Monday, June 27, 2016

Soccer Took Over France - Weeks 54 and 55

Now I don't know how current you are with your world events but here in France, the second biggest soccer tournament is going on. Now in case you didn't know, Europeans really like their soccer and go crazy when it happens. For this whole month, there have been people walking around everywhere wearing their country’s gear, especially on game days. I'm in a small town but there are still TV’s showing the games all the time in the middle of the city. Apparently it’s just crazy in the bigger cities and it’s been affecting the missionaries there. 

We were out contacting yesterday and we soon learned France was playing their soccer game at that moment and it was basically useless for us to be outside since everyone was watching the game. We ended up just going back home for a bit and then going out later with all the Frenchies out waving their flags and honking their horns. Looks like they must have won. At least they were all in a good mood at that point. 

Apparently back in like 1989 or something, the president of France made a law that on June 21st every year, every city has to put on a music festival that’s free to everyone to celebrate the beginning of summer and all that good stuff. Obviously we took advantage of this and walked around for a bit with all the stages were set up with different bands and people singing around town. It was great for us since there were so many people out to talk to but it is always entertaining to listen to French people sing American songs with their French accents. I don’t know if that will ever get old. 

Wednesdays we have this group of kids that we like to play soccer with and talk about Jesus when we can of course. But this week, we showed up and there happened to be 4 black guys and 4 white guys and so one of the black guys yelled out, "Whites versus Blacks for teams." I thought it was a pretty fun idea so we decided to roll with it. Since I don’t really play soccer and we had an English guy and 2 French guys on my team, I decided just to sit in the goal and let them do what they do. Well after playing for about an hour, the other team actually left because we were beating them so badly. Thanks to my goalkeeping of course.

On Thursday we were able to go on an exchange with the guys down in Aix for the day. I went down with one of the guys and we taught a few of their investigators and we walked around the city for a little while too. I have to say, the Cathedral in Aix is one of the coolest I've seen but the city in general is pretty cool. On our way back from Aix the next day, we had to take a train for 3 hours to get back up to Gap. Everything was going great but midway through the ride, the AC decided to break down which left us sitting in a train where it was steadily getting more and more humid. Honestly probably one of the top 10 hottest experiences in my life. Yeah it was pretty rough. I never thought 85 degree weather would feel good when we got off the train.

On Saturday this last week, we taught one of our investigators who lives up in the hills in Gap and the bus that goes up there doesn’t usually happen too often so sometimes we just walk it there and back. Well after having a great lesson with him he told us that the Book of Mormon just makes sense and he thinks it’s better than the Bible because he said he had an experience where he saw a light in his bedroom years ago just like Joseph Smith and so this all makes sense to him. Let’s hope the best for him. On the way back, we had to walk through this wooded area and on the side of the road, we saw this old school America Cadillac so of course we went to go look at it. Well turns out there was an entire car show going on including at least 8 Ferraris and a handful of other super cars and a bunch of old school cars. I guess the blessings of missionary work - seeing a bunch of really cool cars in the mountains of a small city. 

(Side note for you guys, our investigator, he’s like 70ish years old, said he has had visions and midway through talking, he said he saw the assassination of President Kennedy and his killer but he couldn’t tell us that. Ha ha, the people you meet while on a mission.)

That about wraps up this last week. Thanks for all you guys do. Love you all!

Blake












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