"In the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how."
David O. McKay - Teachings of the Presidents of the Church

Monday, May 5, 2014

April 28, 2014

Whats up everybody! 

How's it going??! Sounds like things are pretty good! This week was out of control in good ol' Liège. My companion is such a champ. To answer some questions, his parents are from Haiti but he's lived in Boston his whole life. He wears a doo-rag in the mornings to keep his hair down and he has been on his mission for about 20 months. I will recount you some of the cool things we've been able to accomplish this week! 

We had 2 exchanges, so we only got about 4 total days of work in together, which is a miralce in itself that we got to teach and find so many people, but it started last Monday after emails. We were praying to have a missionary experience during our pday, and while we were waiting in line to get fries this cool girl named G came up and said hello to us. Her story, en breif, is this: She is from Rwanda and her parents were killed in the genocide, leaving her and her brother orphaned. She travelled around Africa in different foster homes then made her way to Belgium, where her and her brother lived for a while before moving to London. They never got adopted but they grew up together and out grew the adoption age in London, then they came back to Belgium again. She some how became the runner up for Belguims next top model, made lots of money by sharing her story all over the place, did lots of studies and is super smart, then met the sister missionaries in Liège, and accepted to be baptised! She was super busy so she didn't get baptised and lost contact with the church for a minute, then bam, she comes up and says hello to us in the friterie. So we go and sit down with her and talk for a while about her life and coming back into church, and she decided to re-take contact with the sisters this week. She is getting baptised this Sunday! How nuts is that? Talk about an answer to our prayers! Then on Friday, after weekly planning and before our branch council meeting we had about 3 solid hours of work to do but no real plans. We got on a random bus and talked to a really nice lady who said we could teach her son and her another day, and after talking to her, the bus stopped right in front of some apartment buildings where some investigators live. So we passed by their house and talked to them for a while about getting the lessons again and they said yes! Then we went to the building across the street that we had ported earlier, and another young family let us in and we taught then and they accepted to pray and let us come back. Then, Saturday, we had planned on passing by some less active members, and none of them were there! They had all moved away or something, but the cool part was that outside of all their houses we taught different people who became new investigators who we are seeing this week! And Sunday was the same. Church was so good and the branch is so focused on missionary work. After church we and taught several of the people that we met previously this week, and also we had a really cool lesson with and old investigator and he is going to take the lessons again as well. So cool! 

I feel like that was a long string of random miracles, but thats what I feel like this week was! We a lot of cool people and had some really cool teaching experiences and we were guided by the spirit a lot this week. We thanked Heavenly Father after each miracle that we saw and I'm pretty sure that is one of the reasons why we kept seeing so many cool things happen, because we always focused on being thankful for the work and the people. Where else does this kind of cool stuff get to happen?! Only on the mission!! I love being a missionary so so much! It's so obvious that this is Heavenly Father's work and that this really is the Church of Christ. Elder L and I were talking about how  what we were doing was just like the bible and the book of mormon, just going out and teaching the people in the street and proclaiming the gospel, it really is the coolest thing you can do. I'm so excited for this transfer that I'll have with Elder L! 

Also just one thing, on the 11 of May I can skype you guys for Mothers day! (it is American mothers day that day, correct?) Anyways we've got a place to skype and it will probably be early in the morning for you guys on the main land, like towards 6 ish. Let me know if that works or if we should change anything. I love you guys! Have a super good week! A là prochaine! 

Elder Wood

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