Monday, March 7, 2016

7 March 2016 - Week 17: Playing "cache cache" sur la place and making cheese in our fridge...

Bonjour tout le monde!

To explain the subject: "Cache cache" is hide-and-go-seek in French. We have lessons with William sur la Place de Cocotiers en ville, but la place is actually pretty big, so it's hard to find people you're trying to meet up with. William has decided to start hiding somewhere and not tell us where he is when we call him to find him... He gave us a hint one time, so it was easier, but this week we wasted too much time just trying to find our ami, hahaha.

And the cheese-making part... Soeur Tellus spilled her goat milk in the fridge and we didn't think anything more of it besides that we just had to clean the inside. Then, we started to notice a weird smell in our kitchen. It wasn't terrible but also not that great. So yesterday we started to really investigate. We pulled the fridge out, and VOILA! There was cheese in the back of our fridge! The milk had gone into a hole in the back of the shelf that we hadn't noticed and leaked into the catch tray in the back of the fridge above the motor (or whatever it is--the thing that makes the fridge run). So Soeur Tellus' goat milk turned into goat cheese! That was gross and also explains the smell--not terrible, but not that great! It was hard to clean (haha, actually I made her do it). So yeah, if you ever want to make cheese at home, just spill milk in your fridge!

I am doing great and even though the work in our secteur was a little slow this week, things are going well!

William is super ready for his baptism this SATURDAY!! Woo hoo! He acts like he's not excited because he's shy, but he totally is. And the members have really been welcoming him. They invited him to eat with us on Sunday afternoons and they've been inviting him to FHE. So great! And the past two weeks, I've really seen him become more sure about his testimony, and he's more comfortable with sharing what he knows. It's really cool! He's so ready! And you can tell he's seen the changes in his life that the gospel has brought him--the peace and the happiness and just the confidence of knowing who you are and why you're here on Earth. I'm grateful that I've had the knowledge of the gospel my whole life, and my mission is really helping me appreciate that. And I'm so grateful to be able to share it with the people of New Cal! 

William et Lovina (she's a member and also his girlfriend!)
Our ami Lucien has decided he wants to be baptized, but not until September...we're going to work on advancing that date! He's been coming to church and he went to an activity in Riviere Salee on his own (like, we didn't invite him--he listens to the announcements at church). His mom, Linda, is a recent convert that we teach as well, so he already knows a lot about the gospel and the commandments (especially the Word of Wisdom--he helps Linda with that! It's great!) It's cool that he's not dependent on us, the missionaries, because there are ward members who talk to him and have invited him to FHEs and stuff. We're just here to teach him the basics and help him know how things work, but he has a bigger support group than just the missionaries. Every ami needs that!

The missionaries in the Magenta district/ward (there's 8 of us) have been trying to work with the members more. We had the fireside on missionary work and the members loved it, and we're going to have a Sacrament meeting program based on the Restoration. The theme is that all the things in the Restoration are the reasons for our hope. We, the missionaries, planned it but we're inviting the members to participate. There'll be lots of testimonies and songs, and I think it's going to be awesome! That's the 27th. We also are going to go to each member's home in our areas and share our plan of action with them. And we're going to have a sports activity every Saturday morning from 8-10! Just so y'all know, I'm getting way better at volleyball since I've been on my mission! :)

Sunday lunch with the members
The mission is hard sometimes because it's hot, and you don't want to work because you're so tired, and sometimes you're scared, or you don't think you're good enough. You can have so many doubts as a missionary, but you just have to remember that you have been called and set apart to preach the gospel and that Heavenly Father will help you when you ask for it. It's all about faith and trusting in God to help you do the things you didn't think you could and to help you become more than you thought you could. I've been relying more and more on prayer, and I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers. I've seen great things happen, and even though sometimes the great things are few and far between, you just have to keep going with faith. 

Thank you for all of the prayers and the emails! I love hearing from you guys just as much as you like hearing from me! haha :) Remember that Heavenly Father loves you, he knows you, and he wants to help you! All you have to do is ask!

Bonne semaine à tous!! Je vous aime!!!!
Soeur Matheson

la plage (beach)

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