Sorry about last week, I had very little time because we passed an awesome P-Day on the coasts of Southern France. It was a beautiful day and we got to spend with a wonderful French couple (part member family... cool missionary opportunity). They started off by taking us out to the bay and they fed us LIVE oysters (des huitres vivantes). They tasted like the ocean. I will include a few photos. Then we had a picnic on the beach of Arcachon, a charming little French coast town. We finished the day by mounting the Dune du Pilat, the largest sand dune in all of Europe. It was an abosolutely beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and the Bassin of Arcachon. France is a pretty cool country.
Well my friends and family, the miracles continue in France. The last few weeks have been excellent weeks to be engaged in the service of the Lord. Last Sunday was Stake Conference. Last time I came to Stake Conference in Bordeaux in November, Elder Andersen of the Twelve and his family spoke. Bordeaux kept the fire up by bringing in two 70s (powerhouses) and our dear mission president, President Roney and his wife. The focus was MISSIONARY WORK. This stake has SO much desire to share the gospel and they are receiving such inspired guidance from the Lord's servants. This part of the world is really going to flourish... it is going to require a lot of concentrated efforts on the part of the both the missionaries and the members.
After the conference, we were able to introduce a recent convert, Lilian, from El Salvador and Sarah, our amie, to Elder Limer, a Seventy from Germany. He was able to give some inspired advice to Sarah, since he had similar obstacles when he converted to the church at 22 in Germany. He told his conversion story and bore testimony of the Lord being able to lead where he wants us to be, even if our families have rejected our decision. He lost contact with his family for years after being baptised. It was quite an incredible experience to be a part of an intimate conversion with one of the Lord's appointed servants and people who are searching for the truth and those who have recently found it. He patted me on the back for translating for him. I felt his love for the work. :)
We have lost most of our investigators of the church. Sarah moved back to live with her parents to start doing an internship closer to home, making it impossible to continue to teach her. We'll just have to stay in touch by phone and invite her to keep reading and praying. Marie-Louise has been in Paris and has been working a ton, so we haven't seen her in a month. Alvine has been really busy, but she is still reading and progressing slowly (we're certain that she's going to get baptized, but it will just take time). So we're taking this opportunity that the Lord has given us to work more closely with the leaders of the ward (who are absolutely incredible people) and the members (equally celestial) to try to cultivate new people to teach from this missionary energy which is in the air. We have also been working more closely with less actives of recently. The work here in Bordeaux is progressing little by little.
This work is true and the One who is leading is all-wise and all-powerful. It's cool to get to see His hand in it every single day.
I love you family and wish you a wonderful week!
1, with love, from France
2, une tortue!!!
3, des huitres vivantes
4, crouching tiger, flying german
5, into the ocean
6, en tant que quatre
HAPPPY BIRTHDAY TWINNNNSSS!!!!
I love you SO much!!!