I need to just say one thing...I LOVE LIEGE. I feel so honored to be serving here! The branch is really stepping up to the plate right now and we are already seeing a huge difference in missionary work. I just can't believe how blessed I am to be a part of it!
Today I want to talk a little bit about setting goals. When Soeur Walker and I planned for this transfer we decided that we wanted to make it our "Transfer of Excellence," meaning that we wanted to reach each standard of excellence at least once during the transfer. One of the hardest ones is teaching 8 lessons with a member there. I don't know if Soeur Walker or I have ever done that on our mission. It's so much easier to just teach our amis by ourselves. It's complicated with scheduling and transportation, and even just FINDING a member to come with...we were looking through our planned lessons and we figured maybe 4 or 5 of them could be member present lessons...then soeur walker said, "let's just put 8." So we decided that we'd just do our best and the God would help us the rest of the way... and He did, in ways I wasn't even expecting.
The point is that had an unexpected member present lesson! I was feeling pretty amazed at this point as we caught the bus to go visit Katie. Usually her lessons are just her and us, but when we got there, her fiancée Alexsandre immediately came in and sat down, ready to listen to us. I had my violin there and so they invited the kids to come join as well. They were all cuddled together on the couch, like they were been filmed for a mormon ad...I couldn't help but think, wow, what a beautiful future family. (They are literally beautiful btw, Alexsandre is a movie director and Katie should be a model if she isn't already). We talked about how the gospel blesses families, the spirit was incredible... this is what it is all about...FAMILY and how it can last forever.
This is just a glimpse into how the week went...we were able to get our 8 member present lessons! The numbers don't matter at all, but I really learned a powerful lesson on faith and having vision.
So yes, this week I turned the ripe old age of 23. And I think I had like 23 birthday parties! No, I'm just kidding, but I had at least four:)I'll be sending pictures from some of them:)