Dad!! It's so great to hear from you! This transfer here is just flying by... It's sort of scaring me to be honest haha. I have a feeling that I will be out of Nantes in two weeks, but you never know. Thanks for all the updates! The family sounds just incredible!! This week has been rather interesting.
We really didn't have a ton of time in our area this week. So, as you know Monday is Pday, so we weren't working, but on Tuesday we went all the way to the very bottom of the mission to la Rochelle!! We had a double exchange over there, meaning both Elder Young and I went down there. SUPER COOL!! I loved it!! I went on an exchange with a first transfer "bleu" and it was so much fun. The greatest part was at the end of the day. We had about an hour left and prayed to know where we were needed and both felt like this specific park. We followed the spirit to know which people to talk with, and after talking with different people, we realized that we only had 10 minutes left and we both felt like we needed to talk to this man sitting all alone on the bench. We introduced ourselves, and he blatantly said he wasn't interested. But, when I looked into his eyes, I could see a deep sadness and the spirit prompted me to sit down next to him and stay. So I did and I asked him as to why he was sad. He explained how he felt completely alone, and that he didn't have anyone there for him. He said that he simply came there that night to drink some beers to escape the reality. (He has already downed one, which is probably why he was a bit more open than he probably would have been otherwise). But the spirit brought back to my memory an instance when I felt completely alone in my life. It was a day in middle school and I felt like a complete failure. I had been bullied again, and my confidence and desire to try had hit point zero. And I just came home and fell on my bed and started crying. Mom came downstairs and just held me for a while and listened as to why I was so depressed. I asked her, "Why is it so hard?" And, then she told me the following. She told me that God LOVES me, but that He can't always be here with me. But THAT'S why He sent me her and dad, so that I could feel his love through you two. I shared that experience with this man and told him that Elder Clegg and I were there so that He could know that God loved him, that we loved him. I testified o him the immense amount of love that his Father in Heaven has for him. He was very touched and then repeatedly told me that my french was incredible. (Nicest intoxicated man I have ever met hahahaha! Usually they mock my french.) However, then I asked if we could say a prayer for him. He said that we could. I prayed for that man, asking Father to be with him, and that this man would feel it. At the end of it he was so grateful. He said that he will still not believe but that he felt something; and that he found comfort in OUR belief and faith in God. He thanked us for the prayer and we then left him. It was incredible. Although, he didn't accept the message at that time, we helped an extremely lonely and afraid son of God. And he felt something!! He didn't want to name what he felt, but he knows that he felt something special. My job is to invite and to love. And, at the end of the experience, the Spirit confirmed to me that I did my job. I did the work that Father had for me. I didn't get an email from Mommo, but I am sure tat she will read this: Thank you Mom for helping me on that terrible day in middle school to feel Father's love through you. You indirectly were the reason that that man on that night was able to feel Father's love as well.
Now, Dad, don't feel left out!! I remember another time when I came home completely depressed from Heights and you did the same for me. You listened to me, rubbed my back, and then you played the WWII with me and some other games. I don't know if you remember that, but that really changed me. I saw how much you loved me. You came down to my level to let me know that you were there for me. Thank you so much!!
Mom, Dad, thank you so very much for always loving me. Even when I put a hole in the kitchen wall... (We don't speak of that). But, I hope that you know that it is through what YOU did for me, that I can be the missionary God needs me to be today. For these lost children who are completely afraid and alone and just need His grace and peace. Truly a mission is a family affair! WE will bring the world His truth :)