Monday, September 23, 2013
A visit to the Louvre and a first report on Evry
I feel before I say anything else that I should tell each and everyone of you, I just came from the Louvre. No big deal, casual thing. Haha We hit of the Louvre this morning and ate some crepes in Paris. It was sweet!!Anywho, update on my ville, so I am in Evry. Its big. I thought Mulhouse was big, nope. I don't know how I will ever learn how to get around here and all the buses. But its cool. Its a lot greener than I thought, so that was a pleasant surprise.
Down side to Evry. The old AP is my district leader, its proving to not be the best. I knew after that first night when I had to call him to tell him we were late that it would be bad. But to top that off one of the couselers to President is also in my ward. Before, since I was way out in Mulhouse it didn't really matter, now the president could actually find out. This could be a problem. I mean its not like I go around breaking rules all over the place, and I certainly dont do it on purpose, it just seems to happen a lot with me. But the other sisters in our district are really happy about it, they think it makes them look good. Anywho.
Evry doesn't have a ton of amis right now. I think President is just going to keep sending me to areas where they have no amis, and then right when i get to the point where we have investigators, and even some close to baptism, hes going to move me! So now I have to start finding people again, because they don't have lot, kind of a bummer. Its even more of a bummer, because I am pretty awful at finding new people. Oh well, just keep going I guess.
I miss Mulhouse, and the members. I miss Soeur Casy. My last day in Mulhouse we went and said goodbye to her, so I could give her a picture of us and a letter. And she was like, well since your leaving its time I showed you this. And she had sitting in acorner a big photo album and a case of paintings. She's an artist!! Didn't even tell me. But she showed me her paintings from her fathers garden, so pretty. And then a photo album that she was very proud of, it was a service project she did for 2 years. It was so cute, man i'll miss that lady.
Miracle of Sarahs week. So Sunday night we had set contacting goals upon going out, and we were coming in for the night and hadn't hit our goals, mine was to get someones number. And I rarely set goals like this, unless I feel the need to. So we were sitting there waiting for a bus, and getting down that we didn't get our goal. It was a little past curfew so i had the phone out to call Elder Hall, and these people came up to the stop and started talking to us! And I stood right up, I was like, I would be the biggest idiot not to take this opportunity. and BAM, right as our bus to go home came up I got the number. It was pretty awesome, I just kept saying thank you in my head on the way home.
I can testify to you guys that setting goals, then taking them to the Lord will enable him to work miracles in your life.
Love you all!! Miss you! Have an awesome week.
Monday, September 16, 2013
On to Paris (or Evry)
That's so weird. Here it is again:
Well many important things went down this week. For those of you who weren't aware we had some apostles in France this week, now why you ask did we have some apostles in France? Well let me tell you, because they started the fondation of the temple!!!! AH!!!! I can't even tell you guys the reaction of the members here in France, what a big thing this is to them. Its amazing. And you can feel the spirit of the temple, and it's not even built yet!! France is catching fire!! WOOHOO!!
We had a good week, our zone did a prayer and fast thing this week with the apostles and temple, and it was awesome. We had a rendez-vous with an ami of ours who is an older woman, I love her. And we had asked her to do some reading, we started the lesson and she pulled out a paper with notes of every verse that she read, what she thought, questions. It was the most adorable thing. I couldn't help it, I reached over, grabbed her and said, I am very very happy right now because of you. She thought it was hilarious. I think I was glowing for the rest of the lesson. And we did a baptism invite, she said she will pray and if she gets an answer she will be baptized. I think that Sr. Hafen will get her baptized by the end of next transfer. Of course I wont be here for it, but that doesn't really matter in the end. Spirit of the temple you guys, spirit of the temple here in france!!!!
Well I just realized I forgot to put my address in the last one... awkward... here it is!!!
Monday, September 9, 2013
I'm sorry that I don't have too much to report on this week. I ended up pretty sick and we had to cancel many appointments. It was really hard on my companion to be sitting home, while I just laid around.
But it was still a fun week. I learned A LOT about the Alsacian people this week. It was very interesting. It would have been a lot nicer to know it all the first few weeks here instead of the last. But what can you do?
