This is something that Sister Occolier tells me! It will definitely be "for more"!! This week has been pretty great with lots going on!!
I don't know if anyone remembers me talking about a guy named Donny that I was teaching (or if I even mentioned his name in email) but I had been teaching him from October to January. He had recently gotten out of jail in Oct and called Mormon.org and I was the one who answered! I helped him get in touch with the bishop, sent local missionaries to teach and share more about the Gospel, and gave the number for LDS Employment Services. I kept in touch with him to see what he was learning with the local missionaries, answer his questions and expound on subjects he didn't quite understand, and help him with his smoking addiction. My companion and I always called him and he really came to trust us! He was someone I enjoyed teaching and had so much love for!! But then his phone was disconnected in January and I was never able to get a hold of him again. It was pretty sad because I wasn't sure what happened. THEN, on Sunday, Sister Occolier received an inbound call. She wasn't going to answer it because we were about to go, but then she decided to answer it. She said hello and added me to the line and then this guy started talking. He said that he had been taught by a missionary here and her name was Catherine and that he was wondering if he could talk to her. I thought it was a prank or something, because he had a similar voice to someone we had talked to earlier in the week, but then he said his name was Donny! I gasped! Then Sister Occolier said, "Well, that's actually my companion and she is on the line now". I said hello and just teared up. What a nice little reunion! He is doing great, meeting with missionaries still, and goes to church each week!! Not baptized yet because of some things he is working on, but we will help him to get there! But the reason he called in, after having to dig through old notes and papers to find my number, was to refer his cousin to me! His cousin just got out of jail and Donny said that I had helped him so much spiritually that he really wanted me to do the same for his cousin! How cool! Ah, such a blessing! Missionaries LOVE their investigators, and I think I was on Cloud 9 that whole day after getting that call!
|Our district went hiking last P-day up at Ensign Peak! So fun! And windy!|
Sister Occolier and I have been taking a TON of French tours and it has been awesome!! Sis. Occolier is great at translating for me and when they ask questions she will tell me and I'll answer in English, and then she translates back (or sometimes they already know a bit of English, so that simplifies things too :) But we had one cool tour with 4 French Jewish people. It was 2 couples and one couple was particularly curious. Lots of questions and we shared a lot about the Gospel. We taught about the Book of Mormon and at the end of the tour we offered them a copy and from the body language I could tell that they basically said no. We left them with a Mormon.org card and we went up to the Teaching Center to grab our bags. Sister Occolier turned to me and said that she really felt that we should give them a Book of Mormon, but was bummed since they didn't want one. I asked what had happened exactly and she said that she offered for them to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon, but that they said if they wanted one they would buy it later. I asked if they knew it was free and she thought for a second and realized she hadn't made that clear. I said, "Well, let's go back and give them one!" She laughed and said, "Really?" I replied, "Yeah! Why not?" So we went over to the desk and grabbed a Livre de Mormon with some pamphlets that pertained to things we explained on the tour. Sis. Occolier got a little nervous because she felt funny going back, which is understandable, but then I said, "Well, I can give it to them if you want. If they say no I will have no idea!" So we went downstairs (and I asked Sister Occolier how to say "a gift" in French) and we saw the couples right away. I walked over to the man who had been the most curious about it and said "un presente!" with a huge smile on my face! He took the Book and said something- no idea what -and smiled back. He flipped through and I could tell he was glad that we gave it to him. :)
I love this story because, really, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is contained in the Book of Mormon, truly IS a gift. It's a beautiful gift that brings us joy, peace, and lasting happiness. It's a gift that blesses every aspect of our lives and helps us become our BEST selves. Who wouldn't want this wonderful gift?? :)
I learn so much each and every day out here at Temple Square. I love my experiences, I love my investigators, I love my companion, I love the Book of Mormon, and most of all I love my Savior, Jesus Christ.
AND I love you all!! :) Have a great week!