Happy New Year! Things here have been good. Despite the holidays last week, we still found a few new people to teach. One new investigator is a long time friend of one of the members. He’s been looking for direction in his life so the member invited him to church. We met him there and setup a rendez-vous for that afternoon. He loved church and pretty much made the decision that he’s Mormon now. We’ll be seeing him a few times every week. We fixed his baptismal date for February.
Speaking of baptismal dates, the young girl who we set a baptismal date with went to Marseille for the holidays. We’ve been keeping in contact with her and we contacted the missionaries down there so they might help her find the chapel. We haven’t yet talked to her (we’ll be calling her today) but if everything went well, she should have gone to church in Marseille!
Other investigators are progressing. One that we’ve seen a lot is starting to feel the Spirit. He’s never really believed in God but he told us the other day that some of the things we’ve taught him have touched him. He’s reading the Book of Mormon and attended church for the first time yesterday.
So we’re seeing some good things here in St. Nazaire!
The coolest thing happened just a few minutes ago. The mission sends us an email with a list of baptisms that take place during the weekend. I logged on to see the name of a woman we taught in Brussels!! We had fixed a baptismal date with her a year ago but she couldn’t stop smoking. Well I guess she must have because she was baptized this last weekend! That’s so cool and I’m so happy for her. What a great way to end the year!
And so here we are again at the threshold of another year, the series of this last one in our shadows. This last year has been different than any other that I have ever lived. 2012 was the year in which I was fully and completely a missionary for the Lord. Time will continue but I’ll never have another year like the one that I’ve just had. It’s been difficult, and yet at the same time so very gratifying–gratifying in a way that cannot be expressed in words. Words cannot describe what it means to be a missionary. There is nothing else like this in the entire world–and one can’t truly know what it’s like without having experienced it for themselves. I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to experience it all throughout the year 2012.
I don’t know what 2013 holds for me. I’m pretty sure that certain things won’t be the same come this time next year. But no matter the changes, I intend to see that my faith in Christ stays strong. And no matter what lies ahead, “shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage, brethren; and on, on to the victory!”
“Be not afraid, only believe.”
Elder Saul Marquez