Monday, January 18, 2016

The Great and Not-So-Spacious Building

Frere Colona!! 
You know when you're a kid and you imagine the classic missionary: hard working, door knocking, people teaching (good looking)? I felt like a classic missionary this week, and it was probably the best week of my mission! There were so many things that happened this week, all leading up to a miracle of Biblical proportions. I was also taught by our recent convert how to make real French crepes? They were delicious! Read on:

This week we had a goal: teach 20 lessons. That's a big goal, it involves a lot of hard work, good planning, faith, and some blessings from God. So with that in mind we tried our hardest to be obedient and do this. We stopped by some of our ami's we found in the big apartment building we ported, and right next to it there is another one that we've been porting. We went to the 7th floor one night, and we got into every single apartment on that floor, and two families in those apartments became ami's, who invited us back! We were on that floor for 2 hours haha. And what's funny is that EVERYONE in that apartment complex knows who we are because we go there everyday. People say hi to us as we are leaving to talking to someone outside. We're like celebrities! That's what the subject line is about BTW, shout out to Elder Johnson for it. We didn't get the chance to see Jacob and Casper this week, but we are praying that we can next week. We are trying to set us a Skype with some polish elders so we can teach their parents also.

We had zone training this week, and it was all about finding and teaching families. The gospel blesses families, and families are the center of Gods plan, and so it would only make sense to be looking for them! That's why we need to teach their parents as well, because when everyone feels the spirit, when an entire family is brought to the knowledge of Gods plan for them, it blesses generations! A key aspect that Pres. and Soeur Brown pushed was to teach through the kids. Kids are easier moved by the spirit, they have more open minds and can sense that there's something special about missionaries. It's like primary, we teach to the kids simply, their parents hear andunderstand, and it involves everyone! We're still trying to put that into practice, but it's a very true principle!

our p day adventure today 

One night, we came out of that building, and a lady gave us some cookies, and there was a man standing out there. As we passed he said something to me, and so I turned around and offered him a cookie but he then proceeded to threaten us all, tell us he was going to shoot us, explode us, and destroy us. I could tell he didn't want the cookie. He said "it's better if you keep it" and I thought, "it's better if your face keeps it... ungrateful..." He didn't kill us, but we walk a little faster when we pass his door haha also, I found a funny scripture that goes with that: 2 Nephi 5:4. That about sums it up.

We also, in that building, were leaving a RDV and needed to go to the top floor. We had planned for our ami, Micca, earlier that day, and he was on our minds because we'd missed our RDV with him the day before. Well, we needed to go up a floor, but Elder Johnson pressed the bottom button by mistake, so we went to the bottom floor, and when the door opened guess who was there? Micca! In a completely different apartment building, at the same time as us! It was a miracle! We got to teach him about the priesthood a little bit, and he likes the idea of being able to bless his family. It was awesome, and we fixed a RDV for Sunday night. Well, Sunday night rolls around and we go over to their house. We start teaching his wife, Emmanuell, and she said she isn't about to get rebaptized. We explained the the Book of Mormon and the priesthood, and Micca even said a few things about it. She's super kind, and she had cancer at one point, so he left arm and leg are kind of paralyzed, but she can walk and everything, but she said it makes her tired. Well, after we'd explained the priesthood, Micca asked if we could do something like a
Micca and Emmanuell (excuse me, I look afraid lol)
special prayer for their family. We all knew exactly what that meant, so we offered to give Emmanuell a blessing. She said yes, and so we laid our hands on her head, Elder Wade gave it, and it was one of the most spiritual experiences I've ever had. I was shaking, not out of nervousness, but because I could feel the spirit kind of overcome me. When the blessing was over, she said thank you, tried to explain how she felt, warm, and then she just started to weep. Micca got teary eyed too. It was silent for a minute, and we testified that the priesthood is truly the power of God. She then told us that she was going to read the Book of Mormon as much as she could, and pray. There was an urgency in her voice. They almost begged us to come over again tomorrow. When we left that home, the spirit was so tangible, so thick, that it was undeniable. I know that Heavenly Father has something very important in mind for this family. This was a miracle that He gave to them, because, just like in the time of Christ, they had enough faith and humility to ask, and they received a witness of the reality of this message.

We taught 20 lessons, found 6 new ami's, and saw miracles as God showed us what can happen through faith and diligence. Corsica is a very fruitful place. The field is white and we are so lucky to be the harvesters. I know that the priesthood is real! I have the power of God, and as long as I am worthy to use it, I can bless the lives of people in the same way He could if He was here. The church is true. There is no doubt. I love you all. Have a great week!

Aver amour,

Elder Hall

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