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Monday, December 22, 2014

Have yourself a merry Little Christmas!


Bonjour!! To Papa et Mama!!!

THURSDAY!!! I am going to pee my pants I am so excited to talk to you guys :))) 

4 months!! Can you believe it?? It's crazy!! Almost a 4th of the mish done!! Say whaaaat??

Oh the football banquets :) Nothing like a state championship one!! Haha sorry I just had to get that out haha :) No one here cares about American football.. It's just soccer.. And when we played soccer for Samedi (Saturday) sports all I wanted to do was run people over hahaha #Sam Haha I miss it but that's okay because this is sooooo much better :)

DAD!! Woah Watch the language. You may want to reread your paragraph on Kale's basketball hahahahah. Or did Mom write that paragraph... (I am going to get in trouble I know hahaha) I only asked if it was Mom because she had that one french word that she liked to say hahaha. At least I know how you really feel about basketball. That word might apply better to wrestling hahahhaa :) I am glad that Malius is doing well :) Yeah at be grateful you only had attitude with your younger two children. At least your first was an angel ;) Said no one ever hahahaha

Oh yeah!! Tyler!!! AHHH!! I wish that I could see how he is doing! It literally seems like yesterday that we sent him off! Weird haha! Did he give his homecoming talk?? Tell him to write me!! :) I want to know all of his missionary wisdom :)

I really like your quote. It's really interesting how you as parents sort of are asked to sacrifice your sons to Heavenly Father for two years. You get a small glimpse of how the Father must have felt to give His son, and I get a glimpse of what it is like to live completely for everyone but me, just like He did for two years! Pretty neat experience!

Uncle Steve....Whoa! 

Anywho, Highlights of the week! So Monday was a bummer because the Stile Family appointment fell through.. The husband, Eric, had an accident at work and had to go to the hospital. I know, pretty intense.. We think they are alright. Despite our best efforts we haven't been able to keep in contact with them this week :(( If only they knew how big they are in our lives right now hahaha :) It'll work out :)

Tuesday we did a lot of contacting and finding Inactives. ALL DAY :O It was a little weird because my comp was in a funk for the majority of the week and since it's only us now at the apartment it makes it dull if one is in a bad mood.. BUT I will make it fun :)

Wednesday, we went out with Ismael, who is a student here from Mexico! And he is awesome! He can speak English, french, and Spanish!! He is super fun! We originally had a plan to go to two rendez-vous with him, but they fell through and people stood us up.. But we made the best of it and went caroling! We caroled for this lady named, Isabelle, and her daughter, Cecil and then asked if we could share a message with them about Jesus Christ and she said yes. We talked about the importance of Christ in our lives and how we feel an increase of love and joy at Christmas because of His spirit :) The conversation went on and we explained a brief summary of what else we believe and they said that we could come back :) It was really cool!

Thursday we had our Christmas Conference in Paris!! Actually specifically it was in Versailles, but whatever :) And it was amazing!! We had Elder Teixeira come to speak to us from the 70 and I learned so much!! An example was given of a man who went out to cut wood for his family to keep them warm and he chopped and chopped all day, and unfortunately at the end of the day, he still didn't have enough wood. The next day, he decided to make a little adjustment. He sharpened his axe for 15 minutes before starting his work. With that, he was able to cut more than enough wood for his family that day. The moral of the story was that we need to sharpen our axes as missionaries and that's where planning and preparation come in. We do not need to go out and work all day and come feeling like we didn't finish anything.. We need to prepare and work all day long and then come home knowing that our work was productive. And at the conference I learned how to better sharpen my missionary axe :) It was wonderful!!

The weekend was wonderful and we had an investigator come to our ward Christmas Party! His name is Albert!! It was great :) He got along really well with the members:) It was a great answer to our prayers;

Well, I am running out of time but I am soooooo pumped to talk to you all in a few days :) Tell Sam and Kale to keep the Christmas tradition alive of peeking at the presents hahaha!! I will be doing it too ;) Just kidding hahaha :) You didn't hear anything Mom and dad :) I sure love you guys!

I know with out a doubt that this is the Lord's Church! I have prayed to know again and again in my life and each time I pray to know I get the answer from the spirit in my heart that it is true!! Find Christ in your Christmas :) It is amazing getting to serve and truly do what He would be doing at the time we celebrate Him most during the year! He is the reason for the season!! One of the best feelings at Christmas is knowing that our family is eternal :) That the joy we feel at this time of the year can be forever :) I love you!!!

