CHALON SUR SAONE

Did the subject line give it away?

Yep. I’m back in Chalon.

President called me on Friday and said, “Soeur Jones, you’re going home!” I said, “Oh no President, you’re mistaken, I still have one more transfer left!” He said, “Yeah I know, and you’re going home. You’re going back to your people! You’re going back to Chalon!” And then I screamed. A lot. With joy.

So here I am! Back in Chalon! And I am thrilled out of my mind! Not many missionaries get to spend their last transfer in their favorite ville of their whole mission! From what I’ve heard the branch is pretty excited I’m coming back too (especially Laurent). So it should be a happy homecoming!:)

My new companion is Soeur Andreasen. She’s in her second transfer, so I’ll be finishing training her! We actually just figured out on the train ride here that she was in my freshman ward at BYU! How weird is that? The world is small.

Here’s another small world moment I had this week: Soeur Frandsen and I went to a family in our ward’s home for dinner. As we were walking toward the table, I saw a wedding announcement on their table. It was my cousin Steven’s wedding announcement. I said, “Wait wait wait, how do you know these people?” They said, “Oh Aryan is the daughter of one of my husband’s mission companions!” I said, “Hey! That’s my cousin!” How crazy is that? So… the Cuche family says hi to Steven and Aryan! haha.

We had a great last week in Lyon. Our investigator, Dan, received an answer to his prayers! He says he knows that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet! He wants to be baptized next month! He was very sad that I wouldn’t be able to attend, but we were SO happy for him and his decision!

On Saturday, we had another mission wide baptism. We had 20 baptisms in the France Lyon mission! We had four in Lyon, and were able to attend the group baptism! It was so great!

We spent Sunday eating. And eating. And eating. The last Sundays are always like that. We had lunch at Joy and Yves’ house and dinner at the Pascaud’s. I thought I was going to explode.

Well folks. This is it. Transfer 12. I am so excited to be back in Chalon for it! I have a feeling that we are going to see crazy miracles this transfer!
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I ate these snails last week. Yep. I’m a real frenchy.

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​Look who I found! ERNEST! Remember ernest? I taught him when I was brand new in Lyon?  And he got baptized after I went to Chalon for the first time? (Wow. It’s starting to get confusing how many times I’ve served in all these places.) He’s doing great! And he was so happy to see me!
Have a great week everyone!
Avec amour,
Soeur Jones
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Seven weeks to go!

Bonjour tout le monde!

This week was good! We started out with an exchange with the sisters in Saint Etienne. That was fun! I went to Saint Etienne for the day with Soeur Pape and we had a great time! Saint Etienne is booming with miracles! We had a great day!

We were also in Saint Etienne for our district meeting on Thursday. I made chicken tortilla soup- it’s a favorite. Everyone always requests that. This week, for district meeting I’m making a traditional french dish called Tartiflette. I’ll let you know how it goes next Monday.

Speaking of next Monday, I start my last transfer OF MY MISSION next Monday. I’m freaking out a little. We have transfer calls this Friday and I’m already getting anxiety about it. I have no clue what will happen! Though I’m pretty sure I’ll stay here in Lyon.

OH! Here’s an exciting thing- there was a stake priesthood meeting at our chapel on Saturday, and we were there at the chapel teaching a lesson at the same time as the meeting. And guess who was there? Laurent! It’s the first time I’ve seen him since I left Chalon! He’s doing great and his mission papers are almost done! He will be sending them in next week! He was really excited to see me and he updated me on all the goings on in Chalon. Things sound like they’re great! So that was a fun moment!

Our ami Dan, who is the best friend of our recent convert has a baptismal date! YAYYY!!!!! He’s started reading the Book of Mormon and he’s really progressing! He’s been to church the last 4 weeks in a row. He asks lots of good questions and takes everything to the Lord. We’re hoping for an October baptism!

We had a pretty fun movie night last night at the institute. We watched 17 Miracles. All the missionaries in Lyon were there plus their amis/recent converts/ less actives/ members. It was funny because it isn’t dubbed in French, there are only french subtitles. So we watched it in English with french subtitles and the french translation was….really funny.

In other news, I’ve mostly forgotten how to speak about gospel subjects in English. On exchange in Saint Etienne, Soeur Pape and I taught their ami from Nigeria… in english. It was laughable how hard of a time I had. Even saying the prayer was a huge struggle…. I’m worried for my future… I kept blanking on the english words for things and saying english words in french grammar construction… it was super awkward.

