Monday, May 27, 2013

Linda's Lucky Liahona

Hey everyone! 
Well, as with all weeks with Missionary work, we've had some downs, but we've also seen lots of miracles.  I will share with you one of my personal favorites.  A couple of weeks ago, we ported into a man named Matthieu.  His wife/girlfriend wasn't home, so we said we'd try to pass by another time.  And we did, and she wasn't there, even though I saw that there was a woman there, so he said come back at 4:00 on Wednesday.  So we did, and the same lady whom I'd seen before opened the door.  She quickly told us that Matthieu wasn't home, she was evangilist and wasn't interested, and to come back another time, and then she shut the door.  Ouch.  But ok.  So last Wednesday, we passed by in the morning, and this time, another woman opened the door.  We told her who we were, that we'd met Matthieu, and wanted to share a message for the family.  She said they were about to go out to lunch, but that we could come in for just a few minutes.  We see Matthieu and say hi, and find out that the woman who opened the door this time, Linda, was his girlfriend, and that the other, not so nice woman who opened the door before, is an aunt, Lydie.  So anyway, Linda lets us in, and tells us to sit down, she starts to lightly organize some things, to make it look a little nicer.  She brings in a stack of magazines and sets them on the table to make it look nice, and, I kid you not, the very top magazine is a flippin' OCTOBER GENERAL CONFERENCE issue of the Liahona!!!  Soeur Wynn and I stared in amazement!  Finally, Soeur Wynn is like, "That...that's a magazine from OUR church!"  Linda replied, "Oh!  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  My cousin is a member.  She lives in the south of France.  She was just recently visiting and she left her magasine here."  HOW GREAT IS THAT?!  We asked them if they'd had a chance to read "The family: Proclamation" that we'd left before, and she said yes, and that she totally agreed with it.  We bore testimony that it was written by prophets, and fixed another RDV with them!  Totally made my week!  Another awesome story happened this weekend.  Well, at least, we thought it was pretty funny.  We've been working with a less-active woman, Valerie, and her 4 kids.  The kids aren't always interested in religion, but Valerie knows it's important.  Last week, we gave the family the challenge to read the Book of Mormon for 5 minutes each day, and made sure everyone had a copy.  We went back to Valerie's on Saturday, and had a moment to just talk with her.  She told us that her youngest son, Sophian, who is 12, had read for 5 minutes every day.  We told her that was amazing, and she was like, "You're telling me!  I never would have imagined that he'd actually read!".  The part that really got to us was the story that follows, though.  Apparently, one day, Olivier, the 14 year old older brother of Sophian was talking about how he doesn't care about reading the Book of Mormon, and that it's just a waste of time, and Sophian was like, "Watch it. If you make fun of the Book of Mormon, you're going to regret it."  A few days later, Olivier was with his younger sister, and she pushed him and he fell and broke his arm, and Sophian said, "I told you.  That's what you get for making fun of the Book of Mormon."  Haha, Love it, even though I do feel bad that Olivier broke his arm.  
Aside from that, there's not much news from us, aside from the fact that I'm completely sick!  It's the pits.  I got a blessing from the Elders today, so hopefully that, combined with rest, will help.  Poor Soeur McGhie is sick also.  This next week is Stake Conference, and they're changing the presidency, and we just found out that WE are singing at it, as in all the missionaries in our Stake.  Haha, so that will be great.  I'm really excited, though, as long as I'm better by then.    This church is true, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity that I have to share this message with everyone.  It is such a blessing, and I know that through it, we will honestly find our happiness, our fulfillment, and our peace.  Let us all drink from the well of living waters, and share this message of joy with everyone around us.  Thank you all, and have a great week!
Soeur Bracken

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