Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

New Missionary Announcement – Missionaries Go Digital

In yesterdays special church broadcast many announcements were made about the future of missionary work, with an ever increasing army of missionaries. This will be re-broadcast in chapels across the UK this Sunday, 30th June, (unless you want to watch it online before then) but until then here are some of the highlights from Happy Valley’s media…

As missionaries enter this new age where they will use computers in the work of the Lord, we invite the young and the old, the adults, the young adults, the youth and the children everywhere to join with us in this exciting new work by becoming Facebook friends with the missionaries in your area on your own computers and sharing their gospel messages online and by becoming involved in missionary work yourselves.” Elder Perry said –  Deseret News

Speaking earlier in the day to new mission presidents, Church leaders said that missionary use of the Internet and digital devices such as iPads will begin in phases and only in designated missions for the rest of this year. The Church anticipates these tools will be available to missionaries throughout the world sometime next year.” – Mormon Newsroom

During less-productive times of the day—chiefly in the mornings—missionaries will use computers in meetinghouses and other Church facilities to contact investigators and members, work with local priesthood leaders and missionary leaders, receive and contact referrals, follow up on commitments, confirm appointments, and teach principles from [the missionary guide] Preach My Gospel using Mormon.org, Facebook, blogs, email, and text messages.” – LDS Church News

Facts and Figures

– as of this week, 70,274 missionaries are serving — the most ever at one time in Church history.

– Female missionaries comprise more than 20 percent of that number, with 14,650 serving.

58 new missions were created to accommodate the influx of missionaries, bringing the total number of missions to 405.

The church launched a website in conjunction with the broadcast to help local leaders and church members work together more effectively with the full-time missionaries in their areas. The site, titled “Hastening the Work of Salvation: A United Effort in Conversion, Retention and Activation,

Mission President's Seminar and Broadcast

 

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A few photos from Sister Hoar

District photo - Elder Tulley, Sagers, Uluave, Taylor and Sisters Bentley, Floisand, Loder and me

District photo – Elder Tulley, Sagers, Uluave, Taylor and Sisters Bentley, Floisand, Loder and me

Surprise pizza hut party with the Brias, Soeur Floisand, Bentley and Loder

Surprise pizza hut party with the Brias, Soeur Floisand, Bentley and Loder

Me, Soeur Loder and Xavier

Me, Soeur Loder and Xavier

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“Transfer News… I’m white-washing and training…again”

Bonjour!

Ok, first off: I had a wonderful birthday, thank you for everything you sent. Special shout outs go to Jade’s card (hilarious and very creative), the bottle of Robinson’s squash, you have no idea how happy I was to get that and now I can explain it to all the Americans. The note in Gemma’s card because I can imagine exactly how that went with her and Anneka. I loved everything though and everything you sent me was exactly what I needed even though I didn’t tell you. So thank you thank you thank you to everyone. The sisters surprised me a couple of times too. In the morning they ‘went for a run’, I saw right through that because Soeur Bentley was ill and they’ve only run once this whole transfer. Their run turned into bringing us patisseries for breakfast. Then we had choir in the morning and they came out singing happy birthday with a bunch of flowers. The thing that really got me was that we went on a split because the blues needed to get some things done on the computer then while they were out Soeur Bentley said that they needed to drop a Book of Mormon over to someone and so as we were on our way we passed Pizza Hut where they all jumped out and yelled ‘surprise’ and we had a little birthday party at Pizza Hut. The best part of this was the lengths they went to to keep it a secret. Soeur Bentley made like 3 fake phone calls which all sounded so realistic because she faked the language barrier and everything. Anyway, it was a good day.

Transfer news: I’m going to Lausanne in Switzerland. I’m whitewashing and training…again. I don’t really know how I feel about all that. It’s weird that I’ve only been here for one transfer and I love it, I’m going to miss so much, especially all the missionaries. I’ve felt like I’ve had parents here with the Brias [Senior Couple]. Also, I will miss Xavier’s baptism! That’s the worst but I know that I need to go to Lausanne and the Lord’s got some great things planned for us there. I’m not so nervous this time around about whitewashing and training because there isn’t much thats unknown but I know I still have a big task ahead of me, especially as the sisters I’m taking over from are incredible. Oh, I almost forgot though, the best thing about Lausanne is that the sisters live in Renens with the Renens sisters, one of which is Soeur Hooker 🙂 I wrote in my email to President thank you and we’ll do our best to behave ourselves. Hoar and Hooker living together, let the jokes commence 🙂 So, that being said here is my new address: Les Missionaires, 4 Chemin du Clos, CH-1020, Renens VD

I know, it’s a super weird address, I don’t have a clue what VD means. I leave to pick up my blue tomorrow and then we won’t actually get to Suisse until Thursday afternoon.

Oh by the way, I found out that people in Nice have been reading my blog since it’s free for all. Apparently if you search the mission on Google, my blog comes up. That’s kind of weird but I’ll give a little shout out to the choir director for a wonderful musical number this Sunday 😉

I’m sorry that I sound American sometimes but don’t worry, they don’t let Americans into Suisse anymore (unless they’re half European) so I should be ok from now on. It’s the weird French grammar you’ll need to watch out for. Honestly, after a day of speaking French my English goes down the drain but I’m at a weird point where my French isn’t that great yet but it’s enough to make my English rubbish too.