Jacob's Flat Christmas tree and presents!

Favorite ornament! Of Course!

Ahhh (tear) Loves!

Mirroring Sam's expression!

Dad's Dead Sea Facial Mask...."say what!!!"

Really not sure what he's thinking....

Monday, December 15, 2014

Everybody Falls Sometimes.....


Helloooo!
 
Hope that everyone's week was good :) Mine sure was!!
 
Okay!  My new companion is... Drum role please!.. Elder Ericson! So, they are took away Valenciennes two companionship and brought it back to just one companionship. So Elder Ericson, who I room with, from the other companionship is my new comp!
 
This week was great!!  We have found this AMAZING family and have set them for a baptismal date!! Jan 17 :)))) I am sooo excited! Their names are Eric and Marie-Claude Stile and their children :) We found them just tracting and then they said we could come back and so we did and they weren't there. But we tried again and they gave us another time to come back and after a couple more of it not working out we came and taught them and it was great :) They have 4 kids. 2 boys and 2 girls. The oldest is a 13 year old girl, then there is another girl and the boys are twins at 8 years old! Super cool! The first time we taught we just taught the Dad. And we taught him about God's love and the life of Christ and how Christ's teachings can help the family. It was super easy because it was obvious that he loved his family and Christmas. He was almost the only house in the neighborhood that had lights up. And we did a soft baptism invite, meaning that we asked, "When you know that these things are true will you ... be baptized?" And he said that he would! We then taught them a second time with his wife there and then retaught what we taught last time, so that she was up to speed and then invited her with the soft baptism invite, which she accepted. The third time we taught about Joseph Smith and the spirit was super strong and invited them to be baptized on the 17 and asked them to pray as a family to know if what we were telling them was true :) That's my favorite part is promising that they can get their OWN answer! That's so amazing! ANYONE AND EVERYONE can get an answer because God will answer because HE LOVES YOU! Ah, I am going to make myself cry hahaha just kidding :)

I want to promise all of you that miracles ARE possible! They are possible because of Christ. Whatever you are struggling with, He can and will help you if you let Him! I promise that He will come and make your weaknesses strengths because He has with me again and again :) I heard these songs that really had a great impact on me and I want to share the lyrics with you :)

Everybody falls sometimes,
You've gotta find the strength to rise,
From the ashes, and make a new beginning

Anyone can feel the ache,
You think it's more than you can take,
But you're stronger,
You're stronger than you know.

Don't you give up now!
The sun will soon be shining!
You gotta face THE CLOUDS,
And find the Silver lining;

I've seen dreams that move the mountains;
Hope that doesn't ever end,
Even when the sky is falling,
I've seen miracles just happen,
Silent prayers get answered,
Broken hearts become brand new,
That's what faith can do!

Doesn't matter what you've heard,
Impossible is not a word,
Just a reason for someone not to try,
Everybody's scared to death,
But when they decide to take that step,
Out on the water, It"ll be alright!

Life is SO much more than what our eyes are seeing,
And you will find you're way,
If you keep believing,

I've seen dreams that move the mountains;
Hope that doesn't ever end,
Even when the sky is falling,
I've seen miracles just happen,
Silent prayers get answered,
Broken hearts become brand new,
That's what faith can do!

Overcome the odds!
"You don't have a chance!"
When the world says, "You can't"
HE will tell you that you can!

I've seen dreams that move the mountains;
Hope that doesn't ever end,
Even when the sky is falling,
I've seen miracles just happen,
Silent prayers get answered,
Broken hearts become brand new,
That's what faith can do!

That's what faith can do!
Everybody falls sometimes... YOU will have the strength to rise!

And

Many nights we've prayed,
With no hope that anyone could hear,
In our hearts a hope for something we barely understood,
Now we are not afraid,
Although there is much to fear,
We were moving mountains long before we knew we could,

There can be miracles when you believe!
No hope is frail,
It's hard to kill,
Who knows what miracles you can achieve,
When you believe,
Somehow you will!
WHEN you believe!


The miracles are waiting. YOU just need to believe. They happen with me everyday here in the mission. I promise they will hap^pen with you too. Let Christ open your eyes. After all, it is Christmas and we are celebrating how HE is the miracle. I love you all!

