I feel really happy. Last night I re-read a talk given by Elder Scott in October General Conference. At the end of the talk he suggests that building a spritually fortified life requires being service-centered. May I also suggest that an incredibly happy life must be a service-centered life.
For he that will love life, and see good days...let him eschew evil and do good. Let him seek peace and ensue it. 1 Peter 3:10-11
The mission is the best opportunity to eschew (and even combat) evil and do good. To seek peace and ensue it. And then to breath it. This week I we had some excellent teaching opportunities.
Last week on a rainy day in Nice, my companion contacted a woman. Later on when we taught this woman, she told us that the reason that she stopped to listen to my companion was because of his smile, which had a powerful effect on her. We shared the message of the Book of Mormon with her, which is a message of peace and happiness. The Spirit can be strongly present when we testify of these truthes. The woman, named Cecilia, accepted to see us more often.
Kisky accepted the Law of Tithing and the Law of Chastity. He understood pretty well these are really huge Laws full of blessings. We are running out of things to teach him. He has started reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning. He has no doubt that it is true. Yet, he still claims that he has not yet received an answer. I think he has. This week we are going to be inviting him to exercise his faith in either asking for a different shift on Saturday nights or seeking a new job that will allow him to come to church on sunday. We are also planning
on inviting him to accept a new baptismal date. We hope that his faith is sufficiently large to make the leap.
Bros in some Roman Ruins
George is progressing. He was pretty sick this last week so we weren't able to see him as often as we would have liked, but he is reading and praying. We got to cover the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him and he is pretty engaged to be baptized. He understands quite well the committment that it is and wants his life to be in order before he makes this commitment. The Word of Wisdom will help him to prepare.
We have a number of other investigators that we were able to have radical teaching experiences with this last week, but time does not permit me to tell them to you on this occasion.
Know that miracles happen according to faith! Miracles are even happening in France because members and missionaries are exercising faith! This morning I found out that the sisters just got set up with an investigator, a friend of a member, to whom the member had given the film "Finding Faith in Christ". Although this person, who had never really understood why Christ was significant, or never had any faith in him, cried during the film. The reason why, they could not explain.
I love you all and wish you a happy week!
The same little bridge that Gandolf fell off of... YOU SHALL NOT PASS