Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

Photos of the France Lyon Mission

Photo’s of each companionship in the France Lyon Mission have just been posted at http://francelyonmission.blogspot.co.uk/ along with photo’s of the zones.

Lausanne Zone

Lausanne Zone

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“I don’t like having an animal head on my plate”

“Bonjour as always,

I just want to apologise at how bad I am at writing back to people, I just hope you all read the blog and take it as a personal reply until I get round to repenting about that…But I do want to say I am very grateful for everything that you all write.

I’m so glad to hear that Emily is still the little monkey that she was before I left. There’s a really cute little girl in our ward called Emily who is about the same age and I was playing with her the other day at the ward activity and it made me kind of homesick.

The ward activity was a BBQ and it went really well, there was a good turn out but we only got there for the end because we were on exchanges in Lyon. I am seriously loving this ward, it’s so easy to feel like you’re different as a missionary but with this ward I just feel like I’m at home with them. Going to the ward activity was just like being with all my friends. I didn’t get much time to know the big ward in Nice and it’s great that I’ve been able to have more than a transfer here so that I can actually get to know all the members. I can already see that this is going to be super tough to leave but I hope that I get another couple of transfers before I have to deal with any of that.

The exchange in Lyon was really fun. I was with Soeur Bicchieri (she’s Italian) and she is incredible at contacting, she’ll talk to anyone in any situation. We’re going up the escalators and there’s a woman walking down the stairs adjacent and so she turns around and walks down the escalator so that she’s at the same pace as this woman to ask her if she wants to learn more about Jesus Christ. Then we’re walking along the road and she sees a man on the other side of the road and shouts over ‘ hey, I like your beard. why do you have a beard?’ and then links that into how Jesus had a beard and so on.

Oh yeah, the lesson with that family last week was incredible. Thank you so much for your prayers because it was one of the best lessons I’ve been in. They’re such a great family and the spirit was so strong. We just have the problem now that they weren’t there for the followup rdv and we can’t get in touch with them. But fear not, this will all work out. I’m not sure how but we will be seeing them again soon and I will tell you about a great miracle next week, just please continue with your prayers.

I have to tell you about the random conversation on the way to do emails. You know my companion is German (side note: I keep having to remind myself that you can’t make English adjectives feminine) and so she started telling a story and goes ‘just after war time’ and it was there that I stopped her because I was like ‘why do all your stories start like that? how old are you?’  Because really, most of her stories start like that like when we’re cooking and she shows me something German to cook it always starts out with ‘well, just after the war they used to use…’ Then she sang me this ‘after war’ song that you sing when your waiting for your dinner: you hold your knife and fork and sing that if you don’t get food soon you’re going to eat dead bodies’. She’s teaching me so much.

We set up an appointment to see a less active family this week and we were just planning on teaching but just before, the Elders were like ‘you’re seeing the Verdezotos? You’re going to eat well.’ Yep, they were right, they had a lot of food waiting for us. This wouldn’t have been a problem except the food that was waiting was a huge fish, one each. Whole fish, head, eyes, tail, everything. My companion is used to this and loves fish and thought I knew how to eat it but I ended up eating more bones than I think you should (pretty sure you’re not meant to eat any) which was a complete accident, I did try to get rid of them. Anyway, the point of that story is that I don’t like having an animal head on my plate.

In conclusion, I love my mission, companion, the members and the Lord. The church is true, in case you didn’t know. I love you.

Soeur Hoar”

Soeur Loder is in my zone now so this is me and my two blues. Proud mother :)

Soeur Loder is in my zone now so this is me and my two blues. Proud mother 🙂

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“It was Nelisa’s baptism on Saturday”

“Bonjour!

It was Nelisa’s baptism on Saturday and yes of course we got to go, all went well. She was so nervous about being in front of everyone so I was so glad it was a success on the first dunking 🙂 Now I just hope she gets well integrated with the Renens ward but I think it’ll all be fine since there was loads of support there and most people didn’t even know about the baptism until the day before.
 
I’m trying to eat better but honestly it is so hard when you’ve got so much on your mind and so little time to eat but my companion is helping, she loves everything to do with health.
 

If you were to look at the numbers we had this week you’d think we were doing rubbish, the last couple of weeks we’ve barely taught and people just aren’t progressing. I think I told you about Vincent? Well, we hoped he would be our baptism this transfer but he decided yesterday that he would drop us after we didn’t respond to his text about going on a ride of his motorbike this Monday. We were worried that he was taking the lessons for the wrong reason (my companion is a beautiful skinny, blue eyed blonde) and I think he finally got that we were not there to date him but at the same time we KNOW he was touched by the spirit and that this is exactly what he’s searching for. I know at some point he will get baptised, it doesn’t look like we’ll be around when that happens but I know it will happen, he knows too much and has felt too much to refuse it.

