Monday, December 23, 2013

Joyeuse Fete! (Jacob-Brive)

Oh man this week was a good one! Sorry for not sending any photos or anything. It has been busy and is only harder with 4 elders in the apartment because then any extra time gets lost in the distracted time! But I will get on the sd cards and get them off today with some joyeux (happy) photos! 

I will probably keep this somewhat short because we'll have the hour to talk on Wednesday so I don't want to tell you everything. All I can say is that we have been seeing a lot of progress here in Brive. We are still trying to get some regular amis and with Christmas it has been hard to see the people with whom we have talked. We have seen a ton of miracles with people while doing porte a porte (tracting) and so that was super great! We have taught several lessons this week while doing that. Yesterday we were let in by a high school age boy who was interested! We got to let him feel the Spirit and give him the greatest gift he could want for Noel. A Book of Mormon! I don't think I really understood the importance of the Book of Mormon until this week. Because of the Book of Mormon and the testimony that comes with it, we can KNOW that Christ really lived, that he REALLY did suffer and die for us. We know that our relationship with God is so important that He didn't just leave us to find for ourselves but he showed us everything we need to do to be happy. I am so grateful for The Book of Mormon and for the love God has for us. I think one of the ways to really feel the love that God has for us is to be the intermédiaire of that love. It is such an amazing feeling to be able to look someone in the eye and tell them that with all your heart that God loves them and that He has a plan for us and that He sent His son FOR us. I have had that opportunity more and more here in Brive as there are more Atheists rather than non-practicing catholics. 

We have been really pushing an English class here in Brive so in order to do that we drew up a nice little street board to catch attention... I think you will like it.

The joke for those who know nothing about French culture is that in every English class here in France the first thing that they learn is Where is Brian? And the answer is always "in the kitchen".. So if you ever ask a french person where Brian is, they will know the answer. The English class really worked and we got 12 numbers to send "RAPPELS" (reminders) and then had 3 people show up!!! So awesome! They all stayed for the spiritual though afterwards too!! So great! 

I love the Gospel and this morning we were cordially invited to the Young Men annual planning activity where we got to talk a little about Preach My Gospel. We were able to have a shot at these young men's heads to help them understand the importance of the gospel! If there is anything I could invite someone to do who wanted to understand the gospel or be more happy, it is to serve a mission. There really is nothing like it. And Preach my Gospel really should be the book everyone uses for any type of scripture study. It is the book for success.

I love you all so much and hope that you feel A TON OF CHRIST's love right now because I KNOW he loves you.

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas)

Elder Pettingill
 Elder Pettingill received his Christmas packages!

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