elder egbert versus la semaine sterile

elder egbert versus la semaine stérile

here's a run down of what happened this week:
- we got to go to paris for legality.
- i didn't even forget my passport.  yippee.
- i got to see stanford and walton.  and hurd.
- we got stopped by a member family who were on a vacation.  gotta
love those americans.
- wali is in germany.
- gaetan is in alsace.
- so we didn't have anyone to teach this week lol.
- we walked our little hearts out and my feet are super sore all the time.
- bastille day.
- we helped georgette out in her yard again.

other than that... it was a pretty mellow week.  not a ton happened.
we walked around and tried to find new people to teach.  but when the
majority of the people in st quentin are super old, white, and
french... haha i love their reactions.  a lot of them play the game
called "i'll just pretend i didn't hear them".  and they slowly walk
past us.  ever so slowly...

and..... it's vacation time for everyone in the stinking country; so
many people are out of town.  the streets are so empty.  i think st
quentin might become the next ghost town... we'll see.

after the attack in nice this week, i did a lot of thinking about
reactions that will take place by the government, people, etc.  i
think that there is going to be a lot of angry people. and they'll all
want something done.  but nobody knows exactly what to do...  as i was
thinking about that, my thoughts moved to the savior and about what he
would do if he were in this situation.

"he was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth:
he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her
shearers is dumb, so he opened not his mouth."

the savior was the #1 greatest example of turning the other cheek.
and when he ran out of cheeks, "he made his grave with the wicked."
he was beaten and torn and bruised and spit upon by his own people.
he was sold as a slave by one of his special witnesses.  he was denied
three times by the man of which he said "upon this rock will i build
my church", and with one word, with the power in his little finger, he
could have destroyed all of them.  but he kept his mouth shut.  and he
let all of it happen.

the world is truly wicked today.  there are bad people doing HORRIBLE
things.  things that we never could have even imagined happening.  but
we must follow the savior's example.  we must not build up rage and
anger against these people.  for "all we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way; and the lord hath laid on him
the iniquity of us all."

what else can we do besides petition to the god of glory to have mercy
on us, and to spare us and our families and our friends.

may the lord bless you all and may we remain firm and steadfast in the
faith.  because god needs as many as he can get to fight for the cause
of righteousness.

en avant.

-elder egbert
elder allred (son), elder egbert (dad), elder hurd (grandpa)

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