"You will be an official representative of the Church. . . . Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ . . . Greater blessings and more happiness than you have yet experienced await you as you humbly and prayerfully serve the Lord in this labor of love among His children. We place our confidence in you." Thomas S. Monson

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Parfaite = Perfect!

Elder Dagron and Elder Jenkins
Bonsoir mes amis!

Well, another week past, and they're really starting to fly now.  It really feels like just yesterday that I was writing last Monday.  This week has been a bit of a down week because we had a lot of emergency transfers happen with visa problems.  Transfers in this mission take quite a long time because we have 2 countries, 2 timezones, and 4 hours of driving between the two proselyting areas.  For this reason, it takes 2 days to do all of the transfers, which leaves a lot of down time for those waiting for their new companion, like me.  My new companion's name is Elder Dagrou, and he's from Cote D'Ivoire.  I absolutely love working with him!  He and I both have such a great love for the gospel, and so our daily study time together always passes by quickly because we both have so much to share together.

I realize that the past few weeks I've been focusing quite a bit on myself, so this week I want to share a little about those around me.  We have three investigators right now that have dates set for baptism.  However, Landry, the first, wasn't at church this week, so we're going to have to push his back again.  Charlotte, the second, is traveling to Europe, so we haven't seen her for a week.  And José, the third, hasn't accepted the invitation to come to church yet, even though she's accepted to be baptized.

We have two really progressing investigators right now, Marie and Parfaite.  Marie is best friends with a member in the other branch in our area, Soeur Tchothco.  However, we found her by tracting.  She was a little skeptical at first, but the more we've taught her, the more she has come to love the gospel.  She came to church for the first time last week, and decided that she wanted to get up and bear her testimony, as an ami!  In her testimony, she said that there were a lot of things that could have stopped her from coming to church that week, but she was determined to go because she had promised us that she would be there.  She then said as soon as she walked in the building, she heard a whisper in her head that told her, "Marie, this is your church.  You belong here."  What an amazing testimony of the truth that she has already received!  I was very happy for her, and just about the whole congregation turned around and smiled at my companion and I when she shared that.  She has accepted to be baptized, but doesn't want to set a date because she wants to know when she is ready with God to make that decision.

Our second ami en progrès is Parfaite.  The word parfait translates to perfect in English, and that about describes her right.  We've only met with her twice, but both lessons have been absolutely amazing.  She shared with us this past lesson that she normally doesn't like the people that pass by her small restaurant-shop that preach of God, but when we passed by, she felt something inside her that told her to call us over, and how grateful she was that she had!  Both of these amis have shown me how the Holy Spirit works in many people aroudn us to prepare them to receive the message of the restored gospel of Christ before we even bring it to them.

Well, that's all I have time to share this week, but I love and miss you all so very much, and I hope that everything is going well over there across the pond.

Avec amour,
Elder Jenkins

Love the smiles!

One of the things he was looking forward to the most were the kids.

A glimpse of the area he is living

Eating grilled fish and hot pima sauce (apparently very hot) - did he really eat the fish, head and all, or does he just want us to believe he did?

Oh, how I would love to have been a fly on the wall when the plate of pima and fish was set in front of him and the fish was staring back at him (photo borrowed from Elder Hawkins blog)
Elder Hawkins give a little more detail on this meal in his post last week.  You can read about it here:  http://eldertrevorhawkins.blogspot.com/2013/07/unforeseen-circumstances-and-looking-on.html

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