Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 43 - August 3 - Charleroi, Belgium

Month 11


Hey Fam,

This week has been pretty good!
The first Pday we had on Monday was pretty chill. There is like absolutely nothing to do here in Charleroi so we just kind of hung out in the apartment and watched the 2011 and 2012 general  conference's. On Tuesday we found a couple! First investigator of the white wash! Their names are Anatazi and Valeri. They are super solid. We taught them the restoration and they loved it. The  appointment lasted an hour and a half. and they told us to come over the following day to teach them again more stuff about it. 

Wednesday we taught Anatazi and Valeri again about  the Book of Mormon and watched a little bit of the restoration video and it went well. She said she wants to be baptised and she said she couldn't wait to go to church on Sunday. But she actually didn't end up coming... still pretty golden investigators though! After that we taught this super cool recent  convert named Tibault. We taught about trials and  why we are here on earth. 

On Thursday I went on an exchange with Elder Quist. it was a pretty good exchange. we taught a few  lessons and found a family that wanted us to give them and their kids English lessons. We told them  that we weren't permitted to do classes anymore but that we could come over, share our message and help them out a little bit with English. The mom was pretty pumped. 

Friday we passed by this super old members house  and he was there with his 19 year old grand  daughter. We shared with them a little bit of the restoration and told them how we know the church is true. The grand daughter liked it a lot so we set up another appointment to teach her again the following week. It was a miracle. After that we went over to a  Madagascar family in the ward and they fed us like 4,000 pounds of food. They were so nice and really  loved the missionaries over. The members here in  Belgium are all like that. 

Saturday we helped a guy move out of Charleroi to a safer place to raise his family in another part of  Belgium. He had a ton of stuff so we were there for like 6 hours. It was cool though, we were able to become pretty good friends with a dude in the ward that was helping him also. 

Sunday was so sick. The ward is by far the best ward I have served in. All the meetings and the lessons were so good and almost all the appointments with members we have this week were the members coming up to us to set the appointments! This city is super dumpy but the ward is sweet. These last 3 transfers have been flying by and I am learning so much. I thank God and my  family for giving me this opportunity to serve and to help me become the man I want to be. Love you guys!

love, Elder Carson

 Dinner with the District!


 The streets of Charleroi.







Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 42 - July 27 - Charleroi Belgium

My week in Belgium!!

This week has been super nuts man. I met my new companion and he is a Super nice guy.  We got white washed which means basically we have 0 investigators and 0 knowledge of the huge area that we are in. We walked like probably 25 miles already to find places.. maybe more. But it is a pretty good experience. The 40 members in the ward were so pumped that we were there on Sunday. In the sacrament meeting we went up to give our testimonies and introduce ourselves to everyone and when it was my turn to go up I just felt like this love for the ward and starting crying, telling them that I loved them and wanted to serve them and that I would do everything I could do to strengthen and grow the ward. The next two speakers after that talked about how grateful they are that they finally have good missionaries in the ward, and all the members came up to me after and told me how grateful they were for my testimony and that they would do all that they could to help us the missionaries out in our work. It was probably the most boss thing I have done on my mission haha.

The city that I am in right now is a strait up dump man.. ha like maybe the most ghetto places I have ever seen. But the food is amazing and the people are nice. I will send you pictures of what things they eat here. and also that boss guy Patrick is in the other Charleroi ward sadly... He is so cool though. He picked us up with all of our bags at the Train station and brought us to our apartment. He apparently takes us places on P-day.
Love you!


Love Elder Carson
This thing that I am eating is called a Meetriette (Machine gun) it is a giant baguette filled with a ton of meat, fries, veggies, and like a gallon of their special sauce. It was amazing. That will probably the last one I will ever eat though.. I was so full and I don't want to get fat in Belgium like I heard every other missionary that comes here does.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 41 - July 20 - Transfer week to Belgium

                   Hey Fam,

This week was pretty nuts! Monday we went and played the worst sport in the world (soccer) and my comp got pretty hurt in the shin and he thinks a ligament is torn or something so that sucks but he is still grindin' so that is good. If I had to sit in the apartment all day for like three days like I had to when my second comp was sick I would go nuts. Hopefully everything will be fine.


Thursday we got to teach this crazy African women named Terreza. She was like the nicest gentle person I have ever met, but when she started talking about Jesus she was like literally yelling her testimony, it was kind of hard not to laugh but I kept it in. After that we taught a young 12 year old boy named Jenisse who is the son of a less active guy in our ward and it was a super cool experience. We
taught him the plan of salvation and he was super interested in it. He said he really wants to know if it is true and wants to feel the spirit. super cool kid.


