This letter comes a little late this week, on a day other than our Preparation Day because of one of the coolest experiences on my mission. On Monday, we were sitting in the Cyber Cafe getting ready to write our emails to our families like we do every week. To set the stage, the Cyber Cafe that we go to happens to be where many missionaries in the surrounding areas around Paris come to write their emails every week, simply because it is in the heart of Paris and also happens to be very near to the Church Building here in St. Merri. After only a short moment of writing, one of the gamers who frequents the cyber cafe often sat down beside me and asked, “Do you speak French?” I said yes, and he continued, “Are you a student in Paris, because I see many young people like you every Monday sending emails.” I introduced myself as a missionary and before I knew it, we were talking about his beliefs and about his life. He said that he was very disappointed with himself because he was 27, still lived with his parents, addicted to smoking and without a clear focus in this life. My companion and I began teaching him a little about how we had found our lives become richer and more meaningful just by having the simple knowledge that our Heavenly Father loved us, that He had given us a divine potential in this life and that He will guide us if we ask for his help. We ended up praying with him at the end of our conversation and we fixed another time to meet with him another day. After he left, I sat in my chair, just “mindblown” (for lack of a better word) at the fact that someone just came up to us in the middle of a cyber café and that we had just taught him a little spiritual lesson.
But that was not all, another 21 year old from the Czech Republic, just minutes later came up to us and started talking to us. He told us about how he wanted to study in the US and do marketing, and after a while of chatting, he told us that he was a Christian and that he would love to meet with us again another time. We have a rendez-vous fixed with him today to meet with him. Can you imagine all that happened while we were in a cyber café?
In our district a few weeks ago, we were really seeking ways that we might be able to help build up the ward here in Paris. The ward here in Paris is big, but many of the people in this ward happen to be students and many foreigners who are living here a short term contract. We felt that we really needed to start finding people who would help build up the ward here in Paris and help the strengthen the ward like the pillars in a building. So we fasted and we decided that to do that we needed to be more receptive to the promptings that Heavenly Father would sent to us through His Spirit. Personally, we each came up with a list of certain things that we would do that would help us improve our ability to feel the Spirit such as singing Pop music during free time, or having doubts about our abilities. And since we have begun doing that, I have seen the miracles pour in, not in the way that I expect, but definitely in ways more incredible than what I would have thought. I am so grateful to be here in Paris and to be able to be an instrument.