Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Once Upon a Mission

August 14th, 2017

What a great week.

It all started on Wednesday with a great rendezvous with Thierry. We went over the gospel of Jesus Christ with him in 2 Nephi 31. He loved it and it all made sense to him. It was his birthday the next day, so we went over and gave him a card and a little gift. He recognizes us as servants of the Lord, but also as his friends. It was nice to spend some time with him on his birthday.

Then we found this awesome new ami, Audrey. She's from Gabon and she's a very believing Christian. We had a short first rendezvous but it went great. She met with missionaries a good while ago and was very happy to be able to talk with us again. She seems pretty cool.

We met up with a potential, Mohammed, and we had dinner with him at Flunch. The food was alright, but the discussion was a lot better. He's a young Muslim man, yet he's very open-minded. He very willingly took a BOM and said he'd read it. So, on verra.

Then we had a soirée familiale with a less-active family on Friday with some other members. They hadn't been to church in a while, so we went over to see how they were doing. It went pretty good. We emphasized the importance of the sacrament and taking it regularly. Well, it turns out, they made it to church on Sunday. Go figure.

On Saturday we had a Finding Day in Lorient. Turns out, it was the last one for a while. It went good. The branch had a lot of members come and help us out.

Today is Monday and with the new mission president things have changed and we got the news for next transfer today. Well... I'm leaving Brest to another area.  But the area won't be foreign to me because I've already served there before. In fact it was my "Bleu ville". Yeah. I'm going back to Brussels for my last six weeks as a missionary and I'll go back to the Spanish équipe. My new companion is Elder Dorado, from Canada. We'll be white-washing. It's a dream come true. Christmas came early this year. These next six weeks will literally fly by.

God bless.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, August 7, 2017

Keeping Afloat

August 7th, 2017

Bonjour à tous,

Well, times just gets shorter and shorter and you come to realize that you don't have much time left. I feel like it's just starting to soak in that my mission is ending in less than two months. I don't know what to think. I don't know how to because I've never completed a mission before, but I understand that there is a time for everything and one needs to appreciate life as it happens. Soon enough, I won't be a missionary anymore, and I miss serving in this capacity. So I need to take advantage of the opportunity at hand.

This week was good. Our boy, Thierry is progressing well. We had a family home evening at a member’s home and he came and had a great time. The fellowshipping of the members is making an impact on him, and I'm so grateful for them and their support.

As you may know, the branch here is pretty small, and this last Sunday we had a family move out. So the branch is looking even smaller for now. Our branch president is really pushing to have the members find the less-actives and help them. Yesterday we had two less-active families come to church for the first time in a long time. So there is hope out there.

We found this guy about a week ago who left us his address. He said he lived in a hotel and gave us the room number. We weren't sure if it was just a straight up lie or not, so we went to go check it out. It turns out there's this placed named Hotel de la Rade which is actually a refugee shelter. It looks like a hotel from the outside but everyone there is taken care of by the government. Nice, huh? We haven't found the guy yet though.

Keep having fun.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, July 31, 2017

Pouring Rain

July 31st, 2017

Hello and bonjour,

This week really flew by, since we've been all over the place, so I don't know how long this one will be. Nonetheless, we had a great time once again.

Thierry is going well. We taught him the plan of salvation and he loved it. When we were talking about the afterlife, he asked if animals get resurrected too, because his cat died a while ago and he misses him. It was nice to let him know that he will have the chance to see his cat again through the plan of salvation. It made me remember of my dogs that have passed away in my life. Where it's sad to see our loved ones die, but life doesn't end at death.

He's progressing slowly as well. He's reading the Book of Mormon and loves the passages he reads and we read a chapter weekly with him.

We also went to Paris once again this week for Elder Ho's legality. Boy, did we spend a lot of money on transportation. Paris is a nice place to visit, but it sure is expensive.

We had our finding day on Brest on Saturday and it was raining hard. Nonetheless, we went out and did what was needed. We ended up getting several potentials among both equipes, and hopefully we'll be able to fix rendezvous with those people. We've seen that right now, a lot of people are on vacation, so it's hard to see most people currently.

But, yeah. This week literally just flew by.  Hope this next week will go slower so that we can get more work done here.

See you next time.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pioneer Day

July 24th, 2017

Hey,

Happy Pioneer’s Day!

