Tuesday, September 20, 2016

21 September 2016 - Week 45: Find Like Crazy!

Bonjour! Ca va?

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! I had a great birthday! it was a normal missionary day, but I opened my presents and a lot of the missionaries called me and sang to me in French, English, and Tahitian, haha, that was awesome. Mom, I love the dragon! C'est tres mignon! We didn't make the cake yet because on my birthday another set of sisters made a cake for me, so we were a little caked out. We're saving it for a special occasion.

So our catchphrase for September is "find like crazy!" because we're getting ready for the month of miracles in October! And this week we have a lot of stuff in the works because we were finding like crazy last week. But we weren't finding in the normal way--contacting. We were working with the list of sisters in the ward searching for inactives. As we were looking, we found some old amis that used to be taught by the missionaries. We're hoping to be able to teach them and that they'll be ready for baptism in October! Also, another inactive sister (who's gonna come back to church on Sunday!) told us that her daughter's husband and his parents are interested in learning about the Gospel, so we're having a big soiree tomorrow night with them. Yay for potential amis! :) Oh yeah, and there's a member who lives in our same apartment building whose husband isn't a member, but she said we can plan a soiree and see how that goes! So for us, the more effective way to find is through the members, so we're working on that and our relationships with the members.

Our amis with the baptismal date, the Falevalu family, are doing better and working their way toward baptism. They have to quit smoking--that's the biggest problem. But the mom and the daughter came to church on Sunday (we actually walked with them, so that was awesome). The daughter loved it, and the mom received a testimony during Sacrament meeting that she needs to join the church and she needs to make the necessary changes to do that. The crazy thing is that right after she had that experience and made that decision, her neck suddenly got all stiff and blocked up so that she could barely move. She feels like it was Satan trying to attack her and stop her from changing. I'm so happy that she was able to recognize the difference between the Spirit and Satan. And I think now that she's had this testimony, she'll be more able to quit smoking. And the dad has taught himself to read and he's been reading the Bible in Futunian. We challenged him also to try reading the Book of Mormon in Tongan. There's no translation of the BoM in Wallisian or Futunian (yet), but Tongan is pretty close so he'd be able to understand well enough. It's just a little progress, but I know that if they continue and if they ALL come to church on Sunday, they WILL be ready FINALLY for baptism in October! Miracles!

So we're excited because there's a lot of stuff in the works this month with amis that could potentially get baptized in October! We just need to keep working and keep believing in miracles! :)

Je vous aime tous!!! Merci beaucoup pour votre soutien! [Thanks for your support!] :)

Soeur Matheson

This is from when we went to the WWII museum with our district!
We found some really good strawberry eclairs! Yum!

Cute gifts from mes soeurs for my birthday

Soeur Caress in the Yaris

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