So much wonderful stuff this week. First, the random/funny...kind of things of the week.
One, we started teaching someone who does acupressure for a living. Wait, what is that? Exactly. She was shocked that I could talk to her about it and how it can cure you from being allergic to the cold.
Two, we were teaching some of our amis, this older couple, about eternal families. It was a really powerful, spiritual lesson. We talked about how we left our families because we want to bring happiness to the families of others. Really powerful...then I brought out the picture of our family (the one we took less than a year ago). It was cool until she asked if we had taken the picture three or four years ago. Are you kidding me? I'm sorry I don't do my hair and am in desperate need of a long nap. Kind of funny...kind of didn't know how to take it.
Three, Halloween in France...not a huge deal. But, for me, that absolutely was not a problem. They have Christmas decorations already up in Centreville (middle of town). There are huge lighted snowflakes and wreaths hanging between all of the buildings...kind of like Disneyland. Love it! I made it a point this week to share my "anti-Halloween" scripture (2Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear...") in our rendez-vous. Also, funny Halloween experience. So we're meeting with Soeur Pelot (our French Grandma who makes us hot chocolate), and she decides to show us her homemade nativity. They were all of these funny little men made out of toilet paper rolls and adorned with robes, tassels, and sashes (the wisemen and shephards). Come to find out, Soeur Pagano got a little lost in the conversation when we started talking about Christmas (maybe because it was Halloween) and later asked me why Soeur Pelot had made so many little muslim dolls. I thought I was going to die laughing, in fact, I'm getting teary-eyed just writing about it.
Now, some cool miracles of the week...
So we were going through the area book and calling old potentials. We were able to set a rendez-vous with this guy named Daniel. The first rendez-vous went okay, but we weren't really sure where it was going to go after that. He didn't seem super interested and had lots of deep/random questions. Anyways, we left him with a Book of Mormon and retablissement pamphlet (restoration) and an invite to church on Sunday (which he promptly turned down). Yesterday in church, I'm leading the music and watch him walk in and sit in the back of the chapel. After the meeting, come to find out, he had stayed at the park after our rendez-vous and read the pamphlet/the chapters we had asked him to in the Book of Mormon. Then, he had woke up Sunday morning feeling uneasy and decided that what he needed to do about it was to come to the mormon church. So, he did. He was very touched by testimony meeting and the fact that our church is so centered on Christ. He later set-up another rendez-vous and is giving us the coordonnees (referrals) of his friends.
Later on in the week, we contacted this really cool guy (Didier). As we turned the corner, we saw him walking with his cute, little daughter on a bike and heard, "Oh hey, it's the mormons." Apparently he had met the elders before because they often went to the store where he works. We had a quick contact, but he didn't seem super interested. He's very practicing in his protestant religion. So, we left him with a Book of Mormon and a plan du salut pamphlet (plan of salvation) and continued on our way. No less than 30 minutes later, we got a text and later on a call from him, thanking us for the book/pamphlet, telling us how much he loved them, and asking to set-up a rendez-vous. It was so cool. I can't recall another time in my mission where someone has actually called us to learn more. We're teaching him later this week. So many cool miracles...I think we should use pamphlets more.
Everything else is going well. Migo is coming back into town this week (she's been in Iceland...what do you do there?) and we're excited to keep working with her. Also, Sandrine is doing well--the branch is the most incredible support for her and her cute kids. They haven't missed a Sunday in a month. We are seeing miracles and I love being the hands of the Lord here in Besancon. I love being a missionary.
I hope you all have a great week!
Je vous aime,
Soeur Alisa Hulme