Monday, January 28, 2013

Cat Woman

Hi family!

I am loving be with Soeur Searle.  Every picture we take is followed by, "better send this one to the holladay south stake."  It's so fun.  Did I tell you too that Patriarch Falk's grandson, Elder Flitton is my zone leader now too?  So it's just a Holladay party!

Last Monday night we ended up going porting for a little while.  While we were out we sonneried someone's apartment building, and the person opened the door to let us in.  As we walked up the stairs, there's this lady just hanging over the stairwell balcony staring at us.  So we start talking to her and she tells us we can come in.  As we are walking in the door, she says, "I hope you're not afraid of cats."  I see one cat, so all is good.  Walk through the door, I see two cats, then three, four.  I keep seeing more and more cats appearing in this small room.  Huge community bowl of cat food in the middle of the room.  Cat picture images on every single wall. I ask her how many cats she has.  Straight up 15 cats.  In one small apartment room.  So, we start talking about God and how He is there and knows each one of us. (we are still standing up).  I feel a cat jump onto my coat and is just hanging off my coat as I'm talking.  We sit down.  Cats.  Everywhere.  I look over at Soeur Searle and had forgotten she was allergic.  She's just tearing up, and then talking a little about the Plan of Salvation.  I look over, cat dangling off the tablecloth.  So funny.  After the RDV, we kept porting and on the way home we passed by her apt building again.  we see two of the cats looking out at us from the window.  Soeur Searle decides to take a picture, as she takes it, the woman's head appears at the exact moment she's taking the picture.  So perfect, it is captured.  Don't worry, I am bringing a copy home!

Miracle we saw this week, we were porting a couple weeks ago and a woman answered, said she was practicing Catholic, not interested in further but maybe would be interested in reading a little of the BOM.   So last week we decided to go bring her a Book of Mormon.  She answered the door said, "hey, you already came by here."  We gave her the Book of Mormon and she said, "okay, I'll try reading it and then you will come back to pick it back up?"  So we set a RDV for a few days later.  We ended up going back for the RDV and she let us in.  Beautiful french woman with five children, all practicing in the Cahtolic church.  She told us how hard it is to raise her kids in society today because of so many bad influences surrounding her family and that even at school they teach that all the stories in the Bible are fictional myths.  She also said in school they are teaching her kids that same gender attraction, and the difference between men and women is not a big deal, etc.  and how it is really troubling to her.  So she asked us how we were raised and how we had been able to stay believing and close to God.  It was awesome.  She said at the end she will try reading some of the Book of Mormon before our next lesson (on Wednesday).  She is amazing and it was such a blessing to teach someone like her.  

We also found a Chinese girl named Anna last week on the tram.  My entire mission I have had this weird obsession with always contacting asians.  Probably because I have always loved asians.  She is the first asian I have actually taught though!  We taught her Saturday for the first time and she told us how she was Buddhist at the base but has started believing in God a little bit.  It was one of the most simple first lessons I have ever taught my entire mission, it was amazing.  We talked about faith and prayer and at the end we kneeled down and she said her first prayer to God and simply thanked Him for the missionaries and asked if He was there.  It was so cool to hear such a sincere prayer.

Otherwise, all is good.  Soeur Searle is amazing, I don't know what I would do without her.  One of her greatest strengths is her ability to remain calm and carry on, no matter what happens.  She is amazing and I love serving with her. 

Have an awesome week and I will see you soon!!  I love you!

Soeur Chard

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