Monday, October 26, 2015

Happy Halloween!!

Bonjour!!
So this week has been great! I love Lyon and I love Soeur Clancy and it is just going so well! I'll give you highlights of the week!

JONAS!
Jonas is so cool. So prepared. This past week we were able to see him twice and it was fantastic. We taught him the Plan of Salvation and also the temple. Both of the lessons he accepted so well. He loved the idea of baptisms for the dead and being able to be with his family for eternity. It was just really cool because we planned his baptism for November but he is going to be out of town for a couple of weeks so we will probably have to push it to December. But the thing that was cool was that how he talked about how important baptism is for him and how he wants to be prepared because he knows that what he is promising to Heavenly Father and he is even more excited to go to the temple! He is doing great. Please keep praying for him! Also lots of crazy stuff is going on with his family in Africa so can you pray for them as well?? Thank you.

ANGELA!
So we have a new amie named Angela and she is awesome. She is from Nigeria so she speaks English. She is looking for comfort and belonging so I think that this is the perfect place for that:) We are excited to keep working with her!

CHARLES!
Charles is fantastic. He is another new ami. We sat down in our lesson and I wasn't sure how into it he was. But he surprised all of us! We started talking about the Restoration of the Gospel and he expressed his desire to change and repent of sins. He said that he really wants to change and become closer to God. He committed to keep seeing us and work his way back towards Heavenly Father. I'm so excited about it!

ZONE TRAINING!
We had Zone Training this week and it was great. We talked about the importance of keeping our lessons as simple as possible. When we teach, sometimes it is easy to get caught up and just kind of vomit everything we know onto our amis. But for a lot of people this stuff is SO new to them that it really is vital that we keep it simple so that they can understand. I love the quote in preach my gospel that says something along the lines of the Gospel should be taught in a way that it is simple enough for a child to understand it. The Gospel is so simple and so beautiful that it is so important for the people we teach to understand the simple truths of the Gospel.

STAKE CONFERENCE!!
So we had stake conference this weekend and it was SOO good!! Elder Homer from the Seventy was there and it was fantastic. There were many uplifting things shared but something I really liked was when Elder Homer shared the story about Peter walking towards Christ on the water. Peter was doing so good and then he got scared and started to sink. He called out for Christ to help him, so Christ reaches his hand down to pull Peter up and said to him " oh thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" So we have all heard this story lots of times. But it really touched me when he was telling it. So often we let our doubts get in the way of our faith. Peter was literally walking towards Christ, he could see Him. But still he doubted. Even when we are completely focussed on the Savior sometimes we still have doubts. But he said that in times of doubt we need to hold fast to our faith and keep the commandments. Simple things, but they work.

After the saturday session of general conference we went to get tacos with President and Sister Brown! It was SO much fun! I love spending time with them and I feel blessed to be guided by such great people.

Today for Pday we explored  Lyon and took lots of cute pics! It was a blast. I'll send those next week cause they are on Soeur Zenger's camera.

It was a good week! The work is really moving along here in Lyon and I am so excited to keep rolling with it! I  love this work and I love the Savior. I know He loves all of you as well. Have a great week!!

Love,
Soeur Holmes

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

First week in Lyon

Bonjour!!
It's been a good week! It was kind of stressful, but good! It's been
quite the adventure! Brand new place, brand new companion, needless to
say it's been quite the adventure:) we haven't been too lost though!

So the week was crazy! So Monday I got to Lyon and pretty much just
hung out with Soeur Hurd and Zenger and it was a blast!! Tuesday
consisted of helping the stl's teach their lessons, and lots of street
contacting! Then the zone leaders took all of us trainers out to pizza
that night!

Wednesday I finally got my baby bleue!!! She's so cute!!! Her name is
Soeur Clancy. She's from Scotland and the cutest thing ever. She is
just so chill and happy and works so hard to speak French and she is
doing great. Then after we all went and visited this beautiful
cathedral together. It was so pretty, I love France. Then Soeur Clancy
and I were able to go contacting together! She just jumped in with
both feet. And we had a really cool miracle! We talked to this girl
named Clemence and let me tell you, she is so prepared to receive the
gospel! We started talking about the family and the temple with her
and she just burst into tears. She started talking about how her Dad
just passed away and how us telling her that she could see him again
gave her a lot of hope. So then of course I start crying as we
testified about eternal families. I'm so grateful for the gospel and
the knowledge that we have that this life is not the end.

