Thursday, August 14, 2014

Miracles and Meat

Salut tout le monde!!!

This past week was unreal. It felt like my whole lifetime and like a
blink of an eye. We are giddy on exhaustion and gratitude and laughter
and joy.

Tidbit first this week. We had a 2 hour break between auto ecole
sessions. So we went to see our senior couple leaders and ended up
eating with them. Then we come back to our car to get some study
materials. We get in and casually go, "huh, why does our car smell so
weird?" "hahah maybe they cooked the fish in our car...." "hahah I
know, maybe we left some food in it....hahahahaha". And then
immediately that slight joke suddenly seemed very possible. So I go to
the back of our car and open the trunk. And look in this towel in the
back of our car. Well, more like glance at the towel as my eyes and
Deer Haunch
nose burn with the most noxious toxic fume coming from it. And what do
you know, what is the source of the smell? A ROTTEN DEER HAUNCH.
Unreal. There is a rotten deer leg in the back of our car. In the
middle of the city. One of our amis had given it to us frozen 2 days
before and we'd been so fully booked that day that we had forgotten to
drop it off at our house. Hahaha forgive us if it sounds like we have
no sense of cleanliness, we really do, this was an exceptionnnnn.
Hhahahaha a really funny smelly exception. Let's just say we drove
with the windows down for a few days.

Miracle time! The other day we did some porte-a-porte and talked to a
man. He was very nice and said we could repass. Then the next day we
saw him outside of auto-ecole! God places people in our paths for a
reason! No such thing as coincidences.

The same night, we met another man. He's here on vacation from Tahiti.
Well after a few minutes of talking, we invited him to come to church
and see how he feels among the members and in the chapel. And he
accepted! He woke up at 5:30 to get ready for church and waited for
his ride (which then didn't show up, so he couldn't end up coming).
But he was ready and waiting! How incredible and humbling it is to
have found someone so ready and willing to hear our message and to
COME TO CHURCH! We've since had a great lesson with him and hope he'll
be able to make it this week.

Fun fact. One of our members used to live in Tahiti greeting American
tourists as a living and diving for octopus for fun. He used to have
hair down to his waist. These are real people. They are beyond cool.
It's still unreal to me that I am blessed enough to spend time with
and know these people. (not to mention to see their incredible
testimonies of the gospel, of course)

Another little miracle. We went running along the street to mix it up
one morning. And despite it being 6:30 in the morning, we ran past a
group of very drunk men at the bus station. I was a little nervous
having to run past them again on the way home. I sent a little
thought/prayer up to heaven clueing my Heavenly Father in on my worry.
And 30 seconds before we run back by them on the way home a truck full
of the French police, the Gendarmerie, pulls of and starts rounding up
all of the men. God watches out for us. Always.

Tried a new island dish last night. Beyond delicious. Island bananas
wrapped in ham, covered in egg/cheese sauch and baked. Sounds weird.
Tastes like a dream.

Me and Soeur Pulsipher have had the most wonderful talks about the
gospel together. We get really deep in our studies. Beyond the basic
principles that we share every day, to the deeper questions and
complexities that the gospel answers too. How incredible it is to talk
about these questions of the soul and to pore over the scriptures for
answers and to FIND THEM. There is nothing like that enlightened
feeling of finding the answer to a question in the scriptures, or
through someone else, or through personal revelation. The gospel is

Love you all as much as ever and more,
Soeur Evans

Alma 26:3

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