Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Note:  This weekend is Elder Jacob Steadman's birthday,  feel free to drop him an email birthday wish at jsteadman@myldsmail.net  or if you want to mail him a card let me know and I will send you his address. 


Bonjour everyone!

Summer and soldes are here! The weather is getting really warm and

continually going up in temperature.. But we're still doing some good

Last Monday was transfer day but because we didn't any changes, we

didn't have to worry about anything. We got to see the Corsica elders

(My homie Elder Thangaraj) and chill with them for a little bit. We

went and did some pre-soldes looking at places like Louis pion (now my
favorite store in Toulon). We went and played some ping pong in the
afternoon with Gabriel, the member from Seattle. We ate dinner with
the Corsica elders in the evening at McDonalds, and then went and ate
dinner at a members house for family home evening.. So we had two
dinners... Haha we ate McDonald's and forgot that the family home
evening would also be a meal.. But we managed through it and had a
good evening with some members!

Tuesday we did some planning, we saw Xavier and had our missionary
coordination meeting.. I'm not sure if I mentioned, but Xavier got
called as ward missionary! He's been baptized for about 6 weeks and
he's already ward missionary.

Wednesday we played some ball with some pretty chill high school kids.
That evening we had a cool miracle.. we were supposed to teach our
Brazilian ami Ananias, but he was late so we went to his apartment
anyway with his son Gabriel, who doesn't speak a lot of French. We
brought the American Gabriel who speaks Portuguese and Brazilian
Gabriel started asking us some questions about the Book of Mormon,
which lead us into a good lesson with him!

Thursday we had a rdv in the morning with a woman that stopped us on
the street a couple weeks ago. She's a French woman that lives in
Avignon but is moving to Toulon soon. Probably in July or August We
met with her and her friend at a café. She seems to be really
interested! We probably won't see her for a while because she doesn't
live here yet... But hopefully soon enough! It was cool because we
gave her the Book of Mormon, and she asked me if I would write
something in the front of it.. Haha I've never had someone ask me to
do that so that was pretty cool!

We visited a few members with our ward mission leader.. Both of them
are slightly less active. The one has a bunch of health issues right
now. But she's a super cool member! She's grateful for all the stuff
she has despite her difficulties.

That evening we went and played pétanque with Xavier and got some
pizza with him. Great evening with him!

Friday we visited some Tahitians; the wife is a member the husband is

a nonmember. We've been teaching the husband and he picks everything

up really quickly! He really has a good understanding and desire. We

asked him about baptism and he said that it's something that he would
want to do. We told him that he could get prepared and be baptized in
a month. His wife is also a recent convert. He was a bit nervous about
doing in a month cause he said he doesn't feel ready, so we just left
him with the invitation to pray about it. He has enough faith
necessary to receive his answer!

We had a movie night at the chapel and we watched meet the Mormons..
Not many people showed up but it was still good.

I also cut cut my own hair this week and it turned out better than I
expected... I don't have any photos at the moment though..

I don't have enough time to finish, but I love you all! Have a great week!

Monday, June 20, 2016



This week we saw the worlds biggest (I'll tell you what it is in the email)!!

This week was seemingly long but well occupied. 

Last Monday we took the cable car up to the top of the mountain, which led to a two hour journey in a direction away from the cable car. When we were going to go back down, the cable cars had closed off because of the strong winds. So we ended up walking back down from the mountain. These aren't mountains like Utah, but they're still quite large. It took us quite a while, but we succeeded in taking some pretty cool photos!

We had family home evening at Frere Sassi's home. He's our ward mission Leader and has us over every Monday night. We are somewhat teaching his mother, who is almost 96 years old. Some other members were there as well and we all had a meal together. 

Not much happened on Tuesday... I mostly just don't remember..

Wednesday we had district meeting in Cannes. We got started pretty late because there was a bunch of strikes going on for the trains and the buses, so it took a while for us to get to the chapel. But we had a great district meeting and then went to steak and shake for lunch! Always a win at steak and shake. 

That same day we stayed in Antibes (the ville right next to Cannes) and did a blitz with the elders. I went with elder hurst to a dinner appointment with this family with a French mother and Tahitian father. They asked us for a spiritual thought that could push them a bit to hold stronger to the iron rod. We talked about prayer and how everything we do must start with a prayer and we must keep the Lord in mind. It was a great rdv plus the meal was delicious.

Whilst in  Antibes, we saw the worlds biggest yacht :) hahah she was massive. I'll send photos. Apparently she costs about $600 million. Her name is Dilbar. Check her out online. 

Thursday we returned with the Antibes elders to Toulon to do another blitz. We spent all day helping out the Tahitians in our ward set up for a "soirée tahitienne" (Tahitian evening). We just helped decorate the chapel and such. 

