Another great week in Toulouse!! Seriously I'm obsessed. I feel like I just got here and we're already starting week three of the transfer, time is literally flying.
So this week started off awesome. After some good old soldes shopping last Monday we headed off to Lyon for Jedi Counsel (leadership counsel) I'm not exactly sure why we call it Jedi counsel, but I just roll with it. So we headed off to Lyon and got in Monday night. Let me just tell you how happy I was to see so many people I love in one setting! It was lovely. We hit up Master Tacos to celebrate Soeur Stanley's birthday with everyone and it was lovely.
Tuesday was Jedi and it was so GREAT. So President Brown is so incredible. He really feels strongly that we need to focus on the Temple right now in our missionary work. So we got to Jedi and most of the time was spent just brainstorming different ways that we can implement the Temple in our day to day work. When we first started I was having a hard time thinking of ways that this could be accomplished, but by the end of the day we had a huge list of different ideas. It's kind of interesting because the temple isn't something that we just talk about with people when we approach them on the street, not because it's like this huge secret, but because it's something special to us. But as president taught us, "temples are not an accessory to the gospel, they are essential to exaltation". Wow. That hit me. We need to be talking about the temple with our investigators just as much as we are talking about baptism, because in the end, the temple is where we want them. Baptism is of course important, but the temple is the goal. Eternal families. That's what we are aiming for. We are beginning with the end in mind. I'm so excited about this. We've already started trying to use the temple in all of our lessons with amis, less actives, and members. And we've found that there really is a way of going about it, obviously you can't tell them everything, but it's been awesome to talk with people on the street and ask them questions like, "what would it mean for you if you could live with your family forever?" "Can we explain to you how that's possible?" People get really excited and it's just awesome. I'm grateful for the decision, my family made 11 years ago to be sealed for eternity. I love you:) also this quote is great, "It was never intended that knowledge of these temple ceremonies would be limited to a select few who would be obliged to ensure that others never learn of them. It is quite the opposite, in fact. With great effort we urge every soul to qualify and prepare for the temple experience. Those who have been to the temple have been taught an ideal: Someday every living soul and every soul who has ever lived shall have the opportunity to hear the gospel and to accept or reject what the temple offers."-preparing to enter the holy temple
We also had zone training this week as well! Pretty much it was Jedi all over again. It was really cool to bring what we had learned in Lyon to our own zone here. Everyone had great ideas and it'll be really cool to see what everyone comes up with to really use this in our work here.
I had the opportunity to go on exchange with Soeur McClellan! She's so great. She's also serving in Toulouse, she's just in the other Ward. We had a really cool experience as we were out contacting! So we walked up to this girl who was about 22 and we start asking her if we can questionnaire her, well she said she didn't speak French, perfect we speak English;) so we try incorporating the temple in the questionnaire by showing her a picture of the temple. We explained what it was and she got all excited and asked if she could go in:) she had to run but they got her number and they are going to start teaching her!:) the rest of the exchange was full of miracles, I watched Soeur McClellan bear hardcore testimony about the temple with tear filled eyes to an amie. I got chills. There's just something about someone's testimony that is so powerful. I love the Gospel.
We had another cool experience with the temple earlier this week. We went to visit a member who is recently divorced with two small kids. We didn't know her or her situation, but we planned on talking about the temple and prayed for the best. We walked into her apartment and she had pictures of the temple all over the place!! She bore a beautiful testimony about how important the temple is to her. She also told us that she had a friend over the day before that and her friend asked her what the pictures were, so she was able to explain a little bit about the temple to her friend! So cool!! We are going back to start teaching her daughter the missionary lessons:)
COOL MIRACLE! So at church on Sunday we had planned to meet up with this woman named Angela from Romania. She was the Capitole sisters amie, but since she lives in our part of Toulouse they had to pass her to us. Well she's so awesome! As soon as we met her she asked us when she could get baptized!! What?! She's really cool and I'm excited to teach her this week!
Well kids that's about all for this week! I love you all, keep being amazing! Oh! Also after zone training one of our zone leaders reached in his bag to grab something and a GIANT brown wolf spider crawled out onto his hand. It was hilarious. Also I'm sending a ton of pics from the past couple weeks, get ready.