Friday we went to a huge family's house in the ward and it went super well. One of their kids is less active and their family just hates each other. We talked about the Book of Mormon and what it can do for them if they read it every day as a family. We asked all of them to share their testimonies of the Book of Mormon and not a single one of the kids had a testimony. We were able to share our testimonies of the Book of Mormon and how it changed our lives. I was tearing up pretty bad and the dad was crying. Super cool experience. I really hope we helped that family out a lot.


Saturday we taught our most solid investigator Kevin. We taught him about baptism again and asked him if he received an answer that the Book of Mormon is true and he said yes. He said when he prayed one night before bed and was impressed to look in the Book of Mormon. It was a scripture that really touched him and answered his prayer. We set a baptismal date for the 8th of August, and he is pretty excited.  Also that day we got the news of who is going where for transfer day and I am going to a place in Belgium called Charleroi! My new comp will be Elder Shenkal and we will be white washing the city also, so it will be interesting.. I also heard that it is the most ghetto scary city in the mission so I might not make it back alive.. jk mom.


love you guys!


love, Elder Carson





Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 40 - July 13 - Nantes

                Bon Jour Famille

What's up guys!  This week was pretty sweet!  On Monday we played some basketball with one of our African investigators,Terrance and the other Nantes Elders. It was a while since the last time I played some B-ball. After that I bought a sick french suit for 130 bucks so that people wouldn't laugh at my giant
American suit anymore..

Wednesday we went to one of the members houses that has been going through a divorce and we shared with him the video "The Refiner's fire" and told him that God gives us these tribulations and difficulties because he wants us to progress and learn. I have learned on my mission that one of the main purposes of this life is to learn. And one of the ways we learn is having hard times and tribulations in life. God really does love us and he wants us to become like him one day. But in order to become this perfect, all knowing God, we must obtain all the wisdom and knowledge that we can to have a head start going into the next life. This principle that I have learned on my mission has given me the desire to learn and experience as much as I can.

Thursday we taught a new investigator named Anderson and his story is nuts. He is from Cameroon and he doesn't have a family. He said that he was a slave in Egypt for like 8 years. In order to get here he said he crossed a desert for 2 weeks without any food or water and almost died. He also never went to school so he doesn't know how to read and write. The first appointment we had with him we just watched the restoration video on the Ipad and he really liked it. Without the Ipad he wouldn't have had been able to understand what we were trying to explain because he doesn't understand well. This guy is super cool though. He told us that he just wants a peaceful life and he wants to be a good man, but he just doesn't know how. We then bore our testimonies of how the gospel has brought so much joy to our lives and how it has made us the good men that we are today. He is super excited to learn more of the gospel and Jesus Christ.
Also that day we had another super important appointment that night that I was super nervous for because it was a members boy friend that believed in god that wanted us to answer some of his questions about Joseph Smith. I prepared spiritually as much as I could the week before to be able to have the spirit there with us as we spoke and it was one of the most spiritual lessons I have given on my mission.  Everything was so smooth. Every question he asked we answered perfectly and the french that I was speaking was the best I have spoken on my mission. It really was the spirit that was teaching the lesson through us.

Saturday was super sweet. We first taught this Muslim guy named Ishmael from Russia who spoke English. It went super well. We taught him the plan of salvation and he was super open and potentially the nicest person I have ever met in my life. I really had a different view of Muslims from that day on, because before I met him I really just did not like Muslims and their culture at all. I thought they
were all just mean, bitter and don't actually live the principles that they teach in their religion but there really are some good Muslim people.
Later that day we found a gold mine. While we were knocking doors one day, we found this giant African food store with millions of Africans talking outside of it, so we went in for like 2 hours and talked to some Africans about god. It was probably the highlight of my mission. We are just going to go over there now every day to teach Africans and get recipes for African food. One of them invited us over to make these African dress things called Boo Boos for us and eat some famous food from Africa called foo foo next week. Super pumped.

One last cool thing that happened that week is that on Sunday we went over to this guys house and taught him and his wife the restoration and they are super interested. We showed them part of the restoration video and brought our money African member to come with us and teach.  It went super well and I think they have a ton of potential.


Our boy David still has his baptismal date and is really starting to grow a testimony of the church.

Love you guys!


love, Elder Carson


 Me and Elder McBride at the Beach.




My District at District meeting.



 Playin ball with the Elder's and our Investigator!



 Elder McBride and I playing Ball.

 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 39 - July 6 - Nantes

Fam!

This week was pretty good.

Monday we set two baptismal dates and taught a sick african family with a member. The first baptismal date we set was for a guy named walter. He comes from central africa and he speaks fluent English. He
understands super well and keeps all of the commitments we give him. He calls us like every day to see how we are doing and sets appointments with us. He is definitely goin' in the water.

