A jam-packed week it was and another busier week it will be. With transfers coming, President Babin, Elder Christiansen and I were heavily engaged reflecting on ways that we would be able to help the missionaries work more effectively and ensure that every missionary would be able to really experience all that our Heavenly Father would want them to experience during these short 2 years. One of the greatest changes in the mission was the rearrangement of the zones to follow the current stake organisation. As it says in the Bible, “no man can serve two masters,” and we wanted to ensure that the missionaries were able to follow the vision of the stakes in line with the objectives of the mission. This rearrangement meant 13 zones instead of 11, and with many of the zone leaders finishing their missions this transfer, we had to identify 12 new zone leaders who would be able to motivate and inspire and most of all lead the missionaries and help them grow. We took a lot of time to think about the missionaries, but we received the inspiration we needed and I know that the new Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders will really make a huge difference in the lives of the missionaries.
Besides working on transfers, the Mission Bureau was moved to a new nearby location as well. We spent a good amount of time packing and unpacking, and for the first time in my mission, I spent an entire day in preparation day service clothes – jeans and a polo shirt. It sure was weird but a great relief for my feet at the same time, being able to be in super comfy sports shoes. It was a good break, but I prefer my white shirt, polished shoes, tie and suit.
Apart from all the craziness of what I call, Week 6 preparation week, we saw a lot of miracles. A lot.
I was on exchanges with Elder Mattson in our area, and because we spent the entire day packing up the office, we were left with 2 hours that night to find. We spent the first 20 mins taking the time to plan and see if we could pass by any people who we said we could come back, but eventually felt that we should just go outside and find some new people after calling and praying. We stepped outside, completely clueless as to where we needed to be, and after talking to a few people, we decided to stop and pray again. After opening our eyes from the prayer, we decided to head in the direction of consecration hill, even though it was no longer part of our companionship’s proselyting sectors. Following what we felt to be good, we crossed the road, and out appeared a chinese couple. Because chinese people are super rare here in Le Pecq, where I live, I knew that we had to talk to them. We introduced ourselves in French, and then seeing their blank looks, I decided to switch to mandarin. Upon hearing that we were missionaries, the chinese lady told her husband to drop his groceries because they needed to listen. Eventually, after a few minutes, they surprised us by asking us if we would like join them for dinner. Sadly, we had eaten, but we went to their home, taught them about prayer and the Book of Mormon, and fixed another appointment. We went back for the second time last Saturday and they had already read the brochure on the Restoration we had given them. They even asked us if they could be baptized! Heavenly Father still gives us miracles in the little time that remains.
I also had the great opportunity to be part of ordination of one of my recent converts, Prisen, to the office of an Elder. He received the Melchizedek Priesthood yesterday, and it was such an incredibly spiritual experience. The blessing was so simple, and yet, there was not a dry eye after we took our hands of his head. Prisen is going to be a great leader in the church one day, and is working fervently towards becoming a missionary in a couple of months.
I am so grateful for being able to be a missionary. For the changes in people’s lives that I have been able to be a part of. There is truly no greater work than this – bringing them to a personal knowledge of their Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father’s plan for us.
Till Next Week!