Rain, rain, rain, rain

Bonjour tout le monde!

 
This first week in Toulouse has been really busy and really great! Also…. really rainy. It has rained EVERY day since I’ve been here. I don’t mind the rain normally, but not when we have to do three hours of street contacting in it. Somehow, people are less disposed to stop and talk to you when you’re standing in the rain. 
 
My new companion is great! She’s from the Ukraine, so she speaks Russian and Ukrainian. Cool huh? 
Also, our roommates are awesome! There are two wards here in Toulouse, and the sisters from the other ward live with us. Soeur Hills (my trainer) is here, and we’ve just had the best time catching up and reminiscing on all of our memories of being in Lyon together. Everytime I do something like, talk to someone in French on the phone, she laughs and says, “Remember when you COULD NOT do that? Makes a momma proud.” So. Official evidence that I have progressed as a French speaker and as a missionary. 
Soeur Hills is training this transfer a new sister names Sister Jensen and she’s super great! She’s 28 and has a masters in violin performance. Cool huh? 
So, needless to say, we laugh a lot and have lots of fun in our apartment.
 
Here’s a pic of the four Toulouse sisters, Soeur Jensen, Soeur Hills, Soeur Brimhall and I! 
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My first Sunday was great! It’s so nice to have a first Sunday somewhere when I already speak French. It makes it a lot easier to make friends. The Concorde ward is super great! There are about 80 active members and TONS of really cool families!
We had a missionary themed sacrament meeting where the ward mission leader and ward missionaries gave talks. All the missionaries (there are 8 of us, 6 Elders and 2 Sisters) sang two songs, and the new missionaries bore their testimonies. 
Bearing my testimony reminded me of my very first Sunday in France. I had to bear my testimony and I didn’t know ANYTHING, so I just said, “I love Jesus Christ and the church is true.” I did a little better this time. Anyways, I was getting real sentimental about how much time has passed since then and how much I’ve changed. It’s crazy! Missions speed up mental, behavioral, and spiritual development like times 5. 
After church, we set up a little table and we had made cookies for all the members. French people LOVE American cookies (they don’t exist here). And we made thank you cards for everyone to express our appreciation for them. And they LOVED it. It was super great!
 
We have some really great things planned for this transfer, so I’m really excited! Toulouse is a GREAT ville!
 
This week, we will be traveling to Talence, near Bordeaux for an exchange with the sister training leaders, and I get to go on exchange with Soeur Stevens! We are VERY excited! 
 
Lastly, I wanted to share a JR Holland quote that I read this week and really liked, “The past is to be learned from but not lived in. We look back to claim the embers from glowing experiences but not the ashes. And when we have learned what we need to learn and have brought with us the best that we have experienced, then we look ahead and remember that faith is always pointed toward the future.”
I loved that! I have had so many wonderful experiences on my mission thus far. Many companions, members, and amis that I have loved and learned from. And I can’t wait to continue working here in Toulouse! Faith is always pointed towards the future!
 
Have a great week everyone!
 
Avec Amour, 
 
Soeur Jones
 
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