The reason why I’m emailing so early today [9.11am] is because Soeur Floisand is going to Perpignan where her and her companion will be finishing training eachother! the after effects of the age change 🙂 So we need to take her to the gare by lunch time.

Hope you have a wonderful week, I love you all so much.
Soeur Hoar”

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“Finding a miracle family”

“Bonjour à tous!

A bit of news, we’re now allowed to use Dropbox just to send pictures home so if I ever work out how to use it I’ll let you know. I can almost hear the sighs from all those more technologically minded but for me it may prove to be more difficult than it should be.

This week has been a lot better than last week so thank you for your prayers. The week actually started out terrible when we got a call from the district leaders saying that in ward council the Bishop had said to hand over Xavier to them beacause of a comment someone heard about him wanting to marry an English girl. It was so hard not to be mad because honestly, Xavier is so innocent that he really didn’t mean anything by it and he really does just want to move to England and work there. It really had nothing to do with me. Anyway, we followed the council of our leaders even though it felt like a complete kick in the head. We realised that we actually have no other amis and we need to work our socks off. This week had me praying like no other and it felt good. After a couple of days we get another call from Elder Bria (senior couple) who told us that what Bishop had actually said was that it was our decision and to check with the Mission President beforehand…kind of vital thing to miss out. Anyway, before that we had a lesson with him where we found out with a certainty that his testimony has nothing to do with us. He even said after extending a commitment that he always says yes, not because we ask him but because he wants to. Also in the mean time we’ve found more people to teach and so it feels like we were supposed to have that little trial for a number of inspired reasons. It’s so great to see how Xavier’s life is changing, I just can’t describe the feeling!

In my letter to President last week I told him that this week I’d write to him about finding a miracle family…and we did! We’ve been contacting families all week and been getting the quickest rejections…until Yany. The cutest family stops and listens to what we have to say and I’ve never prayed so hard during a contact, it was spiritually exhausting but it was great to have such a strong desire for this family to accept us. We haven’t taught them yet but I know that they’re an answer to prayers and hard work.

It was Soeur Floisand’s birthday yesterday and we surprised her with a little dinner appointment party at Donna’s (an English sister in the ward, actually from Stafford but then lived in Reading, or the other way around). It was so much fun and the food was amazing because she’s a chef! Oh, by the way, I’m not a fussy eater anymore…I’m growing up so much!

We had zone conference with Elder Richards of the second Quorum of the Seventy. That was pretty good. We learnt a lot about teaching to people’s needs and it’s really changed the way we teach now and we’re really seeing the effects.

Transfer reminder: I can’t believe it’s the end of the transfer already, it’s gone crazy fast, but just to remind you that emails may be at weird times next week and I might not be in Nice but my prediction is that I’m staying.

Have you heard about the huge missionary announcement they’re making next week? And by ‘them’ I mean the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles. We’re all freaking out here trying to guess what it could be.

For our last p-day of the transfer we’re going to the aquarium in Monaco, it’s also for a kind of joint birthday treat for me and Soeur Floisand. There’s some nice perks to being a missionary here.

Love you all so much, sorry my email was a bit boring this week, it reminds me of when me and Soeur Loder were sitting alone at a bus stop in the pouring rain and sh just turns to me and goes ‘yep, these are the glory days’.

Lots and lots of love
from Soeur Hoar”

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Divine Intervention

Bonjour,

Ok, don’t really know what to say about this week, it’s been pretty rubbish. Can’t really sugar coat it, I guess you just get these kind of weeks and that’s that but I’m putting it behind me and looking forward to a week full of miracles. In fact, right after I had prayed about the week and talked with the Lord about putting it behind me and being really ready to change we had a cool little miracle: there was a fireside with a General Authority last night and so we left pretty early to catch the bus and the one we were going for just didn’t turn up. So we were like, of course this would happen this week blah blah blah. Anyway, we knew we were going to be late and that was that but it turned out to be divine intervention because although there was hardly anyone on the bus, the lady who was there was supposed to meet us. She’s super interested in the Book of Mormon and we got her number so watch this space. It just showed me that when we show the Lord that we’re willing to do His will, He provides the way. I’m so happy that last week is over and I’m now looking forward to a wonderful week.

We are going to a member’s home tonight for FHE with Xavier, who is doing great by the way. We’ve fixed a baptism date for the 29th, not my birthday but definitely the right date for him so we’re super happy. I just hope I’m feeling better tonight because I was feeling really ill last night and this morning (prayers please).

You have no idea how happy I am that we’re getting sisters! [in Telford Ward] I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me this for ages so that when I come home I can just carry on being a missionary. You can warn the sisters who are there when I get back that they’re just going to be made into a trio!

We went on exchanges this week and that was so fun. Soeur Reintjes is one of our sister trainer leaders and although I did the exchange with her companion Soeur Taylor, we still got to see each other again and that was the best. I love her so much, I can’t believe how close you get to people after such a short amount of time.

I guess the week wasn’t all that terrible.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. Love you lots.

Soeur Hoar

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