Friday we got transfer calls and elder Loveland and I will be staying for another six weeks in Toulon. In the mission there's about 85 companionships. All of them changed except for 8... There was a lot of crazy stuff happening! Hahah
We went to the soirée tahitienne where they had a Tahitian meal and some Tahitian dances. It was pretty sweet! One of the plates they had is called Poisson Cru. It's a fish base plate. (Mom you probably won't believe I ate this) They took raw, red tuna and mixed with with coconut milk, lots of lemon juice (the lemon juice somewhat makes it not raw) with cucumbers and carrots. It was super good! They made some other plates that were super good but I don't remember what they were.. 

Saturday was great.
We went and played some ball with Mike. So Mike is a member from California that's here in France living with aunt and uncle and trying to play some rugby with his uncle, who plays for Toulon (one of the best teams in Europe). Mike graduated in 2014 and he just got to France about a month ago. He's a straight up bro! He's way cool. We played some ball with him and some other French people and had a good time. We started talking to Mike afterwards and he just opened up to us and kinda told us a lot about his life. There's some info I won't disclose, but he talked about how he hasn't really ever read the Book of Mormon and how he kind of feels like sometimes God wouldn't want to listen to his prayers. He grew up in the church and all, but he said that he hasn't read cover to cover and he doesn't really know the Book of Mormon. He said he stumbled on some verse that he likes in 3 Nephi.. We told him that 3rd Nephi is one of the best books in the Book of Mormon. He was like "whys that?" 
We said "Because that's when Christ visited the people in the Americas. That's what makes the Book of Mormon Another Testament of Christ." 
He said that he definitely feels like that came from the spirit and that God hasn't forgotten him. 
We also talked about fasting and he mentioned how he has never done it and doesn't really know how to.. So we talked about it, and we told him that we will fast with him on July 3rd for the same purpose of helping him figure out what he needs to do. He loved the idea. 
Our boy Mike has the faith necessary to get the help he needs. I'm super stoked for him. Please pray for our homie Mike. 

After that, we went and had a rdv with Ananias, our Brazilian ami, Gabriel, his son, and Gabriel, the member from the states that speaks Portuguese. We didn't get a chance to teach anything because we didn't have a lot of time, but we had a great rdv just with Gabriel speaking Portuguese with them and creating a friendship. 

Sunday, our recent convert here got his first calling as ward missionary. He's super excited and we know he'll do a great job. He's on fire and it's only been like 6 weeks since he's been baptized. 

After church we went with Ananias and both Gabriel's to the Durand's house for lunch. The Durand family is one of those families that have super strong roots in the church. The grandfather has been a mission president, stake president, etc. and the father is the current bishop of the ward. One of the other sons is in the stake presidency at the moment. It was the grandfather and grandmother that invited us over with Ananias, his son, and Gabriel. We had a lunch outside with some beautiful weather in their home in the mountains. It was a super great lunch. Ananias had prepared some Brazilian stuff for them. They were like chicken nuggets but a lot better haha. At the table we had two missionaries, Ananias and his son, Gabriel, the Durand mother and father, two of their kids and their spouses, and two grandchildren. Unfortunately I didn't get any photos with everyone.. 
Bishops House

We had a really funny experience and an SDF (homeless guy) this week but that's one of those experiences I'll share after the mission.. Don't worry, it's nothing bad or anything to worry about :) I'm just writing it down so I can remember it when I read over old emails again..

Mais bon.. Je crois que c'est tout!

Passes une bonne semaine! Je vous aime tous :)

Monday, June 13, 2016



Hey everyone! We had a super good week. 
We've been super busy and it's
been great!


We've been able to teach quite a bit this week. This new push for Amis
has been helping us teach more lessons and find new people, and it's
been great! We have this new ami named Romeo. He's from Cameroon and
he's interested to meet with us and learn more. We gave him a Book of
Mormon, but unfortunately his roommate threw it out because he said
it's not good. Romeo still wants to read and meet with us, but he
can't take a Book of Mormon home.  So we just meet with him and teach
and read the Book of Mormon at the same time.

One morning we decided to go contact before lunch for an hour to try
to find two new Amis. We asked our district to say a prayer for us as
we went out. About 50 minutes went by with no success. But then we
both contacted two different people, and we both found two new Amis at
the same exact time, right at the end of our hour! So that was a super
cool miracle.

Valence elders, Elder Arne (exchange) and Xavier!

We hadn't had contact with our Brazilian ami, Ananias. One night we
were contacting around, and we saw him and his son on the road! We
started talking to them and he was just like "okay let's go eat now!"
So he took us home and we ate Brazilian food haha. It's was super
unplanned but super nice of him. Unfortunately he couldn't come to
church today because his boss changed his day of work.. But hopefully
he comes next week!

