Bonjour tout le monde!
So it's my last week here at the MTC! I got my flight plans earlier this week! I'll be leaving this campus on Tuesday December 15 at 3:30 AM to the SLC Airport. From there I'll be heading to Atlanta, GA and then to Montreal. It's a bitter sweet situation. I'm excited to leave but at the same time, I've loved my time here at the MTC and the relationships I've made with a lot of people that aren't going to my same mission. Saying goodbye to them is going to be really hard:(
Anyways, this week has been pretty eventful. I had the chance to host incoming missionaries! That was a cool and sad experience. I saw so many families that were so excited that their sons/daughters were about to start their 18 months-2 years of service; and on the other end, I saw families that were devastated to be saying goodbye to their for such a long time. Regardless, I was able to reassure them that they were making the right decision and that they were going to love the time that they have here at the MTC.
Next, since my companion is International (from Hong Kong) I was able to visit Temple Square with all the other international missionaries and their companions. This was the first time that the MTC has ever let companions of international missionaries join them on this trip. It was really cool to finally leave this campus and see the real world again considering I haven't been in a vehicle in over 5 weeks haha. While on the trip, I met this guy named Elder Poirier from Montreal! He has a super thick French accent and doesn't know the English words for a lot of different things. Like one time he was trying to explain what a vacuum was because he didn't know the English word for it. Another time he was trying to explain the weather in Montreal and didn't know the word "Negative". None of his family speaks any English and he only knows it because he plays this online game called "Clash of Clans". I can't understand his accent when he speaks French so I'm kinda nervous about that haha. The coolest part of meeting him was finding out that he was called to the Long Beach mission! He'll be serving in the mission where I live and I'll be serving where he lives!!! What a coincidence.
So my teacher, Frere Davis, was acting like a less active member of the church that he had crossed paths with while on his mission named Jean-Luc. My job was to teach him and pretend like he actually was Jean-Luc. Jean-Luc was a 30 year old man living in Paris who served a mission, worked for the church, and was a Branch President all before the age of 25 when he went inactive. Frere Davis and his companion went to his house a few times to try to get him to come back to church. He would always be really enthusiastic to talk to them about their missions, his mission areas and stuff like that; but whenever they brought up the gospel or tried to have him pray or read the scriptures, he wouldn't want anything to do with it. He left the church because a man that came to a Sacrament meeting drunk in his ward was called to be Branch President 6 weeks later. Also, he had a lot of people talk about him behind his back. Anyways, one day Frere Davis's companion asked Jean-Luc to read a scripture, which of course, he refused to do. His companion then insisted that Jean-Luc listen to the scripture; he passed the Book of Mormon to Frere Davis to have him read. From the second that he started reading that scripture, he said he had the single strongest spiritual experience of his life. When he looked up, Jean-Luc was BALLING and told them to get out of his house. They refused and Jean-Luc confessed that he knows that the church is true and that he knows he needs to read the scriptures and pray but that would mean he'd have to go to church again. Anyways during my time teaching Frere Davis (Jean Luc), I felt prompted to share a scripture, 2 Nephi 31:19-21. That scripture that I shared was the EXACT SAME one that they shared to Jean-Luc on that day! Pretty Crazy Right?!?! The Book of Mormon is a solid 500+ pages and out of any scripture I could have shared, I decided to share that one. That was a testimony builder for sure.
Last thing, my buddy Elder Watkins, who's Dad was my Dad's companion on their mission in Haiti, was taking a shower and me and my other buddy Elder Rhodes threw snowballs at him lol.
Well that's about it! Je vous aime beacoup! Au revior!