So this is probably the last letter that I will write home. That is weird.I feel like I need to write something profound. But I was never one to be profound so... here we go!!
This week went beautifully slow!!! As I've been praying that it would!!
Monday-We spent P-day in a little village at our ward mission leaders childhood home. It was old and we played this really old board game in a really smoky house. (he forgot to open the chimney for the fire...) It was fun!
Tuesday: We taught Gaelle, who is a recent converts' eleven year old sister. She is so cute and wants to be baptized so bad. We are waiting to meet with her dad and ask for permission. He thinks we're Amish... so we need to clear that up.
Wednesday: Exchange with Sister Bridgewater from England. We taught Yves and the Famille Galstyan! It was fun! I went in and out of a British accent all day... she noticed. Whoops!
Thursday: District meeting!!! Plus Thanksgiving meal with the Senior missionaries in Lyon!!! SUCH GOOD FOOD!!! Unfortunately we had to get on a three hour train back to eat another Thanksgiving dinner that the Young Adults planned for us... I thought I was going to die!!! The French thanksgiving was BEAUTIFUL!!! The potatoes were in these little beautiful cake things and the green beans were wrapped in bacon... so pretty. Even the decorations. They asked us how to decorate and all we told them was ''dead leaves''. The french make everything more classy!!
Friday: We taught Yves again in the morning! He is continuing to progress!! Helped the young women with their program. We had to sing with them because there are only 3 young women...
Saturday: English class, always the best part of the week!! Besides church and stuff :) Then we taught a new ami, Francois. We invited him to be baptized and a cool young adult bore a solid testimony of the BofM!! So cool!! Then we went CAROLING!!! I love caroling especially with French people who don't really want to do it! We had only like 4 people who showed up. We just kinda stood in a circle and sang to each other!! I think it was practicing that scripture that say that we shouldn't be ashamed of the gospel of Christ... we're going to do it again!! I would carol everyday if I could!! Who wants to carol with me when I get home?
Saturday we started to share the video that is on lds.org about how Jesus is the best gift that was ever given!! Everyone go and watch it!!! It is AMAZING!!
Church!! hooray!! Yves came!!! We went contacting with a young adult after church!! They are fearless these young adults!!! so sos osososo cool! We also, through a lot of prayers answer, managed to get 20 lessons again!!! We're going for 22 next week!!! We spent the evening with a Tahitian family! They are so wonderful and loving! We read the Christmas story with them that is on the 'he is the gift' website!! This is my favorite part:
''What the wise men brought Jesus is often referred to as the first gifts of Christmas. But in reality, the first gift of Christmas was given before they ever began their journey.
Can a gift given by a loving Heavenly Father over two thousand years ago still matter today? The answer is a heartfelt yes. Everything Jesus Christ did was for a brighter future for all of God’s children. Because of the first gift, redemption is real and death is not the end. Sadness is temporary and love is eternal. The stain of sin can be replaced by perfect forgiveness. As we embrace His teachings and follow the example of His perfect life, we can become more like Him, and experience true peace and joy. This Christmas season, let us remember that He is the gift.''
So... I believe that. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. That thanks to Him, we can become better people, overcome our weaknesses, escape our past mistakes. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is really His church! I know the Book of Mormon is a magical book that can literally change people. Its changed me. I didn't learn all of this on my mission. I knew it before, but my mission gave me the opportunity to share it with others, to see how it can help people. I believe the greatest blessing that I received from serving a mission wasn't my improved French or sense of style(definitely not that), learning about a different culture, living in the most beautiful country in the world... I could go on. Nope. not those things. It was just simply to help me realize all that Heavenly Father has given me and has promised me. My mission gave me a perspective on my life that will effect every decision that I make from now on. I am a different person. I got to help people become different people. So I guess... mission accomplished :)
Love you all!!