On losing yogurt

This week was TOTALLY crazy! We were in and out of our sector all week and we had a million things going on. Here’s about how it went:

On Monday, we left for an exchange in Toulouse. It was so fun to go back to Toulouse and hear how everything’s going and work in the places that I did when I was there! We were in Toulouse all day Tuesday, and we came back to Bordeaux on Wednesday morning.
 
Wednesday was a day of MIRACLES! We first had a lesson with a potential investigator named Monsieur Chaire. He’s French, in his early 50’s, and doesn’t believe in God. However, as we taught him about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and prayer, the spirit was so strong that he started to cry and told us about how hard the death of his mother and father were for him. It gave us an amazing chance to testify of the Plan of Salvation and that we know, through the saving ordinances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we can live with our families and our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ again after this life.
Then, later that night we had a lesson with David (the guy from the cool card story)  and his best friend, Robert. We went into David’s house with our favorite member friend, Angela, and we sat down and David said, “Alright. Now I have one VERY important question for you.” Naturally, we began to be a bit nervous about this one very important question. Then he said, “I was born and raised Catholic, but I feel as if there are things that are missing from the Bible- truths that I feel instinctively must be there- but aren’t. Do you think that’s true? If so where can I find the parts that I’m missing?” We were obviously quite thrilled with the chance to talk about the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, that, with the Bible, helps us to know the FULNESS of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 
So three new amis! We are so excited to continue teaching them!
 
Thursday was a national French worker’s holiday, so there were NO buses and NO trams which meant we were stuck out in Merignac where we live ALL DAY. This was kind of terrible because Merignac is a small neighborhood with not many people milling around. So… we ported. A lot. We knocked on so many doors, my knuckles were sore. So that was a little less than fun, but THEN…
 
Friday was zone conference! I LOVE zone conference! I always feel so spiritually enlightened after hearing from President and Sister Roney. This time, we focused a lot on how we can better work with members and be more organized. So, my life coming up will involve a lot of lists and check boxes. 
 
Saturday, we had a baptism in our ward! The Elder’s ami, Carine got baptized. Carine is 28 and from Gabon and she’s SO cool! We were so happy for her! 
 
AND GUESS WHAT? ELDER ANDERSEN IS COMING TO OUR MISSION IN JUNE!!!! AND THE RONEYS ARE TRYING TO GET THE WHOLE MISSION TO NICE FOR IT!!!! Can you imagine? An apostle AND NICE???? Oh man. I’m so excited. 
 
Sorry that there are no pictures… I’m so lame. But I hope that you all have a great week and a great Mother’s Day! I know I am so excited to get to Skype my family next Sunday! Whoo hoo!
 
Avec amour, 
 
Soeur Jones
 
PS. Here’s a funny story about my life and my inability to handle stressful situations in a dignified manner:
 
So Soeur Cherry and I went to the store to get some food. And we fit all the food in the shopping bags that we brought… except our yogurt. Our really good french Straciatella yogurt. So I just decided to carry it in my hands.
So we walk out to the bus stop and wait. Then the bus pulls up and Soeur Cherry gets on and I go to get on the bus and I DROP the yogurt on the ground. One of them explodes, sending a yogurt splatter inside the bus. Then the yogurt falls off the curb and slides under the bus. I look down… and it’s pretty dang far under that bus. I didn’t know what to do… so I just froze. The bus driver was looking at me like I had four heads. So I just yelled in English, “Soeur Cherry! I dropped our yogurt under the bus!” At this point, everyone in the bus and on the road is staring at me. Soeur Cherry says, “well. Did you pick it up?” “NO IT’S STUCK!” So Soeur Cherry, being a total champion says to the driver, “Pardon Madame.” and then she crawls under this giant french bus and retrieves our yogurt.
And then everyone thought we were crazy.
The end.

Easter in Bordeaux

Bonjour tout le monde!

So, sorry that I lost my camera cord. Luckily, one of the sisters of Talence has the same one as me and so she let me borrow it. So, therefore, late Easter pictures:
Image
Soeur Cherry dying eggs. It didn’t work as well in France… cause white eggs are almost Impossible to find. 
 
Image
But it was fine. Cause I decorated them up like little zoo animals instead. Sorry that my panda is blue. I got a little crazy. 
 
This week was really good! We have been really struggling lately to find new investigators, but this week, we found quite a few potentials:)
 
Here’s my favorite of the potential finding stories:
 
So, one night, Soeur Cherry and I were walking down a street just outside of Bordeaux, looking for the home of a less active member in our ward. All of a sudden, Soeur Cherry stops and yells, “HEY LOOK!” I walk back over to find her pointing at a Mormon pass along card taped in a random window. The weird thing was, the pass along card wasn’t for Bordeaux, it was for Perigueux (a city pretty far away). So, we decided to knock on the door. And out comes David, a young Cameroonais dad of two little kids. He tells us that he met the Elders from Perigueux in the gare months ago and that they talked for a really long time. When he came back, he stuck the card in his window and forgot about it. (No one is really sure why he put the card in the window, but we were happy about it.) We explained to him that we are missionaries for the same church, but we work here in Bordeaux. He was happy to see us and invited us to come back next week to teach him! We were STOKED! What a miracle!!! 
 
Another fun story of the week: The mission asked us to take pictures of ourselves working in our sectors again, so here’s me being a missionary:
Image
Then I saw this guy:
Image
He was wearing a beret and a bowtie and painting in the streets of Bordeaux. It was so french, I just had to get a picture of myself talking to this guy. So I walked over and started a conversation with him. He was a really cool french painter man. So that was fun. 
 
Then…
Image
One of my favorite young adults in our ward, Kévin, gave me this giant Kinder egg for Easter. So I was really happy. 
 
 
All in all this week went great! We taught the investigator Sunday school class yesterday at church! The topic was fasting (le jeûne in french), so we played Jeûne Jeopardy. Everyone likes it best when we teach (because we’re more fun than the Elders:))
 
 
We had zone training last Friday, which is always really fun! I LOVE getting to see my other missionary friends from around the mission! 
 
ALSO! I got a letter from a family back in Chalon and they were telling me all about how Laurent is progressing. Remember Laurent? He got baptized last January right before I left Chalon? Well, he’s doing great! He was just called to be the Sunday School President! He’s pretty nervous, but he’ll be great! He is also the young adult representative for the Chalon branch in the Lyon stake, so he gets to go to Lyon often and meet with lots of cool young adults there! He’s preparing to go to the temple in Switzerland in a few weeks and he’s done his family history and found about 20 family names to take with him when he goes! He is also earnestly preparing to receive the Melchesidek Priesthood in June AND is planning on putting in his papers soon to serve a mission in January, one year from his baptism:) Obviously, this news made me cry. This is what we’re all working for- kingdom builders. This just goes to show how much the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Atonement can change lives.
 
I hope everyone is doing well!
 
Avec amour, 
 
Soeur Jones