On Thursday, after we got back to Lyon, we had a first lesson with a lady named Nicole who we contacted at Gorge de Loup (our favorite contacting area). The lesson was pretty good. Nicole had a lot of questions, but didn’t seem as interested to hear about anything else. However, we are visiting with her again this week, so hopefully the second lesson goes well!
On Friday, we woke up to find the nastiest rash on Soeur Stevens’ feet. It was nothing that I’ve ever seen before (and I’ve seen a lot of rashes, as you well know). So we went into the pharmacie, which here is more like a doctor, and they gave her some medication to put on it and see if it goes away.
We were able to see our ami, Sy for the first time in FOREVER. Sy is 26 and from Senegal. He has a baptismal date and thinks the Gospel is just the best thing ever. We know he could be baptized soon if he would just meet with us! We taught him the Plan of Salvation lesson and he loved it. He says that everything in the Gospel just makes sense, that it appeals to logic and to heart. This is so true. All of our questions (or pretty much all) can be answered through the Gospel.
We taught François with Ludmilia. We had an entire lesson just about reading the scriptures. Ludmilia is a lawyer and she LOVES the Book of Mormon, and she just went at him. She was basically like, “All of your excuses are stupid. If you wanted to read, you would.” It was hilarious. And a little terrifying. Hopefully, he got the message.
We also had our ami Mercy’s baptismal interview at the church. It was very hard, because it ended with her not being able to be baptized this Sunday. She is from Nigeria, she doesn’t read, and her comprehension level is very low. We teach her like a child, but sometimes she still doesn’t understand. The Elders felt that she needs more time to better understand the Restoration and the Book of Mormon before she is baptized. That was a really hard thing to explain to her and we were so worried she would feel like she did something wrong, when it really wasn’t her fault at all. It was a difficult night for all of us, but the seven of us missionaries talked a lot about what we could do to better prepare her for a future baptismal date.
Then, Soeur Stevens’ foot rash was spreading and turning purple, so we stopped by the Roney’s house to have Soeur Roney look at it. (She’s a nurse). She was quite worried about it. She thinks it’s some kind of bacterial infection that is causing it. (Perhaps from her grody blister problem last week).
So, Saturday morning, we went to the doctor. French doctors are kind of… different. He was old. And wearing jeans and sneakers and a plaid shirt that was unbuttoned down to his belly button practically. It was so freaky. He prescribed Soeur Stevens some antibiotics and we just took the prescription and ran… cause we were a little freaked out.
We got the prescriptions filled and stopped at a little patisserie across the street and got some pains au chocolats. I’ve had many a pain au chocolat since I’ve been here, but this one was the BEST EVER. It was flaky on the outside and soft on the inside. It was filled with chocolate chips and “mystery cream” (It’s this cream that is inside most pastries here… and we don’t know what it is. . . but it’s tasty!) And it was covered with almonds and powdered sugar. We scarfed those things down and decided we would definitely be coming back soon.
Because Soeur Stevens could barely walk, we spent most of the day in the apartment. We did our weekly planning (which usually takes about five hours) and started making our own streetboard! Which I loved! Cause I got to be crafty! I’ll send a picture next week when we finish it!
On Saturday night, Soeur Hills and I were out in the main room writing in our journals. All of a sudden, like four bugs landed on my journal. I looked up and there was a thick, black layer of bugs covering our walls and ceiling. We realized we had accidentally left the outside door cracked! It was so barfy. So we grabbed the vacuum and spent about an hour vacuuming our walls/ceiling.
Yesterday, Sy came to church for the first time! And he LOVED it. He said he can’t wait to come back! Whoop! We visited some older ladies in the ward that can’t come to church because of health reasons.
It rained today, so the weather was really nice and cool for the first time since I’ve been here! I was not prepared for it to be so hot here! So the rain is nice!
I hope everything is going well at home and that everyone is healthy and happy!
Love, Soeur Jones