After enjoying the treat on the bus, and offering taste testers to about every French person on the public transport, I became discouraged as everyone repeatedly turned down my offer... Then, I finished the bag. I tipped it over and out rolls a Perfect Purple Skittle... My favorite flavor. I smiled to myself and knew that it was a Tender Mercy from the Lord. He certainly does love us!! Haha
Fun French Word of the Week: Six Pack is "Tablet de Chocolat", which directly means "Bar of Chocolate", hahahah. Those Frenchies are too funny!!
We had an incredible last PDay as we took a hike up Puy de Dome, the localmountain of Clermont! We were able to go with the other missionaries, and the Young Adults to celebrate the 14th of July. Such a cool day! I was SOOOO pleased with myself because the only other time I have hiked in my life was Thanksgiving of 2012 with Elder Wood and Elder Egg... And I didn't even make it up the stinking Y!! I cant hike the Y, but the Lord gave me enough strength to make it to the top of this French Mountain. It was so satisfying :) Gotta do that again. We had a fun time on top of the mountain taking ninja photos. Lovely day.
We had a great FHE and then went to a park where we stayed out till 11:50 to watch Fireworks!! I also wore pants the whole day and then we had permission mission wide to sleep in the following morning... Wow. I didn't feel like a missionary Tuesday morning, that's for sure! We had to get back to work and compensate for our lack of missionariness. It was a great reward for our diligence in achieving our goals for the 5th of July... Did I tell you that we had 22 baptisms mission wide??... If not, let me tell you again of the miracle witnessed in the France Lyon Mission... We had 22 baptisms in one day. It was a beautiful blessing from the Lord.
We had a pretty normal week... Still a bit tough with the amis. We tried to stay SUPER motivated this week. We even decided to Whistle While we Worked to keep motive and positivity flowing! We sadly have not found any new amis, even though we both feel as if we are more dedicated and diligent than we ever have been on our missions! Seriously, we talk with so many people and we don't waste any time! We have met some of the COOLEST potentials, but they are all either leaving on vacation, or super busy with work right now... But, we know it is all in the Lord's timing... If we continue to work and put our trust in Him, we will accomplish miracles as the Apostle of the Lord promised us in Nice France the 10th of June. I love Him and I trust Him.
We were able to set a baptismal date with Ivio. WOO!! This Sunday was his 5th consecutive Sunday at church. Never seen that happen without a baptism in the near future... We are so grateful for him, even if he is a little bit odd, we know that the Lord loves him and is so pleased with his progress in the gospel. The members are doing a great job at integrating him. Please pray for him to keep working towards his date of September 27th!
We were able to visit the cutest couple in the entire ward this week... They are 80 and 87 years old. They made us the most delicious chicken I have ever had in my life... I choked back tears, if you can imagine that, haha. (I know you all can.). We got to see Armand, and some other great members. I even got so excited during a member RDV this week that I nearly choked on a piece of Finnish candy! But its okay, I survived after embarrassing myself BEYOND BELIEF! I still laugh about the weird noises I made, haha.
We were able to attend a surprise birthday party for Soeur Burton, the wife in the senior missionary couple in the ward! We played Pétanque... Please go look it up if you're American. It was so much fun! I felt so French... Continuing my Roney Pattern of becoming a True European. I even won my first game.I felt like I could stand with any proud Frenchman over the age of 62 and say that I enjoy playing Pétanque. Right on.
We got to go on an exchange this weekend with the Sister Training Leaders, and they both happen to
The greatest part of the week was Sunday... Us and the Elders made about 150 cookies to SPARK the members to DEATH! It was so great to be with them. We had a fantastic picnic after church as well. There was so much love stirring within our hearts. There were two girls in the ward that were able to go to EFY this past week... One being Camille, our ami who isn't baptized. As she stood to bear her testimony during sacrament, I couldn't help but cry as she testified of the Savior. She reminded me so much of myself. I am eternally grateful for the years of Girls Camp, and EFY and Youth Conferences that brought me such spiritual enlightenment and nourished my once seedling testimony. I know that the Spirit is fortified as we are together and as we learn from and teach each other.
This week I studied Humility. Humility is willingness to submit to the will of the Lord. It includes gratitude for His blessings. It is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of spiritual strength. YES! The first scripture I read this week was Alma 5:26-29..."26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life. 29 Behold, I say, is there one among you who is not stripped of envy? I say unto you that such an one is not prepared; and I would that he should prepare quickly, for the hour is close at hand, and he knoweth not when the time shall come; for such an one is not found guiltless." NOT THE BEST CHOICE TO START OFF WITH! I was a little bit terrified of what lied ahead, but I found greater support from Ether 12:27, the favorite scripture of Hermana Taylor and Sister Josie..." 27 And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."
The Lord's grace is sufficient. I know that as we recognize His infinite greatness, and we become grateful and humble, we will see that we are not becoming lesser, but we are becoming spiritually mature and strong. We must simply turn to the Lord. We must give Him our all. Our whole soul. We must show Him that we love and trust Him, and then, we will become instruments in His hands, and bring about the Miracles He has prepared for us. I noticed my weaknesses become strong this week... I love the Lord. I am unwaveringly grateful for the opportunity to be HIS missionary.
I love you all :)
Avec tout mon amour,