So...as I said, we had our exchanges here in Vannes this past week and then it was pretty crazy because we went straight from our exchange to Paris because we had the opportunity to hear from Elder Cook. Yeah, you knowt that one apostle?:) So, we went straight from Vannes to Nantes...took a train from Nantes to Paris...and then had to stay in Torcy overnight...to get to the conference in Versailles the next day. It was INSANE! The good news is...we only took one wrong metro...so somehow we made it to Torcy at 10:30 and got up at 4:45 the next morning to make it to the conference to shake hands with Elder Cook. PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED! He talked a lot about the importance of Preach My Gospel and how it is important to talk to everyone about the gospel. He shared a personal story about when he got called into the Quorum of the Twelve and how he felt so inadequate. It was amazing because as he told his story...he seemed to be talking about all the feelings that I was going through. It's really easy to feel inadequate on the mission. You try each day to give it your all but at the end of the day there is always that feeling that you always could have done more. It's very frustrating! I think the main thing that I learned this week...is that, I just have to try my best and leave the rest to the Lord. Elder Cook shared this with all the missionaries..."The lord called you here for a reason. It may be because of the mission president or it could be for something 10 years down the road. But no matter the reason, the Lord needs you here. And because you have accepted the call, the Lord is proud of you beyond measure and you will be blessed abundantly for your service."
It was amazing to have the opportunity to shake his hand. I know that the Lord is proud of my service and I know that when you choose to serve others and help bring them closer to their Heavenly Father, He is proud of you too! I am very "Thankful" for all of your examples. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Things are going super well here in Vannes. We are still seeing Julie. She is having a hard time recognizing answers to her prayers and knowing if the Book of Mormon is true. We had a very good lesson with her on Friday. I had the opportunity to bear my testimony of the Book of Mormon to her. It was really cool because I made the decision at the beginning of my mission to read the Book of Mormon all the way through, but last week I was thinking about it...and I thought well, since I am serving in a French mission...maybe it would be better to read the Book of Mormon in French. So, I took a leap of faith last week and decided that I am going to read from cover to cover Le Livre de Mormon and I told Heavenly Father that even thought I won't understand beaucoup de les mois....J'ai la foi que Il m'aider. I told that to Julie and somehow she understood and she accepted the commitment to pray if the Book of Mormon is true again. I am so grateful to be here. I have learned so much from these wonderful people. I thought that I was called here to teach them but I was SOOOO wrong! Well...I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving! I am very Thankful for you!! You are all in my thoughts and prayers! Je vous aime!