Bonjour tout le monde!
This week was really great! We had lots of fun stuff happen!
On Monday night, we went out to Beaune to do a FHE for the members that live out there (it’s too far away to drive to the Chalon FHE every Monday). So, we gathered in our recent convert, Alain’s, apartment and sang and had a little lesson on obedience and for an activity, we made thank you cards for all the people that had borne their testimonies in sacrament meeting the day before. Plus, Alain made us his famous chocolate mousse. So it was good times all around.
On Wednesday, we spent lots of time at the church. We have this little old lady (a non-member) who comes every week and we help her do her geneaology on Family Search (’cause she doesn’t know how to use computers). We sit there and enter things into family search and do research on geneological websites for her. She never knows what’s going on though. She just sits there and randomly points at the screen and says, “1928. Yes. That’s my grandfather.” Even if it’s a totally random unrelated person. We’ve been working with her for a while, and we’ve been hitting a dead end the last couple of weeks. However, this week, we hit the jackpot! We found birth and baptismal records for an entire line of her family from Italy! Soeur Andreasen and I were so excited! We were freaking out and little ol’ Madame Fistarol was just like, “what?”
Then we taught english class. This is one of my favorite missionary activities. I LOVE teaching english class. It’s so much fun. This week was especially fun, because Soeur Andreasen and I taught our class, “Popcorn Popping on the Apricot Tree.” And the hand motions. 🙂 It was so funny to watch them all, concentrating really hard to sing “Spreeng as brot me sutch a neece supreese” and do the hand motions at the same time. Then we talked about holidays and the difference between certain holidays in America and in France. At the end, one of the people asked, “Ees all you americans do ees eat?” And I said, “Oui.”
Thursday night, we had dinner at our ward mission leader/collector/building a museum in his backyard-er’s house. And it was good times. He’s building a museum in his backyard where the first exhibition will be about the Bourgonian vineyards.
So today, we are supposed to have a zone pday in Lyon. But, by the time that Satuday evening came, we still didn’t have any information about it other than our train tickets. So, I called the zone leaders and figured out that it was a giant unorganized mess and they didn’t know what to do. They had some activity ideas, but it was too late on Saturday for them to try to call everyone to bring treats and everything. So they were stressed. But since we live right next door to a Carrefour, I said, “We will take care of the snacks!” So we ran to the Carrefour and yesterday afternoon, I made 99 sugar cookies. And about 1 kilo of frosting.
Bonjour tout le monde!
Well. We spent this week running around like crazy hooligans because we have SO much to do.
I feel like we spend our whole lives on trains.
We’ve been taking the train out to Beaune, a small ville about 25 minutes from Chalon, twice a week to visit our recent convert, Alain, and his next door neighbor (who is a member), Soeur Ziveri. Going to Soeur Ziveri’s to teach Alain is always fun because Soeur Ziveri’s apartment is like a boarding house. There’s always new and random people living there. Also, she has 8 cats. Less fun, but equally as entertaining. However, Alain is doing great! He loves the gospel and is preparing to receive the Aaronic Priesthood. Yay! Take that Satan.
We were also on the train to Lyon again this week, going to zone training. Zone training was AWESOME! One of the best I’ve had my whole mission! So, a few weeks ago, President Roney, in the mission newsletter, told us that he had been inspired recently by the story of the Title of Liberty. So, in his attempt to be all Captain Moroni like, he rent one of his white missionary shirts and wrote on it:
In memory of our God, our religion, our mission, our pleasantries, our homes, and our families (present and future). REMEMBER. Trust in God continually. France Lyon Mission.
And then he signed it. And called it the Title of Baptistry. And then he invited us all to do it too! So, in our zone, we all made titles of baptistry. And we talked about sacrifice. It was a touching meeting and I had the opportunity to do a musical number with another sister in the zone. We performed “Come Unto Christ”, the youth theme music for this year. It was really fun!
On Saturday morning, we had a fun young adult activity that we planned. We had planned on going out and playing football, (as in soccer….) but it was raining (it’s been exceptionally rainy here lately), so we had an indoor game day with Laurent and his sister and some other JA’s from the branch. It was super fun!
It was fun going to church yesterday. Because of General Conference, we didn’t have normal church last week, so this was the first week that I finally got to see everyone. The sister missionaries are now the young women’s presidents of the branch, so Soeur Andreasen and I get to teach our one young woman every Sunday, which is good times. I’ve been reading through the new youth manual and I think it’s so great! But it was fun to be back. It was just like coming back to my home ward. I’m pretty sure some of the older members didn’t think that I ever left…
This week is looking to be a super busy week as well. Wish us luck!!! (Especially with our 20 lessons!)
I AM SO HAPPY.