So, we’ve FINALLY had some sun in Toulouse this week! For the first time in the five weeks I’ve lived in Toulouse, I haven’t been rained on! This is seriously exciting! I’ve been using this fact as a contacting tool. “Hey, did you know that there is a sun here? It’s news to me!”
This week was totally crazy!
On Monday, we went to a Russian restaurant in Toulouse to celebrate my russian companion’s birthday. We had traditional Russian cabbage and beet soup (actually super good) and some stewish like stuff that was also super yummy.
Then, on Tuesday, I left on an exchange to Pau. Pau is about a three hour train ride south of Toulouse and it is BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy a picture:
I got to spend the day working with Soeur Bagley, from Utah, who is in her second transfer. She’s totally hipster and super cool and we had so much fun!
Soeur Brimhall and I spent Wednesday trying to travel back to Toulouse, without much success. Our first train got delayed by one and a half hours, which caused us to miss our connection. So when we got to the second gare, we had to wait four hours for a train that ended up getting cancelled! So then, we had to take an hour bus ride to another gare where we finally got the two hour train ride back to Toulouse. It was totally an ordeal.
On Thursday, we had a district meeting at the chapel. The meeting was great! We talked a lot about improving our teaching. Then, we ate lunch together as a district. I made the food for all eight of us (plus our two zone leaders). I made a BIG OL pot of chili, cornbread, and texas sheet cake. I think everyone was impressed, because there was nothing left over!
Voilà, the district and the sisters of the zone:
On Friday, we got a call from Président that Soeur Brimhall is being emergency transferred only one week before real transfers! There are apparently some problems in another ville in the mission, and they have to switch out the sisters. So, Soeur Brimhall is leaving for Saint étienne TODAY! I will be receiving one of the sisters from Saint Etienne to be my companion for the last week of the transfer. Crazy huh?
On Saturday, we had a series of really cool miracles! We went out to one of the suburban-ish areas in our sector to do some porting (and hopefully find some families!) We picked a building at random, where we found a couple that had been taught by the missionaries before and were interested in setting up a rendez vous with us again for this weekend! Then, as we continued to port in this area, we rang a doorbell, and a voice came on over the sonnerie and we said, “Bonjour on est missionnaires et on aimerait partager un message du Christ avec vous!” And she said, “I want to learn about jesus Christ! Come on in!” But you know, in French. We entered the apartment, and it turned out to be two girls in their early twenties who had been raised in Muslim families, but don’t agree with the beliefs of their parents. They are dying to learn about Christianity. We will be going back this week to teach them! We are so excited!
So, this week was great! We saw so many cool miracles! I am so excited for this week! We will be receiving transfer calls THIS Friday! Yikes!
Now, I will leave you with a quote from President Utchdorf, that really touched me this week. He says, “Heavenly Father’s interest in you does not depend on how rich or beautiful or healthy or smart you are. He sees you not as the world sees you; He sees your heart. And He loves you because you are His child. Seek Him earnestly and you will find Him. I promise you, you are not alone.” (Dieter F. Uchtdorf, April 2013, Your Wonderful Journey Home)
I love and miss you all and hope you are all well!