Elder Lucas 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Champions

Dad,


This week was sooo great! So like symbollically speaking I finally broke through the mist of darkness that I have been trudging through for the past 10 weeks :) Or maybe I am just getting a break hahaha :) I know, the whole asking for trials sounded like a good idea in the moment... Haha nowww... Naw just kidding. This has been the greatest thing that could've happened to me. I have truly learned how to be strong even if it is just me and the Lord. I can truly do all things through the Lord. It has been the MOST important thing I could have learned having just left home.

 I actually was thinking a lot about the state championship yesterday. That football story was such a miracle! It really hit me in sacrament meeting yesterday how God is a God of miracles! And then I thought about how before freshman year I wanted to know if I should play football, and because it was so important to me I prayed about it. I felt that I should. So I continued to pray to know what position I should play and I felt like quarterback was the one I should go for. And as you very well know :) Freshman year was the WORST!! Then all of my injuries sophomore year. Then the battle for the starting position junior and of course!... More injuries.. hahah I was used to it by then hahaha. And finally at the end HEAVENLY FATHER made me a champion. He made our team champions from a little town that quite honestly, lives in complacency of "just being okay". Through that football experience a whole town came together and say that miracles do happen today!! And I got to be a part of that because I prayed and had faith even when it was hard!

I told that story to Elder Cutshall yesterday in comp study and then testified to him that I know that answers to prayer come! Sometimes they are just in the Lord's time-- after injuries and setbacks and what we would call, "failures",- but in the end He ALWAYS answers them! Prophets from the
beginning of the Book of Mormon prayed for the well being of the Lamanites and for them to come unto the truth and it didn't start until 1820! But it happened. I now see that Father had me do football because look at all that I learned! And now I am learning it again :) Elder Cutshall even told me that He will most likely try to know if the church is true again.

That in and of itself is a MIRACLE! Just like my prompting that he would leave to go home with a desire to know if it was true!! And that he wouldn't be against it. The Lord hears our prayers!! I know that! I cannot only testify of that but am a testimony of that! Just look at my life and what the Lord has done because I had faith.

Rolv unfortunately will be in Paris for the next month and we didn't get to see Marie Therese :( But the miracles will come! PLease pray for Julian. He is a man who we will teach this week, Steve, Maximilien, Stile, Adrian, and Frank. They will need the prayers!

I love you Dad! I am sorry I don't have hardly any info on Christmas yet. I will let you know though!

Elder Lucas

Monday, December 1, 2014

Salut!


Salut!
This one will be short because I don't have a lot of time! Sorry guys :/
Funny of the week: We were teaching a youth how to say "cheater" in English at the church and he says it... but in a french accent, which makes the "Ch" sound like a "Sh" hahaha. You can imagine how it came it out. We had to quickly fix that pronunciation!!
We have found some awesome amis!! We met a woman named Marie Therese and she is super interested in the gospel and has a ton of questions!! All questions that the plan of salvation can answer! Her mom and sister are less actives too! I am super excited to see where things go. Oh and FYI "ami" is french for "friend"; The real term is "ami de l'église" or "friend of the church" or "investigator". Anyways, it was such a blessing to find her because weeks before now have been hard finding people who are ready!! Truly the Lord knows our problems and our needs! He knows how to succor us!
Our ami, Rolv shared with me something that was really cool! He said that when he saw us that we were like two lights in his life and he just knew that he had to talk to us! He then said that he has been feeling like Father in Heaven has a great plan for him and something amazing is going to happen in the near future. Heavenly Father is preparing the way for his servants! Truly the Lord is with us in all things in our life. We just need to open our eyes to Him!
Am I the only one super duper stoked for Christmas??! Sharing the gospel during Christmas is the best! People's hearts are naturally opened to the message :) The Church put out a new short video called "He is the Gift". It is great!:! I would highly recommend it. It's on lds.org. In it it talks about how Christ came for everyone like it talks about in John 3:16; But is points out specifically that He came for YOU! Yes and I believe that even if it was just YOU that He came to save He still would have come! That's how much He loves you! You are loved so so so much more by you Father in Heaven than you can ever imagine! Merry Christmas season all! I love you all! Don't forget the meaning of Christmas :)
Love,
Elder Jacob Lucas

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving prayers!

Cool random building

Me on the street!

Me and Ismael (awesome ward member!)

My zone!


