Hey everyone...surprise, I actually got time to write really fast today. We found out what is going to be happen with transfers this Wednesday. Soeur Brandenburg is going to be heading over to Le Mans and I am going to staying here in St. Ouen and getting a new comp....her name is Soeur Ellis! She is from Idaho. I actually knew here when I was in Vannes. She was living with Soeur Back so I knew both of them really well. Kind of funny that I am going to be serving with both of them. I am really excited to serve with her, we are going to be tearing it up here in Paris!!
So yeah, today Soeur Brandenburg and I were planning to go to Disneyland Paris...but we decided to take some time to do emails while researching some stuff for school too. But I wanted to share a cool experience that happened to us yesterday:
So, Saturday night actually...we got a phone call from a member in Utah who called and asked us directions to get to the church. We were going to tell them how to get to St. Merri but decided to just tell them how to get to the St. Ouen chapel instead because it was a lot easier. So we gave them the directions and didn't think anything else of it. Well, yesterday...at the beginning of Sacrament when we went to sit down; a man came over to us and thanked us for the directions. Well, come to find out his name is Scott Savage and he is Soeur Brandenburg's first cousin!! It was so crazy! They ended up taking us out to lunch afterwards and it was so fun to get to see them make the connections in their family. We got to spend the afternoon with them and it was the first time that I have ever been taken out to eat on my mission! It was so fun!! We found out that Brother Savage used to be on the school board for BYU. He spent a long time giving me and Soeur Brandenburg and I advice on what we should do during the last few months of our missions. Sister Savage shared a few pictures of her daughter with me that had recently returned from a mission in Eugene Oregon. She spent a long time telling me that at the end of my mission, it's true that your family is going to be extremely excited to see me and that there is going to be so much waiting for me, but at the moment when I ride down the escalator of the airport...she told me to think about what kind of missionary I want to have become. To think about what I want to have accomplished. It kind of put into perspective for me what I am looking for in my last 5 and a half months. I learned that I am not here to convice people about the gospel....I shouldn't have to do that. God has prepared people for me and I need to have the faith to have him show me how to find them. They also gave us a lot of advice about what to look for in a future marriage and a future companion. That was a little weird to think about because it has been the last thing on my mind during my mission. It was a really fun and spiritual afternoon. I loved it so much! It was seriously one of the best days of the past year:)
I am now officially onto my 9th transfer. I can't believe how fast time is going! I am supposed to go to the prefecture this transfer to pick up my Titre de Sejour that proves my 2nd year legality here in France. Everything seems like a dream! You don't realize in the moment how fast everything goes. I was looking back at some pictures of when I was in Lille with Soeur Clark a few months ago, and it just made me think about how good things keep on coming. I love each one of my companions and I am so grateful for the time that I have been able to spend with them individually. There are so many hard days well more like weeks, just like this past week...we ended up losing most of our investigators; but, it has made me think a lot about the scripture in Hebrews 12:6...."For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth...", every hard experience allows us to be polished a little bit more. I am so grateful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me to be polished during my mission. I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week! Please let me know if there is ever anything I can do for you!! I love you all and you are in my thoughts and prayers!