for you, and wish you the best. Joyeuse Noel!