Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

“Big changes… we have 18 sisters coming in!”

Hello All!

I’m super grateful for how much contact I get and how much love and support I feel from letters etc and prayers. I have been super super blessed this week and truly felt the love of the Lord and answers to many prayers.

Ok, I know I make tonnes of spelling mistakes and that’s partly down to learning French, and rushing emails each week but also bear in mind that the French keyboard is also in a different order to the English, especially the a and m. Random side note but you can now add that to your French cultural knowledge.

Ok, update on amis; Caroline is wonderful!!! We saw her the other day on her own and she is having the greatest spiritual experiences. This is someone who knows practically nothing about religion and is now talking like a member already. She came to church for the first time this week and some members just thought she was inactive by the way she just mingled with everyone and commented in lessons. The branch is so great with people coming to church and completely took her under their wing. Soeur Colignon, I think must have completely changed her RS lesson to meet her level and it was perfect for her, all about the Atonement and the gospel of Christ. We then walk in to Sunday School (church is backwards here) and on the board is written ‘le rassemblement d’Israel’ (the Gathering of Israel). We knew it was going well, she was ok with it.

I love studies on the mission. I’ve always loved my scriptures but I’ve never had these kind of experiences before. I could say that I’ve had life changing studies some mornings and I had one of those mornings this week. I can’t explain it because the feelings came through being taught by the spirit but I had a really strong impression of the way that the Atonement applies personally in my life. You think that growing up in the church you know all the basic doctrines but really I had no idea. True I can’t say that I know any new facts but I’ve been able to really feel these principles and know them for myself and internalise them in a whole new way. The things I’ve learnt are just the things from the Preach My Gospel lessons; God is our loving heavenly father, through Christ we can be cleansed from sin. I love the mission because there’s just no other way I could have had these experiences. The Lord is showing me who I can be and through that he shows me who others can be too. The most special feelings I’ve had here is feeling Heavenly Fathers love for other people through me. I imagine that’s kind of what it’s like to be a parent.

Anyway, time is running short, speaking of which, transfers are next week and there are going to be big changes because we have 18 sisters coming in and we did the maths and found out that there will only be three équipes who don’t have a blue! I’m scared but I know I shouldn’t be because the Lord has it all under control and he won’t let our amis suffer because of my inadequacies…I hope.

Thank you for all the mail this week again, I hope everyone is feeling better, I’ll keep praying for you all. I wish I could have more time to write because there’s was so much I wanted to respond to. I love you all so much, I hope you have a great week.

Love Michelle”

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“Had a really cool miracle happen this week”

Hey Everybody,

It’s weird coming to write a weekly email because it seems like so much happens every single day but then I come to recount it and I come up blank. I’m keeping up with the journal, I’ve only missed a few days so far so it’s nearly full. I don’t know how much value my scribblings at the end of each tiring day will have but they will be good for a laugh at some point I’m sure.

I’m so flipping emotional on my mission and maybe I was always like this and it just comes out more on a mission but it’s really annoying. I rarely get to the end of the day and am just calm and satisfied, there’s always some kind of extreme event or emotion going on. It’s exhausting but it’s good because it’s like accelerated growth. I can’t think of any other thing that could affect me or change me in the same way that a mission can.

We had a really cool miracle happen this week, I don’t know if you remember me telling you about losing contact with our golden amie Sahadete? Anyway, we were desperate to find her again. She told us that she was moving to avenue du Stade but she didn’t know the address and we knew that it would be a ‘foyer’ but ave du stade is massive and her name wouldn’t be marked on the sonnerie but we really felt like we just had to make the effort and we would find her. We also know the value of prayer and fasting so we teamed them up and after emails last week we went to the Hotel de Ville and asked if we could have a list of all the foyers on ave du stade and we were just gonna do some hardcore porting. When we get there the lady says there are no foyers on avenue du stade, well bang goes that theory. So we’re walking along the street later feeling a bit hopeless when Soeur Reintjes just looks across the street and goes ‘hey, is that Sahadete?’ It was! Just walking along the street opposite, what are the chances! Oh man we raced across that street trying to suppress how happy we were to see her because we were freaking her out by our enthusiasm. We really do nothing as missionaries, the Lord just uses us to do his great work and we’re just left to marvel.