Thursday we got all moved in to our new apartment. Home sweet home:)
then some of the elders gave us a tour of Lyon so we wouldn't be
completely lost all the time. Haha later that night we had our first
RCM (aka missionary coordination meeting) and out Dmp (Ward mission
leader) is soooo cool and so into helping us! I can tell this transfer
is going to be a good one!

Friday we had a great lesson with out ami Jonas. He is so prepared. We
talked about the retab with him and it all just clicked and he
accepted everything. He's all set up to get baptized November 21st:)
please pray for him!
Also we have this super cool recent convert names Laura that we met
with! She's so cool. Like just the best. Young, funny, so nice, speaks
English. A real gem. We had a lesson with her about service and it
went really well.

Saturday we had quite the rendezvous! We went and ate lunch with a
family in our Ward named the Venet family. They may or may not have
kept us there for 3 hours. Holy cow. So much food. Poor Soeur Clancy
didn't know what was coming! Haha they were so nice though and really
welcomed us into Lyon.  Then we were able to attend a baptism for one
of the sets of elders (by the way there are 26 missionaries in Lyon.
26. So many) it was so cool! I love love love going to baptisms and
seeing how happy these people are when they come up out of the water.
They always have the biggest smile on their faces and you just know
that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are just beaming up above. It
was great!

Sunday! First Sunday's are always an adventure. But the Ward was so
nice and welcoming so it was good! Then we had a lesson with out ami
Anne Charlotte. She's so cute. She loves the gospel and is already
bffs with all the young adults. Only problem is that she's living with
her boyfriend, so we're working on that. Other than that she's great!!

It was a good week! Exhausting. Every night I went to sleep exhausted
but so happy. I love Lyon, I love Soeur Clancy and I love being a
missionary! It's the best job ever and I love being able to serve
Heavenly Father's children here.

Have a lovely week!! And keep your eye out for miracles. I love you!!

Love,
Soeur Holmes


Monday, October 12, 2015

Craziest transfer yet!

Bonjour!!!
So get ready for this. I got transferred. I left Toulouse and I am now
in Porte Des Alpes (Lyon), I'm white washing here, and I'm training!
I'm having a baby!!!!:) I'm feeling lots of emotions. But mostly
excited to start this new adventure.

So this week was great! I'll give you the highlights!
Hamid!! We have a really cool ami named hahmid and he's great. I think
I told you about him last week, but he's just progressing so well!! We
had a really good lesson about the plan of salvation. He accepted it
really well and said he would pray this week to know if he should get
baptized!

Samuel! So a couple weeks ago we met a guy named Samuel on the street
and we talked about the temple and the family. He was interested so we
got his number and set up a rdv. So we had this rdv and he was on
time!! Haha this is rare people. But the best part is that he brought
his seven year old son. :) He was so interested and loved our lesson
about the BOM. He has so much potential.

Angela. We saw her and cleared up a lot of confusion! We talked about
why we need the Book of Mormon and the bible and how the two complete
each other. She still struggles with accepting the fact that we do
indeed need the both, after showing her some scriptures in the BOM and
the bible she was a little bit more open to the BOM being the word of
God. She's progressing surely but slowly. :)

We did two exchanges this week!! One in Perpignan with Soeur Staples
and one in Toulouse with Soeur Tibbitts! They were great and I love
both of these girls so much. They are such good examples to me. The
best part about being an Stl was just being able to learn from such
amazing sisters. I'm grateful for their examples. If anything they
taught me more than I think I ever taught them.

Sorry that this email is kind of short but I'm out of time. I'm sad to
leave Toulouse, but I'm excited for this new adventure. I love you all
and I hope you have a great week!! Love you!!

Love,
Soeur Holmes
The Sordes

Me and camille

Me, Soeur Neff, and our zone leaders

Monday, October 5, 2015

I love Conference!!!

Bonjour!
Wasn't conference fantastic?? I felt like I was 3 again opening up my
very first Elmo. It was that good! I haven't seen the Sunday afternoon
session yet but I'm super pumped to do so. My heart aches for our dear
prophet President Monson, he doesn't seem well and I was so worried
during his talk, please keep him in your prayers. I was also delighted
to hear the announcement of the three new apostles. I know these men
are called of God and I'm excited for the opportunity we all have to
learn from them.
So here are some of my highlights from what I've seen of conference so
far, excuse my paraphrasing:)
Rosemary M. Wixom:
"God sent us here to prepare for a future greater than we can imagine."