The second one is a dude from Nigeria named David. He is a super cool dude. We had to explain every principle we taught him out of the Bible, but he believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that we are the only church on the earth with the priesthood of god. The only problem is that he can only speak english so church is hard for him.
We had to translate for him the whole time and I don't think he had the most spiritual experience. He said that church was pretty good though so we'll see.

The other appointment we had that night was super sick. We met this one guy on the tram a while back called Moise and said that he wanted us to come by his house some time. So we took this sweet African
member with us to his house and when we got there he had 4 kids, a wife and a friend over. We taught the Book of Mormon and it went super well. He still has a lot of questions but they have a lot of
potential.

Tuesday we went to zone conference and it was pretty sweet. We had a training on the Ipads and then we got Ipads at the end of the meeting. Originally we were supposed to get individual ipads but I guess someone stole one hundred Ipads from the mission office the day before the conference so now each companionship shares one Ipad. They just
ordered some more so that we can have one for each missionary but Ivthink it will take a while. The Ipads have been so nice. We have been showing super good Mormon Messages to everyone. It has been working super well. We have had some muslims and catholics that were super closed before we showed the video, but after the video they are open with us and we end up having a really good conversation and get to bare our testimonies. Usually we show the video "Because of him". I'ts so good. God is so smart.

Friday we got to help a non member move. She had so much stuff and we were there like almost all day. She was so thankful and super nice. We didn't get to share with her anything, but I hope we will get to
another time. We are going to try and knock on her door one day to see if we can share a message with her.

That is about all that happened this week! love you guys! I will send pics.


love, Elder Carson


 The Beach with Elder McBride!
 

                            Our new Ipads!



Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 38 - June 29 - Nantes

  "Nantes!"


 This week was pretty good. Last Monday we went to a super cool beach called "Le Baule" about an hour train ride from Nantes. There was like no one there. Just some old people and a ton of condos. We hung out there, ate some crepes, and walked like the whole beach. Sounds pretty gay but it was pretty fun. haha

This week we set two baptismal dates with a guy named Jhislain and a guy named David. Jhislain is a pretty cool African. He is a super smart guy working as a nurse in the hospital of Nantes. We taught him the Restoration and he liked it a lot so we set the baptismal date the first appointment. It was pretty cool. David is a Nigerian that only speaks English and he loves the bible. He told us that if it is in the bible he will believe us. So we brought with us a Nigerian member in our ward who served in Nigeria and knows the bible like the back of his hand to come and prove the things we said in the bible and it went super well. He came to church the following Sunday and he said it was pretty good. We are teaching the Book of Mormon to him tonight and the Nigerian member said that it is the hardest lesson teach to Nigerians, so we will see how that goes.


Our recent convert Laure is doing super well. We had her teach to us the whole plan of salvation and she did super well. She backed up each principle with a scripture from the Book of Mormon and explained everything perfectly, and at the end she bore her testimony of the Book of Mormon and the plan of salvation. Sick appointment.


Our blind less active Pedro from Congo, Africa is doing pretty well also. We decided to center our lessons more towards his 14 year old kid named Joao. He is a stud. He helps his dad do everything because he is blind. he makes every meal for him, cleans the house, and goes with him everywhere he wants to go holding his arm directing him so he doesn't have to use a blind cane. We taught about having good friends and reading the scriptures every day to help us make good choices. He shared an experience with us about his friends making wrong choices and how hard it is to make good choices around them. But he bore his testimony about the happiness he has when he obeys the commandments. We bought him some really nice scriptures with a leather scripture case with our testimonies inside and a picture of me, Elder McBride and Joao. I think he will like it a lot.

This week I also started this thing called "purification of the soul". It is basically a 40 day fast from all the things that could be even remotely hindering the spirit for 40 days, and he gives the promise that if you do the 40 days you will not have the envy of doing it any more. he says to start the 40 day fast, you fast from food and water for 24 hours to know what you should write in a list of things that could be hindering you from the spirit and to give you strength to accomplish the fast. So I am starting that today. I'll keep you guys updated on how it goes. 


love you guys! thanks for all the support!

love, Elder Carson



(A letter written by a Stake President to his children in the Mission Field. This talk is also known as the “40-Day Missionary Fast talk. Take it as you wish.)

