Monday, February 18, 2013

Staying Put...

hello family

soundsl like things are going well; zach has another trip over to england; sweeet.  and ben drives; thats so weird.  
i was pretty happy to get the news to stay in le mans, but a bit scared at the same time; i have never spent 4 transfers in a ville before; thats a long time! 6 months! and le mans is really not that big of a city haha, just have to go balls out; rely on the Lord and get these investigators baptized. family merchado, patrice, dexters family and olivier.  Ludivine was pretty excited to hear that i was staying and her family as well; so that was pretty cool.
        everything else is going great, ludivines baptism is this weekend; thats pretty cool.  Patrice is going great; he walks to church now; which is like an hour walk; but he likes sooo ça va. he knows that it is true; he just needs to do it and get baptized.  DJ dexter king is going good; he wants his kids to come every sunday; he went to huge party in Nice, that he had to DJ, hes a crazy dude who likes to party but still a good guy ha ha.
       i went on an exchange to angers again this week and that was alot of fun; found 3 new investigators, three african ladies let us in; we had a great lesson, before we left i started to bust out some of my lingala; once i found out they came from the congo, i spoke a little bit of their language ha and they freaked out like african women do; laugh laugh laugh scream scream scream; i told them we needed to eat some foo foo with pondu sauce and they laughed even more ha; good times good times.
        anyways; thats about it, we are pumped to go find a ton of new amis these first two weeks. remember to pray for dexters family; merchado family and patrice

thanks a lot!

Back on Track....

hello family

it has been a pretty good week. its good to hear that the brethren tore it up down in las vegas; good times gooood times, and ol lukey and danny dan are going well; thats good stuff; congrats zach and ben, just remember every time you score a try you should think to yourself "wow that was pretty cool; good on me, but josh could have done it alot cooler" ha ha ha i kid i kid, in all seriousness i am excited to watch you all play; and play with you guys.  Pops off to nz again; be sure to tell grandma i said hello.
         we had 6 investigators at church again this sunday; it was great, we should have had 11 but some last second problems came up and one family could not come.  we saw ludivine and her family, she is super excited for her baptism; the fam was a bit sad when they found out that i might not be there for the baptism; we took some pictures. we fixed the goal to have 15 amis at church this next sunday; it is going to be crrraaazy ha ha. im pretty excited.
       we visited the merchado family this week, the rendez vous was kind of dificult because they have lots of kids, and they are pretty crazy loud sometimes; and we were late, we left the rendez vous feeling pretty discouraged.  while walking home to the apartment for the night we had the thought that maybe we sould turn around and go back and talk with them, we decided to pray, we were already late and we were pretty unsure if it was a good idea.  when we finished the prayer, some random african dude walked around the corner on the street and said bon couragen ha ha we took that as our sign and went back to see the family.  they were suprised when they opened the door; we just asked the dad what he was scared about; he said he wasnt scared to be baptized, we talked for a while; with the mom; she said she was scared; we asked her to pray, which was super super super hard for her; she was shaking; but she finally did it, and asked God if these things were true; it was a great moment; and we left, now it is 100 percent in the hands of the Lord. good stuff
        Patrice the french man is going great; he came to church; he loves it, we invited him to be baptized when he knows these things are true, he said yes; we are excited for him, hes a great guy; who had one of his babies die, and his other son is handicapped; and lives with his ex wife; rough life; rough situation.  but hes a great guy; he gave us cake last time, and made sure he wore a tie to church on sunday ha
       everything else is going great, we had exchanges with the elders from orléans; that was great.
we continue to teach the other families and we are hoping to set up baptismal dates with them this coming week.  we had a few lessons in some bars this week where we went out contacting and someone would offer to buy us a coffee or a beer; we'd except a hot chocolate and we had some good lessons. one was with sylvie; an investigator that has known the missionaries for a while; we were pretty straight up with her; she cried alot; im hoping she will come around

all else is well, have fun, party hard, in a good way.

much love; talk to you all soon.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013


This week has been good, alot of pondering, self assesing and what not, tis good.

We had interviews with president this last week, they are always really good, he said i was working too hard.... WHAT??? or i guess he said, driving too fast without too much gas in the tank.  I told him how i was bothered that i go into a ville; fix baptismal dates then usually get shipped out for another missionary (usually somewhat of a slacker to be honest) comes in and baptizes them.  But its no problem, me and pres had a good talk about it, it was good stuff.  So i am intrested to see what will happen to me this next transfer, really interested.  yeah i only have 2 and a half more weeks in this transfer; then i am pretty sure that i am leaving, but we will see.
           ludivine is going great, no doubt she will be baptized on the 23rd of feb, her family is super pumped and so is she; she has changed soo much; it is cool to see.  We gave all of the merchado family priesthood blessings, it was good, we talked about faith, i almost cried, which is weird because i dont cry on my mission, i usually feel it differently.
          we went down to la rochelle after interviews and spent two nights there, we had a good time; found some new investigators, worked hard; we were doing some bat porting; got let in, some buddhist woman, she was french; we talked for a while; she said a couple of her babies had died, i told her what happens to babies after thy die, why that sometimes happens; she cried and cried and cried; it was good stuff, i hope they go see her soon; i will follow up with them about that.
           we had 6 investigators at church yesterday; the ward was pretty pumped about that, it still wasnt enough to open up the overflow wall, but we will get there soon enough ha, if the family merchado had come; they would have opened that puppy up for sure ha
          we were invited to catholic messe by one of our old investigators; sylvie, so we went; she wanted us to speak with the priest after, masse what great... such a blast... really felt the spirit of revelation in that one... the priest max, took us out to a pizzeria with sylvie, and yes he paid, so i guess you could say the pope bought me pizza ha ha yatta.
          at first it was a good discussion then he turned sour quickly, we went back to his office thing, where he got pretty hot headed haha we had that one in the bag, once you loose your head homie, you loos all credibility, what was funny is that even sylvie, who is professed catholic was siding with us, because of how stupid some of his arguements were haha i almost felt bad for the guy, but anyways it was good, probably wont be doing that again though; we have better things to do then listen to catholic priests cry and pout
          all else is well, we found a legit guy; patrice not too long ago; he came to church; we are pretty excited about him. 

talk to you all soon