Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 54

Dres is back with the same missionary that initially trained him a year ago, Elder Baldwin

Friday July 24: oh shoot, it's been a good while since I've written in here. I've been pretty busy. So last Saturday I found out that I would be serving as a zl in Rennes with elder Baldwin, crazy! He trained me! So i was busy with packing and stuff since then. Lots of members invited us over for meals cuz I was leaving. Dinges, royers, johann, Olivia. Metz is sweet! Since I've been here in Rennes I've been super busy. 

Saturday July 24: alright, so time to catch up,a bit. Important things that have happened since I've been her in Rennes. Transfer day was Wednesday, I went into Paris with elder wells, elder Siedow and Johnson stayed in Metz, the two equipes got combined. They're going to be super busy! Transfers were fun, I got to see a bunch of old comps/roommates/Mtc buds. Elder Baldwin took a while so I got to talk to them quite a bit. Mainly elder Pratt and elder Latin. Elder Baldwin and I caught up on the train ride here. Didn't have much time to do anything once we got here. We did stop by a recent convert named Andy, he's Chinese and rad. Thursday morning we had to wake up at 4:30 to go into Paris again for mission council. It's for all the ZLs and STL (sister training leaders) president and the APs give formations and talk about mission stuff. That was fun, seeing how the mission works and all. I was kinda nervous cuz I was just surrounded by all the super stud older missionaries who can speak French super super well and whatnot, I kinda kept quiet the whole time. During the ride home we discussed what we thought about it and what we would pass on during the district leader training. I re-realized that elder Baldwin and I have pretty different ways of thinking. I can sometimes get frustrated when people don't think the same way as me but then I just realize that it's still good, just different. When we got home we had a rdv with a kid named Marian, he's 19 and from Romania. He looks like quite a punk but he's a cool kid, he believes were the right church and wants to be baptized, just isn't quite ready yet. We taught with a member named bob, he's from New Caledonia and super cool, while we were waiting for Marian to get there him and I were talking a bunch about guitar, motorcycles, and New Caledonia. Friday we stopped by bishops house to grab a forum. He seems pretty cool but he's going to be on vacation for three weeks so I won't see him/get to know him for a while. We contacted this African guy that's going to become a pastor on the bus, he was cool. We had our weekly planning sesh. That took a while cuz the other equipe that was here in Rennes got closed down so we just acquired all their Amis. We taught this guy named Bruno, he kinda just complained to us about stuff and we taught about sabbath day and how coming to church will help. We had another rdv at the church with an ami and a member coming, the member was this old African guy that's an anesthesiologist 

Sunday July 26: the dude never showed up to the rdv so we shared a little spiritual thought with the member then while we were leaving him with a prayer elder brockbank walked into the chapel. He went home a couple days ago so it was really weird to see him, his family picked him up I guess and he was with them showing them around the different villes he served in. Elder brockbank is a stud. We talked with him and his fam for a bit then we came back home for dinner.Saturday we had a district leader training meeting. The two district leaders and the stls came to our chapel and we talked about some of the things they talked about at mission council. We also gave a formation on diligence. 

Monday July 27: after that meeting we had quite a few rdvs scheduled but none of them went through. One of them was supposed to work out but we saw this old lady that needed some help and it took to long and we didn't make it to the rdv on time, I personally feel like we should have taken the rdv over helping the lady but ca va. One cool thing that happened today, we were walking on the sidewalk and I looked into a laundromat and saw a young French woman reading a book that looked like it might have been the bible. We kept going and got into this park and couldn't decide where to go from there, I felt like I should have talked to that lady so we went back and started talking to her, she was about 25,we talked about the Book of Mormon with her and she was really interested, we left her with a prayer and our card. She's moving next week so I hope we can get her set up with the soeur Missionnaires in her new ville. SundaySunday was good. We went to church and all the members were really nice. I presented myself in sacrament meeting. There's quite a few young people in this ward. Some members gave a a ride home afterwards. We finished our weekly planning sesh. We had a rdv after but that fell through. We decided to pass by some of the Amis of the other equipe that just closed but we kinda just got lost instead. We taught this older dude on the road and then also met this Ethiopian guy at a bus stop. We also stop by andys, he is super funny. We taught about the word of wisdom and also gave him the sacrament. He had a surgery on his knee that went wrong and now he's in this rehab place for a while. There's a pond right next to our house and so while we were walking around today we kept our eyes open for flat rocks and then we skipped a couple in the pond as we were coming home 😊

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