France Paris Mission 2014-2016

Week 15 --- Blackout Year

So a term in the mission, "Blackout Year" now applies to me. For the entire year of 2015 my life will be solely dedicated to serving the Lord. It's pretty exciting! We spent New Year's Eve with the Fitts and had just the most amazing time! (Partly because Sister Fitt makes the most amazing French Onion soup you will ever have!!!) So ya it was pretty fun just to rest up for a couple days (We got the evening of the 31st and the 1st off because most of the people we would be contacting in the street would be drunk! haha)

A little bit of bad news before all of the good news. Anselem, the ami that we had a baptismal date fixed with, kind of dropped off the face of the earth. We haven't made any contact with him in like 2 weeks, and so we're a little confused as to what is going on. But we're still hoping to get in touch with him!

Now the good news! This transfer our zone has a goal to have 10 baptisms by the end of the transfer, so each companionship needs one. And we didn't have a date fixed yet and this was the last week to get one or you wouldn't have time to teach everything. So on Saturday we set a goal to invite everyone we taught to be baptized and fix a date... And we got one!!! His name is Emmanuel he's from Cameroon and he speaks english as his native tongue :) He met with the missionaries a couple years ago and still reads from the book of mormon occasionally. We met him porting just kind of randomly (but not really because he needed us to talk to him). Anyway he accepted the baptismal invite because he feels like he's strayed away from God the past couple years and he wants to do God's will for him!

Also, Brother Forbes (a rugby player from New Zealand who is on the team in La Rochelle) brought two of his teammates to church yesterday. One of them is a less-active member from New Zealand who served a mission in Australia and the other is a non-member from Australia that has family that are members. They are roommates, and they said we could come over and talk with them. We are so excited because they both already felt super comfortable at church and are incredibly kind, open, and fun. There hasn't been much else because we also had district meeting and exchanges in Nantes at the beginning of the week. 

I have to go, but I love you all. Remember the Lord in all that you do. Offer up prayers of fervent thanks for all of the blessings you receive, and also pray for the opportunity to be a blessing in the life of someone else. Also, remember the words of Elder Wirthlin, "Come what may and love it." Challenges will come but remember the promise of the Lord that all that is unfair in this life will be made up far beyond what we could ever expect.

Elder Jorgensen

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