Monday, June 22, 2015

Praying and Working for Teaching Opportunities

Hey guys!

First things first, Happy Father's Day Dad! I wasn't able to find any time this week to get a letter to you, but I'll try to get something sent eventually. Father's day isn't really a big thing here in France, so it passed without mention for us. But I'm so thankful that I have a Dad like you, and for all that you do for our family. I may not say it that often, but I really love you. I couldn't have asked for a better support system, friend, and counselor. Thanks so much for all you do Dad!

Adam with his Weekly Missionary Planners
And in a More Recognizable Layout

So, this was a pretty good week overall, but I'm gonna just focus on our Saturday because I'm almost out of time and it was a really good day! Here in Rennes, it always seems like Saturday is our biggest and busiest day. And this one was extra good! 

So, things started off in the morning with a lesson with an ami, Omar. It was a little scattered, but we answered a lot of the questions he had about prophets and really tried to show him how important it is to read the Book of Mormon. Immediately after, we had a rendez-vous scheduled with a man we met the week before named Loly. Unfortunately, he had forgotten, but he said he could meet a little later on the other side of town. While we were kind of standing there trying to decide what to do in the meantime, I felt really strongly that I should talk to this woman standing next to us. She turned out to be a non-practicing Muslim, and we were able to teach her a little bit about the restoration right then and there, and should be meeting with her and her boyfriend this week! After we finished that up, we went off to our next rendez-vous, but they didn't show. With a litle bit of the free time we had then, I felt like we should pass by Gildas, one of our old amis. As we walked up to his door, so did he! He welcomed us inside and we taught him briefly. And then as we tried to confirm for the next rendez-vous, they cancelled as well. We started to lose a lot of the momentum we had built earlier in the day, but then Loly called us! He's an awesome guy from the Congo, and we're really looking forward to teaching him. He's Pentecostal, but he's really just looking for truth, and he wants to do whatever it takes to get closer to God. A really kind-hearted man, and sharing the Restoration with him really helped to brighten our day. As we started to get towards the end of the day, we were still short of our goals for that day. We had prayed really hard to be able to accomplish them, because we feel like we need that to help boost our sector. We needed to find one more new ami, so we went out contacting in our neighborhood, and came across this older man who was on his way home from grocery shopping, named Yves. He was really a quiet guy, but super believing, and he accepted a return visit the next day! Right at the end of the night, after we had done everything that we knew how to do, God answered our prayers. As Président Babin says, "Pray like everything depends on God, and work like everything depends on you." We were able to see that principle put into action this week.

Well, I'd better get going. I hope you like the Saint-Malo pictures (we decided to go there again). We had lots of fun, as usual, but didn't get nearly as wet (still a little though). And we used the Bretagne flag as a good prop for some photos. :)

Make it a great week guys, and I'll talk to you soon!
Elder Bigler

Photos - Finally Mostly with Adam in Them, All at Saint-Malo

Name Tag Selfie

Batman on the Beach Larger than a Seashell

Elder Wickern and Elder Bigler

Adam with the Regional Flag of Bretagne (Brittany)

"Flying" the Flag

That splash was a little too close

The Dramatic Missionary Pose

Batman - Always Ready

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