France Paris Mission 2014-2016


This week has been pretty uneventful, but I'll find something to share with you :)

So to begin, we had to wake up at 4:45 on Tuesday morning to catch a 2 hr train to district meeting because the Fitts were out of town. That was not a good way to start a day... But then we had district meeting and it was super fun. We also had exchanges right after district meeting, so our district leader and his blue rode with us back to La Rochelle. I was with the blue who had only been in France 2 and 1/2 weeks. We had so much fun! Elder Young is such an awesome guy, and together we: Taught a less active member and gave him a blessing, got two potential amis, and taught Ambroise (we even refixed his baptismal date!). 

Then we had conference Saturday and Sunday. We got to watch everything except the Sunday afternoon session over satellite broadcast (even the women's session). The ward set up a TV in the Relief Society room for us and the Fitts so we could watch it in english. I can't even to begin to express how much I love the words of the living prophets! The talks were all so wonderful, and the Spirit could be felt so strongly. But even more than that we had a little miracle happen on Sunday... Que background story!

So we shop at this one grocery store every week and the Fitts have run into a man a couple times that they thought was less active because he walked up to them and said, in english, "Hey I know you! You're the missionaries. I went to the ward in Bordeaux when I was a kid." And he has said multiple times that when he moved into La Rochelle he would like to come to church (he lived in a town about 45 minutes south of here). So yesterday I get a call in the morning at 9:30 (when church normally is) and a guy starts talking in english. He says, "Hey did something happen? There is nobody at the church." Apparently Gary decided to come to church today, but it was general conference. I told him that there would be a session at 11:00 and he said he'd be there to watch it with us! So we get there and start talking with him before the session and it turns out he isn't a member. His dad was a GI here in France and his mom is French, so when he was a teenager she encouraged him to go to the mormon church because she wanted him to be around american people. So he went for about a year, but was never baptized. He's had off and on contact with the church and the missionaries throughout his life, and right now he's going through some hard times and so he wanted to come back to the church because he always felt good with the people there. Anyway, he watched the priesthood session with us, took a Book of Mormon, and told us to call him so we could visit him this week! He is such a nice guy and he has felt the Spirit a lot in his life. We can't wait to start teaching him!

Love you all! Have a good week!
Elder Jorgensen

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