Hello everyone, this is the former Elder Crossman, now Luke Crossman. Today I am writing exclusively to you blog audience, oh how special.
So as the title says I have come home from my mission in southern France. It was incredible. A life changing experience for me, and I hope that I had some part in helping change other lives as well. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my blog. When I got on and saw how many hits I had gotten, I was quite surprised. I hope that it helped you in some way or just made you smile.
I am back to work and going to school this January. I have considered continuing this blog, in hopes of keeping it related to missionary work/spiritual things... I am still undecided, because I might also like to finish it and leave it as a memorial of sorts for my mission. I think it could be good for people if I put the perspective of a return missionary here to give my point of view so family might understand their missionary better, or maybe random bits about France as a missionary... I just don't want this to end up like so many American television programs where you keep churning out content until the creativity bucket has really gone dry, the whole thing crashes, and you end up leaving with a little disappointment.
Things to ponder on. For now, I would like to say again that Jesus is the Christ, our savior and redeemer, the very son of God. His church has been restored again to us through modern day prophets. If you are not a member of my faith, and you wish to learn more, here are a couple handy websites:
May God bless you and keep you. La France est un beau pays ou des miracles se passent tous les jours. Good bye and Good night!
Here is a photo of me in normal human clothing... I just thought photos make everything more entertaining.
Sunday, December 1, 2013
Hi everyone, so I am in the office in Lyon. I got on a train at 7H20 in the morning. And now I'm here. President is doing interviews. I have not had mine yet. We have had a cool group discussion about things to do going home. I won't go into details here, secret combinations and such. So I am in a weird... state right now. i am not too focused. I feel a lot like I did at the beginning of my mission. Well. I don't think I'll be able to call from dallas, but I'll be there don't worry.
I love you very much... we might have beef stroganof for dinner, sister Roney asked for my favorite plate, and I said that. I figured I can't get mexican. Well see you later... tomorrow. Love you!
Hello everyone to this last episode of Elder Crossman on mission. next week we will have the special closing ceremonies, but it will not be a normal email due to time restraints. However the host and its crew would like to ask the audience to send in their letters for next week. They will still be appreciated. So yeah, I wouldn't mind if you sent me a quick email to let me know you will not forget me at the airport, or will move last minute and not tell me ha ha.
so Let's go to the questions.
No I have not written the primary. i have got quite a few people to write while I'm here, and the time is not slowing down.
I didn't get what you meant by do I get a burner or a phone... I don't get a phone for the trip home, I just have to hope that you are there by 7 50 or whenever the plane comes in.
So I don't know when I'll be going into the mission home, but it will be by train. Probably early Monday morning. I figure I won't have much time do m'amuser in Lyon.
I never went to pick people up at the airport, but I did take the plane to Bordeaux when I was zone leader in Lyon. So I have been to the lyon airport before. It is cool and futuristic looking, but it is very small. Instead of going ton teh jetwayss you just walk onto the runway and get on the plane directly. The bordeaux airport is even smaller. a plywood box with a long runway basically. The flights here are really cheap though, so I guess you can't complain. I think Lyon to BOrdeaux costs about 30 euros with easy jet.
For registering. I think France is only 7 hours ahead of you. Maybe I'm wrong. but nonetheless. I will more than likely be on a train or at a train station at 7 or 8. It is about 7 hours of train to Lyon from here, so I probably won't even be in Lyon until the afternoon. Could you get JJ to do it? and to practice beforehand so he knows where to go?
David is doing great. he got the aaronic priesthood yesterday, and is excited to do some home teaching. He really is shining... and has a new suit and a place to live now. Though apparently he isn't a very good truck driver, so hopefully he gets better or finds a new job.
Gedemias won't be baptised this weekend sadly. he still will be eventually, but we just were not able to see him..; rather he wasn't able to see us this week, so we have too much to teach him in too little time.
Our other amis are doing well. Daniel and his wife Alicia are progressing little by little. Yesterday we set another rdv with a spanish family that we talked with in the road, and another with a young student kid, so things are going well.
Yes I have a good ammount of money still
Yes send me an email
So I forgot my planner, so I cannot really give you a day to day sory. But we did go to carcassonne this thursday for district meeting. That is a super pretty ville. After district meeting, I gave a baptismal interview for a guy who pâssed and was baptised last saturday and confirmed yesterday. That was fun. I was planning on doing another interview, but that didn't work out, so we ended up in carcassonne with two hours til our train and nothing to do. We decided to go contacting around la cité. A huge cathedral where they filmed the original Robin Hood. it is stunning, and I think it is the biggest castle in our mission, if not all of France. We also popped inside for a second, and we were able to talk with two families from south america, a family from Romania, and an australian couple... still doing missionary work, just in cool places.
