Ok, so this week we had even more lessons fall through than last week. Really. I'm not exaggerating when I say that 90 percent of our scheduled RDV's fell through. And that's not something you want when you have a goal to teach 20 lessons! BUT WE DID IT! To make up for those missed lessons, we found people to teach in the street, and it was fantastic.
We taught our 20th lesson last night and it was amazing! We taught that cute little family that I talked about last week. AND WE COMMITTED THEM TO BAPTISM! We had already had our first meeting with them on friday, what we call a lesson 0. Last night we taught the restoration. Not gonna lie, it was hard because their two adorable children would not stop screaming and running around, but it still went well. Flavie, the wife is a little hesitant about the message, but she learns really quickly. Louis is really interested, but learns a little more slowly, so they help each other. Did I mention that they're super young? Louis is 22 and Flavie is only 20! And they already have two kids and one on the way. I can't imagine how hard it must be, but it's a good thing they're learning about the gospel which will help them so much. Anyways we committed them to baptism, and they said yes! We are SO excited!
We have another ami, Christianne who is just amazing. We love her so much. We contacted her a couple weeks ago, and have taught her the restoration already. She was involved in a bad car accident about 30 years ago, so she has difficulty speaking clearly and walking. I remember seeing her on the street and thinking that she needed our message. Anyways she's a doll. She has so many good questions, and it's fantastic. We taught with one of our recent converts, Jean/one of the 3 Nephites, and that was perfect. She asked him about how he found out about the church, and if he was happy and he just said all the right things. We're really looking forward to teaching her more.
As I said earlier, time is flying by! And it's because I'm focusing on the work. A couple weeks ago I was just DREADING the morning because I really didn't want to go running, and I was just lamenting over the things that I didn't want to do. And that whole day I was miserable! But during companionship study we ready a quote from Pres. Hinckley that talks about focusing on the work. And that reminded me of the letter that his father had written him saying "Forget yourself and go to work!" And there's really no other way to do it! Ever since then I've been focusing on helping our amis, and not about how I don't want to move. Btw I've figured out how to not hate running. I've discovered that I need to just keep my mind off the fact that I'm running, so I usually play a musical in my head. I can usually get through an entire act. It works! Also I'm grateful for our morning exercise because my clothes that were once tight are fitting better! Woot woot!
Ok other news that I think will surprise you. I'M DOING MY PERSONAL PROGRESS! Did you hear that Sister Hilton?! A couple weeks ago we met with a cute family of 4 young women, and before we left they gave us a personal progress book. Since then, I've started it and have already passed off a couple assignments! In fact, I'll finish one tonight! We're having a Family Home Evening with some of our recent converts tonight, and I'll be giving the lesson on prayer. I'm excited. My goal is to have everything completed by the end of my mission.
This week we have zone conference with special guest Elder Kearan from the Seventy. We've really been trying to prepare by reading his talks, and reaching our goal of teaching 20 lessons. And guess what. The assistants called me last week asking if I could play the violin for the special musical number. So because I can't say no, I'll be playing! Kind of terrified, kind of excited to play again. But because it's been so long, I feel I'll make a fool out of myself. Oh and another thing. There's actually no violin part for the song, just piano and vocal. They just want a violin to be there. So I'll just make up my part. Which isn't bad, but it's kind of hard to do when you don't have a violin. I've looked at the music, and I'm familiar with the song. So really all I've been able to do is hear it in my head and try to make up a part to play. We won't be able to practice the night before/morning of, so we'll see how it all goes. Pray for me.
Last P-day a member took us to the beach and it was divine. It really was. It was warm and sunny, with a slight sea breeze. We took our shoes off and just sat in the sand. Feeling the sand inbetween my toes was the best thing my feet have ever experienced. Really though. Today we're going shopping and I'm ecstatic. It's been far too long since the last time I went shopping. I need to get a coat, and some boots. Seriously can't wait.
Anyways everything is lovely here! Write me letters!
Je vous aime BEAUCOUP!