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Monday, April 25, 2016

First baptism this Saturday! Hooray!


Hello everyone!! This week has been an adventure :) life in the
mission field is sooo much fun! If you’re contemplating going on a
mission, let me just say, it’s a WONDERFUL experience.
So, I know that you’re all waiting for the top five, so I won’t hesitate. Here you all go :)

1.      I had a really fantastic personal study in the Book of Mormon that

I want to share!! It was 1 Nephi 2:9-10. 9 And when my father saw that
the waters of the river emptied into the fountain of the Red Sea, he
spake unto Laman, saying: O that thou mightest be like unto this
river, continually running into the fountain of all righteousness! 10
And he also spake unto Lemuel: O that thou mightest be like unto this
valley, firm and steadfast, and immovable in keeping the commandments
of the Lord!” What stood out to me was that it talked about the
fountain of all righteousness. Do we run INTO the fountain of
righteous-or the living waters? Or just to it? We need to dive into
the learning and living the gospel of Jesus Christ :) do we walk
casually to it? Or do we run to it? What’s also intersecting is that
rivers form valleys. The river forms the valley. We must first come to
the water first, so that we can become a valley that is firm and
immovable. It is the river that creates the valley! Without the a
savior, obedience isn’t as import net because we would ultimately
never make it back. Even in the sacrament prayers, we remember Him
firs the, and THEN we keep his commandments. I know that He lives!! He
lives and loves each or us! Never doubt Him, He will guide you!!

2.      News!! Here is the progress on our friend, Brother Demette! So this

whole time, we didn’t really think that there would be any problems
with the Word of Wisdom... We didn’t think that he smoked. Well, we
taught it and we come to discover on Tuesday, that he does smoke and
drinks tea and coffee... And when he found out that he couldn’t use
those substances any more, he told us that he would give them up a
week before his baptism. However, I asked him, “Why not today?” In
addition, in the brochure that we were using to teach with said, that
if one is using the restricted substances, then one should stop
immediately. And Brother Demette courageously said that if it was
written there that he should stop immediately, then he would. And he
stop just like that. His desire to follow God no matter what gave him
the power to stop just like that. He hasn’t used them since. In
addition, he passed his baptismal interview!! It was pretty funny
because I was outside the room, and the zone leader and Brother
Demette inside. And the walls weren’t very thick and so, even though I
really tried hard not to, I could hear bits and pieces, and I heard
the zone leader say, “In a couple of weeks...” And my first thought
was, “No it’s postponed!!” Haha. Luckily I must have heard/interpreted
it wrong because he passed :) he’s getting baptized this Saturday and
asked me to baptize him!! I am sooo grateful for this opportunity! I
have never been the one baptizing so this will be a whole new
experience :)

3.      Another really inspiring note on Brother Demette’s faith was

displayed this week in his willingness to follow the law of tithing.
He can’t work and receives income from the government. And his wife
really struggled with the idea of tithing. He boldly told her that the
Lord would provide and that we didn’t need to fear! It was so
touching. Elder Cahoon said in an email that tithing isn’t a question
of money, but of faith, and that’s totally true!!

4.      So I don’t know what it is about me seeing drunk people on my

mission, but we were walking by the train station which is also known
as the hangout ground for the homeless and drunk people, and it’s
about midday, and I look over and there is a drunk man who has made a
bed in the flower bushes-if I remember right- and he has in one hand a
bottle of alcohol and the with the other hand is swatting at this
flower that keeps repeatedly swinging back into his face... It seemed
that he was starting to get pretty angry with the flower that kept
swinging back to his face. Moral: don’t drink or you’ll end up in
flower beds angry at plants.

5.      Another interesting experience was that we bought coffee this

week... Not our fault. We had a rendezvous with a man that invited us
to go to a café. Ok that’s okay. My companion orders an orange juice
and I order a water. He orders his coffee and we talk. At the end of
the conversation he then pushes the check towards us and tells that he
doesn’t have the money to pay for the drinks... Ok... But we did it...
It was pretty funny haha!



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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pictures!






Elder Lucas and his companion.


Teaching an investigator with a bike rally protest in the background.




Bike rally protest...super loud!


Monday, April 11, 2016

I love the word repent because it really means "RETURN"

Hello all my friends!! Thank you for the birthday wishes :) you’re great!! This one will be short, but I’ll still give some tops of the week!!

1. ANOTHER BAPTISMAL DATE!! Unfortunately 2 of the ones from before,

King and David, are currently not going to happen on the 30, and we
have yet to reschedule another one with them, but we have found
someone else!! His name is Ambroise! He already comes to church and
everything with his family but just hasn’t been baptized! It’s like
Heavenly Father decided to do all the work for us and let us baptize
him!! SWEET!!