Then this Saturday We had a soirée talent. I played Guitar for my last hurah, people said I did good even though I messed up on one of the verses on a poor wayfaring man of grief. There were some other funny and good acts too. We had 20 non members there, and we fixed a rdv with a couple of them.
Anything else that happened of note? we played football (soccer) with some amis and young adults saturday morning, yes that's approuved, if you are smart about it. I scored three goals, and one of the amis there accepted to come to church and came! voilà
There are quite a few sick people in our district, and apparently it is true for the mission as well since I just recieved my prompt for district meeting this week and it is about physical emotional and spiritual health. it is an oddly practical theme. Normally, it is something more like... Opening your mouths or consecrating yourself or something like that.
Well i still don't feel like I'm going home. I know I have my ticket, and I know I will leave, but it just feels like I'll be here foreve. I really think it is the Lord blessing me because I am not getting trunky.
I'll see you in .;. eight days now. toodles, tell monte that I love him and that I still havn't forgotten that I promised him a steak. I love you all as well. Read your scriptures every day, and go to chruch every week. I am getting a little tired or hearing less actives excuses for not coming to chruch, because "people don't care about me" or "I'm tired and busy" or "I can pray at my home" or "everyone who goes to church is a hypocrite" I hope I can keep things simple in my life and remember that God has asked me to be at church every week even if I don't see why all the time. when you do things for the right reasons, and you have the spirit with you, all your problems seem so small, and even the big ones don't matter in the long run. i realize I am not talking from lots of experience, and that I am in a sort of missioniary spirit steroid thing, but it is so simple. Recherchez d'abord le royaume de Dieu et le reste vous sera donné. God's rules are simple and he always makes good on his promises. My very very favorite scripture that I have read and quoted a lot on my mission is Jean 14: 21-27
Si quelqu'un m'aime, il gardera ma parole, et mon père l'aimera; nous viendrons à lui, et nous ferons notre demeure chez-lui. ... Je vous laisse la paix, je vous donne ma paix. Je ne vous donne pas comme le monde donne. Que votre cœur ne se trouble point, et ne s'alarme point.
In keeping the commandments, we have the paix du seigneur with nous... us. But it is not peace as the world gives (essentially finantial security and superflu) . just do what is right and let the consequence follow. I just wish I could make other people understand this... and I really hope that I don't forget it. I know if I do what I shoudl than I won't, but I shoudl be wary.
Anyway there is my discous et mon temoignage que je vous laisse avec toute mon amour, et mille corbeilles de bisous. Je vous verrai la semaine prochaine, c'est fou pas vrai?
CIAO! Guerra Missionario!
Hey; Thank you for telling me you know what to do for classes. It would be super cool to get that schedule that I wanted. So we will go to teh questions:David is gereat. i confirmed him,a nd he brough yet another friend to church. We fixed a rdv with the guy too.
Thanks Elder, well this week has been magical and full of success, if you look at the graphic, we can see the seven day forecast.
Monday: we taught Gedemias, one of David's friends who is super golden. We fixed the 25 october as his baptism. He said Mas pronto when we asked him (sooner), but he'll just have to wait til then because we need time to teach him everything ha ha. After that lesson, we went to a place called Colliour, a beach town about 40 mins from here on Bus. ti is a super pretty beach town on the mediterranian. We took pictures, saw the little church on the little island that is famous, and explored the little pretty roads. Gorgeous, it looks just like those paintings of France, the light is perfect, old castles on the sea... Fun fun... there were also two naked people on the naked beach section... odd, unfortunatley you had to walk past the naked people to get to the tourist part. ay yay ya y this apostate world. Then that evening we took the train to Montpellier for our zone conference. It is a combines zoine conference, so we had it in Aix-en-Provence! Remember that place? So since it is kina far, we went to montpellier the day before and stayed in the elder's apt.
Friday: planning, saw our friends Judicaël and Lilian... they are both dropped. They just aren't progressing/ we think that one of them is ligitimatly crazy. Then we taught english class and had the baptism of the sister's amis, Alain and Catherine. It was a really good service. I made tiramissou which when the sisters said the elders made it, everyone was surprised because it was good.
How many people ended up coming to presthood session?