Hello to the world! Hope that everyone's week was splendid!! :)

Unfortunately Kmel fell through and we never got a hold of him. But that just means that we are one person closer to someone who is ready to hear  our great message! :)

So in the spirit of Thanksgiving :) We have this ami (friend) named Rolv and he is awesome! We had our first lesson with him this week and it was about the Plan of Salvation. We were talking about how to know if the Plan of Salvation is true through prayer, and he blurted out, "I pray a little differently..." And of course our first thought is, "Ohhhhh noooo!"; Haha but he said I like to always pray in gratitude-even for things that haven't happened yet- and he went on into this story where he was in Paris and had no money and needed to eat, so he prayed in gratitude for the NEXT meal that he would have! And sure enough a while later, a friend calls him up and asks if he is Paris and invites him to go eat! Super sweet!! So he loves to pray in gratitude before he ever asks for anything in his prayers. And it's true. Gratitude is a sign of faith. Too often we forget everything that the Lord has done for us and some times just crack it up to be a nice coicidence or Lucky moment. But He truly does answer our prayers! It's amazing :) We just need to open our eyes to the miracles He puts in our lives everyday. So don't forget to give a nice heartfelt prayer this week to your Father especailly since it's Thanksgiving and He has given us all :)

Annnnd! Elder Cook (for those that don't know he is one of the members of the quorum of the 12 apostles; leaders in the Church) came thursday to Paris and the whole mission got to hear him speak!! It was amazing!! I got to shake his hand :) Super cool! The absolute best part was at the end. He bore his testilony. He said that he first gained a testimony when he was 15 by the Spirit. And then he said that he has had expériences too sacred to share. He said that He knows the Savior's voice. And when he said that, the Spirit rushed into the room and hit me so hard! It was so amazing! He then pronouced a special blessing on us all as missionaries to continue working ohard, being strong, becoming more than we think we are just capable of becoming! It was amazing!!! I am so gratfeul that we have leaders on earth, today, who receive revelation for the world. God speaks to man today!! It is amazing :) Who wouldn't want to know that?? :)

Here is the funny of the week: So this week there was a woman on the tram and I went up to talk to her and the first thing that she said was that she doesn't beleive in God. But then we kept talking for a while and I mentioned that I beleived that He is our loving Heavenly Father and she randomly blurted, "I think that God is a woman.." What??! First off you don't belie
This crazy cool french house!

Weird eyed tree!

Our train station.

Train station.

Creepy!


Cutshall's creeper tree.
ve and now you do, but that God is a female?? Hahaha I was so confused :)

Oh and one last cool story :) I talked to this elderly french lady about god's love for her and she told me at the start that she didn't believe in God and wouldn't change. But we kept talking and at the end of the conversation she still was very firm that God wasn't there and she looked at me and said, " Now you have just wasted your time;" I beg to differ :) No one is a waste of time! Every single child of God is important and deserves a chance at receiving this message :) Everyone is important to Him. I promise you all that God loves you. You can know this in your hearts. I love asking people how they know that they love their families. They usually sit for a moment and think and then say that it's a feeling in their heart. And you can feel God's love for you in the same way. You can't see it specifically (you can see examples of it) but it's a feeling. A feeling that we can all gain through prayer. Pray to know if He loves you and then listen! Let the calm peace come into your heart and know that that's your answer :) Or maybe you can feel it now as you read my description of it. I promise that He does! I know it!! I have asked and I have received the answer again and again that He cares and that these things are true. It's a personal and incredible experience. Don't hesitate to know for yourself. The best time is now. You are loved so much more than you know. For you are a child of God and He loves you! I love you all! Have fun over there in America :)

Love,
Elder Jacob Lucas

First District


The numbers are the for the number of transfers they are on. Jacob has completed one transfer and his comp is on his last.



Monday, November 17, 2014

The Stoning!


