Friday, January 24, 2014

January 20, 2014

sooo this is the begining of a new transfer! elder Gram is leaving me here in Melun, stranded. but its okay, we have alot going on for us here and i think i can figure my way around, so well see!
i cant really remember much of this week, but i do remember that we had some pretty sweet lessons, and we finished the transfer with a bang! this transfer we taught 48 lessons to non members and a handful more to church members. we had 2 baptisms and have three more coming up! we taught some pretty great lessons, Killian and Bryan, the 13 and 11 year old(respectively) are really progressing, they live with their mom and dad, their mom has been part of the church her whole life, they got married when she was 17! her husband is Bertrand, my second baptism, and yeah so he just got baptised and has the goal for being sealed with his family in the temple so he can be with them forever, its really cool to see how much he has learned and his faith in christ and the gospel, the parents are amazing for helping their kids, i wish every investigator we teach could have parents that are members. those kids are eager and excited for baptism, we just have to teach them the lessons and then thats it! our other investigator who has a baptism date is miguel, and he is really struggling. its going to be hard to get him back into progression, but he knows what he should do, he just has alot of distractions. we had a pretty amazing lesson last night with a guy named Jean-Paul, his wife just got baptised in the summer, and she wants very much for him to be baptised, we went into the lesson without much of a plan because its been since before i got to melun since we have had a chat with him. so i met him, we planned on seeing how much of the lesson he remembered from months earlier, and to really act on the spirit for a guide. i thought the lesson went very well and we really got to him i think. i think i felt some of the pure love of god. that sounds silly, but i think i saw what god sees in Jean-Paul, ive felt love for investigators before, but this was like this random man ive never met, and i just felt so much respect and love for him, i really want to help him come to the gospel, not for statistics or for the sake of having another person baptised, (not that thats usually what i want, but still) i just want him to recieve those blessings that i know the church can bring him. it was cool because i prayed to feel more love for my investigators, have charity and really want to be there for them on a whole new level, and i felt it. i probably sound really creepy talking about a strange black man, but im talking about all the investigators now, i really got an insight into how much god loves us, it was very cool and he really wants us to follow the commandments and stuff, not for his benefit, but for ours, because he loves us all so so sooo very much! i cant even begin to describe it, cause i dont know...

on a less spiritual note, i have alot of pictures for this eek, of me at cool places! so yeah!

and back to spiritual stuff
spiritual thought for today comes from moses! thank the heavens for that guy!
so a background on how i fell upon this. elder gram gave me the idea to read the entire missionary library in 2014, so that consists of: old and new testaments, book of mormon, d&c, pearl of great price, jesus the christ, our search for happiness, true to the faith, and our heritage. for a total of 3704 pages. so yeah, i started in the old testament!
so exodus chapter 4, god had just given the commandment to moses and given him instruction and such,

10 ¶And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of aspeech, and of a bslow tongue.11 And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who amaketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? 12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy amouth, and bteachthee what thou shalt csay.

i really liked this because moses, appareantly he has speech problmems, being called to be a prophet, has doubts. i would probably have doubts too! but moses explains his concern, like god doesnt already know moses has talking problems, but god is just like "i made your mouth, i know your problems, now trust me, cause i called you to this work, i will provide a way for you to get r done." i dont know, think about that for a bit, :) take it how you may, but god calls all of us to do things, sometimes it seems too hard, but He knows, so trust him! 

Elder "Wisdom" Oviatt out.

(picture description;1i just like this angle of that tower thing, 2 and 3, me and elder gram taking stupid selfies at notre dame and at that tower place)

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