One day, a member informed us that he had an investigator that was ready to be taught and he volunteered to attend the first discussion. The discussion went along as usual. At the conclusion my companion and I bore witness of Joseph Smith and then turned to our friend. He paused for a moment, looked at the young lady and said, “I know that Joseph Smith was and is a Prophet of God.” The room was filled with an extraterrestrial force. The investigator started to cry.
As we walked home, I was baffled. That man said the exact same words that we had said, but the result was dramatically different. When he spoke, he had an influence that we did not have. There was no question that the influence was the Holy Ghost, but this man seemed to have it in a different way. There was still something to be learned. I had to find out what the secret was, so I returned to the scriptures. It seemed like we were so close to being effective and yet we just could not make it happen.

A Challenge to Purify

After several weeks of searching and praying, we attended a meeting and heard a well known Church leader. He spoke about the scriptures as a source of strength and about the process of spiritual influence. His words caused a burning in my soul. When he finished his address, I intentionally lingered behind. When I was finally alone with this man, I asked him for a few moments of his time. I explained my desire to be effective. I told him about the lesson I had learned. I told him that something was still missing. Finally, I asked him if he could tell me what it was.
He looked into my eyes and said nothing. Nearly a minute went by and I began to feel very uncomfortable. Finally he spoke. He said, “Elder, when those pretty young ladies pass you on the street, what do you think about?” Before I could answer, he asked, “Do you ever speak sarcastically to your junior companion?” “Do you get up at the designated time every morning?” “Do you keep every mission rule?”
His list of questions grew longer. Finally he said, “These are the things that keep the Holy Ghost from being your companion. If you want the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, then you must purify yourself. I will tell you how to do it. Go home and fast for a day. In the attitude of fasting and prayer, make a list of every behavior that pokes at your spirit. Once you have made your list, then go to the Lord. Covenant with the Lord that you will fast from the things on that list for 40 days. In other words, for 40 days, you will do nothing that appears on that list.
“You cannot just stop the old behavior and start the new ones. You need the help of the Lord. So each morning, go to the Lord and specifically promise Him that you will start each item on the list. Ask for His help so you can have extra strength and then, at night, go over your list with the Lord. If you failed on some items, figure out why. Tell the Lord. Ask for more strength the next day. Go through the process for 40 days. If you do, you will find that your most basic desires will change. Your spirit will flourish and the Holy Ghost will become your constant companion. You will become an effective tool in the hands of the Lord.”

The Process of Purification

We went home determined to make the concept work. We began to fast and we began to make a list. It proved much harder than we assumed it would be. I would pray and then I would feel impressed to write down some item. Then, arguing that there was nothing wrong with the particular thing, I would fight the impression. For example, I felt impressed to put golf on the list. My response was, “There is nothing wrong with golf. We only play on preparation day.” I ignored the fact that on the other six days, my mind continually dwelt upon how to play better. I wrestled with the Spirit and then finally wrote golf on the list. It is interesting that from the moment I wrote it on the list, I experienced the most intense desire to play golf. Everywhere I turned, there was some reminder, some temptation to break the commitment. So it was with each item on the list. Each day, I had to fight all my natural inclinations and turn to the Lord for the help necessary to overcome myself. Sometime between the 30th and 40th day, I suddenly realized that my desire for the things on the list had disappeared. It was as if a great anchor had been cut from me.

The Process of Surrender

The last morning, my companion and I knelt in prayer and then started out the door. I was impressed to go back and again pray. With unusual confidence, I addressed the Lord, “Father, these are thy children. We are now doing everything within our power to live the gospel. We turn the burden over to Thee. Please carry us the rest of the way.”

The Gifts of the Spirit

We went to our first appointment. Halfway through the discussion, our investigator began to make an excuse that he could not be baptized, because he did not believe that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. I interrupted him. “That is untrue. You do know that Joseph Smith is a Prophet. Your real fear is that your mother will disapprove if you join the Church. In the name of Jesus Christ, I promise you that your entire family will embrace the Gospel because of your courageous example. The Lord wants you to be baptized now and it is necessary that you comply.” I never before had done anything like that. In fact, I knew nothing about his mother. He had hardly mentioned her. While I could hardly believe what I had said, a familiar spirit filled the room. This brother began to weep. He committed to be baptized the following Saturday.
The experience repeated itself. At our very next meeting with each investigator, there was a celestial manifestation and everyone one of them was committed to baptism. In an eight-week period, sixteen people were baptized. It was an unusual number for our mission. While the number of baptisms was large, the truly impressive thing was the change in my companion and I. We were different people. Our most basic desires and motives had been altered. Credit and recognition were no longer of any consequence. For the first time in our lives, the things of God were more important than the “things of this world and honors of men.”
Our sensitivity deepened. We noticed how often we would cry. Several times a day we would be brought to tears by a prayer, a talk, a discussion, a scripture, or almost anything would deeply touch us. Our concern was continually focused upon others. For the first time, we could understand Nephi’s claim, “For I pray continually for them by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night” because of them. We could understand the statement because for the first time, we could understand Nephi’s motives.
The Holy Ghost became our constant companion because our motives had changed, because we had an eye single to the glory of God, the Lord could trust us and we experienced the power of the Priesthood and became effective tools in his hands.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 37 - June 22 - Nantes

He just wrote a personal letter this week.

