This week was another AMAZING week in the FFLM. Even though it doesn't feel like Christmas, people are more open to talk about Christ and His impact in their lives. This was a very difficult week for finding. We didn't find anyone during knocking but followed up with a referral from last transfer that we dropped and they are still open to the gospel so we are working with them.
This week our miracle was Jacques Leon who was Baptized! It's awesome to see how happy and Converted he is now! After a life time of being Catholic and 2 years of Lessons from the Jehovah's Witness's, he finally found the True and Restored Gospel! He loves learning of the truth and is excited to share his knowledge with others so we hope that he will continue and share the gospel with those around him and that we will be able to teach them. The real miracle is that the Saturday before last he checked himself into the hospital and collapsed on the floor as soon as he entered the Emergency Room. All of his doctors said that he should have died but he told them, "I can't die, I have a very important thing I have to do next weekend". God Preserved his life so that he could complete the ordinance of baptism!
On Saturday, I had the opportunity to baptize him in Haitian Creole! The next day after his confirmation he sat down and said to me, "I'm in". He's is the most elect man I have ever met!
He can't wait to go to the temple to do baptisms for the dead! In 2 weeks Elder Murat and I get to take him!
This week we were able to take him on a temple tour and he loved it! A ward missionary, Brother Biamonte took us and he is probably the worst driver in the world. Jacques and Elder Murat and I were talking about him in the car in Creole, worrying for our lives.
One Biamonte story is, well two actually. First of all he is the most awkward man alive and he's a part time substitute teacher at elementary schools. Anyway apparently, Pres. Packer sat in on one of his Sunday School lessons and ask Brother Biamonte for pointers on how to improve his teaching. So he's a pretty big deal. Also this week he pulls us aside and tells us he has "big news" he is now in a relationship for the first time in 20 years, with probably the most awkward women alive! And here's the kicker, they are both in our ward! Anyway, it's called Holly-Weird for a reason. That's about it for my week, I'll save the rest of my stories for when I'm back. ;)
My last thought:
This week I heard a quote from President Ezra Taft Benson, he says, "Apart from Christ we can't succeed, as a partner with him, we cannot fail!"
With Christ all things are possible so don't try to do it yourself!
I also hope that you all can show love for you families and get together with them this holiday season! Our families are Eternal so we should probably get along. ;)
I hope that you all have a very enjoyable Christmas and amidst the wrappings and packages and boxes and bags you will find time to think about and ponder the true spirit of Christmas!
-- Jwaye Nwel pou Nou tout ak pou nou tout bon sware
-- (Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight)
Florida, Fort Lauderdale Mission
Haitian-ing the Work
At Jacques' baptism on December 19th! Their "white Christmas"!
"Jacques calls me his Godfather and Elder Murat his son
because we Baptized and Confirmed him."
With Brother Tinney at the baptism.
They got to take Jacques to tour the temple grounds before his baptism.
Merry Christmas from Elders Hansen and Murat!
At their ward Christmas party.
Being silly with Elders Nielsen and Murat :)