Monday, March 25, 2013

March 25, 2013 - Grenoble, France

la prière est comme un phare
(prayer is like a lighthouse)

Bonjour, ma famille!

HAPPY (early) EASTER!!! How arrrre you doing?? I'm doing pretty good, pretty good. This week was really great. Lots of member love! Oh, and next monday we have transfers!!!! I am seriously so scared. Friday we find out. I dont know what the heck will happen. Will I kill soeur addis? Will I get a blue? Will I be transferred??? Got an "I heart grenoble" shirt already so I'm good to go if that happens! But I really hope not!!! I love the ward here!!!!

We got members inviting us over with our new amis or with dan, our recent convert as of last saturday, or with both! One of the times we went to the Walter's home, this younger couple who are from Suisse! German side. Well, he is from Germany and she is from Zurich, but they have both been living in suisse for the few years before they met, then after, and then after they got married they moved to Grenoble for his work. So theyre both learning french.She actually speaks swiss german to him and he understands her and speaks high german back to her and thats how they communicate. Pretty cool, gotta say. So that was cool, they invited us, dan, and our now-ami Marie-France! the elders were invited but we couldnt have an even amount of girls and guys cause then it would have looked like a triple date and that would have been no bueno. So yeah. and it was great, even with the four different languages going on(french, english, german, suiss german)!!! So why I say "marie-france our now ami" is because! the elders ported into her on accident cause they were visiting a nonactive and asked if she was interested and she was, so they taught her two lessons, she came to the baptism of dan, (where we met her and we were invited to the walters) and then they taught her again on sunday. she is 19 and in her first year of trying to get into medical school (schooling is SO different here!), but she has gotten behind and so she thinks she will have to take the second year of applying, which is very common, because apparently its like 900 people apply and only 200 get in. Crazzzzy competitive. anywho. so she's doing that, and the elders found her and they were teaching her, then our ward mission leader ("DMP" en français) said that it might be a better idea for the sisters to teach her, just because sisters would do better teaching girls and elders teaching guys..but its ironic because we, the SISTERS, just baptized a GUY...literally the day before he said this. lol. then this week we had our conseil de paroisse (ward council) and the BISHOP said about the same thing!! and used his son, the all-star missionary as an example of switching over their spiritually created ami to the sisters in their ward. By this time i felt super bad for the elders because they found her and had begun teaching her and things were going good for them! and we werent asking for her!! but they talked about it and the day that we went to eat at the walters, they told us that they were passing her to us, and they were happy about it and had prayed about it and all. So we are now teaching marie-france!

We became friends with her since we ate with her already at the walters, and we were with her for all the meetings in church yesterday, then after church the elders told her with us that we would begin teaching her. they made it first sound like a break up and it was so awkward!!!!!!! hahaha. so to lighten the mood I was like, yeah we love you more, soo..! and everyone laughed because they felt so awkward!! lol. but it was fine, we switched, she seemed really happy, and voilà, quoi. AND the elders in gap and valence (the two other elder equipes in our district) were here doing a big exchange between the three elder equipes (one was here because of district meeting) and they set up a rendez-vous for us with this random girl they talked to on the bus! and we called to confirm and she came! and we have a second rdv with her!! her name is caterina and is athiest but open.
she has a lot of questions and really likes learning about different religions, and what she needs to do is to have the faith to PRAY, because she never has. So that is what we are working on. Soeur Planeta, this 90 year old lady we visit every sunday, invited us over this week for lunch!! it was so funny, she is the cranky old lady who acts mean but really loves us. She called and soeur addis answered and she said, "oui, hello," "where are you?!" was soeur planeta's response. lol. in a mean voice. then she asked if we could come over that day or the next for lunch, and she made us spaghetti with meatballs and it was very good. Soeur addis said she has never invited them to eat since she's been here and this is the end of her fourth transfer here! So thats cool!! She always has us over sundays and makes us hot chocolate, but she wanted to spice things up this week. Gotta love those old ladies. They are seriously awesome and just love us to death!! there are 3 that I know of here in Grenoble who are in their late 80s or 90s who give us stuff all the time. Soeur Puissant, a 87 yr old lady, comes to church every sunday and brings us each a bar of chocolate. :) Never fails. Every time we visit Soeur Moulard who lives about the church (the church is connected to an appt building) she pulls out her drinks and her sugary treats even when we protest.

Vaber is doing good and we met his wife! and she was really nice to us!! so we just need to keep going over and yeah. he needs to work on applying his faith and we are good!

Dan is doing great and he invited a friend to church and we will be teaching her next week! and we met two of his other friends last night and had a spiritual thought and gave them Books of Mormon in chinese!! ahhhh!!!!! We will prevail!!! China can keep their doors closed to missionaries, but they cant keep the gospel from their people!!! mwahaha!!! lol.

We also visited our bishops wife (just her, without hte fam) and shared a spiritual thought with her and just checked to see how she was doing, and she was really touched and that really touched the bishop and he told us that he loved us! :D

well, gotta go, but things are going great here in Grenoble! Miracles are beginning to flood in and things are looking up! I love you all and this gospel is so true!!!!!!!

"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have beencalled of him to declare his word among his people, that they mighthave everlasting life." 3 Nephi 5:13

love always,

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