Hello everybody, there are lots of questions for this week, so lets cut to the chase:
I have not heard from Elder Graham, well not directly, I must have
written his email down wrong because I was not able to send him
anything. I heard he cut his foot really bad, but that was like 7
months ago, he is still on his mission. He is also in the Congo Kinshasa
mission, no Idea how to spell that.
Yes Bienne has a car, didn't I tell you? I guess not. Elder Ihalmo
hates it, ha ha. You need to know him to think that's funny, he's just
such a cute little angry Finnish guy ha ha.
Yes I got the
package, thank you very much! The pants are gorgeous, and I do fit in
them believe it or not. Sorry I said 32 before, but what I meant to
write was 38x32, so you got the right size. I could probably squeeze
into a 36, but that wouldn't be very missionary looking, but very
I also enjoy the peanut butter.
Gas is really really expensive here. Luckily, they give us a magic
card (different from our normal ones) to pay for it. Gas is 1.93ish
franks for one liter. The conversion is about 7.73 per gallon, and that
is franks, so more like 9 dollars a gallon. How would you like to pay
that? These little potato cars get really good milage though. We only
fill up maybe once a week, we could probably go two weeks without
filling up, and it costs us about 95 franks to fill the tank.
Another fun fact about Switzerland, you have to buy special trash
bags here, and to force everyone to recycle, the bags are really expensive. We just bought a roll of 20 bags or so for 40 franks! fun
This week is still Spanish, but I'll talk about that later in the day to day, which might be kinda short this week sorry.
is doing good, Elder Puairau and I are running every other day. about
2km each time. We are also eating lots of rice dishes because I
mentioned that I liked rice, which made him very happy because
apparently his last few collegues have not liked eating rice. Usually
we eat rice with shredded carrots, sliced peppers, onions, egg, and a
little sausage or something, anyways it's really good.
Elder Puairau is the driver, but we talked to president and he
doesn't really care if I drive even though I cough cough may not be
legal cough. did I tell you that I am not even legal in the country? I
mean, I am totally legal I have only been here for 50 days, and am
therefore still considered a tourist. I have 90 days, my legality
didn't get renewed, and after I complained to the office a lot they
finally just told me to tell people I live in France and am visiting if
anyone starts asking questions. Boy I hope no government people are
reading this. But like I said, for the moment I am legal. There are
no plans to renew my visa here either, because they figure I don't have
enough time left on the mission to make it worth it. that is a little
depressing, but whatever, I am in Swiss and I am happy about it.
Especially because the past few days have been beautiful and sunny, only
this week is supposed to be a little rainy.
Our car is an OPEL (drum roll please) Meriva, I'll see about sending photos of it today.
I get the monthly or so letters from the stake, and also the monthly
ward news letter. I love it, because it is the only mail I get that
isn't from you wonderful parents! It reminds me of the mash episodes
when Hawkeye gets the paper from his hometown and reads it to the camp.
I don't know why, but that's what I envision every time I get one. I
read it out loud of course to my colleagues as if they knew the people in
our ward etc...
Am I an elder who sets rdvs on pdays? I do not like to personally,
if I don't get at least a little bit of time to sit and stare at the
wall then I have headaches and tiredness the whole week. Of course,
these people are more important than my personal comfort, so if they
cannot do another time other than Monday during the day, I'll go ahead
and fix the rdv.
I have not been to Dijon, We went to besançon for the conference,
thing and took the dijon elders back to Yverdon with us. It is a shame,
but the elders tell me even the missionaries who do not like mustard,
end up enjoying the dijon mustard.
Yes it is me and elder Puairau who conduct the Zone traning meeting
for three hours. The first hour is a meeting with the district leaders,
which is more only like a half hour, and then the next two hours are
with the zone. We do do practices and other things, so it is not just
us talking the whole time, but still it takes a decent amount of
preparation. Normally we organize things with the Zone conference as
well, but we are combining zones for this transfer with the Geneva and
Lausanne zones, so I think we dodged a bullet there.
Lundi: DId haircuts (I'll be honest, mine doesn't look the best,
but hey, I don't need to impress anyone) then went to Neuchatel to play
soccer, and I stayed there for an exchange
Mardi: exchange in
Neuchatel. In the evening we switched back, and we had some meetings
with the ward and stake council etc. That evening we left for Geneva,
and stayed the night with the Geneva Elders.
Mercredi: Took the train to Lyon, then Lyon to St Etienne, we had
lunch with the Elders there (Jackson (from the MTC) and Arrington( who I
served with in Avignon)) It was really fun, and good to catch up on
what was happening in St Etienne. The ward and the converts are doing
well for the most part, except for David, I don't know if you remember
him. Well he is having a bought of depression and is acting violently
so the Elders have been told to avoid him. It is a shame. So I went to
the Prefecture at 2h40 for my rdv, and was out by 2h50. It was really
lame they just asked me for my birth certificate and my prints, and then
said I was good. Well I am now at least legal in part of our
mission. then Because of late trains and long distances, we ended up
having to stay with the Geneva elders again.
Jeudi: Got home and saw some less actives, went to St Croix, a
pretty little city on the mountain with a great view, to go see some
peoples. Then we taught Léo and Mari the spanish couple. We brought a
member with us to translate. It was a really good rdv. These people
seem pretty lost and have nothing left, so they are trying God. I was
reminded of the verse in Alma 32 where Alma talks about how the people
are blessed because they have been forced to be humble. This is kinda
like this couple. Pretty much everything bad has happened to them. It
should be cool because if they are really sincere, we should see the
biggest changes with them. Then went to bed, first night's sleep in my
own bed that week.
Vendredi: Only real thing of note is we saw Fabian the German punk,
who was pretty interested in the plan of salvation. I find him rather
funny, I am still not sure if he is really interested, but he keeps on
seeing us and reading, so we keep on teaching him.
Samedi: Lots of dinner appointments, we worked at the farm, then
had raclette for lunch with them (i'll show you when I get back) Then
we had a rdv with a member family who gave us not a meal, but some good
orderves. Then we passed an ami who was actually having a BBQ at the
moment, they are a Brazilian family, so of course they made us join them
and we ate with them, and were able to teach all the Brazilians in
Yverdon. That was fun. Then not long after we went to our pre
scheduled eating appointment with the family Rochat, a recent convert
family. I was stuffed by the end of the day and glad that I wasn't
called to Tahiti where it is like that every day. But the food was soo
Dimanche: Good time at church, five amis came including a couple who
just saw the church and decided to check it out. Really a great week.
We taught FHE and then saw some other member families. Gereat week
SO I need to get going, The travel agenda for this week is Geneva
and Neuchatel again, it should be a good week. I love being a
missionary, Have a wonderful week, the gospel is true, and it works.
You are the best love you and thank you for the emailses!