Monday, November 16, 2015

First of all, I want to thank everyone for all of your prayers and emails. Don't worry about me, we are safe:) We are just being careful and not taking metros and being out when it's dark, but other than that we've pretty much gone back to normal. Please keep the people of France in your prayers.

So we had a good week!! It was kinda crazy and seems like a big blur but I'll do the best I can to tell you all about it!

P DAY!! It was Zone P day so we went bowling:) Let's just say that my skills haven't improved since last transfer haha I still stink at bowling. Soeur Clancy killed it and showed us all up!

Jonas! So we had an awesome Spirit filled lesson about prayer, scripture study, and obedience. He is so cute and took lots of notes as usual. He also told us all about what he is reading in the Book of Mormon. He's incredible. I always just want to give him a big hug and tell him how proud God and Jesus Christ are of him! The only struggle right now is getting him to church, his health is still bad and getting to church by 9 is hard for him. Please please pray for him. We keep having to push his baptisimal date back because he hasn't been to church yet. So yes prayers would be great:)

Christelle! So Christelle is actually the elders amie but she might be getting passed to us because of some stuff going on in her life right now. Anyway we helped her do some of her family history work! It was so fun:) She was so excited to put pictures on Family Search. She is just cool. Her story is cool because she wanted to do family history so she just showed up at the mission office one day and she has been seeing the elders ever since then. She has a lot of faith and is incredible!

Liliana! I don't know if I wrote about Liliana last week, but she is from Mexico and adorable! I love her:) Her Mom is actually a recent convert in Mexico so that is what got her interested in the church. We had a beautiful lesson about the temple and the importance of doing work for out ancestors. The Spirit was really strong.

Soeur Convert: She is the cutest little member from La Reunion:) We read a conference talk together and then did some grocery shopping for her. When we came back from the store she gave us the mini pineapple! It was too cute! haha

We saw Liliana again! We talked about the Restoration because she had some questions about the Priesthood. It was a good lesson and I think it answered some of the questions she was having.

Martha! We saw Martha and we've started the missionary lessons with her again:) We taught the Restoration and we brought the Elders in to talk about the importance of the Priesthood and why it is so vital to have the Priesthood.

Meyinjou's! They are a part member family in our ward who is lovely:) Her husband is taking the lessons from the elders so we went with the elders and talked about the importance of baptism! He said no to baptism for the moment but I really think he will one day. Then she fed us yummy pizza. Mmm:)

District meeting! We had a great district meeting!!! We talked a lot about the Temple:) I love the temple so much and I am so so so so so so so so excited to go when I come home. We are SO blessed to have a temple so close to us, we really need to take advantage of this blessing.
Then we started our exchange with the Annecy sisters, so I took a nice long bus ride to Annecy:)

I was on exchange with Soeur Nikka in Annecy. Annecy is about two hours from Lyon and it literally is so so beautiful. It's like this cute little fairytale city in the mountains! It was real cold but gorgeous so it was ok:) We actually ended up contacting most of the day, something I haven't done in a really long time; a full day of contacting. But it was actually really cool and we met some pretty incredible people. The thing I love about missions is just all the different people I meet from all walks of life. They all have such different stories and lives but the thing we all have in common is that we are all children of God. God truly does want every single one of His children to come back to Him.
Soeur Clancy and Soeur Castagno came to Annecy to switch back and oh my goodness I was SO excited to see Soeur Clancy!!! I had a lovely exchange, but we just missed each other so much and we were pumped to be back together! We talked the whole train ride home like we had been seperated for years. haha I love her a lot:)

Ok so this was the day we found out about all the stuff in Paris. We weren't allowed to take any public transportation so we walked for an hour and a half to get to the institute to teach our lessons:) haha it actually wasn't that bad! We saw Martha again and watched the Joseph Smith movie with her and she told us about what she is reading in the Book of Mormon:) It was nice!

Richie! Remember Richie?? He is our ami from Nigeria, we lost contact for a bit but we got back in contact with him! We talked about the Restoration and he seemed to get it, it's hard cause his english isn't great and he can't read but he got the idea. We'll be taking it slow:)

Ok this was the best part about Samedi! So we got done with Richie and we were going to walk the hour and a half back to the apartment but it was getting dark so we didn't think that was too good of an idea, so we called up the senior couple the Mahaffey's who live by the institute. The happily agreed to take us home but they totally fed us dinner first!! YUM! Nothing like good old grilled cheese, soup, ice cream and cookies to end off a crazy day:) I love them:)

Ok so President fixed this goal for our mission to have 200 amis at church on Sunday. So Samedi night we all went crazy and texted and called everyone in our areabooks inviting them to church. In our ward alone we had 13 amis at church and the whole mission we had 218 amis at church! It was cool to see us all work together to obtain this goal:)

Wow. Sorry that was really long. But a lot of stuff happened! I love you all and I want you to know how much I know with every part of me that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. He loves us and wants nothing more for us then to come back to Him and Heavenly Father one day. I love you all:) Stay safe and have a great week!

Soeur Kira Holmes

Challenge for the week: Read O Divine Redeemer by Elder Maxwell

Soeur Nikka and me in Annecy

Zone p-day 

The Fairy tale city of Annecy

me and Liliana

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