Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

Elder Nelson encourages missionaries to ‘open eyes, fortify minds’

Another article, from Deseret News, about Elder Nelson’s Christmas Day MTC devotional. Thanks to Deseret News for also posting a photo of the MTC Choir… complete with a singing Sister Hoar 🙂

MTC Choir

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‘Missionaries receive counsel from Apostle during Christmas devotional’

In Michelle’s Christmas Day email she talked about the MTC devotional with Elder Russell M Nelson. Here is the report in the Church News.

Thousands of missionaries received instruction from Elder Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, Christmas morning at the Missionary Training Center in Provo. Elder Nelson encouraged missionaries to open their mouths, open their eyes and fortify their minds…

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“We’ve had a great Christmas so far…”

Joyeux Noel tout le monde!

We’ve been given only 20 mins to write an email today and I’ve already spent the first 5-10 reading the emails I’ve been sent so I’m really sorry that this will be so short. My district is really hoping that since we got gyp’ed 30 minutes for p-day we might get to write tomorrow but I’m not holding my breath.

Thank you for the presents and the chocolate! Especially for the chocolate, I actually haven’t eaten any in the last 6 weeks. I now have 3 weeks to get through my body mass in chocolate. Ok that’s not true…I’m sad to say that America has made me gain weight, but I’m sure France will get rid of that very quickly.

We’ve had a great Christmas so far, we watched ‘A Christmas Carol’ last night, sadly not the Muppets version. Then me and my companions had a “sleepover” by taking our mattresses off the beds and putting them next to each other on the floor so we could wake up Christmas morning and open presents in our pyjamas. We had Elder Russell M. Nelson come to our devotional this morning so that was pretty cool. I was in the MTC choir too and that room was filled with the spirit when we sang of the Saviour’s birth and Atonement, it was almost tangible. It’s weird that when I’m using gospel terms, the French translation comes to mind quicker than the English. I was saying companionship prayer the other night and it took about 20 secs to figure out the word for “expiation” in English (Atonement).

I miss you all so much (please thank the Young Women for their letters). I’m so blessed, however, to have a Christmas so focused on our Saviour. He came to Earth in the most humble of circumstances, to save the world and redeem us from our sins. Through him we can return to our Father in heaven and live forever. I am so grateful and in awe of His sacrifice and the love He has for each of us individually.

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas

Lots and lots of love
from Soeur Hoar

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“Merry Christmas… Joyeux Noel!”

Hi Everyone!

Merry Christmas!!! Christmas is on p-day next week so I don’t know what the schedule will be with writing emails, but I can get your emails from any week day, so don’t be shy 😉

So today we had a really cool experience, we had an extra service activity where we went to clean the Temple. Most of the Elders were cleaning lockers but me, Soeur Allred and Soeur Hall got to do the whole Celestial Room! I’ve never felt the spirit so much through cleaning 🙂 We were there for about 3 hours, so the most time I’ve ever been in the Celestial Room. I actually felt privileged to be doing that kind of work and it made a bit more sense with it being a house of work and order. We had toothpicks and cotton buds!

I can’t believe how fast the time has gone and although I am making the most of each day, this week has been the first week when I’ve really just wanted to get out into the field and be doing the work. I can’t wait to find the people prepared for me in France. Even as I’m here I’m growing a love for the French people and the language. It’s starting to feel familiar to me 🙂

We’ve been having some really nice Christmas musical items this week and I was nearly moved to tears when the whole MTC sang Silent Night at our Sunday devotional. I’m in the MTC choir and I can’t wait for our performance on Christmas Day.

We saw the First Presidency message live stream, or close to it anyway. Although we haven’t had any Apostles speak to us this week, Relief Society was taken by Elaine S. Dalton. It was wonderful and she just made us feel so loved and special. They really look after you well here. I thought coming on a mission meant that I was really independent but I’m so wrong. As a Sister Missionary especially we just get treated so special. I feel like Heavenly Father is really looking after his little girls.

I will be going to Temple Square before I leave Utah because I’m an international missionary but I don’t know when that will be. I think I get quite a lot of time there too and I get to help out with a humanitarian project while I’m there.

Our teachers have both gone on holiday now for a couple of weeks which also means that we’ve lost our progressing investigators, which sucks. I can’t imagine what it’s like to lose real investigators. I would think that it would break your heart! Our timetable is really weird and we’re doing stuff like door approaches, which we were quite “successful” at because we started off caroling. Who can turn down three smiling, caroling Sister missionaries?

I can’t remember if I wrote about this before, but it’s happened again. I got up the other morning and Soeur Hall said I kept waking her up in the night because I was talking in my sleep, in French, bearing my testimony. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or something I should be concerned about.

I have a request for anyone reading this who is a convert. Could you please send me your conversion stories?? Sometimes we have to pretend to be investigators and it would really be a help to me in a lot of ways if I had them written down.

I love you all loads! Je vous aime. Joyeux Noel.
Soeur Hoar

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“It’s Finally Snowing…”

Christmas is getting closer in the MTC for Sister Hoar. Don’t forget to send her a letter or a little note as she’s away from the family…

Hi Everyone!

It’s been another amazing week at the MTC. It’s finally snowing and the Christmas lights are up so it looks really magical here with all the mountains and the random districts singing Christmas carols in the evening.

Our new companion, Sister Hall got here last week. I keep thinking people are calling me when they talk to her but then I remember that in an American accent Hoar and Hall sound nothing alike. She’s lovely and fits into our little companionship so well, we love her! Every time I say something like that I realise how American I sound but when you’re immersed in it it’s hard not to. I have got the elders in our zone now to greet each other with “y’alright?” and say things like “chuffed to bits” and “take the mick”. One elder asked me if you could ever give the mick or if it’s just something you can take. They’re hilarious when they try to put on the English accent.

On Sunday we had a really cool fireside. The BYU Men’s Choir came and it was fantastic! Their choir director was Welsh and it was really funny when people were coming up to me to ask if I felt at home. I’m like “do I really sound like that to you??” I then tried my best to explain the difference between welsh and English but I don’t think they got it.

We haven’t had any other Apostles or General Authorities visit yet but our choir director told us that we were in for a real treat tonight so my guess is that it’s an Apostle. They can’t let us know before hand because of security reasons.

My date for leaving for France is 14th January. I can’t believe I’m a month in already. It’s going so fast and I can see how it’ll be over before I know it. But I can’t think about that now, I have so much work to do and I can’t wait. I can’t wait to get out to the field but at the same time I have so much work still to do here.

On French and on teaching. The Lord has been blessing me so much and I see his hand in my life every day. I would not be at this point without Him. It’s amazing how much I’ve already seen my life change in such a short time and I know that I won’t be the same person after my mission. I can’t imagine my life without this experience and I’m so glad that the Lord has given me such a wonderful opportunity and I pray every day that I can become the ;missionary He wants me to be.

They haven’t told us much about what will happen at Christmas but I’m assuming we’ll have an Apostle speak and a service project. I’ll let you know when I know more.

Thank you to those who have written to me, I can’t tell you how much a letter can make your day.

Lots and lots of love from
Soeur Hoar

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