Speaking of our Brazilian friend.... We've had a crazy miracle. We've
been talking to the mission office and some other missions in Brazil
and the MTC to find someone who speaks Brazilian Portuguese. Our plan
was to do some skype lessons with them, Ananias, and his son. But God
had another plan instead..
This week, a member from Seattle showed up and he's gonna be here for
a couple months. He's like 23 years old and her served a mission...
Guess where... BRAZIL! Hahaha wow we were super stoked about that.
It's crazy how the lord works! So now we'll be teaching quite a bit
with him.
Sunset in Toulon

We had dinner with the Patous Couple and sister Martinez. Their story
is long and complicated, and because of it they can't get baptized for
the moment, but everyone knows they'll be baptized one day when things
get settled. This couple is amazing! They're practically members. The
husband told us about how he offered a Book of Mormon to someone...
This dude isn't even baptized and he's being a missionary! Haha
they're on fire. They're a very nice couple.

One evening we decided to change things up with the recent convert
Xavier, and we went and played pétanque. I don't have time to explain
what it is, so just go look it up. It's very popular I'm France and
it's way way. But we went and played on a terrain right by the ocean.
It was a beautiful evening and we ended it off by splitting a pizza
between us three. Xavier is on fire as well! He's picking up
everything so fast. He'll be going to the temple pretty soon so that
will be great.


We helped a guy move in this week, and he brought his whole family..
They were like a redneck French family. You'd have to understand both
types of people and then combine them. It was super interesting...


We saw the Manoa family this week. They're a super dope family from
California! The husband is a rugby player here and they're super cool.
We're teaching their 7 year old son so that he can get baptized. I'm
not sure if I already told you, but they're related to Elder Kulu that
was in our stake at home for a bit! It's funny cause he's like the
only missionary I've remembered. The Manoa's bought us some McDo as
well so that's always chill with me.

We also had skype interviews with president and that was very
motivating. We talked about persevering and he shared some important
stuff. It was a great interview with him!

Also Elder Kahn (my bleu) visited Toulon last Monday cause his comp
forgot his birth certificate hahaha so it was fun seeing them.

We get transfer calls this friday, and I have some legit justifiable
fears of leaving Toulon only after six weeks......  We'll see what
happens. It also sounds like Toulon will get another set of
missionaries, which would be a good thing!

I have a slight sunburn.. Which will just be a tan soon enough 😎 #ThanksMom

I love you guys!! Have a great week!

PS I'm in my final six months now 😁😳 time is flying..

My comp caught a fish last Monday using a string, a sinker, a hook,
and a piece of bread haha people were laughing cause he was so excited


Wednesday, June 8, 2016


I don't have a lot of time.. We had some unexpected guests from
valence today (My last comp and his new comp, they had to come down
for certain reasons that would be useless to explain. Nothing

It's crazy that I'm at six months left already.. Haha that came by really fast!! 
I actually had an interview with president today by Skype (it's his interview tour) 
and we were able to talk a lot about these next six months. It should all go well!! 

I'll try to sum up my week briefly. We had a super fun Pday with a
bunch of other elders that came to Toulon. We played some ball with
some dudes so that was fun.

On Tuesday we had zone finding day, where all the missionaries in the
zone get together in one area and find people to teach. It was
Toulon's turn to have it. I was super stoked for that day, but things
got changed around a bit. Elder Loosle (my homie) woke up that morning
with a really bad ear ache and so we called the mission nurse and she
said to go get it checked out. So I went with Elder Loosle to the
Hospital.. We ended up being there for about two hours. He got checked
out and got some prescriptions and stuff, and he was told to go home
and rest... So I spent all day with Loosle inside while everyone else
was out working in Toulon. I felt bad hahah but I did make some calls
to people and it sounds like they had a pretty good day. They found 13
new people that were interested. That's a lot for us! It was way cool.

Unfortunately we had a record of appointments fall through this week..
We had about 9 total. They all just ended up not working out so that
was disappointing...

In other news, we met some American members that were in Toulon for
the day for a cruise. They bought us pastries!! It was super nice of
them. I feel bad because we didn't even get their names, but they're
from California. Shoutout to those members this week! You're the
nicest! There were some other members that also tried to give us $20
but we refused to take it  cause it's against the rules.. Hahah she
was like "really?! All the other missionaries took it." Haha we win!

One of the people that was found got engaged to baptism in July! One
of the missionaries in nice found and committed him, but unfortunately
we haven't been able to see him. He's pretty busy with work and all.
His name is Mondher. Pray for him!

We did a blitz in Antibes (where the band M83 comes from). That went
pretty well! That evening we went to the chapel in Cannes and watched
Meet the Mormons for a ward activity. It was super good!

We saw our Brazilian friend Ananias on Saturday evening. It was like
8:30 and he was like "hey lets go to mcdonalds" haha so we went to
mcdo with him and his son. They're superrrrrrr nice! Ananias also came
to church the next day so that was great.

We also had a rdv with a guy named Romeo.. It went well but he was
super tired. We're gonna try to see him again tomorrow!

Well I think that's all... I love you all!

La Mer