Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

So Renens is a miracle ville

on 26 September 2013


It’d be nice to think that after about 10 months of serving in French I’d be able to put more than ‘bonjour’ but nope, that’s as good as it gets 🙂
So Renens is miracle ville. Honestly it’s amazing. I love these members so much, usually it’s the missionaries who greet everyone and make them feel better and brighten their day (in the mission we call it SPARKing) and they totally just all sparked me. They greeted me so warmly and my companion says it’s probably because most of them are Italian but I think she’s a bit biased. I’ll just give you a taste of one of our best days.

This is Friday: we passed by the second member who asked for a Book of Mormon the day before and arranged plans to share the gospel with her psychiatrist. We then have an amazing lesson with our new amie who we fixed a baptismal date the first lesson because she is so incredibly prepared. Then just before planning we get a text from another member asking us when we can eat at his house and share a lesson with his friend…one text later: can he bring two friends? Then we’re trying to finish planning and we can’t because there’s another member on the phone wondering when we can pass by with a Romanian and French Book of Mormon for his friend (we’re not quite Sister Myers, we answer the phone during nightly planning).

Let me tell you just a bit more about our incredibly prepared amie. Her name is Nathalie and the Lausanne Elders contacted her the other week and then found out she lives in Renens secteur so passed on her info to us. The first lesson we had was maybe my favourite of my whole misson. She was just understanding everything so well. She’s visited so many churches and tried her best to just take the good and leave the things that she believes have been changed by man. She saw the need for a prophet and it all just clicked with her. When we explained how to recognise the spirit we felt prompted to ask her if she’s ever received answers to her prayers before. She took her time answering this and the next question and I was tempted to interrupt but I was restrained. She said that she had but that the answer did not come straight away but took a lot of time. She said in effect, that she has been praying for years that she can find out why she’s on the earth. She said she’s not just here by coincidence and she wants to know what her purpose is and more than that she wants to know how she can fulfill it. We look at her and she’s got tears in her eyes and we’re trying not to cry too. We tell her that this is what she’s been searching for and she says nothing because she knows, and we know she knows because the spirit was just overwhelming. I just asked her how she felt and she paused and said, ‘happy…relieved’. She said that she’s had this weight on her for so long and it feels like it’s finally being lifted. She said that as she’s been praying and searching recently that she’s felt like she was close, nearly there. We told her again that she had found it. It was incredible. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy in my life. We then had another wonderful lesson with her about the plan of salvation and then unfortunately she wasn’t there for our next rdv so please please please pray for this wonderful woman.

Ok, I guess that was more than just ‘a bit’, but it’s one of the best things that’s happened here so it deserves a bit of time.

Me and Soeur Buonanotte are having such a good time here. There’s a family, the Jaquet’s, and they have us over for dinner each week and being with them is like being home. They just joke about and I’m so glad that my french is good enough to joke about with them too and hold my own when they tried to make fun of the English and how they drink tea and beer. I just said, yep, it’s all true, the word of wisdom is a bit different in England, it’s like the law of Moses, you’ve just got to go a bit more gently with us. Apparently they usually pick on the new missionary but to Soeur Buonanotte’s horror they turned right back to her once I was holding my own. I should probably back up my companion a bit more but it’s really funny when frère Jaquet holds her hands behind her back and says ‘go on, try talk’ and she can’t, Like I said, she’s typical Italian and I love her to pieces!

So that’s my week in a nutshell, plus the sad news that the Dutch sister went home due to stress. Oh yeah, can’t believe I didn’t mention the baptism. Probably because all just went well, he got it in the first dunk and everything. We’re actually going over to their house tonight to do a bit of a FHE and then service because they’re moving house.

Have a wonderful week. Thank you for your prayers.

Love Soeur Hoar”

The Lausanne Young Women

The Lausanne Young Women

Soeur Thebault - love her!

Soeur Thebault – love her!

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