Well. I can’t believe it’s week 6 already! Wish us luck!

avec amour,

Soeur jones

“She walked not in the borrowed light of others”

Bonjour tout le monde!

So this week was totally CRAZY TOWN.

We were so busy and running all over the place all week!

Last pday, we had a fun group missionary activity. All the missionaries in Lyon went to Parc de la Tête D’or and we played football and soccer. It was super fun!

Tuesday night, there was a women’s conference for the Europe area where the area presidency and their wives along with Elders Bednar and Ballard spoke to the women of Europe. It was SUCH a great conference! One of the women shared a quote that I really liked. It was said of Eliza R. Snow after her death, “She walked not in the borrowed light of others, but faced the morning, uninvincible and unafraid.” This was the theme of the talk and she spoke about how to become this kind of woman. It was really inspiring. I enjoyed the conference a lot. I’m not sure if it’s online, but if it is, you should all watch it!

We worked a lot with recent converts and less actives this week. We have three recent converts that we are working with: Diogene, Sika, and Nicole. Diogene was baptized most recently. He’s 18 and from the Congo. And he’s awesome! He loves missionary work and even went contacting with us this week! He plans on putting in his papers as soon as he can!

We worked with a lot of less actives that I really love, including Soeur Theroomy, a woman from Malaysia. She’s wonderful and she makes REALLY good Malaysian curries every time that we come. We love talking to her, because she’s a huge traveller, so she tells us stories about her visits to all different parts of the world.

Friday, we had zone conference. It was a big zone conference of four zones: Ecully, Lyon, Aix en Provence, and Nice. Which means….
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reunited.
We asked President if we could be companions for our last transfer and he said that while that would be really fun, we would probably hurt someone. Including ourselves. I’m taking that as a yes. I guess we’ll see next week!

Our zone conference was great! Elder Ballard came to Geneva and spoke to our mission, and we were able to watch a rebroadcast of it. He talked a lot about knowing the doctrine better and being sure to study it and feel confident teaching it simply. He left a blessing on our mission that as we studied Preach my Gospel, our teaching would be better and more powerful. We are working hard to merit this blessing!

In other news…

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There are lots of spiders in our apartment building…. really really big ones….

But it’s fine, because we just buy SSCN2513[1]
Ice cream from sit down ice cream restaurants to make up for it.

So, all is well. Our lessons with Diogene’s best friend Dan are going pretty well! He’s been at church the last three weeks in a row.  He just needs to get serious about reading the Book of Mormon and praying.

We are leaving tonight for an exchange with the sisters in Saint Etienne! Should be fun!

I miss and love you all!

Avec amour,

Soeur Jones

All clear on the foot front!

Bonjour tout le monde!

 
This last week was BUSY BUSY BUSY.
 
We started off the week with an exchange with the Ecully sisters, which was fun! We went and visited multiple less active members and members who remembered me! Every time someone remembers me, I about die of happiness. 
 
On Wednesday morning, I had my appointment with the vascular doctor. I was a little nervous, but my favorite members from Lyon drove me to the appointment, and the sister went in with me to see the doctor.  This was actually extremely helpful because they yelled at the doctor like good worried parents would. I got an ultrasound of both legs and feet and the doctor assured me that the residue swelling is not a problem with my veins or arteries, so it must just be left over from the infection. So, he gave me the all clear! I’m thrilled. 
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This is a picture of me and Soeur Luthi (I served with her in Bordeaux) with the Pascauds, the couple that took me to the doctor. They are really wonderful and take really good care of us! 
 
We taught a lot of lessons this week, we didn’t quite make our goal of 17 lessons, but we felt really good about this week! We have lots of really cool potential amis. 
 
We had a special finding day with the Paris mission. On Friday, our goal, as the two French missions, was to find 1000 new people to teach in one day. So, from 9:00am to 9:00pm, we focused on finding and prayed all together every half hour. Our mission found 323 new people to teach (3 of which were from our equipe:)) and the Paris mission found 111. We didn’t quite hit 1000, but we saw how working for that goal produced TONS of miracles! 
 
