Bonjour everyone!!! I am sorry that I haven't been able to write a lot the past couple of weeks. This past transfer has been totally crazy and I can't believe that we're already on week 5!!! We're already almost done with August....time is flying by and I'm not too sure how I feel about it. In my last interview with Pres. Babin, he spent a lot of time talking about home with me. Super weird! I'm trying to not think too much about it. Well, this past week was a pretty busy one! We ended up getting 3 new ami's and we even got a one of them to come to church. We have been running around pretty much everyday for our rendevous. Soeur Ellis and I are staying busy trying to keep up with everybody while also trying to stay caught up with our Book of Mormon reading. I may have mentioned it in one of my previous emails, but our zone leaders have given all the Paris equipes the goal to read the whole Book of Mormon through in 6 weeks. We need to read around 16 pages everyday to stay caught up. It's been a fun goal, but we are pretty tired. It's helped me gain a stronger testimony and knowledge of the keystone to our church though. I keep finding things that I have forgotten. It's been a great reminder to me of how perfectly each piece fo the gosepl fits together. I love it so much!!
Well, today for P-day...Soeur Ellis and I ended up going to the Opera House here in Paris. It was gorgeous!! There were tons of tourists here for vacance. But we had a lot of fun! We serenaded each other with our amazing Phatom of the Opera voices. I'd say we're pretty Boss:) It's been a fun day!
I had a really cool experience yesterday at Church though that I wanted to share with you. So, like I said we ended up having one of our new ami's named Rose come. It was kind of a long day at church. We ended up teaching ami's class again on the Law of Health. It was a little bit of a tough subject to teach. But anyways, afterwards as we were sitting in Sacrament. I was just sitting there next to one of our less actives, and Elder Earnshaw came up to me and told me that I needed to translate for one of the Elder's ami's girlfriend, who is now our new ami. So, I ended up outside of the chapel with Rose who doesn't speak any french at all. Thing is, it was right in the middle of a talk and the speaker it this super intelligent lady and she started spouting out words that only a professor in College would say. Needless to say, I was freaking out! So, as I was sitting there outside the chapel...my mind was all over the place. I was trying to figure out what the lady was saying, and I was trying to translate it in my head to make sense. It was SO hard! I was just sitting there praying, asking...no begging Heavenly Father to let the words come. I was trying so hard to understand and it just wasn't working.
So, after praying...I just started speaking what made sense in my head and I have no clue how the heck the words formed but I was speaking sentences about the gospel. Oh my gosh! It was so crazy! I didn't really understand anything in my head but my mouth was just working. I felt like a robot watching myself move. I don't know how it happened but somehow Heavenly Father let me make sense to our ami. Afterwards, I apologized to her and told her that I was sorry if it didn't make any sense...and Rose just looked at me and said, "No, I totally understood what you were talking about." MIRACLES!!! It was such an answer to my prayers to know that Heavenly Father is completely aware of what we are going through. Sometimes it may not feel like we are getting answers. But I have learned on my mission, that praying isn't about asking for something and expecting our answer to come right away. It is learning to align our with with God's and be patient in His timing. The French language is still tough for me, but it teaches me everyday to be humble and accept that I am not the one in control.
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!!! Thank you for all your love and support!
Soeur Hannah Nelson