Arachon!!

So, YES. We made it to Arcachon and it was BEAUUUTIFUL! Soeur M and I took the train with Soeur Stevens and Soeur Hulme on Monday afternoon out to Arcachon. We spent about an hour in the little downtown and bought gelato and walked on the beach and it was MAGICAL. 

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Then, we went out to the Dune du Pilat, aka. the LARGEST sand dune in Europe! You can’t really tell from the pictures, but it was like a GIANT MOUNTAIN of sand! We climbed up it (which was actually kind of hard,) and the view was GORGEOUS! We could see the ocean and across the city of Arcachon! 
 
 
Again, it doesn’t look that big, but in real life, it’s totally ginormous.
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The view from the top! 
Heavenly Father blessed us with beautiful weather for our Arcachon trip, so we sat at the top of the dune in the sunlight and it was perfect and very relaxing! 
 
We walked down the dune to the beach. We thought it was a good idea until we realized how far back up we had to climb. 
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After spending a few hours at the dunes, we were able to go to an American family’s house for dinner. They are living out in Arachon because the husband is in the military. They made us lots of American foods: salsa, tacos, cupcakes, so it was a totally good time! 
 
The rest of the week was equally great! Our investigators are…. having a little bit of a rough time right now. Amelie’s mother doesn’t really want us to see her anymore, which is really sad, because Amelie is only 9, so she’s really at the will of her mom for now. We are praying for a big change of heart for her! Raphael is still doing well, but having some troubles accepting the Book of Mormon. But Soeur M and I are working and praying hard to get them both into progression in addition to finding new amis through the questionnaire! 
 
Sorry that I forgot to tell everyone that I wasn’t going to be emailing until Tuesday! We had our zone conference yesterday here in Bordeaux, so our p-day got switched to Tuesday!
 
But the zone conference was great! It was a tri-zone conference. We had both Bordeaux zones there and the Toulouse zone! It was so fun to get to see all my friends! ALSO, it was the first time that Soeur Hills, Soeur Stevens, and I have been in the same place at the same time since we were companions! We were so happy to see each other!
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Soeur Hills is actually going home at the end of this transfer, and we are SO SAD! We will miss her so much! 
 
The Roney’s gave a GREAT zone conference! We talked a lot about faith and trusting the Lord. Also, Elder Lund (of the 5th quorum of the seventy) and his wife came to talk to us! They are good friends of the Roney’s and came to visit and speak with us. They gave SUPER great presentations and it was VERY uplifting and helpful! Zone conference is always the greatest part of the transfer! 
 
Also, another important break through made this week: 
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CARAMBARS. Our FAVE candy in France. They’re just flavored caramels, but they are SO good. The little shop that we live above sells them for 10 centimes, so whenever we randomly find little coins in our house, we buy carambars from the store downstairs. (Sorry that I look like an alien in this picture…)
 
Anyways, I love you all and hope you’re doing well back at school after your break!
 
Avec amour, 
 
Soeur Jones
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