Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Wash your hands and your soul daily

Sorry I'm writing a day late, we were busy doing service yesterday helping some people move. It's funny, they're actually moving to Thoiry, the little town in my last sector that I went to all the time! One of the branch members from up there was here helping them move, so I got to see him again after just two weeks away. Brought back very recent memories even though I've been plenty busy creating memories here in Lyon for the past little bit.

Last Wednesday I went on exchange with the Zone Leaders, so I was with Elder Walker from Utah. He makes good pasta, one of the most valuable skills you can have as a missionary in France. We had two rendez-vous fall through that day, so we ended up doing a lot of contacting on the walks to and from the Institute (LDS Young Adult center). A lot of people were actually willing to stop and talk to us, it was super cool! We shared a Christmas video with a woman and it brought the Spirit right there next to a busy road. We also talked to a middle aged Chinese man who might be the only Chinese person in all of Lyon who's not a student. He invited us to come over to his house and share a message about Christmas!

Thursday was a good day! We had zone training in the morning, so I got to know some people in the zone a little better and we had amazing amazing potato soup with baguettes. I love food. We talked to one of our amis who's progressing really well at the Institute, then headed back to the church for Ward Council. We were at the church over an hour early and it was already dark so we weren't allowed to leave to go home, which means we were rather dinnerless. The Sœur missionaries came by and we all did language study by singing French hymns, and we were all exceedingly starving. Later on a member was super nice and brought us pizza. That was a good night :) I've been studying the provinces of China so that we can sparc (rough translation of sparc = make someone happy) Chinese people more by knowing stuff about their country, hopefully it'll pay off!

Friday night we met with a super awesome member from Congo Brazza, he gave us banana chips and we talked for a long time about the Gospel with him. I love Africans!

Saturday we explored Vieux Lyon a bit more trying to find a small gift for our amie (it was her birthday) and got some advice from some French girls and some Chinese girls that were all hanging out together. That was right outside the Hôtel de Ville which is sooooo pretty. I love that part of the city :)

Sunday I went to both Porte-des-Alpes and Confluence wards because Elder Tomlinson was sick, so Elder Bleak stayed with him in the morning and Elder Brown stayed with him in the afternoon. Six hours of church was fun, I'm just glad I didn't have to translate everything for the non-French speakers like both my collègues did...

Christmas is upon us! Everyone go to LDS.org and watch the new Christmas videos! They're really great for reminding us that we do have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who is there for us and that there is hope in the world no matter what your situation might be. You haven't done anything that can't be forgiven :)

Love y'all!

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