It's been a good week with another Zone Conference and a week full of work in Brest, so let's get to it:

We had Zone Conference on Wednesday and it went great. I can tell President Sorensen feels pretty uncertain and inexperienced about himself, but I know he will do a good job. He emphasized finding and miracles a lot, and made an initiative to have 20 solid contacts per day, and 140 per week. We understand that it's not super easy around here to get that accomplished, but it's possible.

Starting our goal to have 20 good contacts a day (consisting of a principle taught and a commitment extended), we've seen some good fruits already. We found this very nice and open older woman, named Valerie, and we had our first sit down rendezvous with her last week at her house. She's an English professor so her English is basically flawless. She's very catholic and practicing, but didn't say no to having a discussion. So we had a discussion and gave her a BOM. She seemed quite engaged. She's going on vacation soon so we'll probably see her again in a couple of weeks.

Another guy we've met is a man named Jean-Marie. We stopped him on the street and he came off very sympathetic and calm. It turns out that he actually has met with us in the past and had a great time learning from the missionaries and going to church. But all of that stopped for some reason. He considers himself Christian and Jewish and embraces all good things. He's just all-around a good, respectable guy. He's going on vacation this week, too, so we'll see him in a couple of weeks, hopefully.

Our boy Thierry is doing well. He read Alma 22 on his own and marveled at the teachings found therein. He's embracing everything we give him so well, and it's making a difference in himself. He's truly finding the peace and comfort found in the gospel. He has some word of wisdom issues, but we're confident he can fix those.

And voila, there it is. What a better way to celebrate the day when the saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley to establishe the church, than as a missionary.

I hope you stay safe and have a fantastic week,

Love,

Elder Aburto

La Fête Nationale

July 17th, 2017

Bonjour, tout le monde,

It's been another good week in the life of missionary work. I'm now getting to the stage when the end is approaching quite soon, so many emotions go on simultaneously. Regardless, the work must go on.

We saw Thierry again this week and he's doing well. We followed up on the Retab and it went great. We committed him to start reading the Book of Mormon and he gladly accepted. He's going well.

We saw Jeremie again, after a little of not seeing him, and he's doing alright. We had a nice talk about his progression, and what's keeping him from being baptized. He's come to grow a testimony of the things we've taught him, he's just a little worried about the commitment to be baptized. We helped him understand that it's just a step along our eternal progression and we're not going to be perfect. The thing is as well that his sleep schedule is terrible which doesn't let him come to church in the mornings either. We have hope that he'll be able to
change, little by little.

Our ami, Anina, came to church and expressed that she wanted to continue meeting with us, but her husband doesn't like us and doesn't want us to come to their house. It made us sad to hear that, but she said she'll keep talking to him to try to convince him that what we're doing really is good. We hope it goes well.

Well, this upcoming week we'll have yet another Zone Conference with the Sorensens. 7-week transfers, new president, new vision, etc. They're saying there'll be lots of important information in this one.

We just celebrated Bastille Day here. July 14th was like the Independence Day of France. Every company in the nation was closed for the day and there was a big celebration at night with fireworks. Too bad we couldn't go.

All in all, it was a nice week. As always, this next week has lots to look forward to. What an exciting life it is, being a missionary.

À la prochaine,

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, July 10, 2017

Une Rencontre Avec Les Sorensen

July 10th, 2017

Hello everyone,

What a nice week we had. It was special because I finally got the opportunity to meet my new mission president, President Sorensen and his family. Boy, do they look young. I swear Pres. Sorensen could be like my older brother because that guy looks like he's in his thirties. My heart goes out to this family because they're so young and all the kids are young. The kids seem to be in really good spirits despite being in a different place with a big language barrier. But anyways, we had our Sorensen Conference in Rennes on Thursday, with the Sorensens. And the parents introduced themselves to us. I noticed a huge focus was PMG. I think their focus will be to apply PMG as much as possible or in other words, to become a PMG mission. I thought it was a good message. I've noticed that 99% of my questions about anything mission-related have been answered through PMG. I also feel like reading the manual really helps us do what we're supposed to the right way. One can notice those people who don't read the manual from the ones who do.

But it is definitely a transition. I can tell right off the bat that they'll be doing things differently from the Babins. But everyone here will have to accept and support what the Sorensens do because at the end of the day, the church is still the same church and Christ is at the driver's seat.

