France had its Presidential elections last night.
We were in the the sketchiest part of our area–it’s the worst place to be in our area. We were going through the ward list looking to see if some members still existed (yes, I said that). I was helping Elder Sorensen back the car and all of the sudden in the large tower next to us I heard some screams and I thought, Are they killing someone up there? Then in the apartment building in front of us I heard more. And then I heard cheers and screams of excitement to the left. And people ran out on the streets and car horns started honking.
Elder Sorensen parked the car and I told him, “Let’s be quick because something’s going on!!”
I figured that a super popular soccer team had just won a very important match or the election had been decided.
“Get in the car, we’re getting out of here!!” he said. So I hopped in the car and we drove home. Thankfully it was the last thing we had to do yesterday because we were able to go back home and just finish up the night with some area book work.
We called our Ward Mission Leader.(who is a local member of the church):
“We were in the… and everyone went crazy!”
“Were they happy or sad?” he asked.
“Very, very, very happy.”
“Yeah…. But I’m sad.”
They do things quick here. Elder Fourtina explained that now since he’s been elected, he should be in office within the week.
With that done and said, it’s transfer time once again and the news is in. I’m staying in Mantes! I’ve done a good enough job surviving two transfers so why not another one? Elder Sorensen will be leaving me and heading off to Paris-même (by that I mean, Paris, Paris). And I’ll be getting a new companion named Elder Andrus (there are two in the mission, this is the younger one).
The last week of the transfer was a lot better. After going through an entire transfer teaching honestly nobody, we got a new investigator. He speaks fast. Wish me luck. But we also did a bit of member work and we ended up teaching an entire family through a member. They said we can go back in a couple weeks. And apparently the investigator who had a baptismal date but disappeared is coming back this Friday. Yay!
I think the coolest thing about this week, though, was one family in particular. We had the opportunity to visit them several times throughout the transfer which would not have happened at all had we been teaching investigators. We found out that our visits had helped their family a lot and that we had brought the Spirit into their home which had made a big difference for them. I’ll leave the details at that.
But it was nice to hear that from them after going through an entire transfer with nothing, we saw that we had, indeed, helped someone somewhere. Heavenly Father had wanted us there. And as we thought back on this incredibly hard transfer, we found peace in that thought. Because our calling is to invite others to come unto Christ. And we had done that in one way or another.
Elder Saul Marquez