Mom and dad,
Hey I don't have a ton of time because we just got back from the beach. It was super cool.
The beach that we went to was so rich. There was like these crazy super sweet cars there and super nice houses right next to the beach. There was like no one there either. It was super calm with like only old people.

The mission is so great. I can't believe how much it has changed my life already. Its been hard but I have learned so much. In every ward I go in I work with and bear my testimony of the mission and the gospel with the young men in the ward because I know how much it can help them.
The other day I thought about what kind of person I was before the mission and how far I have come, and I have come so far man. it is nuts. Thank you for raising me up in the gospel and encouraging me to go on a mission. Love you guys!
love, Jax

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Week 36 - June 15 - Nantes

What's up Fam.....


This week was a good one and a gay one! I will explain.
The beginning of the week was super good. We found a lot of new investigators and taught a lot of people. We found this guy from Nigeria named Kelly that said he left Nigeria because he was wanted there. He loves God and wants to know more about us because he was looking for a church to go to. That is how every African thinks here. They don't actually believe that there is one true church. They just go to the one they like the most.

I might as well have served my mission in Africa. There are so many here and I have come to love them so much. I have been trying to learn one of the languages that they use in Kinshasa Congo called Lin gala. They love it if you can speak Lin gala.

We also found a brotha named Moses and his family of 5 this week. We taught him and his wife the restoration, and they thought it was cool. I think that they have a lot of potential.

We also taught our most solid Chinese investigator Song this week. He was originally atheist, but he actually believes in God now and in the church. He told us the other day when he was about to go into an interview he was super nervous so he said a prayer and right after the prayer he said that he felt peace come over him and the interview went super well. He still said that the baptism might take time, but he is progressing super well. Sorry Chase Taylor for stealing your investigator!
The end of the week was pretty slow.. There was a gay pride day thing and everywhere we went guys were making out with guys and the women were making out with women. It was literally all over Nantes..  Right after they had their parade thing, so many people were yelling at us and hatin' on us. It brought a really bad spirit to Nantes I think because after that day, we didn't find any new investigators and it seemed like absolutely no one wanted to listen to us.
Other than that, it was a pretty good week. 
 
 Je vous aime tous! Passez un bon semaine!!
(I love you all! Have a great week!!)

love, Elder Carson




I love you all! Have a great week

Week 35 - June 8 - Nantes

Pictures and No email.... Hmmm I'll take it..


Hey guys,

 I am not going to do emails this week because one of the members in the ward is going to take us to the beach to play some beach volleyball. I will get some good pics!  

Last week was super cool though. One of the members took us to a place in our area like 2 hours away by car right next to the ocean. It was so cool. We visited some less actives down there and we did some contacting on the beach. I will send you some pics.

love you guys!

love, Jax




 Road trip to find less actives by the beach



 Another city we visited by the ocean to go door to door. there was a sick old castle there also.





 The district in Nantes.




Monday, June 1, 2015

Week 34 - June 1 - Nantes

Good Week!

Monday: Today we went to this giant mall about 45 minutes away from our apartment and just hung out there for a while, then after that we played some baseball. Elder Davis in my last apartment gave two gloves and a baseball before he left home. That was pretty fun, I haven't thrown a baseball forever. After that we went to a members house to give them a little spiritual thought. The members here in France will only let you come over if you just give a spiritual thought. We taught about charity and told them to pray in the morning and ask god to give them a chance to be charitable during the day and then re account what you have accomplished to god in your nightly prayers. This actually works super well. I have been trying this the last 3 weeks and god always gives me these experiences each day.

Tuesday: Today we did double exchanges with the zone leaders so we set 6 appointments. It was super cool. We taught a less active named Pedro the restoration and he loved it. After him we taught a brotha named Bonheur at a train stop. He isn't really progressing right now. He thinks that he doesn't have to be baptised again so he won't accept a baptismal date. He tells us what we are saying is true but he doesn't understand.

