|Mother's Day Skype|
You remember the word "fruge" right? The word that we use in the mission for when you get stood up, when the person who promised you they would be at such and such a place at a certain time, mysteriously vanishes, isn't there, and conveniently doesn't answer their phone when the time comes and you're standing there in the agreed place feeling disappointed, not too surprised because it happens a lot, and a little frustrated because you took out the time to go there for what feels like nothing. That word. :)
So, this week we got "fruged" a good handful of times. No big deal, it's just a part of missionary work. But this time around, Elder Kelley and I are trying to be proactive about it all and "expect the unexpected", you could say, having back-up plans for almost everything we do. If something fell through, we came prepared this week with something else to do in that area and to essentially roll with the punches that tough side of missionary work can sometimes throw at us.
So, my brief little thought for you guys this week is just how important it is to have good back-up plans. I've really gained a testimony this week of how, when things don't work out the way we want them to, that doesn't mean that they're not working out the way the Lord wants them to. As we got fruged on Thursday, we had set up to go visit someone we had been trying to contact for a while, Wedner. Finally, he was there and let us right in and we shared the message of the Restoration with him and committed him to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Because we were well prepared, and wanted to do the Lord's will no matter what happened in our personal circumstances, He was able to bless us to be able to bless Wedner. He should be coming to Church this Sunday. :)
You never know how the Lord is going to guide you to those that need his help. This week I'd like to encourage you all to look around for those people that the Lord has put in your path who have need of the Gospel. Whether they're members or not, the message of Faith, Repentance, and Eternal Families, given at the moment of the Lord's will, can and will strengthen those that he has prepared.
It was awesome talking to you guys yesterday, and I love you all so much! Thank you for all that you do for, and all the support you give. Let Nana know that she's in my prayers here in France and that I love her. Keep up the good work and until next week!