Monday, May 7, 2012

Aix Transfer 2

    Hello, everyone! I missed you, how are you doing? woah, lots of questions this week.  I'll try and tackle them.

    With regards to the panneau, it really depends how often we do it.  usually no more than twice or three times a week, at two hours at a time.  Although, this week.... or maybe last week we did it for 5 hours... that was... fun, but we did get quite a few contacts.  We make the board (materials provided by the church) right now it says"FREE DISCUSSIONS IN ENGLISH WITH REAL AMERICANS" and that is all.  We wanted to try something different, and we did get a whole lot of people to talk to us, so we will see how many come to our class. Before, it said "WE HAVE A QUESTION FOR YOU, ANSWER WELL, AND YOU WIN A PRIZE!", then before we have just had some questions like what brings you happiness and stuff like that with a picture of Jesus.  It really doesn't matter what it says on the board really, we mostly just have it to have an excuse to stand on the corner and talk with everyone.   Other than that our finding activities are knocking doors (I have done a faire ammount of that so far), just talking to people on your way, and pass backs which intail calling, and or passing by old amis, less actives, or people who gave us their info in the past.  I would say we do the most of pass backs.

    We are our amount of lessons have picked up, we taught 14 leçons last week which was the most that transfer.  I did the math, and I have taught around 163 leçons on my mission.  my goal is to break 1000 So that means an average of 80-90 leçons a transfer.  The closest I have come so far is 71 in a transfer, but I think I can do it.  Yeah, but it is pretty cool, we had two neat miracle amis that I will talk about later.

    No I do not feel really new anymore, I feel like I could lead a companionship if I needed to, but I would not say I am a veteran, and there are always things to improve on.

    No I have not gone to the temple since the MTC, and I will not go for the rest of my mission.  The closest temples are Madrid, Spain, and Bern, Swiss.  However both are out of our mission boundaries, and we won't go so that is too bad.  They are building a temple right next to the palace of Versailles, they have all the approvals now, and should begin construction in a few months hopefully.  That will also be out of our mission boundaries so no go there either... I will just have to go a lot when I get home to make up for it.

    Yes I got the package last Thursday.  Thank you very much, the bag works great, and the gum and soup is always appreciated.  I have a new goal to weigh 100kg by my 20th birthday (that is 220 lbs.)  Right now I am at 114kg, I think it is possible, but will really require me to be really really good with what I eat and how I use my exercise time.  

    Transfer calls were last Friday.  Elder Baret will be replaced by elder Ormond from Idaho quelque part, and a couple other changes in our district.  As for me and Elder Harris....We are both staying.  Nothing surprising there.  However, that does mean that one of us will go next transfer because almost never to two missionaries serve with each other more than 2 transfers.

    Eva's family is doing awesome.  We have not been able to teach them much, but Eva is taking care of that for us (she is great and is going to be an awesome missionary)  They are studying their scriptures together every day, praying together, they have been coming to church for 6 weeks straight, and they are hopefully going to be baptized the 2nd of Juin ... I forgot how to write that in English.. June right.That is so freaking cool.  They (meaning eva's father) still has a few soucis (like drinking and cigarettes, and tithing) but I think they are going to be great. I am so excited, that is big miracle number 1 for this week.

    Big miracle number 2:  we were porting (knocking on doors) later one night.  Around 8h40ish someone answered and let us in after we said we were missionaries and all that.  We were able to talk to her a little, share how our message can help her, and she agreed to see us again. We have since seen her, and said it would be really great to know that God has called another prophet.  We have another rdv set up for later this week. Another solid ami!

   Big miracle number 3:  At the beginning of this week we randomly got a call from a guy who said that he had talked to the missionaries in the past, but was too busy, and had the time now so he wanted to meet us.  We met him to find out that he had only seen the missionaries in the street once two years ago, and had kept the card they gave him until he called us... that is pretty amazing. We have seen him (laurent) about four times, and he says he knows already that everything we are teaching him is true. Really an incredible miracle to be a part of.

   It seems strange that I am already more than a quarter done with my mission.  Kinda sad, it is passing by way too quickly.  I am glad to say that I feel satisfied with the work that I have done so far, and I am still loving it.  It is really the best two years.  French is going well. I can almost always say what i want and understand what people are saying to me without translating it in my head which is interesting when I catch myself doing it.  I made a phone call in English the other day and it was really weird because I didn't know what to say.  I was throwing in French words and structuring sentences like the french would... kinda funny.  What else is great, is even thought I do not have a huge vocab, I can understand how people are talking that I can guess the meaning of most words.  It is really neat!

    THEY ARE MAKING AN ENDER'S GAME MOVIE!!!!! That is awesome 1 because I'll be there when it comes out and 2 I love ender's game.   Though it stinks because everyone is taking my movie ideas.  I wanted to make a hunger games movie, enders game... now the only one that isn't done is a legit book of mormon movie.  So I can still do that.

    I think that is all for this week.  I have a new planner so I can't give you a day by day thing, but I will try to do that next week.  I love you all and I am excited to see you mom and dad and maybe JJ this sunday!  Say safe, keep the faith, live, laugh, love and all that.  Je vous aime, et Dieu vous aime, ça c'est écriture, Dieu tant aime le monde, il lui donne son fils unique, pas pour les chasser, mais pour les sauver... Je sais que j'ai changé l'écriture, je ne l'ai pas mémorisé. Lâches moi les baskets! 

    PS Félicitations JJ on your Graduation. I am very proud of you! Love yah Brah!

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