Monday, March 9, 2015

8 months Old

Sorry this email is coming earlier than normal but we are going to the valley of monkeys with some members and I am so excited it's like Christmas!!!!!!!

So last week started out kinda sad, we went to the funeral of a member in our branch. Her name is Soeur Perez and she was like my mission grandma, we would go to her house and sing to her and I loved her so much. She was 91 so she lived a really good life, and there were a zillion people at her funeral. Members, non members, friends, family, it was great to see all these people and how she had touched their lives. I gave the opening prayer which was slightly nerve racking, just because there was a lot of people and speaking French while trying to listen to the spirit and not mess up is kinda tricky sometimes, but it was good. It was a beautiful service and she will be missed by many.

Wednesday was a fantastic day!! Arnaud Meloen a member in our branch who is getting ready to go on a mission taught like all of our lessons with us and it was so great! He has a rock solid testimony and I was really grateful he was able to share it with so many people that day! So we had a really cool miracle on wednesday. We were going to our lesson with some old amis Maria and Fabian and we get to their apt and they are not home and they aren't answering their phones and it's really sad cause we were super pumped to see them! So we decided to go find another family who we had met on the bus a couple weeks earlier! So we find their apt and we are at the sonnerie trying to find which apt is theirs! When all of a sudden they just show up behind us! HOLLA. It was super cool, they were really excited and they invited us in! Their name is the Di Salvo family and they are from Italy. We talked about the Bom with them and we are going back tomorrow to teach them again! Then later wednesday night we had our young adult activity at the church! Our ami Ruhina came and brought her friend Cindy! Funny thing is that Cindy is from Tahiti and her boyfriend is actually Mormon but not active! But his family is like really pushing for this boy to come back to church so Cindy is looking into our church so that her boyfriends family will accept her. I don't know if that is the best reason to start taking lessons haha but we will see how it goes:)

Thursday was our district meeting in limoges!! So fun!! So our district is all sisters besides our district leader and his comp, so we call ourselves the Limoges Relief Society. haha Elder Pettingill has appointed himself as relief society president. It's actually quite hilarious. We talked a lot about Project Elijah and just how we can become even more effective by really transitioning from the questionnaire to teaching the gospel. It was a really good meeting and it's always fun to see other missionaires! So as soon as we got off the train back at Poitiers we headed straight to this lady named Karla's house. So our ami Ruhina is of the baha'ai faith. I don't know if I told you this but pretty much they accept all religions and want world peace and love and stuff. It's actually pretty interesting and Ruhina is like the nicest person I have ever met. So she invited us to this devotional at Karla's house. Pretty much they just said a couple prayers and then we prayed for them and it was nice:) then Karla fed us after and that's when we really got to know her. Karla is from New Caledonia and is so cool. She has 3 kids and one of them has special needs and she is a single mom. But she is so kind and patient and loving and I just felt like I was at like a family members house or something. We explained to her a little bit about our Church and what we do as missionaires and stuff like that. She was super interested and she has a lot of the same beliefs as we do. AND she said if I come back to France I could stay at her house:) haha But really she is incredible and light just radiates from this woman. I don't think it is an accident we met her. I'm really grateful for Ruhina and all the cool people we are meeting through her! First Cindy now Karla! I'll keep you posted on how it goes:)

Oh rewind! So we've been teaching a less active family named the Tu'ungasfasi's and Soeur Tu'ungafasi has been a member her whole life and her husband got baptized in 2011. But they don't come cause her husband plays rugby every sunday and has the car, therefore the family doesn't come. So we've been going over like 2 times a week cause she wants her kids baptized. They are 11,9, and 7. And I am obsessed with them, they are so cute and adorable and get so excited when we come and they always ask when we will come back and I just love them! So they will hopefully get baptized in October and we know have members bringing the family to church, so hopefully all keeps going well!!

Friday was a cool day! We went to a chinese buffet with the young adults in the branch and that was so fun and it was SUNNY AND WARM. Then after that we went contacting with Dominique and we had a really cool miracle! We knocked on the door of a lady named Madame Gremillion and we asked her if we could do the questionnaire with her. She did not look excited but Dominique made her laugh and she let us in. We did the questions and started talking about the family booklet and she was being so darn sassy and saying "I need to put my make up on! I'm going out with my friends!" She's 88:) But we just kept talking and she said "ya know I'm not interested in your church, but I am curious." We fixed another meeting for next friday:) As we left she told us she never ever ever ever lets people into her house:) it was really cool!

Yesterday was great!! Soeur Rousselle is a boss and brought two people she met on a bus to church! They were really cool! Saad is from Iraq and Amelia is from Portugal. During the lesson in amis class Amelia cried twice, the Spirit was super strong. Soeur Rousselle is going to invite them to eat lunch with all of us on Friday so I am super pumped! Then yesterday afternoon we decided to go to some contacting at the park because it was so sunny and beautiful! We met this really cool lady named Stephanie who was just so open to listening to us! At the end we prayed with her in the park and we told her we would call her to fix a meeting and she said "I'll be waiting for your call":) I was really excited because I just got the feeling that she was so genuine and really ready to recieve this message.

Well kids the valley of monkeys is calling me so I have to go! But I hope your week is great and that you see miracles in your own life:) I love you all!!

avec amour,
Soeur Holmes
Valley of the monkeys

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