We had our first rendezvous with Thierry, and it went quite well. He's a very open and respectable guy. He is definitely a truth-seeker and will benefit from receiving the restored gospel. We're very excited to continue teaching him.

We, or better said Elder Ho taught this guy that the Sœurs passed to us who is native of China like him, so they talked for a long time in their native language of Mandarin. The guy seemed super nice and interested from watching them discuss. But after discussing with Elder Ho afterwards he said he's way to philosophical and asks lots of hard questions. It apparently didn't get anywhere we would've liked to. Freak, it's like I'm a bleu all over again.

Hopefully this upcoming week we'll be able to find more consistent amis. This upcoming weekend is La Fête Nationale, so lots of action.

I wish you all a successful week,

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, July 3, 2017

Su Majestad Llegó

July 3rd, 2017

Bonjour,

Another week, another adventure. Another transfer gone, a new one comes. New companion, new vision, new life.

This past week was nice. Wednesday we got our new comps. I'm with Elder Ho now, a man straight outta Hong Kong. He speaks Mandarin, Cantonese & English fluently. He's such a sincere guy. He's 24 years old and a really good guy. I can tell already that we're going to have lots of fun together.

We were able to meet with Paulina & Louis again this week. Paulina is so open and cool. We gave her a BOM in her native tongue of Polish and she was so excited to start reading it. Louis is willing to talk and read, but less open to change. We hope all will go well with them.

We found a new ami named Thierry, like the soccer player. He's an older guy who met with us years ago. We knocked on his door and we had a little talk. He's a very believing Christian Frenchman.  He seems very humble and open. We're excited to go back to see him this week.

We found this other lady named Isabelle. She's a middle aged woman from the Island of La Réunion by Madagascar. She's very funny and talks a lot. She's met with us a long time ago and felt great about seeing us again after a really long time.  She's really sweet. We're probably going o to pass her to the sœurs, but we know she's got lots of potential.

Su majestad llego. The Sorensen are here. I will have the chance to meet them this Thursday in Rennes. I'm looking forward to meeting them and spending these last few months with the new couple. It'll be interesting to see if he makes any changes.

Well, that's all I got to say about the week. I hope y'all are well and prospering.

Soyez prudent.

Fraternellement,

Elder Aburto

Monday, June 26, 2017

Going Chinese

June 26th, 2017

Greetings,

A new transfer begins. Changes happen. It's always for good. We have transfer day coming up this Wednesday and Elder Marion will leave Brest to the land of promise, Brussels. I will be getting Elder Ho for my penultimate transfer, possibly my last companion. As far as I know, Elder Ho is from Hong Kong and is a convert. I don't know what President was thinking in putting a Hispanic and an Asian together here in Brest, but we're all optimistic about the future.

This past week, we met up with this dude we found on our Finding Day a week ago. His name is Bastien, he's French, young, and actually really open and believing. He accepted the Livre de Mormon happily and committed to start reading it. He really seems like a sincere guy who wants to do what's right.

We finally met with Anina again. She's a very sweet lady. We taught her with our Angolan Frère, Tino. It worked out well. We gave her the whole rétablissement lesson and gave her a BOM reading commitment, which she accepted.

I guess the theme of the week was the Book of Mormon. We had a family home evening, a few rendezvous, and sacrament meeting where a lot of the talks and thoughts were on the power of the Book of Mormon. It's easy to take it for granted, but if we take time to think about it, it's really cool. Everyone can gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon; we just have to do our part in reading it.

It's nice to hear the MTC has those new buildings. It should make all the difference for the learning environment for all of the missionaries.

Also, I did the Brest Special on Friday. The Brest Special is a mission famous truc which is a special crepe made by the Aasbo's in the branch.


For my birthday, we went to  a pasta restaurant for lunch. And the sœurs made a birthday cake. Outside of that, it was a normal day.

Well, I hope all is well, and I wish everyone a wonderful week.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, June 19, 2017

1997-2017: 20 Years in the Making

June 19th, 2017

Bonjour à tous,

Wow, what a great week that just passed. It seems like once we make it around to June that life just really helps us out and it's all ok.

This year was no exception with LeBron James losing in the Finals... again. Yet maybe almost as good is that Kevin Durant won his first NBA title. What a great story.

