Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Car-Less Adventure

So this past week, we sent Soeur Rasband to an area up by Lille and brought Soeur Waite back with us. We ran around this week visiting members and amis all around the area. We even went to the Branch President's home and helped work on a house project there and had so much fun painting rooms and getting their other young children involved doing little jobs here and there with us. And then Sunday, we sent Soeur Mozos off to Paris! By now she is on a plane heading to the Provo MTC. Please take care of her in the States for us! It was kind of sad seeing her leave and so Soeur Waite and I have just kept talking in french this whole time so that eventually we might reach a state of normalcy. 

And we are the oldest set up sister missionaries in the entire mission! She and I were joking around with our district leader that we need to find ourselves a cane and a wheelchair because we are the grandmothers of the mission. haha
And as a result, our licenses have expired and we are now traversing the streets of our sectors by foot, by bus and possibly by train. But hey, we are excited to see miracles and watch Heavenly Father help us find people that are ready to be taught!

Faith Like A Lion: The night before Soeur Rasband left, we went out to do some work in the area when Soeur Mozos picked up two copies of the Book of Mormon and said,"Tonight, I want to share TWO Books of Mormon!" And me, trusting the faith of a new missionary, was like,"Ok, let's do it!" And so we set out planning on passing by the home a man that we ported into a week before. He wasn't interested at all, but he was so kind and evidently going through a rough time with the recent passing of his father. So we decided to pass by to see how he was doing. 

As Soeur Mozos sonnered, an answer came over the speaker,"Oui?" And Soeur Mozos asked, "Tony?" Without any other words, the door buzzed open and we entered the building and waited. Eventually, he poked his head around the corner and was suprised to see that we'd come back. In fact, he had a visitor there, but welcomed us in for a minute to talk (And it was no chance that it happened to be a woman so we could come in to his apartment. There's a mission rule for sisters that they can't enter a home unless if there is another woman there. It's wise and for our safety.) We found out that he'd also recently had a fire in his apartment that had started one night while he was sleeping. Luckily, the neighbors called the fire department and he ended up being alright. So needless to be said, he was deeling with some baggage. And so we just talked. And eventually that led to the gospel. And then they started asking questions. And so we answered them and ended up talking about a variety of subjects. And we shared the Book of Mormon.

Soeur Mozos presented him with a copy and his friend with the other. And they both accepted them and said that they would read them (the french either say they will do something and they do it. Or they tell you straight up NON if they won't.) As we were leaving that night, we were filled with so much joy to have been able to lift their spirits and share a precious gift with them. Moral of the story: Never doubt the faith of a young missionary. Or your own. Heavenly Father will provide those miracles you are looking for. And if you ask Him, he will manifest His love for you over and over and over again. I invite you to do that by simply praying to Him. I know that he knows each of us individually, loves us and cares for us deeply. So much that He provided a savior for us, Jesus Christ. "For God so loved (put your name here), that He sent His only begotten Son.." Jean 3:16

Talk to you next week!

With So Much Love,

Soeur Hopkins

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