Hello la Famille!
It sounds like everything went really well this past week for you. That's good. :)
This past week was another hard, finding week. Every time I go finding, I think of a song called Fun to Find...written by a missionary. I'll have to send it to you sometime. It's pretty inspiring. :)
Not too much happened this week, but here is a pretty cool miracle. You remember that family, the Swanepoel's, that moved to our secteur that wants to get baptized? Well, we've been having troubles getting a hold of them. Well, Tuesday night, they called us up and invited us to come over the next day for lunch! But that's not the miracle. Here's the miracle. The missionary couple here (the Fitt's) told us they wouldn't be free Wednesday, because they had something else planned...which would mean that we wouldn't be able to take us to the Swanepoel's house (they live about 45 minutes by car away. And only other way to get there would be to take a train to a different town, take a bus to their town, and then walk some distance...which would probably take about 2 hours+ just to get there)...well turns out that il fallait that we went because that activity they had fell through. And they were able to come with us to the Swanepoel's house (it's pronounced swan-a-pool, just in case you were wondering). And let me tell you, Elder Smith and I are very blessed to be here right now. The Swanepoel family has definitely been prepared. We are hoping to be able to teach them twice a week.
We were able to meet with our ami Raphael this week. And he could use some extra prayers. He's trying to quit smoking. And apparently he's down to 5 cigarettes a day. (I thought it may have been less, but that is still some HUGE progress!). I think that we will give him a baptismal date soon. I've felt strongly like when he commits to baptism, he will receive the strength and the will power to overcome his addiction.
As for Christian, he is doing well. I'm so excited to still be here. He is a stud. We talked about the Priesthood with him and showed him where the duties of the Aaronic Priesthood are in D&C. He completely understood that the Priesthood completely a selfless thing and is used for the benefit of others. Isn't that super awesome? It's been so exciting to see the changes he's made and see him progress. It's really shown me that there really are people here that have been prepared to receive this amazing Restored Gospel.
We did quite a bit of searching this week. We'll continue again this week. We also started LARC-ing. (Less Active Recent Convert). We've passed by some of the less active members. One of them even told us to come back the next week! Which is a great response. :)
Well, I don't really have any more to add. I'm sorry about the short email. :P
I love you all so much!
Passez une bonne semaine!
-Elder B. Stanton Wilson