This week went awesome, let me show you some highlights:

We had exchanges in Quimper. The elders down there have a car, so it  was real nice. The ville itself is also a decently nice-looking one.  The thing with Brest is maybe I've mentioned before, is that in both  World Wars it got decimated, so it got rebuilt and has more of a  modern-feel to it. Quimper still has the old-fashioned, classic French  feel to it. Nice ville.

A few days ago, we contacted this young Polish chick who was really  nice and willing to meet another time. So we had our first rendezvous  with her and her boyfriend on Saturday. It went so well! Man, we just  had the best feeling walking out of that one. So she, Paulina, is a  practicing Catholic and he, Louis, is a non-practicing French guy and  after meeting us a couple days before, she had looked us up on the  internet and watched a couple of reports that BBC made about LDS  missionaries. They both asked lots of great questions and are very  open. When we explained a little of who we are and the Book of Mormon  and gave them a copy, they gladly accepted. Louis said, "Is that  really all I have to do, just read the book sincerely?" They viewed it  as something very simple. What a tender-mercy. That's the way to  celebrate a birthday, right there.

We went back to the Dominican lady's apartment to give her a Book of  Mormon in Spanish, she took the book but made it clear she was never  going to change from Catholicism. Hopefully she'll come around.

We also got a new branch president here. The senior missionary couple,  the Griffins, are leaving in a week, so they called a member in the branch, Frère Fournis to take charge. We'll be seeing lots of change in the near future with a new mission President, transfers, and the  branch. Hopefully we'll make Brest great again.   

And that's a wrap. Thank you so much for all the support and love. Life  would not be the same without you. I hope you have a good one.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Monday, June 12, 2017

Cómo no te voy a querer

June 12th, 2017

Hello everyone.

This week was very special. I had my last zone Conference and interviews with the Babins. It was very sad. To me, it'll feel like a completely different mission when we get the American guy in a couple weeks. The Babins reassured us that things will be alright and he work will move on. I gotta say, I love the way President Babin treated us. He treated us like we were all his children and he loved us all so much. He put his whole heart into his calling the past 3 years and has influenced many lives, including mine. I asked him in my interview with him how hard it was for him and he said despite all of the challenges, he didn't view it as a sacrifice on his part, but blessings from the Lord. Pretty cool.

In 2 weeks President Sorensen will come with his wife, five kids and his mother-in-law. They're pretty young and not French, so it'll probably be difficult for them to take over for the Babins. President Babin mentioned this and made us promise him that we will make the Sorensens feel welcomed and at home. I hope all will go well.

It was great to get that last interview with Sœur Babin over with. Because mama's not easy.

I got to spend a day in Lorient on an exchange. It's on the south-central part of Bretagne. It's a port and very nice. The elders apartment is right by the stade de fut where FC Lorient play.

Not a whole lot to report in terms of work this week. But this upcoming week we've got several rendezvous planned so it should be a good one.

Have a wonderful semaine, everyone.

Love,

Elder Aburto

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hispanics in Brest

June 5th, 2017

Greetings,

This week was pretty good. Besides the fact that Real Madrid won the champions league, it was a good week overall.

I got to use my Spanish quite a bit, actually. It was cool because we passed by this one family from the Dominican Republic that Marion found with his previous companion, and they don't really speak French, so we tried passing by a couple of days ago and the lady opened the door and we had a really nice chat. She's die-hard catholic, but will accept a Book of Mormon in Spanish, so we're going back this week to get that to her.

And then also, we visited Manuel and his family again and we had a nice meal. He has two kids and a niece who live with him who are still teenagers and not members. We got to talk a little bit with his son, Eduardo, and he's a really good kid. He plays soccer and likes Barcelona, so we're already on good terms.

Manuel also gave us a referral. He gave us this number of another Peruvian family who's also less-active and we gave them a call and they sounded so happy to hear from us. We fixed a rendezvous for this week. The thing with Manuel and the Peruvian family is that they believe in the gospel, it's just hard for them to integrate themselves in the branch when they don't speak the language very well or don't feel like they fit in with the French people. I love being able to work with them myself because I feel more at home in France when I see other Hispanics.

We did some porting a couple days ago, and this middle-aged dude looked happy to see us, he let us in to talk a little bit. He was a little drunk and high, but seemed more-or-less religious. Haha, we'll see where that goes.