We had a nice little miracle. An ami that has been meeting missionaries on and off for 6 years, and I have been teaching her for 4 months, came to church! This is the 2nd time she has come. And she did a family home evening with some members, it's kind of awesome. You can slowly see her changing, and she says that if she keeps coming to church it will become a habit and become easier and easier. Its really great because she has been unwilling to keep any of the commitments that missionaries give her, but we gave her a nice accountability lesson, and she showed up at church! haha That was probably one of the highlights of my week.
We spent a lot of time with the old non-praticing's this week too, who are just not able to come to church because they are so sick. They are so grateful to see the missionaries, and so touched by our spiritual messages. They have incredible testimonies of faith after all that they have been through. And they are in some amazing trails but stay true to the faith, and are just unable to attend church. It may not be baptisms, but some of my best moments on the mission has been with these old people, they are incredibly strong, and deserve to be supported just as much as the person on the street.
One of them, Sr. Casy, I know i've talked about her, but I believe she is just so amazing. We were sharing a talk from conference, it's one that mom loves, the beautiful morning talk, given by a 70. We talked about how we have some super hard challenges but have to be positive. And for the first time I heard her say something not very positive. She said that she didn't understand why she was in a wheelchair and not able to move (she is in a wheelchair in a VERY high apartment building with stairs, and is unable to leave it, she's on the 6th floor, so once a week someone comes and does her grocery shopping). She said that you read about all these miracles in the bible, why don't they still happen? That she would love to be able to walk. But that she will die in that apartment, alone. I might have gotten a little teary eyed, and had no idea what to say. What do you tell to that person? I have no idea how she feels. But lucky we had our little conference talk in our hands and could read to her:
"Trials may come, and we may not understand everything that happens to us or around us. But if we humbly, quietly trust in the Lord, He will give us strength and guidance in every challenge we face. Even in a darkening world, we as Latter-day Saints may sing with joy, knowing that the powers of heaven are with God’s Church and people. We may rejoice in the knowledge that a beautiful morning lies ahead—the dawn of the millennial day, when the Son of God shall rise in the East and reign again on the earth."
Then the words seemed to fall into place after that. We testified the best we could that God had saved her to come forth at this time because he knew that she was strong enough for these challenges. And said that she can't even image what he has waiting for her on the other side. It was one of my favorite lessons honestly. And I think that's true for a lot of people in the world. They don't know why Heavenly Father gave them challenges, and sometimes we never find out. But if we are trusting in the Lord he is going to calm us, and if we endure to the end, how great shall be our reward. (as a missionary this is something we tell ourselves often, although instead of a grand house, the reward is seeing your family :).) I love these people here, they will be really hard to leave.
So there is a story from Sarah's week, enjoy. :)
I hope everyone has a good week!! Love you all!!! Miss you like crazy.
Monday, September 2, 2013
Exchanges in Paris
This week I got to go do exchanges in Paris with Sr. Pulupuna!!! Seriously she is one of my most favorite missionaries. She's just one of the best. This is her last transfer and then she returns home. She is also my grandmother on the mission, it's awesome, I have the best mission heritage ever. She's been in some pictures that I have sent home, she's the Tongan. :) But it was super awesome. I can officially say that I never want to serve in Paris, and never again do I want to go Grocery Shopping in Paris. But It was really good to spend this last time with her before she leaves, get some awesome advice. Sr. Pulupuna is just the kind of missionary I want to be, all of her actions are out of true love for every person, she is always serving, and she just loves everyone! I love it, if I turn out like her I will be content with myself.
Another note, our mission had a goal, that by the 12th of September (because an apostle was supposed to come) To have 100 baptisms. That goal was made 3 months ago, and the mission just reached it!!! Woo-hoo France Paris mission!!! haha The Apostle is still coming, but not to talk to the missionaries anymore, he is coming to rearrange stake boundaries. Which also means that the mission boundaries with be changing, this will be interesting. But it is really cool too, here's part of what is going down. So on the 15th of September they will create a 3rd stake in Paris and integrate the Lorient district to a stake located in Rennes. France will literally be convered by stakes as it was prophised by President Kimball in 1976. It's kind of amazing.
I found something i'm sending you guys for Christmas that you will love!!! I just have to figure out how to actually get it...It's a bit difficult. haha But all is good!! France is progressing at a nice little pace, and it will be totally ready for that temple!!
Hope you are all doing well!!! LOVE YOU!!!