Bonjour!!
Alright so first the story about the stoning! It's like the prophets of the Bible!! Getting stoned by the people haha! IT WAS NOT LITTLE KIDS, its was like 17 year olds. We get off at this tram stop to pass back a guy that we had tracted into a couple of week ago.  There are 4 teens there and one starts rapping randomly and insulting us and our families and just being really crude. (It's like 730 at night but already dark) So we don't say anything but walk off and about 20 meters from the tram stop we are about to turn a corner, we see a rock about the size of my handspan hit the wall we are next to. Then one hits my comp in the shoulder. They are literally stoning us! Luckily they never hit me and my comp was completely fine :) But we kept going and they kept throwing rocks for about 3 more minutes and they just ran off... Unfortaunately the story isn't over. We pass back the house that we had planned to see but ended up not having time to teach a lesson because of how late it was. So we head back and actually go to the next tram stop. As we are walking we decided to call President to ask if we should report the offense to the police. While we are on the phone and walking to get to the tram stop, those same 4 kids show up. We don't know if they followed us or what,... it was unfortunate; So my comp walks up to them and says that he is sorry if we offended them but if they continue to act like they did we will have to call the police. They guy flipped out and was like, "I don't know who you are!" And then they started being super crude in whatever language they could think of. They threw some trash at us and some little rocks but no stones like before. One guy pulled a plant out of the ground and threw it on us. Like I said earlier I thought about Ammoning it up, but decided against it hahaha :) But eventually they left and we reported it to the police so hopefullty it's safer for future missionaries... I probablmy just worried every mother who just read this email... But don't worry because the Lord protected us and He will protect your children too when they serve :)
 
Miracle of the week! We were able to make contact with a guy that we taught a couple of weeks ago named Kmel, who had fallen off the face of the earth; Yesterday, I just felt prompted to give him a call like right then and then he actually answered! We have an appt tonight with him and I'm super stoked for it! Hopes that it goes great!
 
Here is a great quote that I heard a couple of weeks that I loved from another missionary!  

"When the Lord solves our problems, we have faith in Him. When He doesn't solve our problems, He has faith in us." 

Although some times are tough the Lord is with us through it all! I promise that for everyone :) He will protect you from your stones that are being hurled at you! For me I have seen such a great miracles with my french! It is really coming wonderfully and I understand so much more! :) I don't know how many of you are familiar with the analogy to the footprints in the sand, but it has always touched me. 

A man dies and He goes to Heaven and He is talking with Christ. While talking to Christ, he sees his life being symbolized by footprints. Sometimes there are two sets of footprints and others there are just one. Christ explains that one set is the man's and the other set is Christ's. As they continue to go in review of the man's life, the man notices that during the hard times in his life there is only one set of footprints. He then asks Christ why He left the man when times were hardest. Christ replies says, "Those were the times that I was carrying you;" And I promise that He is carrying us through those hard times! He is! There is a joke that adds onto the story: The man asks, "Ok well if that's when you were carrying me, what's that ditch over there," Christ says, "Oh that's when I had to drag you kicking and screaming." :)
 
Anyways, things are getting better here! The work is progressing! I love you all! Keep strong! The Church is true :) The book is blue : See ya in 2! Hahaha shout out to Aaron Keeley who gave that to me :) Remember you can do ALL things through Christ! I promise! You need only ask!
 
Sincerely, Elder Jacob Lucas

Monday, November 10, 2014

Going All Ammon!


Heyyy everybody! Sorry I didn't get an email out last week, I had no time :(( And this one may be sort of short. I am sorry. But some of you may know that things have been difficult here with my comp. He is finishing his mission and doesn't really have a desire to work and which is strenuous for a new missionary. However, even in this trial of faith I have felt the Lord's love for me each time that I pray. I feel His strength and His love surrround me every time! He is truly there for us in ALL of our trials and He wants to help us; we just have to ask. I promise that this is true! We are His children and He will guide us :) Never ever forget that :)

Other than that yesterday we got rocks and stones thrown at us by some kids. I was ready to go on all Ammon (Ammon is a missionary in the  Book of Mormon who is defending the Kings flocks and cuts off his opposers arms as they raise swords to kill him) but decided against it hahaha. Don't worry we got away and all worked out and no one got hurt. Well I am sorry this is so short but I have no time. But I love you all!!
 
Elder Lucas
 


Dad!! 

The language is coming along great! I pray every morning for the interpretation and gift of tongues and every day I learn a little more. I also carry around Grandpa's little Pocket dictionary and it helps soooooo much!! I also take notes in the planner of all the words I don't know that the french say so I can study them later:)
 
I will write Coach Bradley; It will be handwritten and I will send it to the house. He is a great man.
 
Gosh Sam is a monster!!! I am so glad that he is beasted it up! Always knew he would!!! Call dibs on being his number one fan! And when he tears it up next year, you can't let any girls be wearing his jersey!! Hahahaha je blague :) First TD!!! That is soooo cool!! I remember my first one too! And it's nothing like being able to bless the sacrament or bear testimony :) But I am so exctited for him!!
 