2. Miracle!! We were contacting and I had the distinct impression to

go to a certain bus stop to talk to the people that were there. We
didn’t know of anyone would be there, but we went! And there was a
lady with her two children there! Her name is Fabienne, and the
children, Dylan and Elodie. We talked about the plan of salvation and
she had actually lost a son a while back. We set up a rendezvous and
we teach them. It turned out that the day we teach them is the
birthday of the child that she lost those years ago.. We taught them
how we will live after this life, and shared the video, Hallelujah,
and testified of the Savior :) Heavenly Father’s plan is perfect! We
will be hopefully setting some baptismal dates up for this weekend :))

3. I love the thought of how the word, “repent” really means to

return. I read Helamen 5 this last and when Heavenly Father says to
repent, it’s not out of frustration, but out of love. He is simply
asking all of us with open arms, to come home. We wants you to be full
of His love. He wants to help you achieve your dreams and become
everything you hope for!! So come to Him, and He will love you and
fill you with an inexplicable joy :) I promise! I have felt it over
and over again!!


Love you all!!

Elder Lucas















Monday, April 4, 2016

3 set for Baptism .....

1. 3 Baptismal dates set! That’s right!! Happy Birthday to me ;) it was a nice little present from Heavenly Father. It was great :)

2.      First baptismal date is a self referral Investigator! He was the one who came to church last week! Yes, Brother Dani Demette! He’s awesome! We gave him the Book of Mormon, and came back for the return rendezvous, and he tells us three things. 1. He really likes the book! He loves how it all about prophets prophesying about Jesus Christ. 2. He feels that he needs to repent. He has realized that he has sinned, and that every time he sins it hurts the Savior. He wants to make it right. 3. He wants to get baptized!!! He said that he never had the opportunity to do it, so he really wanted to do it. AMAZING right?!? So we have been teaching him and he will be baptized on the 30th of April. Or at least that’s the goal!

3.      King! He is name is King. We were teaching him a couple of months ago, but then he fell off the map. But we re-contacted him and started teaching him. This last week, we gave him a call to see how he was doing and he told us that his great aunt just passed away. We asked him if he wanted some friends, and offered to come over and talk. We shared the Easter message of Hallelujah and he was really touched. We showed him where in the BOM it talks about life after death. The conversation then took a different route and we invited him to be baptized. The spirit was so strong and he accepted it! He too will be being baptized on the 30th of April!

4.      David!! ..Or Doan. That’s his name in his native tongue. But he prefers David. He’s from Pakistan! And we found him contacting with a youth, soon to to be missionary. He speaks better English than French. So we started talking English, and shared a bit of the message of the Restoration. He then told us that he couldn’t say a lot because he didn’t know a lot about the subject. And then our youth said in the English that he knew, that it want important for him to know all about the subject. All that was important was for him to feel the spirit and to feel that it was true. He said that he had done that and that he knew that it was true!! It was sooo cool! It was so simple, but so strong. The gospel isn’t complicated:) we taught him two days after, and again on Saturday. He accepted the invitation to be baptized on the 30 of April as well!!

5.      I had the sweet tender mercy of being apart of giving several blessings this week. One was a member that has a hard family situation with her husband. I had felt prompted to stay at the church after a meeting that we had had, and she came up to me and I could tell that she was having a rough time. She asked for a blessing, and we gave it. It’s amazing the love that one feels from Heavenly Father when giving a blessing to one of His children. He loves and knows each one of us! I know that to be true!

6.      Another blessing that I was able to give was to a return sister missionary. Yesterday, I was in Lille for a missionary meeting, and general conference, and I saw a missionary (she was French) with whom I had served with in Nantes over a year ago. After one of the sessions, she approached me, and she asked for a blessing. She mentioned that she needed help in school and other areas. However during the blessing I felt prompted to tell her that she would know, in time, by the spirit who her future husband would be. She told me afterward that that was one of the things that she had actually be wondering about-as she was becoming close with a certain young man. It was super cool!!

7.         General Conference. It was AMAZING!!! Some things that I really loved were the following:

·      The theme of loving one another! I realized that I need to better love those around me, and be more like the Savior. I need to search to lift and love more profoundly. I need to help more people!
·      Importance of being a husband and father. It hit me pretty hard that one day I will be a father... And I realized that I need to stop being a boy-- and be a man! It was sort of a smack to the face in a couple of ways, but hey better now than when it happens haha! I need to prepare!
·      I need to better prepare spiritually and act everyday according to my beliefs! How often do we have the amazing perspective that God is our Father!! Christ loves us and lives!! We should be the HAPPIEST people around!! Happiness is a choice!!

·      I had many other thoughts, but I don’t have a ton of time. But in any case, I received all the answers to my questions and came away with a huge list of things that I need to work on during the next 6 months. I’m pretty excited!! I didn’t reach all ten, but I want to let you all know that I know with all my heart that my Savior lives! I know that President Monson is a prophet of God! We are sooo blessed and are given so much!! We can live after this life with our loved ones because of Christ! If you don’t know this, then I encourage you to search it out! Ask God if it is true. I did. And it’s changed my life. Loves to all :) have a great week!