Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

“Merry Christmas… Joyeux Noel!”

on 19 December 2012

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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