Wednesday: Today we taught this guy that was totally insane. We went to try to find his house to meet up with him and we saw him standing by this little green door. He was super excited to see us. We went inside the little green door and it was like a little cave that led to a huge building with tiny apartments. He brought us to his apartment on the first floor and it was disgusting. His bed had dirt all over it, we couldn't even see the floor, and he had writings all over the wall saying things like "the house of Melchizedek", "Allah", and drawings of weird devilish stuff everywhere. I had the worst feeling in his house. We taught him about prayer and asked him if he would pray to know that Jesus Christ is the son of god, and he said "no". Then started going on saying that Jesus Christ is his best friend who lives in Paris named Max. After he went on about that for like 10 minutes we said a prayer with him and left. The weirdest appointment I have ever had by far..

Thursday: Today we went to another less actives house today named Evers. We taught him the Restoration and told him to pray again to know if it was true because he had said earlier that he couldn't remember a time when he prayed to know if it were true. But he said that he probably wouldn't pray again because he knows it is true already. After him we went to an African families house and shared a little spiritual thought. After the thought the dad told us that he wants us to prepare his 10 year old son for baptism with the missionary lessons.

Friday: Today we taught a dude from Beijing named Song, and he speaks English. He had been an investigator a long time ago. He was super pumped to start up the missionary lessons again. We taught him the word of wisdom and he said he would live it without any hesitation.

Saturday: Today 7 investigators told us they were coming to church and none of them came. After church we went finding for a bit and found some super solid brothas on the tram. Life would suck here in France with out these Africans! haha 

Today in my studies I was reading in Doctrine and Covenants 93 and I came across a scripture that I really liked. in D&C 93:36 it reads: 36 The aglory of God is bintelligence, or, in other words,clight and truth.
The glory of god is intelligence or wisdom. I thought about how we can gain this wisdom or intelligence, and I came to the conclusion that it is only obtained through experience. To let god expand our minds and give us this intelligence, we have to live by the principles that we learn. We can learn from the scriptures, but it is only when we start living the things we learn from the scriptures for God to expand our minds and give us intelligence.

I love all you guys and hope you have a good week!

love, Elder Carson
 
 
​A Cathedral by our house
 

 Model shot on top of the castle by our apartment.







  
Our less active, Pedro.

 
 
 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 33 - May 18 - Nantes

Bon semaine 

(Good Week)


This week went by super fast, we taught a lot of lessons and set a baptismal date with a giant african named Sika. We have been booked every day all day this week. We ended up most of the days not even eating lunch because of the appointments we had. It is super nice to have a companion that likes to work hard and have fun at the same time. Nantes is sooo sweet. 

Monday: Today we played some football with the other Elders in the apartment. The missionaries in the apartment love sports like me. Later that day we taught a Nigerian named Immacuel. He didn't agree with a lot of the stuff we said and said that he wouldn't leave his church because he has a huge calling in it. But he did say he would pray about it, and if God tells him it is true then he will be baptized in our church. 

Tuesday: Today we went to district meeting and then taught our most solid investigator Sika. We read the brochure that we gave him and told him to read and when we asked him to read the introduction of the Book of Mormon he laughed in our face and told us he will read the whole thing by the next appointment! haha we will see about that. He doesn't even know how to pray, but he has so much faith. After that we stopped by a members house to say Hi and get to know them better. It went well. My companion and I decided to stop by each members house and just share a spiritual thought with them and get to know them better. It has been working really well. 

Wednesday: Today we taught Laure (the recent convert) about prayer. She had her exams for school the following week so we told her to pray and ask God to help her do well on her tests. She is almost done reading the Book of Mormon and is giving a talk in church next week. After that, I went on exchange with Elder Young in the apartment and we taught one of their less actives named Koffie. Koffie is a crazy african dude that loves weed. He has a super solid testimony, but he just can't get away from the Ganja. We decided to talk about work in the temple and we set the goal for him to go there and get his endowments. He was super pumped.

Thursday: Today we went with a member to do his home teaching with him. We taught a couple families about standing up for their beliefs and how to react to someone who tries to tear down your faith. 

Friday: Today we went to the church to help a kid in the ward do his mission papers. We helped him out a little bit by telling him how much the mission changed our lives and how important it is for him to go on a mission. His parents don't support him, he can barely pay for his schooling, and his girlfriend is slowin' him down. We are going to meet with him weekly to help him prepare for the mish. 

Saturday: Today we went and did service for a member David. (the canadian who is getting divorced) he  is putting grass in his backyard, so we dug up all of the weeds and raked everything out all nice. Next week we will put down the grass. We shared with him a Mormon message called "the refiners fire" and he cried. He has a tough life. I have had it pretty good these past 19 years.

Sunday: Today we had 7 appointments set up today and all of them frooged us except for 2 of them. We were riding all over Nantes to get to the appointments on time and they didn't show up. 

Love all you guys! 

