Tuesday, August 5, 2014

week 4

Bonjour ma famille et amies!
This week has been a good one! I can't believe I am leaving the mtc in just less than 2 weeks! What?! It honestly feels like I got here yesterday! Where does the time go? The mtc has been such a great experience for me! I have learned and grown so much in just a small amount of time! I am loving it here, I kinda don't want to leave! But I do cause France needs some Sister Holmes up in there life! 
This week has consisted of a lot of hard core studying. I mean we are always hard core studying but this week was insane. I have never studied so much in my life. French is crazy hard, but it is coming along quickly so that's good. I know I'll get to France and it'll get 10 times harder, but that's ok!
So we taught Michel and Bridgette this week and all of our lessons went fabulous!! Even though they are not really investigators, I feel like I am addressing their needs and concerns as a person and it's really cool. Making sure we teach with the spirit is so so vital! We cannot teach without the Spirit, because we are not the teachers here, we are just the instrument in the Lord's hands. It's so cool to be part of this great work. I love being a missionary! It makes me sad to think I only have 17 months left!! 
So this week I have been thinking about Patriarchal blessings a lot this week and how they bring so much comfort and guidance to our lives! I encourage everyone to read over their blessing this week and really just ponder the blessings it promises you. I find something new every time I read mine:)
We've been doing this thing every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday called "English Fast" it's where we can only speak French all day! It's really hard, but really cool. It forces you to try. Which is something I kind of struggle with sometimes, I get frustrated and just give up sometimes, but we can't do that! We have to keep trying and keep pushing forward, even when it's hard! Whenever we English fast we always end up saying things so wrong and we use a lot of Franglais. It's pretty funny. 
On Sunday Soeur Baggs said the prayer at our devotional so we both had to sit on the stand! Kinda scary, cause I really didn't want to fall asleep! She did great though as usual, I love being her companion!
So yesterday it poured buckets in Provo so during gym time we just ran through the rain, it was a blast, it was our pre p day party:)
Sorry this is kind of all over the place, but that's about it for the week! I love you all and I love being a missionary. I know He lives and loves us and wants us to be happy on this Earth. The Gospel is the key to happiness in this life and the next. We are so privileged to be part of this wonderful Gospel. Reach out to someone this week. Invite a friend to an activity or church! You never know what it might do:) Be safe, do something crazy, and I love you all!
Soeur Holmes

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