ELDER HOMER! I remember meeting him. But also this week we have a conference wig kinda k burton. And I heard he was going to be there. It's in Lausanne. So I might see him and then I can talk about all of you. Ahaha. So a lot of things happening this week. Tonight we are going to Lyon to go out to dinner with sister brown with all the stls. And then Tuesday we have a conference with president for the stls and the zone leaders. Then we are in annemasse Wednesday. Thursday we have zone training in Geneva (this is where we have to present in front of the whole zone...kind of pooing my pants,..haha)... Then Friday we are heading to Lausanne for the conference with Linda k burton (SO EXCITED).. Saturday we are back in annemasse. And then Sunday we should be having our Amis baptism!!! :) one epic week coming up!!!
So are you ready for my EPIC WEEK???? You always are...HERE WE GOOOOO...
SO first night. We had a fhe with the funniest family I have EVER met (excluding you guys) seriously though, the whole night was full of laughter, and jokes and I just felt right at home the moment I walked in the door. And it was exactly what I needed. Coming here, I didn't know why, but I was SO nervous, so nervous! And I couldn't stop being nervous. Then this family just calmed me right down and I was just so happy. It's funny how Heavenly Father used this family to actually answer my prayers. And little extra thing to make me smile...guess what we are having? TOASTIES!!! Hahaha it was the greatest.
MIRACLES- we were out the first day contacting. As we contacted a young man we Find out he has been taught before by the missionaries, a few years ago and has come to church before too. There are not a lot of people here in annemasse on the street. So for us to be walking down the same street as him at that moment was in fact a miracle.
Another miracle...one of our Amis here, they hadn't seen in a while. Rode past on her bike. So we stopped her. Haha. And fixed a rdv for this week. It was great and funny stopping her on her bike, (don't worry it wasn't dangerous) but you know.,the lord gives you these opportunities...you got to take it. Haha.
So another miracle. We visited one of our Amis. And she has a brother who leaves in the house right opposite where she lives. But they never speak because of an argument many years ago (so sad) anyway...she laughed and said "it would be funny if you went over there, and knocked on his door...but don't mention my name!" Hahaha she was just joking. But we took it. So right after we went right across the road and knocked on his door. His wife looked at our badge and said "no way, I am not interested." Her husband just behind spoke to us, and then ended up letting us in. We taught him the restoration. And in return he faces us some of his garden apples. Haha. It was a sweet experience. And he had never heard of our church before. You never know when the seed may take place. We can never see the end at the beginning. Maybe one day he will come.
So France is very different to Switzerland. So for one, the numbers are not the same (right now I'm struggling counting with the French numbers, because I've learnt the Suisse.) haha. Also the accents are different. The French accent IS NOT THE SAME. NOOOO so it's more difficult for me to follow a conversation right now. Haha. But everything is SO MUCH CHEAPER. So yes be ready to see a chubby sister at Christmas. Haha. I'm going to get fat here too because we go into a house and say "just for five minutes to share a message" and they end up giving us croissants, and hot chocolate etc....got to love it though. Im in heaven here. Haha
Less active experience - she had been praying for a sign and an answer to her prayers. She has been living here for two years. And the sisters knocked on her door that day. It was the sign she was looking for and now we see her every week. The difficult thing is her husband wants nothing to do with it. But she has so much faith and she is a hero! I love her so much. I know she will come back.
Miracle- we passed someone, an older lady the relief society president asked us to pass. As she opened the door, we were greeted with a frown and a sad lady. As we started to talk and ask her questions she started to light up, I think she just needed to speak with people and be listened too. But soon we asked if we got re visit us next week. And the sadness came over her again as she explained how much her faith is failing. She broke down in tears on her doorstep as she explained she had lost her mum a couple of years ago, and since then nothing made sense. As we stood there and testified of life after death, I see her fill up with just a little bit of hope. But she still wasn't satisfied. But we are now going to be visiting her to help her faith grow stronger. Anything is possible with the help of our Heavenly Father.