Love, Jax
 ​Got to play some ping pong with the youth for Saturday sports!

 ​Baptism with Laure 2 weeks ago.



 ​On a famous bridge in Nantes.


 ​Waiting for one of our investigators in the park.



Elevator fun with Elder Mcbride.

 
The street of Chantier Nevals.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Week 32 - May 11 - Nantes

 Nantes France!!

Fam,

This week was a good one! 
For P-day we played baseball with the mitt's that I picked up from the last apartment, went shopping a little bit and then taught this dude called Rugé. The lesson went really well. I am super pumped to have a comp that loves to teach. 
 
Tuesday: Today we went to district meeting and then taught a guy that we found named Dieu or translated into english God. He ls a huge African ex UFC fighter and came to France to find a job where he didn't have to fight to get money because he said he had a lot of problems with his head from it. We taught him the Restoration, and he believes everything that we said. We set a date for him to be baptised next month.
 
Wednesday: Today we met a guy named bonheur at a train stop, and he told us that for work he hands out flyers and said that his boss is going to be looking around to see if they are working so we just walked around with him and talked with him while he was handing out flyers. He brought us over to this butchers shop and we talked to all of his African buddies with him and ended up moving the appointment to another time because his boss kept telling him to get to work. After that we went over to a members house to eat and we showed them the Mormon message about the two boys putting the silver dollars in the farmers shoe and they loved it. We talked about charity and told them to get some friends for us to teach!
 
Thursday: Today we went to the funeral of the Nantes stake patriarch and it was a super spiritual experience. His kids that went up and talked about how good of a guy he was and how spiritual he was. During one of the talks, his wife that was sitting front row passed out and I thought she was dead. But after like 20 minutes she woke up and they took her to the hospital.  After that we taught a less active named Evers and then taught Dieu again. He has a hard time understanding what we say because I think he has had way to many hits to the head from boxing, so we are going to have to teach the same lessons at least 3 times.. After that we went to visit a less active member named Pedro who is blind. We taught him and his son that helps him get around everywhere about faith and hope. He loved it. He gets super Evangilic on us when we talk about Jesus. Super cool guy.
 
Friday: Today we taught a dude from Nigeria named Immacuel. He speaks English really well and is a pretty smart dude. He understood everything we told him, and is super interested. After that we went to do service for a member named David. He is from Canada and moved here and got married, but his wife now hates him and wants to leave him because he got into pornography. He packs meat for his job and he hates his life. We gave him a blessing and hung out with him and he said he feels a lot better now. He gave us a lot of good advice for life after the mish and is super grateful for us helping him out. 
 
Saturday: Today I skyped the fam and it was super nice to see everyone. I can't believe I have already skyped the fam twice on my mission! It is going by super fast. After we skyped, we went to the stake conference here in Nantes and it was super boring. The speakers were strait up awful.. ha
 
Sunday: Today we finished up conference and the morning session was pretty good. Our mission president spoke and his wife also. After the conference we taught a guy named Kevin. He came to conference and brought notes and had a ton of questions. He is probably the smartest African that I have ever taught. After that we taught this brotha named Sika and he wants to be baptised. He couldn't explain to us what exactly we taught him, but he wants to be baptised! haha 

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with surety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.


love, Elder Carson


Monday, May 4, 2015

Week 31 - May 4 - Nantes (New Area)

Nantes!

Monday: Today we went out to play basketball for the last time in Evry and then went to the last family home evening. One of the members in the ward made a cake for Elder Jacobson and I because we were leaving, it was super nice. I am gonna miss Evry and all the members.


Tuesday: Today I went to visit this old lady in the ward because she asked me Sunday to come over and say goodbye and we ended up staying there for like an hour. After that Jean Louis picked us up from the church to go eat lunch with him at a McDonald's. He payed for our meals and gave me his hat and his favorite french movie. I hope someday he will be able to be baptised. After that we headed over to see our recent converts Allan and Judith. We talked about temples and their patriarchal blessing that they just got and then gave Judith a blessing because she was going to go into surgery for something to do with her stomach the next day. Super solid couple.

Wednesday: Today I headed over to Paris to meet my new comp Elder McBride. He is a super cool guy from Canada and is only one transfer ahead of me. We headed over to Nantes which was about a 4 hour train ride and went strait to a lesson with his investigator who was getting baptised the next Saturday and it went really well. She is a super cool french girl that already read the Book of Mormon and has a solid testimony of the church. Then I met the other missionaries and their names are Elder Lucas and Elder Young.

Thursday: Today we found this super solid Nigerian named Imacutel and taught him the restoration in English. After that we taught three other people for the first time: Amir, Pedro, and Evers. 
After that we went to a less active members house and showed him a Mormon message.

