So he called again and said that he didn’t want to see us on Tuesday but said that I could call him on Wednesday to see if he was available later in the week.
So I called him on Wednesday but it went straight to his voice mail so I figured he blocked our number.
And then he called us on Saturday and said that his cellphone no longer worked, so he called from his home phone and wanted to see us that night.
So we went over that night and he wanted help moving some furniture around. He actually seemed really, really happy to have us over as we helped him out. Once we were finished, we sat down and had a lesson. He had questions over baptism. We started talking about the Gospel of Christ and our objective as missionaries. By the end he told us that he didn’t like the idea of repentance or baptism and that he didn’t want to pray, read or attend church.
Elder Visconti asked him, “What do you feel when you go to church or when we’re around.”
The investigator thought for a moment and then said, “I don’t feel good.” And he told us that he didn’t want to continue seeing us. So we testified and told him he was always welcome to come to church if he wanted.
Sunday came and we waited for our investigators to show up.
Guess who shows up? Yes. He came. I was shocked. Elder Visconti said he wasn’t. And now we have a rendez-vous with him for tomorrow night. We’re supposed to call him tonight to confirm.
I’m honestly not sure what the deal is. I think he feels the Spirit but is having a hard time coming to terms with it.
So tune in next week for Part Three!
No, in all seriousness, we’re really praying for him. I’m convinced that the Spirit is working inside of him, but like I said, I think he’s having trouble accepting it. Perhaps that should be expected from someone who hasn’t had much contact with God in the past? But there’s clearly something that keeps pulling him back. Even yesterday in Sunday School, he was participating a lot and seemed to really enjoy the lesson.
Speaking of Sunday School. The Gospel Principles teacher’s daughter got married Saturday night and so she wasn’t there for the class so I had to make up a lesson on the SPOT! I hate doing that! But it seemed to go well. We talked about Charity, Love and Service. The lesson seemed to really touch one of our amis. We’ve been meeting with her since the end of last transfer. She’s great! She really loves church and keeps all her commitments. After the lesson she came up to me and said, “I want you to meet my husband;” We were super happy to hear that because we had asked if we could meet him before but she had said no.
Well, we just had a rendez-vous with her and her husband. He is a super, super nice man. Very philosophical and not interested in reading the Book of Mormon and learning more, but still a great guy. We presented the message of the Restoration and talked about how the gospel blesses our lives and our families. He wasn’t too interested in the end, but again, he was a very kind man. Either way, it works out great that we could meet him because now he knows who we are and I think that will make it easier for her own personal progression. At least we hope!
Other good news. One of our investigators who we’ve been working with hasn’t wanted to be baptized because he doesn’t want to be in a different church while the rest of his family is in another. His family is currently in Africa and the church doesn’t exist in their country. Well, this last weekend he finally talked to his wife–he wouldn’t tell her he was seeing us at first. We gave him a blessing a couple weeks ago so that he would have the courage to talk to her and so he finally did. She said we’ll see. But he said that he got word that his family can come up to France soon! And so once they’re here, we can teach them all the gospel!
So great things are happening. Apart from that, it was kind of a difficult week. About ten rendez-vous that we had scheduled didn’t happen. And half of our amis were out of town so we couldn’t see them. So we taught a lot less than we had hoped to.
And we got a call on Tuesday that the zone conference had been cancelled. Snow in Paris made it impossible. So now we have conference this Thursday. And then Elder Visconti is going to the US Embassy on Friday. And then we have district conference in Rennes this weekend… And I have an exchange in Nantes tomorrow. So we really don’t have a lot of time this week. That’s why we took a rendez-vous on our P-Day.
Not to mention that I’m the one doing all the paper work for the visa… And that takes time and is confusing.
I feel like time is running out very very quickly and I just want to work the best I can. Our objective for these last couple of weeks of the transfer is to find those who will be baptized next transfer.
Le temps est très court et le jour déjà baisse, Venez, préparez du Seigneur le chemin. Prêchez l’Évangile, exhortez sans cesse: «Convertissez-vous, le divin règne vient! Convertissez-vous, le divin règne vient!»
Elder Saul Marquez