Linda S. Reeves:
"Sisters, I do not know why we have the many trials that we have, but
it is my personal feeling that the reward is so great, so eternal and
everlasting, so joyful and beyond our understanding that in that day
of reward, we may feel to say to our merciful, loving Father, “Was
that all that was required?” I believe that if we could daily remember
and recognize the depth of that love our Heavenly Father and our
Savior have for us, we would be willing to do anything to be back in
Their presence again, surrounded by Their love eternally. What will it
matter, dear sisters, what we suffered here if, in the end, those
trials are the very things which qualify us for eternal life and
exaltation in the kingdom of God with our Father and Savior?"

Dieter F. Uchtdorf:
"God didn't design us to be sad, he created us to have joy." And
"exaltation is our goal, discipleship is our journey."

Neill F. Marriott:
"It will all work out.":)

Robert D. Hales:
"The Lord will always lead us, but will we let ourselves be lead?"

Jeffrey R. Holland:
"The closest love to the Savior's love is the devoted love that a
mother has for her child."

Dale G. Renlund:
"The Lord has called me for what He can do through me."

Henry B. Eyring:
"Only through the Holy Ghost we can see things as God sees them."

There were SO MANY that I loved but those are a few that really
touched me. Now my all time favorite talk was the talk by Elder Larry
R. Lawrence when he talked about what lack I yet? It's funny because
earlier in the week as I was studying the life of the Savior, I
studied that story. And so it says in Matthew 19:16-22,
And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing
shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good
but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the
commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou
shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear
false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my
youth up: what lack I yet?
21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven:
and come and follow me.
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful:
for he had great possessions.

This story always gets me. Like Elder Lawrence said, a lot of the time
we are humble enough to ask the Lord what lack I yet? But we aren't
always willing to change what He asks us to change. We are all far
from perfect, myself included. It's not always easy to go before the
Savior and ask Him what we are lacking or what is keeping us from
progressing. But as I've seen throughout my mission, if we are humble
enough to do it and follow through with the answer we receive, He will
change our hearts. And he will help us on our path back home to Him.

I guess I'll tell you about my week now;) besides conference being the
ultimate highlight we were able to find a new ami!
His name is Hahmid, and he has read the BOM twice now and loved it.
During our rendezvous he kept asking, why are there so many churches
when there is only one God?? That's my favorite question:) I'm excited
to keep working with him.

A super nice lady on the bus gave me her scarf! Cool right?? I was
like hey I like your scarf and she said I could keep it! There are
some really cool people in the world.

We had district meeting, it was great! We talked about the importance
of bearing testimony which goes along perfectly with our 30 day
challenge from Elder Adler to bear testimony of the Savior to our
companion every day for 30 days and not miss a day. We recorded
ourselves the first day and the last day we are going to record
ourselves again to see the difference. It's been a really cool
experience so far!

We did an exchange with Montpellier and it was fabulous. I was with
Soeur Grant. I did an exchange with her back in Cannes when she was
bleu. She's grown up so much in the past couple of transfers. She's
one of the most talented missionaries I've ever met. She speaks
incredible French, loves people, and is an awesome teacher. Also she's
just fun to be around. I love her:) also funny story! So we were
leaving their apartment and Soeur James and Soeur Nef were in there
making calls and such so you know we leave like normal and lock the
door. So we get to our next rendezvous which is super far away when
the Soeurs call and tell us we locked them in the apartment!! Yeah
it's one of those that like if it's locked from the outside you can't
get out. Poor things. They were stuck in there the whole afternoon
until we got home that night! But it was kind of funny:)

Well kids that's it for the week. Sorry this is so long. I love you
all and I'm grateful for your examples. I know our Savior loves us
individually. Have a great week!

Love,
Soeur Holmes

Conference Time!!


We bowl hard!



We found  the scripture John 3:16 on a wall in Toulouse


Lunch after district meeting


Conference Selfies



Me and Soeur Grant


On the train at 6 am!! Not fun!!