Sister Michelle Hoar

Serving in the France Lyon Mission Nov 2012 – April 2014

A rare photo treat

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Bonjour et Joyeux No​el​

“Bonjour et Joyeux Noel

There’s supposed to be a couple of dot thingys on the e but I don’t know how to find them on this keyboard. But that’s a bit of a joke since I know that the moment I went into the mtc any spelling or grammar skills that I did have were completely destroyed. I’m now fluent in Franglais. On that note, for the first time the other day someone told me that my French is fluent…good day.

I contacted Father Christmas the other day. We were having a rough time contacting in centre ville (dad, you’re right people just don’t have the time to talk about jesus this week, sad, but we’ll hold out for new year) Anyway, I turn round and there he is with a big basket of sweets so after he offered me one  (sorry mum, I accepted sweets from a stranger) I offered him a Book of Mormon. He didn’t go for it and at first I was a bit gutted but then I remembered the super cindy he got for me when I was 7 and figured I could forgive him.

I’ll do my best to send a few Christmas cards but I’m gonna consider my skype call and prayers for you all as my present this year and be really grateful that you all mlove me enough not to do the same. I got the package by the way and was really grateful that you didn’t send it in a pampers box because they were given out for all the missionaries to see.

We had zone conference this week and it was like a christmas fireside. It was good.

Had a great day on exchanges this week. Both équioes stayed in angouleme so we could do like a blitz finding session qnd it was miracle day. We prayed specifically to find women and families and we got let in to teach while doing porting and got…

…just had a huge freak out because I thought I’d deleted that email but it’s ok, I just sent it accidentally.

I’ll just finish off quick that we now have a few investigators and a few less actives to be working with which is a huge blessing after just two weeks and starting out with absolutely nothing.
I love you all and I’ll speak to you soon.

Love Soeur Hoar”

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“We’re like their little girls”

“Bonjour

Just to answer a few questions first. On Sunday Frère et Soeur Menardin told us we were coming to their house for Christmas dinner and to Skype. She said her son served a mission and she understands. She even said if there was any problem with her computer she would drive us to another members house. They are so lovely and we are so loved in this little branch. Soeur Menardin just told us that we’re like their little girls (not quite but that’s the best translation I can do of the phrase she used) and that they’re going to look after us and we have to call any time we need anything. I don’t know what time we can do it but I will ask on Sunday since they’re away at the temple this week. Also, could you please send me your Skype information and then I’ll let you know this side next week. Sorry you can’t be too organised Anneka.

Sorry I forgot to send the address, you don’t know how gutted I was when I realised because if there’s ever been a week that I needed post it’s been this week and then how happy I was that you’d found it out anyway.

This was the HARDEST week of my mission. We get into the apartment and it’s all clean and super organised and everything but it just meant that we were able to quickly and efficiently find out that we have NO investigators. Apparently we had one with a baptism this week but we call her up and she’s gone for three weeks for Christmas and then we find out in branch council that she’s living with her fiancé and now that they finally have their marriage papers she doesn’t want to get married to July. The other sheet in the area book was someone they hadn’t seen for months and when we called him up he said he’s really busy but maybe next week…uh ok.

So there’s a HUGE (sorry for the over use of capitals but it was a big week) list of inactives so we hit the road and get searching in this unfamiliar ville and nobody is there, for three days we wondered if there was any members actually living in the area, we couldn’t get hold of anyone and it was just depressing and lonely. The district leader and sister leaders called up and asked if they could do anything for us and we were just like, pray that we find people to teach. That’s all we wanted, people to teach. So we keep ploughing through and talking to everyone and one day we find Hortense who we got to teach, commit to baptism for the 18th January, she came to church and the branch was so happy, I didn’t get it. I get that they’re happy, this is fantastic, huge miracle that in one week we can find someone who wants to be baptised but they were just happy someone was at church. In branch council I was like ‘I’m sorry that we haven’t done much this week (we only taught 3 lessons) and they were shocked, they told us sincerely that we’d done great work and that they couldn’t remember the last time the missionaries brought someone to church. I thought it was an exaggeration but they were happy so I’m happy that they’re such a lovely branch. A small, strange little branch but they’ve got hearts of gold and I want nothing more than to strengthen them and build up this little place. It’s not about the size or the numbers and I am determined that I will leave this branch better than I found it.

Other miracle, as I was saying that we just wanted more people to teach, about a day after we asked for prayers and I know these were combined with all the prayers back there at home, we went out one day and found six new potentiel amis! I’ve never found anyone porting and in one day we went porting twice and each time we set up an appointment and one of them is now a new investigator; A super sweet old man called Michel. The only problem we have is that the only sister we thought we could teach with is away for the week. We’re working on reactivating a lot of sisters don’t worry. The Relief Society president is great and we’re meeting with her Thursday for what I think will be a battle plan on reactivating these sisters.

Sorry it’s not such a funny email this week but it was just a lot of long days and tough work but in the end there’s a lot of good things that are starting to happen in Angouleme.

I’m also getting fitter being here since Angouleme is built on a hill and yesterday we had an appointment with Michel and we forgot that the buses don’t run on Sundays so that was a nice 2 1/2 hours of walking up and down hills.

