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LA MISSION FRANÇAISE DE LYON
This week (and last one) has been all hyped for meeting President Brown. We were getting super anxious to finally meet him haha! But we had our zone conference in Toulouse on Thursday. It went super well! Président and Sœur Brown are great!! They're definitely different than the Roney's, but they're still great! They are both a little older than them. But they have a lot of energy, so it's super good!! President Brown is from Utah originally, and Sister Brown is from California. They were living in Sandy before the mission. President Brown likes to do stuff outdoors such as camping and hunting.
I was talking to president at lunch at the conference, and they said they got into Lyon at about 2 AM because of flight delays, and then the next day they had to be off to do 11 zone conferences. This week he is going to have to figure out transfer calls and all. It's a pretty busy beginning, but if he can do this then for sure he can do the rest! I'm super excited for this next year and a half that I have to serve with him.
LA BRANCHE D'ABLI
We did a lot of visits with members this week. And we already have a lot planned for this week. We visited our recent convert Eda twice this week and she fed us both times. Like I have said before, she spoils us :) Every time we come over, she tells us that she wants us to come over and feel like we're at home and comfortable. She cooks really well too! She fed us some rotisserie duck! It was super good.
We visited a member, Frere Pageault, and he lives about an hour and a half away from us. But he enjoys having us come over. He comes to church every week so that's pretty impressive! He's in his 70s. But we went over there and shared a spiritual thought with him. He gave us some juice and ice cream! Then we sang a lot of hymns. He really likes singing so we sang probably 10 songs. I was probably the worst singer out of us 3 but it was dope quand même.
In church yesterday they called a new counselor for the branch president. So right now he has one counselor! But there is a family that is moving in from Aix-En-Province the end of this month! And they are moving into Albi!! We really need this family because there are no active members that live inside of Albi. They all live further away. So this will be good for us!! And I heard another family is moving here on August. So this branch will be strengthened a lot by that! But the members have a lot of energy right now with the changes and stuff! We're super excited.
Again, our main ami is Bridgitte. We're still finding new Amis but we haven't found very many people. We are starting and English class this Friday and we've had about 4 people say they want to come. So we're hoping to find through that! But Bridgitte is doing well. We see her 2-3 times a week; right now we're trying to help her quit smoking. She doesn't even smoke a lot a day compared to most French people, so we have a head start already! We made a plan and we all know she can do it. So please pray for her so she can have the force to stop smoking by the end of this month :)
We had some zone bowling last PDay in Toulouse. I'm pretty bad at bowling but it was still fun. Elder Sorenson destroyed us all haha. But even though I'm terrible at it, it's still super fun. The Toulouse zone is super cool. We have a lot of older missionaries, and transfer calls are this Friday. Personally, I expect a lot of changes in the mission just with how many people are finishing their missions and such. So we'll see this Friday!
Honestly, if you look at this last week by only looking at our numbers, it would probably be my "least successful" week so far on my mission. But fortunately, it isn't the numbers that count. For me, it's the service that I do for others. This last week, we had multiple occasions (a lot more than usual) to exercise the priesthood for helping others. It's a blessing that we can use this amazing power for others. I'm thankful for the restored priesthood we have on earth today, that can be used for helping others. :)
Also, shoutout to my homie Brennen who is going into the MTC this week to join the team and bless people's lives in Texas :)
Love you all!! Have a great week!
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