This week was fantastic!
Monday: Chill p-day, we visited some cathedrals with the sisters, and we set up for zone conference. We had interviews with President Brown, and it was a wonderful experience as usual. Funny story: President can read minds. In the middle of our interview, President asked me "is there something that is stressing, worrying, or troubling you, Elder MacArthur?" And there was! I was not planning on talking about it at all, but President Brown felt the Spirit tell him to ask that question. The Holy Spirit is real! And so the rest of that interview was my answer and his advice. Basically without too much detail, I was concerned about how to keep my eye single to the glory of God. And he gave me great advice, he quoted Ecclesiastes 3:1 [To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven].
Tuesday: Zone conference! It went super well. Our song went very well!
Wednesday: We went out for lunch with Sister Kemp, our mission nurse. It was really fun. We got her flowers and she loved them! We also got to teach Fab! He hasn't been feeling well, and so we were grateful to see him. We taught him the third lesson, and it went wonderfully. He will need prayers to come to church, he doesn't want to force his son to come but doesn't want to come alone, so please pray for Fab. Afterwards, We went to Grenoble and did a baptismal interview for U. This has been the third interview I've done, and it was great. President Brown did part of the interview. U passed! And he got baptized this Saturday.
Thursday: RCM, we had lunch with Sister Has, and we taught her daughter, Far. She accepted a baptismal date! We are not sure why, and if she has real intent, so we'll teach her about that next time. Then we ate dinner with the other elders at Bas and Sr. Rop's house, it was really good to see him. He has had a hard time coming to church, so getting a moment to see him and the family was awesome.
Friday: We were with a member from Chalon who knew Elder Ramsey. We tried to pass lots of people, we ate lunch with Sister Th, and it was incredible! She is an amazing cook. We encouraged her to come to church (her family is against it) and she said that she would talk to her family.
Saturday: We got tombez-vous' hard, but near the end of the day we helped Sr. Meb paint her wall. We couldn't find another man so we went with the sisters, which worked out well because we left a little early. We went to have a sleepover with the assistants, it was really fun!
Sunday: We woke up, and Elders Ramsey, Menzel, Underwood and Wade sang happy birthday to me and gave me two kilos of Agen Prunes. We had church, and the Nice Bishop's family came to church in Lyon! It was fun for Elder Wade and I to see him again. After church, we worked on weekly planning, and went to the Z's house for dinner! Sister Z made me birthday cupcakes with peanut butter and it was delicious. We got to jump on their trampoline! It was super fun. A great way to end the week, best birthday ever.
I really felt the power of focus this week. Not because I was always focused, but because when I was, things went well. When you are worried or afraid or annoyed, it is so easy to cast your gaze on the great and spacious building, or anything, really, that's not Christ at the center. The only way to stay afloat is to not worry about the storm outside, but focus on moving forward and what is good. Kinda like the game "Operation," if you are distracted by the obstacles, you will mess up and fear will overtake you. So don't fear, don't doubt, just live right.
I love you all!!
|Ben & Elder Ramsey and Sister Kemp (mission nurse) have lunch|
|Bishop Meunir and family from Nice visit Ecully Ward. Elder Wade and Ben both served in the Nice Ward.|
|Celebrating Ben's 21st birthday with the Z family|
|Ben & Elder Ramsey enjoy kebabs on the train returning from Grenoble|
|K & C Z wishing Ben a happy birthday|
|P-day at President & Sister Brown's home|
|The crowd at President's P-day|
|Zone Conference February 2017|