Oh, actually there were some funny things that happened this week but I don’t know if it’s that nice to share them because it’s just funny stuff that my companion says in French because she’s still very new in the mission. Like when she told the lady in the bakery that she liked her ‘fur’ instead of saying ‘jumper’ and then she told one girl ‘thank you for your face’ I’m not sure what she was going for with that one but it was funny and got us a bit more time talking to her. I just asked her permission to share those with you. Her French is actually a blessing because people give her so much more time than me.

Oh, nearly forgot, If you could do one thing for me this week it would be to pray that Marine texts us. When she does I will let you know in next weeks email. She’s incredible but didn’t give us her number and I’ve rarely met anyone who I wanted to share the gospel with more.

Love you all, have a fantastic week. thank you for your prayers.

Love Soeur Hoar”

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“I got transfered… I’m pink washing… 6th area”

“Bonjour

I hope you didn’t freak out too much that I didn’t write yesterday. I’m still alive 🙂

I got transfered. It sucks. Sorry, can’t pretend, it’s rubbish. I was having the time of my life in Geneva and they rooted me out from my family just before Christmas. I spent the whole day on the train yesterday to get to Angoulême (struggling using a French keyboard again). I’m pink washing which is like white washing except it’s when sisters replace elders. Angouleme is smaller than Annecy with a sacrament attendance of about 20. This will change. We’re going to reactivate this branch and baptise three families and by the time me and my companion, the Lord and a whole army of angels are finished with it the sacrament attendance will have doubled. Things were too great in Geneva that my only consolation is to work myself to death making this area even better than Geneva. This is the plan, please pray for me.

My companion is Soeur Robison from Utah, she’s really nice and ready to work and we so far seem to have pretty similar work ideas. She’s very enthusiastic which is great, I’m trying to feed off of that and be positive for her too. She’s in her fourth transfer and this is the first time she’s been transferred.

I didn’t know what would be waiting for me in an apartment from Elders but actually it’s cleaner and more organised than most sister apartments, we were super impressed. Honestly, Elder Gandalph is bordering on OCD with his organisation but it’s a huge blessing for us, it means that we can go straight to work (straight after emails of course). All the members and investigators are mapped out and the area book is up to date – a dream I didn’t dare to hope for. The downside is that the area book is up to date with only one or two investigators so we’re gonna need to do just a little finding. I miss Geneva. Anyway, on the plus side we have a baptism this month! That I was certainly not expecting so happy days.

Ok, sorry about the complaints, I didn’t get chance to tell you all the great things that happened in Geneva before I left like the Mongolian family that will be baptised at the end of the month and the fact that Amock finally came to church because it was my last Sunday and he was really touched by the talks. We thought that we had lost him and now he’s back and Soeur Ziane and he new Portuguese companion are gonna baptise in multitudes.

Ok, are you all ready for the miracles that are about to happen in little Angouleme? 3rd white wash, 6th area, bring it on.

Love you all so much, have a wonderful week.

Love Soeur Hoar

p.s. I really hope there’s a member in this branch who has skype for Christmas, just brace yourself is all I’m saying.”

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“We had two thanksgiving dinners”

Bonjour

I’m sorry but I only have 20 mins remaining on my internet time and I don’t want to buy any more before I know about transfers. Switzerland is expensive…even in the dodgy internet cafés!

So, en bref. Sorry, I didn’t write about the exchange with Soeur Bridgwater, thought I had. It was really good but really weird and yes it did seem like when she got on the train she would just go back to Telford.

We got some great new investigators this week, all from Mongolia. One couple has just been coming to church for 5 weeks and we’ve only just been able to teach them. I really need to learn Mongolian, I only know how to say thank you at the moment but I figure if I learn one new word a lesson then that won’t be too bad considering all the Mongolians we’re teaching. English ward – whatever!

We had two thanksgiving dinners this week and after those two days I weighed 3 kilos heavier…we found a great scripture this morning in proverbs 28:25 that says something like if you put your trust in the Lord you will be made fat. I finally found the reason. Forget weightwatchers just start doubting, the pounds will come off in no time 🙂 Thanksgiving is really great though, we ate so much and for so long, we were dying afterwards but it was fun in the moment. That’s my lesson for the week.

Ok, 10 mins left. Now you see how slow I type.

Cool experience with Jeffrey this week, we were teaching him something, can’t remember exactly what (good missionary hey?) and he starts smiling and holding back a laugh. So we ask him what’s going on and he’s like, when you ask me to do something you ask me like I might sot acceot, it’s funny, It’s like if someone offered you a key and said this key will open up the door that will give you everything you ever wanted, it’s a fantastic key that lets you have something great and then they look at you and say ‘are you sure you want the key?’. It made us laugh and then remember what a wonderful thing we offer. It’s fantastic and it’s so great to be teaching people who understand the value of what you’re teaching. I guess from Jeffrey’s example not even the missionaries keep that in mind all the time.

It’s transfer calls this Friday and we’re dreading them. I love it here and with Soeur Ziane and the work is finally going so well. Our investigators are progressing and the ward are really getting on board, we’re having some great experiences with them and building some really nice relationships. I really hope it’s the Lord’s will for us to stay.

We’re off now to Bethany’s house and she’s gonna teach us how to bake/cook some things and then we’ll have lunch together. After that for the last pday of the transfer we’re gonna play some games as a district. We were gonna play football but I think it’s too cold for some of the elders…

Have a wonderful week.
Love Soeur Hoar

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