Monday, February 4, 2013

Luxembourg, laughs,and lots of potential missionaries

Bonjour toutes,
  A short recount of the week.
This week has been great, as always, except that Soeur Thibault and I have both fallen prey to the horrid beast of 'being sick'.  It started out with a stuffy, runny nose for me, and a sore throat for her, then we kind of switched, and by 'switched', I mean, she got a runny nose, but lost her sore throat, and I got a sore throat and still managed to keep my runny nose.  Luckily, I think it's slowly getting better.  It's really not super bad, it' just really really annoying.  This week was sister exchanges, so Soeur Thibault got to go to Luxembourg!  Ugh, living the dream, right?  Luckily, to make our exchange a little easier and better, the both of us stayed the night in Luxembourg on Wednesday, so I can officially mark that off my 'to do list' in life.  Spend the night in Luxembourg?- Check!  I spent the next day with Soeur McGhie here in Nogent.  It was awesome.  Soeur McGhie is so tranquile and easy-going.  One of the things that I love so much about her is her humility.  She asked me one time throughout our day together if I had any advice.  I replied, "'re older in the mission than I am."  She just smiled and said, "So?  You can still give me advice if you have some."  It really hit me then that advice and learning can come from any one and anything.  After all, aren't we all supposed to be like little children, meek, humble, and teachable?  Saturday was a day-long mission prep class for all the youth in France (and some in Belgium) who are preparing to serve missions soon.  We had about 70 kids there.  Totally awesome, right?  I got to see my dear sister Calves, who served with me for a couple of days in Quimper, and also some of the older youth from our ward here in Nogent.  The spirit was so strong.  We showed them how to teach quickly and simply, and then split them into groups and allowed them to do the same.  It was great to go around and listen and compliment and give advice.  Later, Président and Soeur Poznanski talked to everyone, and we ate.  Later that night, Soeur Thibault and I had an AWESOME RDV with our amie, Françoise, from Togo.  We read the 3 Ne 27 together, and talked about the name of the church, baptism, and prayer.  The spirit was so strong!  She promised us she was going to read every day this week.  We have another RDV with her on Wednesday!  I bore my testimony (in french!) yesterday at church, which was great.  And the best thing at church was that Donna, one our amies, showed up!  I was SO excited!  This is one of the first real investigators I've ever had come to church!   I honestly was ecstatic.  We also had a great RDV last night with Fatoumia, a member, and Kashmira, her friend who is from India.  Kashmira is so sweet and kind, and her kids went to church with Fatoumia yesterday, too.  Fatoumia's less active daughter participated in the lesson also!  Dreams come true in the France, Paris Mission!Our mission goal is to have every companionship have a baptism before a member of the 70 comes and visits us in March.  We are all working really hard, but sometimes the fruits aren't immediately evident.  I would like to ask each and every one of you to please pray that Soeur Thibault and I (as well as all our Zone, and Mission) can find someone who is ready to enter into the waters of baptism and make that amazing covenant with the Lord.  The power of prayer is amazing, and I know that if you do it, that Soeur Thibault and I will feel it's power throughout our week.  Thank you very much! 
   I know this church is true.  I'd like to leave you with a scripture that touched me this morning- Jean (John) 24:32- "Did not our hearts within us burn?"  After I read that, I thought to myself, "Do I feel that when I learn from the scriptures?" I then said to myself, "Do OTHERS feel that when I teach them?"  The Holy Ghost has the power to change lives, and touch the people around us, all we have to do is be humbe enough to let it.
  I love you all very much, and I am so thankful for your love and support!
                       Avec amour,
                          Soeur Bracken

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