Friday, July 26, 2013

Visiting Marie Sylvie

We met Marie Sylvie in January.  Yesterday, we visited with her again at her home.  She is an investigator who has a strong testimony and is learning more every day.  She is waiting for her husband to pay the "dote" and then they will be officially married and she can be baptized.  It is frustrating, but she is learning more and more about patience and more and more as she studies her scriptures.  She is so grateful to all the Elders who have taught her and she loves them to visit her.  She invited us to come visit.  She was teaching Elder McGrath and Elder Leavitt how to make Pistache (pumpkin seed soup).  They spent the week cracking enough squash seeds for her to make the soup.  When we got there, they were stirring and getting it ready to eat.  It sounds like she grinds the seeds, then makes a gruel (for lack of a better word) with bouillon cubes and fish for flavoring.  She cooked rice with carrots and green beans to mix with it.  There were big pieces of fish as well.  It really was good. You had to watch out for the fish bones.  Elder Leavitt said he just swallows them.  Yikes!   She gave us such a big serving, that we decided we would share it.  I brought banana cake, which the Elders told me she loves.  Her family ate the banana cake before they finished their soup.  She is such an example of having so little, but willing to share everything she has with us.  We shared scriptures, then she told us what she had learned from her reading this week.  I was humbled.  It was a teaching moment for me that I need to search deeper as I read.  I'm praying that she will be able to get baptized soon.  She will be a great asset to the Branches here.

This is her son, Frank.

Her little girl and her sister, who is staying with her for the summer.

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