 

Anyway, onto a brighter note: you need to pray for our lesson tonight because we’re going to be teaching this family for the first time. We’ve set up a couple of rdvs before with this really great guy we met near the church, he’s married with kids and he’s got family who are members in…somewhere in south America I can’t remember. He didn’t show up because of work to the others but each time we call he sounds so apologetic and sets up another rdv, the difference with this one is that we’ve got his address and it’s not like we’re not gonna turn up. If he’s not there I bet his wife will be. Anyway, I had an impression that we can have two baptisms this transfer and I’m hoping that they will be this couple so please pray for them.

 

I love you all so much, have a wonderful week

 
Love from Soeur Hoar”
 
 
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“I don’t have much time this week…”

“Bonjour,

Really sorry I don’t have much time this week because we’re in some dodgy little internet café again and this computer looks like the ones we used in primary school and half the letters on the keyboard don’t work…seriously though I was learning patience on the mission but this computer is a whole different test.

Anyway, what happened this week? We found out that Nelisa is actually in Renens secteur not Lausanne so it’s Soeur Hooker and her new companion who have a baptism this Saturday (yes, she stayed). But that’s ok, I’ll just get permission off of president to go to it, I mean, we don’t even live in our secteur it should be ok.

We had blue’s conference for Soeur Heitbreder this Friday although we thought it was next Tuesday but sadly the info didn’t get passed on to us…7.20 Friday morning and I hear my colleague on the phone saying ‘we live quite close to the gare…’ It was the elders asking if we were close to the gare. So long story short we missed half of the conference but it was good anyway. I impressed myself by translating into french for a Tahitian sister. I don’t think I did a good job but I didn’t realise I could do that at all.

I love you all so much, sorry it’s short but this keyboard is really doing my head in. But I’m very happy otherwise 🙂

Love Soeur Hoar

p.s. could you please ask Jade and Leigh’s for their email address please”

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“We’ll be having a baptism in a couple of weeks”

“Bonjour!

First off: I’m staying in Lausanne and so is Soeur Heitbreder. We are so happy to be staying and I can just feel that this is going to be an incredible transfer. 17th August is Nelisa’s baptism, it’s strange but I don’t think I’ve really talked about her because we weren’t sure for a while who’s boundary she was in and the sisters had already fixed a baptismal date when we got her so she’s just been quietly working her way towards salvation 🙂 But as of now she is in Lausanne secteur so we’ll be having a baptism in a couple of weeks. We have a couple of cool new amis this week too: Timothée and Roya who are both pretty golden so I’ll keep you updated with their stories. We’re going to teach Timothée tonight, he’s a young evangilist who’s really interested to know what we believe, he’s open to read and pray about the Book of Mormon so we shall see tonight if he’s followed through with that. He’s great though, he came with questions written down and I think he’s the only ami who has taken notes throughout the lesson – that’s got to be a good sign right? Roya is an Iranian student who is really cute and shy but we had a great lesson with her, she had no idea who we really were or what we do but she was interested in learning more about Christ. The lesson was so great, spirit was so strong and you could see it in her eyes that it was touching her.

My prediction was correct, I told Soeur Heitbreder that I didn’t have to worry about Mark turning up: I said the only chance of someone from the family coming to church would be Anneka. She would want to but wouldn’t and then Mark would plan to but then realise that it would mean getting up really early with the kids and he wouldn’t do that.

I’m really loving the members in this ward, they’re wonderful. We’re trying to work with them a lot more and the more we work with members, the better the work goes.

Can you believe I’m already half way through the mission? It’s crazy how fast it goes and it’s really hitting me now that most of the sisters that I’ve known from the beginning have gone home today. Soeur Reintjes and Soeur Layton are finished and it’s horrible! I get why we say that they’re ‘dead’ because it honestly feels like that, it’s horrible. I’ve finally got to the point that I understand why people find it such a struggle to come home. I didn’t really get that before because missions are super hard and they never get easier but they do get better and right now I’m just loving it. It’s hard but it’s great and I wouldn’t trade it for anything…just remind me of that when the next big trial comes along.

I love you all so much and I hope you have a wonderful week.

Love Soeur Hoar”

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