Soeur Frandsen and I created a new mission for our equipe. President has been encouraging us to try to further out family neighborhoods and knock doors. So, we started Operation: la branche de mont d’or. Mont D’or is an area with about 9 different family neighboorhoods about a 20 minute bus ride from Lyon. We decided we were going to create a branch in the Mont D’Or area:) So, we’ve been spending our free nights porting in these neighborhoods looking for branch presidents, relief society presidents, primary presidents, youth leaders, ect. On Saturday night, we went to St. Cyr au Mont D’Or and ported for about an hour and a half. We weren’t having much luck, when we knocked on a door and a middle aged man came out. We started talking to him and he expressed interest, but said he couldn’t invite us in that night because it was family movie night and his kids would be sad. So, we gave him our number and he said he’d call us. We continued walking down the street when all of a sudden we heard someone yell, “Attendez!!!” (Wait!) We turned around and it was this man running after us. When he finally reached us, he said, “Wait! I have a question. Why are you the “Latter-day Saints?” So, we were able to take the extra time to talk a little more in depth about the restoration. It was so cool and he promised to call us soon! We found our branch president! HA:)
 
We are looking forward to another great week! We have zone conference on Friday, and Soeur Hutchins and her companion are coming to stay with us on Thursday, so I’m excited! 
 
Have a great week everyone!
 
Avec amour,
 
Soeur Jones

20 lessons

Bonjour tout le monde!

 
This week was exceptionally busy, but it was GREAT!
 
President Roney has launched a new challenge to the mission- 20 lessons a week. This is… hard. But so cool! I’m so excited about it! Last week, Soeur Frandsen and I set a goal to teach 15 lessons. (We’re working our way up.) And we worked really hard. And we prayed a lot. And we laughed out loud fairly often. And we taught 11 lessons. This is… not 15, but still REALLY exciting! This doubled our amount of lessons taught the week before! Just goes to show what a goal, some hard work, and a lot of prayer can do for you! 
 
On Tuesday night, we had a really fun dinner with a family from the Ecully ward that I worked a lot with last year. Soeur Stevens and I got really close with them, so when they found out I was back, they were so happy and invited us over for dinner! It was so much fun! I recounted to them the story of my foot problems, and they offered to take us to my doctor’s appointment on Wednesday. And they said if they don’t fix it, they will yell at the doctors. So, I feel hopeful about this one! 
 
Mostly we spent our time running around like mad women trying to teach 15 lessons. We saw a lot of cool miracles! We started teaching the best friend of our recent convert, Diogene. His name is Dan. He is a member of the Baptist church, but he is interested in the gospel and in reading the Book of Mormon. He came to church yesterday and he liked it! We are excited to keep working with him. It’s incredible how fast missionary work moves with people that already have friends in the ward who are with them to help them! We were also able to start working with the friend of another member named Edith. She’s really cool and has 3 adorable children! She came to church with her friend yesterday and loved it! We are going to have a FHE with her and the member family this week! 
 
MEMBER MISSIONARY WORK IS THE BEST. HELP THE MISSIONARIES.
 
Here’s another miracle:
 
On Friday night, we were doing our planning for Satuday and I had the distinct feeling to go an try to pass a referral that we received through the church website. We had already passed by once and called a couple of times without hearing anything back, so we figured he wasn’t interested. But, I felt like we should go, so we planned to go out to his home on Saturday afternoon. As Saturday progressed, I started questionning if we really had time to go all the way out there. We almost wrote it off, but the feeling returned that we should go pass him. So we went. We arrived at his apartment building, and I called his sonnerie, but no one answered. LAME. So we prayed for a miracle, and I sonned a second time. AND HE ANSWERED! He opened the door and we went up.
It was a little FAMILY! A french guy, his wife, and a little kid. AWWW. They met the missionaries in the north of France, but then they moved and lost contact with the missionaries. They then decided they wanted to see us again, so they referred themselves through the church website. He said, “It’s really lucky that you passed by today, because we are leaving tomorrow for Russia. We’ll be there for about a month. If you would’ve come one day later, you would’ve missed us!” Of course, we knew it wasn’t luck— it was the SPIRIT that told us to come! We will be getting back into contact with them when they get home! 
 
Yesterday at church, we got to teach the sunbeams at church. THEY ARE SO CUTE. We taught a lesson called: I am thankful for food. Yeah right? Perfect lesson for me. At one point, I asked, “Who should we thank for the food that we eat?” And one of the little girls stands up and yells, “PERE NOEL (Santa!!!!!)” I was like… “uh… no.” but it was so CUTE! 
 
Anyways, we are stretching ourselves again this week with a goal to teach 17 lessons! Pray for us and our goal!
 
Picture of the week: 
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When the week gets tough… the tough buy diet coke. 
 
Have a great week! I hope everyone’s first week back at school was great!
 
Avec amour,
 
Soeur Jones