Monday, September 9, 2013

A Wonderful Baptism...

hello hello

this week went by reasonably well.  then sunday came around, we  were pretty excited for audreys baptism. we had a member family pick her up and drive her to church.  i went over to shake her hand, and she told me she was not ready... joobies audrey, quit being a diva already.  i had her come with me and we stood by the baptismal faunt and we talked about it for a while before church started, she had called her mom the night before and told her she was going to get baptized, and her mom was surprised and not really ok with it, sheesh, even though audrey is 31, anyways audrey was super sad and worried that her mom would never understand and that she started doubting if she was ready for baptism; i did a little "review" with her to check for her testimony, still rock solid. she went to relief society and i went stressing out to priesthood.
         right after priesthood i went straight over to find her, and just told her straight up, you need to decide right now 100 percent if you are going to get baptized and endure to the end, i talked to her about her mom, in time she will come to accept it, and the best way for her to accept it is to see the change in her daughter after her baptism, audrey chilled out alot, said yes, and was super super happy from then on, joobies, divas these days.
           the baptism went by great, alot of people stayed for it after sacrament meeting, we had a less active member we have been working with give the talk on baptism, audrey started balling her eyes out, almost as much as mom when we start looking at old photos ha ha.  i baptized her, it took her a good 5 minutes to come down into the faunt, she was up in the bathroom with the sister missionaries crying for a while ha, it was a happy cry though, so its all good :)
            special musical number with violin and piano, LEGIT.  and then ate some good food afterwards. all in all it went really really really really well.  i was super happy for her, she has changed alot, its been a battle, tooth and nail the whole way, a roller coaster of emotions and  yes's and no's and crazy hard questions, but i would just bring it home with the SCRIPTURES, like it says in my patriarchal blessing... interesting.
            anyways i got one more week left here in versailles, need to go hard :) and then i think i might get transfered out to bretagne france for a few transfers then back up to belgium for the rest of the year... yeah i think that sounds pretty good

anyways much love, talk to you all soon

Monday, September 2, 2013

Winding Down in terms of Time, but NOT in Terms of Effort...

So anyways, this week was good, well Damba will not be getting baptized this transfer most likely... we will continue to see him and meet with him, he is having some family problems and we can never see him. But Audrey is getting baptized!! oh wow what a miracle, like seriously i wish i could explain everything to you, she is super super super legit, the ward LOVES her.   She asked me to baptize her... ah joobies i cant say no to that :)  we taught her law of chastity, tithing and word of wisdom this weekend, she accepted it all.  she came to church and i went with our ward mission leader to help her find baptismal clothes after sacrament, in the hall she told me she was so happy she wanted to cry and she will probably cry a lot on the day of her baptism; i told her to let it rain with those tears, may as well fill up the font half way and let her fill up the rest, joobies shloobies.  Everytime she starts talking about how she met us at mcdonalds she starts to get all teary eyed ha ha. she is super nervous though, so i told her a little story, "audrey 6 months ago, while serving in le mans, i received a phone call informing to me that i needed to make up my mind if i was going to go home a transfer early for school or stay out till after the end, my comp and had already chosen to go home early, i really really really did not know, then i dreamed that i was home after my mission and i was talking with mom and crying and asking her why i did not stay out the extra 6 weeks, when i woke up i prayed and knew without a thread of doubt that God would put someone on my path the last 6 weeks that was looking for the gospel, there was no doubt in my mind,voilĂ " she was all good after i told her that... no worries :)
We had an out of control crazy african rendez vous, ha ha i will have to tell you more about that later, i recieved alot of praise afterwards from the members who came to teach with us, come on boys help me stay humble here ha ha:) .... it was just a bible bash

i got my plane ticket info a couple days ago... yikes
anyways all else is well, we are going to the louvre today, for the 4th time for the me ha ha ;) ca va
much love
talk to you soon