Sunday, April 19, 2015

Miracles and adventures

Hey so this week was definantly memorable in many ways :) 
we had so much fun, but allergies and sickness kept us inside for a bit. 
We first had our zone conference. It was so good! Literally spiritually filled for life! Elder Hall gaves us a quote (he is our new ap! crazy) "fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. in our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith, jesus said, "be not afraid, only believe" -Anderson
Then Elder Gram whipped out my second favorite quote, "Courage is not being fearless, but being afraid and saddling up anyway" If I could just tell you all how much that describes my mission it would scare you lol. I have done a lot of crazy things, but this week I contacted every woman that was in my path, tired, hungry, whatever, and I am sure I could still do better, but I felt so good every night, having tried my hardest to be faithfull, because "obedience is an act of faith". Oh it was such an awesome conference! I ate lunch next to soeur Babin and Soeur Tippett and we chatted it up! I love her, she is so nice and patient. Oh also we get ipads on the 27th at the conference in Paris, I guess they will add on the total to the monthly payment?? Im not super sure, but they have all been bought by the church and we will just slowly reemburse I guess. OK so then after the conference we went to Nantes on exchanges! SUPER FUN! It was so hot, we got sunburned, but we were on such a spiritual high we walked all over contacting, I taught a couple people restoration, and it was so good! They listened! haha but we taught a couple lessons, and then went back to Rennes the next day (after missing our train)... how did we miss our train?? thats a good question... Well Soeur McOmber and I went to this lesson to teach the Restoration and it was to an african couple. Well he went off for like 20 minutes bashing the US, and then us for coming to france... yeah it was not fun, and I was just trying to be patient and not do anything rash, and finally McOmber just looked him in the eye, and hard core threw down! She testified  of why we were there, and what our message was, then I backed it up with the change of hearts haha, we kinda felt like Peter and his apostles when they have to rebuke a couple people, but it was the most intese lesson I have ever been in, we didnt even get to say a closing prayer, because the spirit was GONE. Oh it was so sad, and hard to be a part of. But we did our job, as wierd and rough as it was. 
Then the next couple days S.Ellis was SUPER sick. then we all got allergies, and my eyes are puffing up and nose is clogged, and we are all sneezing about 100 times a day haha. but its all good. Then sunday happened. We had ward conference, and the bishop gave the most wonderful testimony, and everyone was so connected, then we had a ward potluck, there was a couple from England there who are moving into the ward, so that was cool, and they thought I was british because I guess the name Stevens is VERY english, haha. So it was super fun chatting with them. Then we got to go contacting, and taught a woman Kelly and her son and daughter, and mom to answer your question, it was the second time I have ever met her and we invited her to be baptised! She said YES and her daughter! So that was awesome, we dont have a date yet, but they agreed to start preparing! HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK! 
ok so today we got up early and did our studies on the bus, and went to this place called Pampoint Forest. Most MEMORABLE adventure ever.
haha we looked around at first when the bus dropped us off and we were in the middle of this rue that was a town with nothing open... then out of nowhere this guy comes up riding his bike, and asks if we were trying to get to the forest, we said yes, and he showed us this map and it was about 4 miles away, so it would take a long time to get there. ok lets pause so I can explain more about this forest, it is supposedly the forest where King Aurther lived, and it has Merlins tomb, so its supposed to be mythical.. why I get myslef tangled in these I dont know, but so we went to this magical forest. well. this guy was like, hey I have bikes you can rent, do you want to ride them in? it wont take too much time to get into the forest and it will be faster (we had a bus to catch.. spoiler we missed it quand meme). So I called our district leader to see if this was possible to ride bikes, and he made us call our zone leaders to get permission, and after a couple minutes of promised prayers before we ride he accepted!! YES! haha then we went with him and rented some bikes, but not just any bikes... they were electric bikes!!! YESSSS! turbo speed ahead for me! So... we get everthing together, and we start down these country roads full speed ahead, literally that thing rides I hit 30 kph! haha and it was just a day full of sunshine and 75 degrees! Through the sunny forest, then we got to the path of the tomb and left the bikes to walk another couple kilometers to the place. Well, we ended up seeing the tomb, and then walking to the supposed "Fountain of Youth" then hiked back and got back on the bikes and rode into town again... all in a pencil skirt and flats. By the time we got back the bus was gone and we had an hour to kill before the next, so we asked the guy where was good to eat, he showed us this good place and we could eat outside to catch some rays. So she gave us some menus but not a lot to choose from because everything is fresh. So its like all "house made you have 2 choises" haha one was salmon and the other something I didnt recognizes, so the hostess came back and while taking our orders I asked what this word was, and she said,"hmm comme saucisson" "like sausage" so I was thinking oh yumm i could do a sausage hotdog thing now. so we ordered.. then the food came out, it looked like a sausage... but something smelled a little funny, it was a bit more thick than a sausage, and it kinda smelt like cow pies. Well, i thought maybe its just normal were in the middle of nowhere france right now there are farms all around, I just picked up a breeze... NOPE... i cut a bit without looking and ate it.. I ate something that wasnt sausage.. i looked down and it was cows intestine., from the ends... so yep, that happened, and I almost cried eating it, but I got a couple bites before I could spread things around enough it looked like I ate it.... I should have taken the salmon.. haha anyway lesson learned... even though some people say its a sausage....its not always a sausage. ahahah. so not done yet, in the hurry to get to the bus to Pampoint, i didnt have any change left to get home besides mission money, and were really not supposed to use, so i had the exact amount of change in my hand and was just thinking "oh Heavenly Father I really dont want to use this, but its my only way home! Please forgive me already" well the bus driver pulled up and I walked on change in hand, he looked at me and said "C'est gratuit" "Its free" !!!!!!!!!!!!! WHAT! Its the plaque im telling ya! So we got a free ride back home! It was awesome, such a fun day, but i forgot my camera, so I will try and forward some pics that others took for me. but yea that was my week, full of miracles and adventures!

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