Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lyon II 2

Ok, email time.  I am still getting used to the french keyboards, but it is starting to come back already.  You can change the keyboard to American, but it has been so long since I have used one of those. I have no idea where all the keys are.


  Our Zone is the following:  Us (Elder Frandsen and I are both Zone leaders; it is always like that where both comps are ZLs)  The second Villerbanne equipe who live in our apartment and one is called Chinese speaking.  Two equipes in Gerland which is South Lyon,  The five office Elders, and Clermont Ferrand.  So a pretty small area, but the same number of equipes as before.
Our apartment isn't huge, big enough for four elders, but it is a little tight.  It is fun though irealy like everyone in the appartement.  It is in a big builing in a jewishs area.  There is a jewish store in the bottom of our building actually, they have lots of cool hats.   We live on the 3rd floor here, but the 4th floor if it was in america.

I only did baptisms in the Jordan River temple, nothing else.  I have only been to the draper and provo temple besides that. 

Conference is streamed on the internet, so people can see it at their house,  It is played in the chapel here though, actually in the Ecculy chapel (the other side of town where I started)  The three wards in Lyon all went to thqt one building, so there were a decent number, about the size of one small ward.  We see Saturday morning session Saturday evening, priesthood is Sunday morning, then Saturday evening; then Sunday morning we get to watch live.  Sunday afternoon starts at 10 at night here, so we don't get to see it, and the chapel is closed, so we have no way of seeing it anyway.

I do not know when mothers day is.  On a mission; you don't even realize that it is a holiday or not, the only difference for us is the stores are closed.  So paques ...er easter is a little annoying because you can't do your shopping.  The transfer goes until the 12 of may, so yes or no depending on when mothers day is... apparently that means calls are just before the transfer (according to the other missionaries here in the internet café)

OK; this week went really well. Monday I was just shell shocked the whole time.

Tuesday we saw Micheal who is a less active who just moved in to France two months ago.  HE  wasn't on the ward list; or anything, we just "randomly" contacted him on the metro.  He is sweet!  Originally from Nigeria, he lived in Spain for a long time/  then we saw two other less actives:

Wednesday we taught Jonah, a 9 or 1à year old child of a partial member family.  He wants to be baptized; and has a date for a few weeks; I honestly do not remember.  He is a good kid.  then we saw the family Spataro, a classic Italian family.  If you see the Italian store that is just next to our apartment, they own that.  They are really cool as well.  Only the father really speaks french though, So am I going to learn Italian now?  Probably not ha ha.

Thursday  Saw another sweet old lady who just recently started coming back to church.

Friday Saw Micheal again and his two Nigerian friends, I went on exchange with the office elders; and we did some contacting in ville.

Saturday  got a new ami, a ç year old kid of yet another less active member  who is coming back to church.  We are going to try and set a baptismal date with him in the next couple days.  Then conference.

Sunday was conference all day.  We did talk to a cool slovakian guy in between sessions, but nothing big.

that is really all for this week;  No, there is more.  A really really cool miracle that made my week.  A less active family in Avignon, the family Ughetto.  When I was in Avignon; they were all inactive, then we got the mother and two of the four kids coming back, and one of their  kids was baptized.  I just recently heard that The father and the other two daughters are now active again, and their last unbaptized kid was just baptized, and they are going to the temple to be sealed in the next month!!!!  Ah it is so cool to hear things like that.  Especially when it is people that you know and care about and have been praying for often.  God really performs miracles even in France.  I LOVE THE LORD.  

Thank you so much mom and dad for providing the money needed so that I can be on a mission.  It has and is changing my life.  I have never done so much good in my life, I just feel so much love for these people, it is kind of weird.  Sometimes it is hard; and it feels like even though all you are trying to do is help, no one wants anything to do with you, but you just keep working with faith; and then really cool things like that happen.  Missions kick butt!

Love you so much;  Have a good week;  I love you emails, don't hesitate to make them longer and to throw in pictures as well.  I know how you are just taking pictures all day every day.  =D  Bye

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