so this week was pretty stellar! firstly christmas and stuff! nice, gotta love the christmas spirit! we went to our ward mission leaders house for dinner on the 24th and he fed us a 6 course meal, oh man. he works at a boulangerie, so he makes bread and desserts for a job, thats pretty much all you need to know. this guy is legit, he knows everybody wants to try the classic french food like escargots and foie gras, so he made it for us, and im not going to lie, snails are dang delicious! the foie gras(goose liver or something?) was alright, id eat it again but i wouldnt buy it myself. we also had oysters at his place and i had 5, they were still alive, it was interesting! i would have never tried oysters or escargot back home. he also bought us scarves for christmas which was nice! they are pretty classy too! then on christmas we slept in and opened presents, had chocolate and candy for breakfast, then for lunch we went to one of the bishoprics houses and ate more foie gras and some strange shelled animal, different than the first time, still pretty good! then we went to this other families house and ate and hung out and this was a good time cause at the other houses we had to be like classy, but this last house they had a table of food and you dish up and walk around and talk and it was chill, i was very at home there, (ironic because thats also where i skyped home) they watched the christmas movie while i was on skype, which kinda sucked cause i missed the whole thing, but they didnt even have time to finish it anyways, so i asked the district leader, and he said we might get to watch our christmas movie on newyears day cause we have the whole day off! sick-nasty right! anywho! whatelse... um OH! right, we did another baptism thing, that was only SUPER LEGIT.(no pictures though, i forgot to bring my camera so the ward mission leader has to email me some copies) this guys name is Bertrand, hes a cop and he gets posted like all over france colonies and stuff. his wife of 15 years has been a member her whole life, so he knows what we believe and stuff, but never was super interested, but his wife and kids moved to africa to increase his chances of getting a job with their family near by, so they were there for like 2 years, and i guess having them gone just made him realize how important his family was, and he knew we believed in eternal families, so he was like, yeah, i want to talk to the missionaries. and yeah! his family came bcak just before christmas and the baptism was on saturday! super cool! the talks and stuff at the baptism were amazing, like the spirit was crazy strong. so cool. then yeah! thats pretty much my week in a nutshell! pretty good! also we have a couple really solid potential investigators, but Miguel Hugo is my favourite investigator, hes a boss, he tries to feed us everytime we go there, hes super in tune with the spirit and hes super cool, he came to church and like talked with the entire ward. Elder Gram was joking that in one sunday Miguel is better friends with the ward than Elder Gram is after 4 months, but its kinda true. Miguel is just such a bro. pray for him to feel the spirit and truthfulness of our message.
spiritual thought for this week is from the Bible Dictionary-Prayer
As soon as we learn the true relationship in which we stand toward God (namely, God is our Father, and we are His children), then at once prayer becomes natural and instinctive on our part (Matt. 7:7–11). Many of the so-called difficulties about prayer arise from forgetting this relationship. Prayer is the act by which the will of the Father and the will of the child are brought into correspondence with each other. The object of prayer is not to change the will of God but to secure for ourselves and for others blessings that God is already willing to grant but that are made conditional on our asking for them. Blessings require some work or effort on our part before we can obtain them. Prayer is a form of work and is an appointed means for obtaining the highest of all blessings. Christians are taught to pray in Christ’s name. We pray in Christ’s name when our mind is the mind of Christ, and our wishes the wishes of Christ... Many prayers remain unanswered because they are not in Christ’s name at all; they in no way represent His mind but spring out of the selfishness of man’s heart.
till next week,
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Elder Kaden "The Fat Lard" Oviatt