We had zone conference this week which I love! It’s a mixture of feeling a great desire to repent and see your inadequacies at the same time as a big spiritual boost of motivation. I love seeing all the other missionaries, there’s such a cool feeling of unity. Also, this conference they joined three zones together so I got to see Soeur Hooker and an Elder from my MTC group. He said that he’s been in contact with one of the other elders from the MTC who went to Africa. Speaking of heat, it’s all gone now. I was really excited when it started to get really warm last week, seriously, we had a couple of days where you didn’t even really need a coat. This morning we wake up…snow…again. Ah well, there must be opposition in all things I guess, I just hope I’m not right down south when the summer kicks in.

Well, I hope you’re all doing well, as always I’m praying for you all.
Love you all loads, hope you have a great week. Enjoy speaking English, remember not all of us have that privilege.

Lots of love
Soeur Hoar
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p.s the church is true (I realised I hadn’t left any kind of testimony this week)
p.p.s there’s more sincerity in that than you might think

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“Anna is now officially a member!”

Bonjour!

First off, thank you to everyone writing to me, it is such a big support and I feel all of your prayers, so thank you, thank you, thank you!

It’s not been the easiest week I’ll be honest, we’ve lost contact with some of our amis and to be honest, don’t really know why. We’re doing all we can to get back in contact with them and praying a lot so hopefully we will see them again soon. The Lord’s work will be done even with all our weaknesses. I love that about the mission, you really see how inadequate and unworthy you are but then if you’re willing to work, by miracles the Lord does his work through you. The hard times give us a really special moment to plead with and rely on the Lord. I have a firm testimony that He hears our prayers and answers them in the most special ways. Challenges and trials are a time to grower closer to the Lord and then continue when things get better again because it is by Him that everything is done. I really love Him and am so grateful for this special time to grow closer to Him. I have a heck of a long way to go but then we all do and that’s just the point.

On Saturday we were doing some calls to ancient amis to invite them to church and we got a call back from a lady names Isabelle, she couldn’t come to church but we were able to set up a RDV (rondez-vous/appointment). The cool and strange thing was that when we looked back over the call list we couldn’t find her, we checked for her name, number and address but it wasn’t anywhere, we’re just putting that one down to a miracle. Anyway, when we met up with her she also had a friend who wanted to meet us (Armand) who is really cool and very believing. We found out that she has a lot of problems, that she’s turned away from God and it sounds like she now prays to Satan…anyway, if there’s anyone who needs the gospel in their life then she does. That RDV came to mind then because at first glance you would not think there was a chance for this woman as it can feel like that for us personally: you can think that the task is too much and that you’re too weak but the truth is that everyone was sent here equal and all are able to return. We cannot be the judge, even of oursleves. Christ paid the price and he redeems us from our sins and helps us reach our potentiel. It is only through him that we can become worthy and it is possible for all of us. We are really excited to continue teaching Isabelle and Armand and I can’t wait to see the how the Lord works with them.

Anna is now officially a member! 🙂 She was confirmed and received the Holy Ghost yesterday and it’s just wonderful to see the change in her as she continues to receive the blessing of the gospel. Once again thank you for your prayers. We have a goal in this mission to pray too much, I think it’s as good a goal as any.

I was feeling like my language ability was getting better yesterday, I understood most of what was going on in our RDV and I could say nearly everything I wanted to. 20 mins later and I’m on a bus talking to an old lady and I understand about 5 words…
However I know that I am being blessed, there’s no way I would be at this point without the Lord’s help. I can’t tell you how much I can just feel Him helping me step by step and day by day. There are angels bearing us up. This work is by no means solitary.

I love you all so so much and hope you have a great week. As always, you’re in my prayers.

Lots and lots of love
from Soeur Hoar

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