I don't think I've mentioned this, but this transfer is only five weeks. It's President Babin's last transfer, and then next transfer with President Sorensen will be seven weeks. So we'll be seeing a lot of change real soon.

Proverbs 23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."

Remember who you are.

Love,

Elder Aburto



No More Cloudy Days

May 29th, 2017

Salut!

Just another email to let you know I'm still alive. Life is still great here in Bretagne. The weather has been very unpredictable lately with each day bringing a blazing hot sun, or a downpour of rain. And when it rains, it pours! Hopefully the sun comes to stay this summer.

This week frankly flew by really fast. I think one big part of it was that we took P-day on Tuesday and we spent most of our day Saturday traveling. Regardless, we had some nice things happen nonetheless, like...

We got to see our new ami, Anina, again and go further into the Livre de Mormon. We invited her to come to church and she came! She was only able to stay for sacrament meeting but she loved it and said she wants to come back next week.

We got back in touch with Jeremie and finally had a rendezvous with him. After a little while of not seeing him, we decided to read a passage in the scriptures with him. It went well. He was able to reflect and look inward and really see what he needs to change to improve his life. He seems more sincere and hope he will make those steps to grow and gain a testimony.

We had a great second lesson with Oriane. We went over part of the Plan of Salvation and she loved it. She asked great questions and wants to keep learning more. We passed her to the Sœurs, so we're not going to be teaching her anymore. She's got some nice potential...

We also finally got in contact with a part-member family from Perú. The dad is a member and less-active and most of his kids aren't members. We got in the door and we were able to get to know him a little bit. His name's Manuel. He seems like a really serious guy, but he has a good sense of humor. He invited us over to go eat Peruvian food this week. It should be a good time.

Well, that's all, folks. Thanks so much for all the love and support and for living good lives. It was Mother's Day in France yesterday, so Happy French Mothers Day!!

Je t'aime,

Elder Aburto

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hope is Not Imaginary, it is Real

 May 23rd, 2017

Salut, tout le monde!

I'm writing this on Tuesday because we had Andersen Conference yesterday. It was a weekend never to forget as a part of the France Paris Mission as we had the chalkboard jam-packed of events. To start, we had the privilege to watch the cultural celebration on Saturday Night where one thousand youth joined together in unity to perform a series of musical numbers in gratitude of their temple.

Then Sunday rolled around, and it finally happened. After years and years of wait the a Frenchies finally got what they've been wanting for so long; AS Monaco took the throne from Paris Saint-Germain  as new champions of the French Ligue 1 2016-17. Haha. I know, that wasn't what I was supposed to say.

The Paris France Temple officially became a temple, the house of God. In three sessions, President Eyring offered a very inspiring dedicatory prayer, which makes it official; Le Temple est là!

Which brings us to Monday, the day of Andersen Conference. It was great to have him there, partially because he served in France as a young missionary and as a mission president, so he understands us very well. He said a lot of good things which resonated in me. He said simply but boldly, "There are people here who are ready to hear the gospel."

He also talked about immigrants and young people, reporting that most of our baptisms are people that fall into those categories. As of such, we should focus our efforts on them. He also assured us that with the temple, the church is showing everyone that it's here to stay. It's not going to leave France. It's here until the Savior comes.

I love everything that was said and hope that the new temple will make a difference. The City of Light finally has what it needed, Heavenly Light. This place will never be the same. It's time for France.

This upcoming week should be a juicy one with lots of rendezvous scheduled.

And there you have it, another transfer gone, a dedicated temple, and some. The Babins finish in 5 weeks and I'm sitting on just a little over 4 months. Me and my comp will do another 5 weeks together. We feel great about this next little while we have together and hope to see progress.

Remember how much you're loved.

À la prochaine,

Elder Aburto

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Clouds and Rainfall and a Little Sun

May 16th, 2017

Salut,

How goes it tout le monde? It's going great over here. We've seen lots of clouds and rain lately. The weather is here, I wish you were beautiful...

Before I'd known it, I'm now done with all my Skype calls for the rest of my mission after the one on Sunday, which is crazy to think about. As always I had an amazing Mother's Day. We spent a large part of the day at the Griffins eating dinner and doing Skype calls. It was a well spent day.

