Wednesday, October 19, 2016

19 October 2016 - Week 49: Bonjour de la Nouvelle Caledonie!

Salut! Ca va??

Hey so I finally am not super rushed for email time! yay!

Shout out to Grandma and Grandpa Matheson for the very lovely birthday card! Thank you so much and I love you!!! Also, thanks Rachel, Matt, and Charlotte for the card as well. I finally got it a month later, haha. But I do like the glittery ice cream. C'est net. :)

So because Mom keeps asking, we got the transfers and I am staying in Magenta with Soeur Caress! That means I will finally "kill" my companion instead of being with her just almost to the end (including when she gets her itinerary) and then being transferred the transfer before she leaves, haha. It'll actually be really weird to be with someone right up until the end!

So we're still in Magenta livin' it up as STLs, haha. Actually, we will be living' it up in November because we're going to Vanuatu AGAIN for MLC with President. That'll be the third time for me!

With the transfers, there was a pretty cool change because Paita got split into two secteurs. And we're thinking that's because they're going to split the wards during Stake Conference in November. I think the plan is to take Dumbea and part of Paita and make the Dumbea Branch or Ward (not sure which yet). Then the Riviere Salee and Tontouta wards will be a little smaller. So, interesting and exciting changes to come that show the growth of the Church here on the caillou!

Oh yeah, in other news... Our baptism was cancelled..... :( The parents decided to change their minds and not let the kids be baptized! SO SAD! But we're not gonna let that get us down!

Fun fact: we started teaching a guy from Mare who's deaf! He just walked up to the bureau [mission office] while we were there and asked to be taught. So we volunteered! It's a little interesting to teach him because you know he can't really hear you but you're talking anyway. He reads lips really well, so we can get by, but Soeur Caress and I have learned a little bit of French sign language to make sure he understands well. We've only taught him twice now, but he really wants to learn the Gospel and be baptized! So that's a miracle! And he just walked up to us! If only it were always like that!

We also got a new ami from the Elders of Sixieme (by the way, that secteur is now closed, so we're lucky they told us about her before the transfer!). The elders had contacted her and she'd had the lessons before years ago and wanted to start again. It just turns out that she lives in Magenta and the elders didn't realize that where she lived wasn't actually in their secteur #awkward haha. Anyway, she wants to be baptized, but she's scared of sinning again afterward. So we're encouraging her and teaching her about the Atonement and about repentance and the Sacrament and the Holy Ghost to guide us. We're praying she'll come to understand that and decide to be baptized!

We had our zone meeting yesterday and comme d'habitude, we gave a training. We talked about charity as our motivation and boldness in all aspects of the work. The zone leaders talked about having vision, especially with our goal of 25 baptisms in New Cal for October. The trainings were all really great and the Spirit was there, but the missionaries were a little discouraged. There have been lots of baptisms cancelled this month and the 25 seem far away. We're not giving up, but we definitely need some miracles! Pray for New Cal!

Oh yeah, we walked with an ami to church on Sunday! It's fun to walk with them to make sure that they get there, ha ha. Luckily, the chapel is just right next to our secteur so it's not a long walk! And this ami has a real desire to change, but we just need to be patient and give her time until she decides to change for good. She's Walisian and very headstrong and pretty frank, so she says what she wants but she's not unwilling to change her mind. Her son is a member, and he's serving in Tahiti, so the Church will always be a part of her life. So patience!

Okay, that's all for now! JE VOUS AIME!!!!!!!

From the Sisters Meeting we did with all the New Cal soeurs

From le centre culturel Tjibao

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