A fellow district Elder, Elder Gram (from Denmark), just turned to me and reminded me that we are at the halfway mark for our stay at the MTC. Wow. How time flies. We have been told that every day feels long, but the weeks seem short – true fact. Looking back, it is incredible how much I have learnt in the space of a few short weeks, and with 20 days more to leaving the MTC, there is a lot that has yet to be done.
This past week has been truly memorable. The greatest breakthrough that my companion, Elder Tsai, and I have made is teaching a lesson en Francaise (in French) without the need of notes! On Wednesday, we were told that we were to teach a new investigator, Stephanie. At that moment, I felt impressed to tell my companion that we should go into the lesson, relying on whatever little French knowledge that we have, and just teach the lesson of the Restoration, something that we know so well now. Of course, it was nerve-wrecking, we definitely struggled a lot during the lesson trying to convey the feelings that we had. On the other hand, however, during that struggle, it was amazing to see how much we could actually say. We were not speaking perfect French, but it was comprehensive enough that Stephanie could understand what we were trying to say. During my scripture study, I came across this scripture in 2 Nephi 33:1: “And now I, Nephi, cannot write all the things which were taught among my people; neither am I amighty
in writing, like unto speaking; for when a man bspeaketh
by the power of the Holy Ghost the power of the Holy Ghost carrieth it unto the hearts of the children of men.”. It is the Holy Ghost that carries the message to the hearts of the investigators, and even with my broken French, Stephanie was able to feel the love we had for the gospel, and know that it could bring her joy. It was a wonderful experience. Since that first breakthrough, my companion and I have taught 4 lessons in French, un-scripted. We are really progressing in the language and with much diligence, I will be able to leave the MTC ready enough to Prechez L’Evangile (Peach the Gospel).
On a less religious note, to tackle the night time hunger that creeps in at around 8:30pm at night, the missionaries in our district have come up with a genius plan. We have been so blessed with packages from family and friends containing goodies and snacks and it is difficult to consume all of it after we return to the residences at 9:30pm. So we came up with the “Shelf of Consecration,” a shelf where we put the food that we receive and would like to share. It has been an incredible success and has solved our night time hunger problems. Dinner at 4pm? No problem. The Solution: “The Shelf of Consecration.”
To end, here is something interesting. We have devotionals every Tuesday and Elder Maynes of the Quorum of the Seventy came this week. He talked about the famous painting that we see where Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father came to instruct Joseph Smith. They were actually the first missionaries in our church. They came down as a pair, and testified of the other. What an incredible analogy of the Heavenly Father and the Savior as missionaries. As missionaries, our goal is to be like them, to share truth and enlighten the mind.
Have a great week everyone. Bon Courage et Bon Continuation.
Je sais que L’Eglise de Jésus-Christ des Saints des Derniers Jours est vrai.