The whole Marcone family came to church yesterday! Alexis, Yamila and the two kids Esmeralda and Benjamin. Alexis didn’t go fishing like he said he might. Thank heavens. They had a good time in church. After sacrament meeting, we lost Alexis for a moment (it’s a tight building with lots of people). Where’d you go!!?? We found him outside smoking. After telling me about some errands he was going to have to do during the week concerning his car, he finished his cigarette and I asked, “Are you ready? The next meeting is about to start.” “Yup, let’s go.” And in the 3rd hour he participated a lot in the Priesthood meeting. We have taught him that smoking isn’t good (of course he knows that already), next visit with them will be a deep lesson of the Plan of Salvation and the Word of Wisdom (God’s health law). For sure we hope they will continue progressing!! And prepare for their baptismal goal for the end of November.
Rubèn an investigator of 44 years old is still going well towards his
baptism. His brother passed away last weekend but he has taken it
well, understanding the purpose of life. He came to church for the
second time yesterday. The members received him well again. We
enjoyed the fast and testimony meeting. I bore my testimony on how
faith in Jesus Christ has made all the difference in my life. I come
to understand more and more about what power it is and what it really
means to have faith in Jesus Christ. The baptismal date for Rubèn is
June 20th. Let’s gooo!
One of my favorite parts as a missionary is being able to be in on
Ward Council meetings. Meetings where we can get down to the nitty
gritty, communicate, improve things, put service and Christ-like
principles into action. I’ve seen a lot of different meetings, some
good, some not so good. Here in Francia, I’ve seen the best.
Efficient, effective, get down to the problem, create plans quick.
Something important that the bishop said (This bishop is the best), he
said that if there is someone that we don’t recognize that’s at
church, at an activity, we get to know them quick. Introduce
ourselves, “I’m so and so, I live here, this is my family, my calling
is” then get to know the person. This is a skill everyone needs to
put into practice, if there is someone you don’t know at church or at
an activity, GET to know them! Another thing he explained is service.
“If we don’t put into practice service, real service, visiting a sick
person for example, all this doesn’t matter, all of this is blah.” And
that ‘s completely true. These meetings are to communicate, put plans
into action, get out and serve, find, fellowship, lift-up.
I GOT PACKAGES!!!!! I got them all yesterday. [Linda note: these were sent in November]
I got a package from CarsAnne with an awesome watch that he used for
his 2 years in the mission in Romania. A very sentimental gift, I
feel empowered just wearing it, knowing that it has been in the
presence of many spiritual, happy and growing experiences. It already
has been through the whole life of a missionary, and now it will have
6 more months, going from house to house, knocking on doors, or
clapping at doors, shaking hands with innumerable amounts of friends
and strangers alike. Thank you Cars for this awesome gift, and the
others that you and Anne sent!
I got a package from DereKat. Superb pink tie, and perfect sized
shirt. Thank you.
I got a package from GRhandi with much-needed, perfect and many socks.
I took a picture of my other socks with gaping holes and all. A studly
grey tie. Complete with pictures of the fam that are stupendous.
You’re all looking super handsome. And to top it off, a toffee bar
that I had to throw out because it had gone bad already! It
looked/tasted nasty. Blame it on all the time it took to reach me. I
checked and luckily it was only 5 bucks. Thank you for sending this
Needless to say, I have the best family in the world. I feel very
blessed. While I was putting on the comfy new socks I was saying to
myself, “I’m so blessed, these socks are “so comfy” I’m so blessed.” To give back, I’ll keep working hard and
harder to find the Lord’s elect!
Con mucho amor,