Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

“That will be the best Christmas present”

on 20 November 2013

“Bonjour

So this week wasn’t quite as hectic as last but we had some really cool things going on anyway.

First of all teaching Jeffrey is the best thing ever. He’s so humble and receptive and we’ve been able to teach him every day this week- mission dream! It’s been incredible to see the change in him. The first couple of days he was so down, just because he’s going through some rough stuff at the moment but then the third day there was this light in him that wasn’t there before and he just keeps getting better. He told us smiling ‘you just don’t know how happy I am right now’, I think we have a bit of an idea. He loves it so much because he’s been searching for a church that practices what they preach and sticks to the Bible and the teachings of God. Everything we teach him he’s just like, yes that’s how it should be, that’s beautiful (all the time I’m thinking, well yeah, I know it’s all right). It’s so wonderful to teach someone who really understands the value of the gospel. On top of all that we have had Bethany (a member who just moved to the ward) teach a few lessons with us and she’s so great. I’ve never taught with a member like her, she’s invited him to come over and have dinner with her and her husband this week and is just being a great friend to him. She just gets it, the point that these are real people we’re teaching not just a job or a calling but they need support and love and friendship.

We talked with a few YSA yesterday about just normal ways to do missionary work and that it shouldn’t be weird even if as missionaries we are a bit. We’re going to do a games night in a couple of weeks just so we can meet there friends and have a bit of fun so that they can then naturally talk about the gospel without it being hard because really, if your friends are missionaries your other friends are gonna want to ask a few questions. Seriously, missionary work is just fun. I’m loving this transfer so much and it’s going so fast because Soeur Ziane just gets that too that we’re just gonna work hard and have fun.

The other miracle of the week is that we set a baptismal date with Amock! I can’t remember what I told you about him but I think I told you how his lessons are exhausting, but good. He’s been saying how he hasn’t had a response to his prayers yet and when I was on an exchange with Soeur Sopi this week (she only speaks French, that was really interesting in English ward, so it was a day of translation, really had my brain working hard) she suggested that we pray with him in the lesson for him to get his answer and then leave a moment of silence for the spirit to talk to him. It worked! He still has doubts but when I told him that he’s got his answer he agreed and so we set the goal for December 21st. That will be the best Christmas present.

Oh yeah, we had stake conference this week and Annecy is part of the Geneva stake so I got to see a few members from there, it was so great and what was even better was that I was able to understand everything they were saying to me.

Lots of love

Soeur Hoar”

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