Oh la this week has been such a crazy week! First let me update you with some cultural activities that are taking place in good old Cannes. The Cannes Film Festival 2015. So if you know what The Sundance Film Festival is, the cannes film festival is very similar. But about 100 times bigger. It lasts 10 days and people from all over the world come here to watch, market, buy, and sell movies. Stars from all over the world come here as well. It's CRAZY. The amount of people here is absolutely insane. A 10 minute bus ride back to our apartment has now turned into an hour bus ride because of the mass amount of people. On all of the bus stops there is a poster of a famous person, the walls of buildings have giant murals of movies, it's pretty cool! Oh and people camp out for literal daysssssss to try and just get a glimpse of an actor or actress walking down the red carpet in front of the giant casino. People stand on the streets with signs that say "We will sell our souls for a ticket to the festival!" Oh and there are lots of fancy cars everywhere. I was on the bus and I complemented this lady on her jacket and then she turns and asks me if I want her extra ticket to the film festival! So tempting, but I kindly declined and told her I was a missionary for my church and that as much as I wanted to go to the film festival, I was here to help people learn more about Jesus Christ. She was really nice about it and told me that she was catholic and we ended up having a lovely discussion.:) Ok that's my rant about what is currently going on in Cannes.
So our week was pretty good! Remember Carla the girlfriend of our member Sylvain? Well we were able to have our first meeting with her last week! It went really well. She's already read the BOM 4 times and she says she has no doubt that it is true. WHAT?? So cool! We taught her the Restoration and she really agreed with and understood what we taught her. It was awesome. We invited her to be baptized and said she would like to but she needs to really think about it. I know that if she really prays about it she will be able to know that getting baptized is the right decision. We have another meeting with her this Thursday so I'm really excited about that:)
Lisa! Ok so last transfer on the bus we contacted this lady named Lisa from Portugal. Well after like a month of trying to fix a meeting with her we finally saw her this last week! She is so awesome, she is a single mom and just the nicest person ever. We were able to discuss the BOM and she really understood it's purpose. She's like pretty hardcore practicing Catholic but by the end of our meeting she was really interested to keep learning more, we should be seeing her not this week but next:)
Soeur Rouby:) She is a member of our ward is about 90 years old and blind. She is the kindest person I have ever met. We go to her house every week and read a chapter of the Book of Mormon to her. Her husband is not a member. Every time we go to visit her, he always leaves and goes to the kitchen or the garden. But even though I know he isn't with us in the same room he is totally listening to us read the scriptures from the kitchen haha Soeur Rouby says "He's Mormon, he just doesn't know it yet:)"
We had two really cool miracles that I wanted to share with you this week. This week we honestly didn't have a lot of things planned. Most of our amis kind of went into hiding or something and with all this festival madness people haven't been super receptive. They mostly think we are tourists asking for money haha WE DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY WE JUST WANT YOU TO HAVE ETERNAL SALVATION GOSH. But even though the work has been difficult we had two cool miracles that I'll share:)
#1 I was on this bus and I approached this nice lady with red hair and started doing the family questionaire with her. She opened up and started talking about how much her father had influenced her and then she began to cry because she lost her Dad a couple of years ago. I testified that we would be able to see our families again after this life and I told her about how I had lost my grandpa around Christmas time, but I was comforted by the fact that I will be with him again. She said "I don't know if I believe in a life after this one, but wherever your Grandfather is, I imagine he is very proud of you and the work you are doing." That was such a tender mercy to me, I know for a fact Grandpa Sherm is helping me in this work. I hope this nice lady with the red hair can one day find out for herself that she too can be with her father again.
#2 This is another bus miracle! So I sat down next to this nice lady and she starts asking me about my tag, so I tell her I'm a missionary and what I am doing here. She's Catholic, like everyone else. She lost her son and her husband a couple of years ago and she is all alone here. She said that she goes to church and she asks Heavenly Father why all of these bad things have happened to her and why is there so much suffering in the world. She expressed how she feels very alone here. I couldn't tell her why her loved ones had died, or why bad things happen, or why there is suffering. But I did tell her that she is never alone and that she has a Heavenly Father who loves her and that He does indeed answer our prayers, but sometimes it just takes some time. I gave her a Restoration pamphlet and she promised she would read it:) As she was getting off the bus she was like "Well maybe I was supposed to meet you the nice girl with the pretty smile, maybe you were the answer to my prayers." That was a really strong moment for me. That Heavenly Father is answering His childrens prayers through us His missionaries. I hope she reads the pamphlet and I hope she calls us. But if she doesn't I hope she remembers how she felt that day on the bus:)
When it comes down to it, we really aren't doing anything. This is all Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We are just delivering the good news:) I love being a missionary, I really do. It amazes me how fast the time passes here. I'm grateful that I get to spend just a small amount of my time helping Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ bring about their work. I love them.
I love you all:) Thank you for your incredible examples and your diligent faith. You amaze me. I hope you all have a great week:)
Playing Petanque with the members
Me and Soeur Gerritsen
Me and my Soeurs in Cannes
Me and Soeur Gerritsen on the Red Carpet at the Cannes Film Festival