Quick question...here in annemasse we have three Amis who are 9 year old. After eight they become an ami of the church. Which is weird because they are sooo young. I love it because they are the cutest. But we are going to be teaching tithing and fasting this week...Lucy or mum or anyone do you have any cool games, or activities we could do to teach it. In a fun way!??? I would appreciate it. (Just send it to my email as i can open those during the week i just cant reply).....
Something I loved this week was our lesson with our ami, jocelyne and we were teaching the commandments and we used the analogy of the umbrella. God is pouring these blessings down from heaven but we need to let him in. We cannot have the umbrella open, stopping all these blessings from reaching us. There are always blessings that come from obedience. We just need to choose it.
So we have two wards here. We are in the annemasse ward and the saleve ward. So on Sunday we are at church all day. Annemasse is from 9-12. And then we have ward councils in between and then the saleve ward is from 1:30-4:30. And then we speak to everyone, sort out things for the bishops etc and we got home at 7!!! Haha it was incredible though. I gave my testimony in both wards of course. We have another elder from Bristol here in the annemasse ward too, he is fresh into the mission! So that's cool.
The two wards here, are so sing else. Absolutely incredible people. Extremely dedicated members and completely involved in missionary work. And it's only been the first week. I know these people are going to become my heroes. They are so incredible.
We had a relief society activity, it was moving round different rooms, and doing sports and oh my goodness I haven't laughed like that in ages. There is this one member and she turned up in High heels and jeans etc and doing "squats" she would just wiggle her bottom 50 times instead. I think it's another "had to be there" moment but it was just so funny.
So here comes the study bombardment that I know you love...haha
- ether 12:27 is my ponderizing scripture this week.
- I was reading through my mtc notes and came across a talk on the atonement and this life now. "We left those arms crawling and we can return to them running.." I love this. We are here to learn. Which means we will fall. Each time we fall and get back up to learn to walk on our own. We learn to run. But his hands are always there waiting for us to grab hold when we need them.
- "this life time is the time to prepare to meet God.,not the time to recieve all of the blessings" this is from one of the last conference talks. I loved it because it can sometimes be hard when we see now, in the moment we are not receiving blessings from our work. But just never ever give up. Keep on going and just have enough and hope and trust that the blessings will come. Most in the life after. Happiness is always ahead. Christ is always there "I know where you are, I know what comes next, and I'll help you get there." He knows our situation most perfectly and he knows what comes next. Let him guide you to the next step. Trust in him who knows you perfectly. :)
I was thinking of my testimony and how much it has grown over these past 8 months. And I am trying to find the words. I really, honestly do not know what my testimony would be like compared to what it is now. This is not a paragraph of boasting. NOT AT ALL. And if it comes across that way...then I apologize! But what I hoped to be true before are now truths to me. I know it sounds weird because "how do you know them to be true" ....you just know! I'm sure you know what I'm speaking about. You just know. And you have that certainty within, and that feeling that nothing in this world could pull you away from that knowledge. And that's how I feel.
I love this whole thing!! It's the greatest journey. And I'm loving every single minute of it!!
Just never think you know enough. Keep studying every single day, keep building upon the faith that you have. You can never reach the limit. It's not possible. You can always be building and strengthening on top of what you already know.
I love you all so much, you wouldn't believe it. I am so excited for life and just everything. I'm so happy. And I just love hearing how happy you all are too.
Keep those gorgeous smiles (Amy and Chloe...mouths shut please) HAHAH ah I crack myself up. Anyway.
HAVE ANOTHER EPIC WEEK, thanks for the pictures and everything. You really cannot get better than all of you. And I'm so sorry if everyone doesn't get an email. Just know that I appreciate your emails. I've read them and that I love you all so much.
LOVE YOUR ONE AND ONLY...
SISTER FAGG XXXXXXXXXXXX
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