Monday, September 22, 2014

It was suggested this Monday, by an ever wise elder sister that I share my favorites of the mission in this email. That seems like its announcing the end, but it is still a good idea. So here we go.

Easy things first, favorite foods, Kinder! I love kinder. Although if we get into real food and not candy, dessert wise it would have to be a Rhubarb tarte. Something about that tarte makes my mouth water. I'll forever be grateful for the Alsacian members that introduced that wonderful dessert to me. And then actual food it is Fufu! Which is a main African meal that I ate quite frequently. And dont worry, i'm bringing some home. ;)

My favorite thing I visited in France was Sacré Coeur. Of course being a cathedral it is beautiful, but after you climb the whole thing and you are standing at the top, overlooking all of Paris, its the most incredible sight, one day i'll take you all. (not Lindsay, she's been)  ;) Je rigole.

My favorite conference was this weekend. It was stake conference and I had members from 3 of my wards there. And the joy of reuniting with them. Seeing those that had been baptized active. Running up and hugging each other. Having a member tell me thank you for all we did for his family. A member ask for my address so that she can send a gift to my mama. A member we reactived bear her testimony about the goodness of God. It was pure joy being reunited with the members of Evry, St Nazaire, and Le mans. And being remembered by each of them.

My favorite part of working with the members was actually everytime we got to eat with them. And no, it wasn't because of the food. It was because with almost every single member you would ask their conversion story, (and they are 90 percent converts), so it was always stories of being found by the missionaries. And it always kept you holding in when times got rough because every Sunday you would get to look around at all these miracles. They had each one been a huge miracle for the missionaries. I loved hearing the stories and knowing that there were those miracles out there. And I think often times members forgot that they had been a miracle for someone, I loved reminding them the joy that they had brought to the lives of their missionaries.

My favorite lesson would be impossible. I have multiple. But one that is forever engraved in my head, that I felt so much joy at was the lesson with Emma. I know that I shared this lesson with you all in a previous email, but I could never explain how sweet the spirit was in the lesson, after we had taught the Plan of Salvation. And she said 'we must have a loving heavenly father if he did this all for us'. That was the lesson she knew she would be baptized in the church. And I just remember silence after that statement, because the spirit was saying so much more than I could if I tried to testify.

That is all I can think of, and this is getting way too sentimental and bittersweet. I love you all, and I will be so happy to see you all again, but it breaks my heart to know that I will be leaving all this behind.
Keep being wonderful people, and I will see you all soon.

Soeur Jackson

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