Monday, September 22, 2014

Members and Missionary Work

Salut tout le monde et Happy Monday.  I hope you have all had a great week and all had a missionary experience of some sort!  This was a great week in Nancy and very busy, as usual.  This week we were able to focus on working with members and it made for an awesome week that I want to share with you.

Monday, after P-Day, we were invited to to the the Young Single Adult FHE at the bishop's home.  We had an awesome spiritual thought, played games and had an American meal of hamburgers, fries, ice cream and coke!  It was delicious and super fun to talk to the young people and have them share how they were able to talk to their friends, invite them to activities, and share with them why they were a member.  It was cool to see the desire they had to share the gospel just by being themselves.  It was a great night and we got to know our bishop and his family better too.  (They're awesome!)

We also got to attend Ward council.  It was all about Missionary work and how they can help us.  We have some less active families that we can work on and we are going to rebuild the "Center of Geneology" now that the renovation is done and get members and amis involved in that.

Saturday we had tons attend the Saturday Sports and some of the YSA brought their friends.  We had a great morning getting to know them and their friends.  Later that night we had our missionary night that we have been planning for the last month and it went great!  As members arrived to the Nancy MTC they were taken to the bureau to receive further instructions from the call that they had got earlier in the week in the mail.  The letter told them to report to the MTC on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and they would be assigned there.  At the bureau the President of the mission and his wife, aka our ward mission leader and his wife, greeted them and gave them a tag and an envelope that assigned them to one of 4 missions.  After the opening segment each missionary was sent off with a companion to a classroom where they were taught by the missionaries (us).  They rotated through four different classes.  1) Teaching with the missionaries/members role in lessons 2) Talking to friends about the gospel 3) Using technology to share the gospel 4) Helping recent converts and amis feel welcome and help strengthen their testimonies  At the end the President talked to them and then we had some delicious refreshments.  It was an awesome night and the members seemed to love it!

Yesterday at church is was the ward picnic.  We got to eat and get to know them all better.  After last night we received lots of texts and messages from people asking us to come over for FHE's with amis and recent converts.  It was amazing to see their desire and willingness.  They just needed to know how to do it.  It was such a great week and I love these people more and more as I get to know them better.

We had a cool experience in Mulhouse.  We were able to meet cool people, while contacting, and meet an old ami of the missionaries that was really interested in hearing about the gospel again and going to church.
We were also able to meet the Mulhouse Elders and a family that got baptized this last weekend.  The Hoxja family is awesome and their desire to be members is incredible.

Seeing Johanna and Michel again and to hear that Johanna has read in the Book of Mormon every day since our last rendez-vous three weeks ago
Andre wants to be baptized in October - Yahoo!
Went to see Paolo, who wasn't home, but talked with his brother who was interested in our message
All you can eat Chinese Buffet to celebrate Elder Gram's one year mark

It was a great week and the Lord has helped us out a lot.  Even giving us the ability to wake up everyday at 6:30 a.m.  We will be finding out this Saturday about transfers - it's crazy how fast 6 weeks go!  Thanks for all your love and support.  Have a great week and know that I love you and miss you all!

Elder Player
Frasier ... My new favorite pastry!

Meet Elder Alexander

Full time missionaries in Nancy

Everyone getting their calls at the
Nancy MTC!

Missionary Night

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