Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

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

on 28 August 2013

“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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