I am gonna skip some days because p-day is over...

Saturday and Sunday: Saturday was the baptism of the french girl Laure and it was super sweet. I got to meet a lot of the members there. Sunday went really well too. I got to meet all the members and teach a blind less active.

love you guys and miss you!

love, Elder Carson

(This is his private email to me, his mom)

My new area is super sick. There is a ton of people and it is what I pictured France to be like. Tons of little shops, castles and giant cathedrals.

My comp is super sweet too. He is from Canada, speaks french really well, and wants to work with members.

Being in a new ward is super nice because the ward before didn't appreciate me as much because they always thought I didn't know what I was doing because I came here when I was a new missionary in training, but now with the new ward I made a super good impression with the members. It is super nice to have a comp that is cool and can talk with members.
His french is pretty good.

Jean-Louis was pretty sad. He took us out to lunch to get a burger the last day and gave me one of his hats and his favorite old science fiction movies in french. Super cool mish souvenirs. 

My new companion, Elder McBride!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Week 30 - April 28 (Tuesday) - Evry

Last week in Evry!

Bonjour mes fréres et seours!  
(Hello my Brother's and Sister's)
 
This week was super good.
Monday was my birthday so the other missionaries in the apartment took me to go get a kebab. After that we went and played basketball and soccer with the elders from Melun. Pretty good birthday, and super lucky that it landed right on a P-day!

This week we taught Charly a lot. He has been progressing super well. He always asks us if he can go contacting and teach lessons with us. He is only 24 years old so he could easily be able to serve a mission next year. We set up a family home evening with the bishop and Charly also and it went super well. Seeing Charly progress as good as he is makes me feel like I am doing a good job out here. 

This Saturday I found out where I am going to be transferred. I am going to serve in a place called Nantes in the west of France. The missionaries that I talked to about it said that they loved it, so I am pretty pumped. 
I also met my new comp at the mission conference that we had on the 27th. His name is Elder McBride from Canada. He seems like a pretty cool dude.
Mom I forgot my camera again so I won't be able to send pictures until next week!! (Boo)


love all you guys! 

Love, Elder Carson



Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 29 - JAXON'S BIRTHDAY, April 20 - Evry

Second to Last week in Evry!


Monday: Today we had the Elder's from Melun come and play the Evry elders in soccer. Before the mission I didn't like soccer at all, but it's kind of growin' on me. The FHE was pretty good also. A less active member that we found showed up and he was hittin' it off with the members.

Tuesday: Today we taught Charly the restoration again and taught him about the priesthood because he received the priesthood last Sunday. I was pretty surprised how fast people can get the priesthood after the baptism. But he is doing really well and is still reading everything but the Book of Mormon. he told us that he started another book Preach my Gospel right after he finished True To The Faith! ha

Wednesday: Today we talked to a Muslim dude in the park about the restoration. He didn't try to bash us at all either which was super weird.. He said he was interested to hear more and we set up an appointment for the next day. First time setting up an appointment with a Muslim dude on my mission!

Thursday: Today we went less active finding in a place called Le Ferté Allais and the 3 less actives we were trying to find were so far away from each other so we had to walk like an hour to each one. We found all three of the houses, but they weren't there.
After that we couldn't make any appointments so we just contacted the rest of the night.

Friday: Today we set an appointment with a referral from one of the members in Antony, but he didn't show up...
After that we taught Jean-Louis. It went well but he said he hasn't stopped drinking coffee yet. He said it is too hard for him... I am kind of getting frustrated with him because he thinks the only thing we can do about the coffee addiction is pray. He is from an evangelic background so he thinks that praying really loud all day every day will make the addiction go away, so he will just pray and then do the same sin over and over again.
I went pretty hard on him about repentance, but at the end he said again, "pray for me, that is all we can do..". Super frustrating

Saturday: Today we got frooged 3 times. (Frooged is a word that the mission uses to mean that the guy didn't show up)
But we ended up being able to do some service for a less active member. He is building a fence for his chickens, so we helped him clean out the part in the backyard where he was going to put the fence in, and started putting up the fence. I will take a picture of it next week and show it to you guys, it looks pretty good already.

Sunday: Today I had to give a talk in church. I decided to tell the story that Gordan B. Hinckley shared a while back when the two kids put the 2 silver dollars in the farmers boots and talked about charity along with the story. It went really well. I was preparing it every day this week an hour a day during language study and it payed off. I am probably gonna keep it for every other ward here that I have to give a talk in. ha

Thanks everyone for all of the birthday letters! I love you guys and miss you!

love, Elder Carson