I don't have a whole lot to say this week, besides:

We were walking down the street one day, and we see this African lady carrying heavy grocery bags and we decided to go help her out and we had a nice discussion on the way to her apartment and she let us in. She's African, from Burundi, and is really sweet.  We had a nice little talk and we felt good about her, so hopefully we can see some good with her.

We had an awesome Finding day in Concarneau, just south of Quimper with the whole district. It's a nice little touristy town on the coast. We ran into a few English-speakers, and tons of old, retired people. It seems like most people there were pretty wealthy.

We ported into this one house and this really nice pregnant lady answered the door. We had a nice discussion and she accepted a return appointment for later this week.

We also got some other rendezvous fixed with some people we met on the street for this upcoming week, so we'll see what happens...

Keep France in your thoughts as the temple will finally be dedicated this Sunday. Now all of those African members without papers can go to that temple to do ordinances. Count your blessings.

Much love,

Elder Aburto

Saturday, May 13, 2017

From the Mission Facebook Page

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May 10th, 2017



May 7th, 2017 Rennes Zone Conference- Mission's song


April 24, 2017 - France Paris Temple Open House







Monday, May 8, 2017

Rennes

May 8th, 2017

Bonjour à tous,

It's great to write again after last Monday. It was once again another great week in the mission field.

This week we had wonderful exchanges in Rennes wth Elders Dame and Conley. It's always so nice to go around and get to know new villes in France. Rennes is really nice and we were able to get good things done while there. 

We had Zone Conference and Interviews in Rennes this week as well. President hit it out of the park again. He spoke about consecration and how we can do more even when we think we can't give more. Looking inside ourselves, we can all see where we can give more. This transfer is special because the last day of the transfer is the dedication of the temple, and for such we in turn will consecrate ourselves as a thanks to Heavenly Father for the temple. 

Interviews were great as usual with President especially. I told him it's going to be hard to see them leave, but he reassured that having an American Mission president will be very beneficial in many ways. Sœur Babin just told me how much she expects of me and that I need to do better. Man, she's just impossible to please...

But honestly, it's been so great to have them. 

We had a great lesson with our amis, Leslie and Alan. We weren't able to see them for a while because they were sick, but now they're feeling better and we went over the Restoration through Joseph Smith. They came to stake conference yesterday and enjoyed it. They're doing really well.

Election Day was yesterday as well, and as it turns out, Macron won. It looks good for the future of France and I hope he'll do a good job.

I'm so glad Mami did so well in her talk in BYU Women's Conference. I know you're going to do great things and touch the hearts of a lot of people. Out here I'm just in contact with the people in my area. But you'll be able to help more than just the people in the ward, but the whole earth.

Today we just found out that Elder Neil L. Andersen and Paul V. Johnson are coming to speak to us on the 22 of May. I'll tell y'all how it goes.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7 “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

Have a blessed week.

Avec amour,

Elder Aburto 

Monday, May 1, 2017

C'est déjà Mai?

May 1st, 2017

What a week. I probably forgot most everything, but I'll try my best to present the highlights:

One morning we were just walking through centre-ville, when we stopped a nice young French couple. They were super nice but insisted they'd already met missionaries before and didn't want to be intruding in our lives. We were more insisting on meeting with them and sharing our beliefs. They're both atheist, but they gladly accepted. Fun note, their names are Michael and Mihaela. Like weird, huh? We went over chez-eux and had a great lesson about the Savior and his importance in our lives. They were both intrigued and ended wanting more. They also fed us some nice crêpes.

We had a nice rendezvous with our ami, Mineurika from Guadalupe. She's awesome. We had a lesson about prophets and authority and she understood it really well. She has a lot of faith already and wants what's best for her. She's just the best.

Last night we were able to meet with a nice Malagasy couple and they fed us a lot of food. We had chicken and some beef which tasted like barbacoa. It was really good. We also taught them about prophets. It went pretty well. They're situation is a little weird because the husband is Muslim and the wife is Christian, but they are both pretty sincere and they like meeting with us.

My comp and I are getting along great. He's obedient and diligent and does the right thing. He's been out for like 10 months and his French is pretty decent.

And also, there's a dude in the branch here who's cousins with Alex Song. Like the guy who played for Barcelona. Nuts.

Well, that's that. 

Soyez prudents.

Love,

Elder Aburto