I am glad that Doug is doing well :) I have been emailing him and it has been good to keep in touch!
 
Interesting that you should ask about prep for the mish, I was pondering today over what I was doing last year and the year before that in November. And of course all the memories of running at 5 in the morning came back and working out on Christmas and Thaksgiving and the thought came to me: I can totally do this because I have done hard things my whole life! My football story is a miracle!! And miracles will happen here as well! And what helped me believe in miracles was scouts! Philmont was NOT always the most fun but it teaches you to persevere and find the joy in the little things. Having a trainer who doesn't really care at all is very hard
and one must endure! However life is not meant to be endured but enjoys! And there is a lot of joy in the tribulation. Like look at how much we laughed on Philmont! Kyle and I learned to work together which carries over into the state championship. Aaron Keeley became one of my best friends! Yes the cup may only be filled at the half but we choose if it is half full or empty. Learning to sleep in the snow and hike and endure most certainly prepares for the mish! You learn to trust yourself and most importanty the Lord- like my back being supported by angels at Philmont- those memories WILL help stregnthen and fortify on the mish. Sorry my spelling is terrible. I am trying to type fast because we don't have a ton of time.
 
GO Kale!! He is such a stud!! Tell him WHEH for me!! Love that kid!!!
 
Thyank you for your advice! I read your letters when times are hard. Truly I do think about those hard winter workouts with you and know that I can do this because it's not like what I haven't already done! I love you dad!! Thank you so so so much. You are my hero!
 
Love,
Elder Yo Lucas

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Time!!!!


Momma!! So I don't have time to write everyone because we have no time today :(((( but yes we do have a blender and my coat is great. I am going to buy some sweaters here. I haven't heard from my friends but I sent chayton a letter! What is Avery's address? They don't really celebrate halloween here; I miss the states and the Holiday tradition!  Heavenly Father has been strengthning me a ton! I am so glad that you didn't send it!! Because I need some things! Okay I need a nose shaver; and maybe some copies of the p90X3 book so I can have some more workout ideas espeically for legs. I can't jump because it's too loud and my comp doesn't always like to run soooo, and I need one of those door hook up things for the bands becquse I lost mine when we changed our appartment recently. Anyways, this letter is totally lame but I have to go and I am so so so sorry but we have no time. I will write you some letters to make up for it! I love you momma! We found a catholic guy who looks super interested and it was a huge answer to my prayers! 

Elder Lucas

Monday, October 27, 2014

Fall Colors and cold Nights!


  Hello everbody! I hope that everyone's week has been splendid :)
This last week was more challenging. We had a lot of people drop us and not show up to their appointments with us :((( But each rejection means that we are one person closer to finding those who are ready to hear the gospel!!
I had some cool thoughts about the sacrament this last week :) For those that don't know the sacrament is where we take the bread and water in symbolism of Christ's suffering for us and we promise to remember Him always. The bread represents his body and the water is his blood and all the pain He felt for us. We beleive that He felt every pain, trial, hardship, fear, and sin in our lives. For each person perfectly and personally. That way He can help us when we are weak because He knows everyone in and out. For example, if you break your leg, He doesn't know what it feels like to break a leg as well. He knows what it feels like to break your leg! And in french the word bread is "pain" and water is "l'eau" (low). That is sooo cool. Literally we are partaking of His pain that He felt for us to be strengthened and remembering how He descended be-LOw all things just for us.
Some wanted to know some détails about my day: Alright, so in the morning I get up at 6:25 and then we run to a park about half a mile from the appt (our appt is in centreville or the town square by this outdoor mall) and then we workout and come back. We then eat breakfast and it's awesome having your own food! I mean who doesn't like getting to eat out of the peanut butter jar with just a spoon and double dipping because it's all yours?? hahaha just kidding :) 
(No he's not!!) We then have studies until 11 and then go out and do contacting to find people in our area to teach and we have luch at about 1ish; Go back out; language study at 4:30; dinner at 5; then tracting until 9; yeah :)
We had our first dinner appt at a member's house this week! (He has been there 4 weeks, one meal a month! He mentioned that he is becoming quite a good chef! Hooray.) We call them mangez-vous; And it was awesome!! They have been sharing the gospel a lot but live an hour away from the Church and so do all the people that they have been sharing the gospel with.  So no one wants to come to Church :((( so we fasted sunday that these peoples' hearts would be softened :)
Oh and for all who are wondering, our plumbing got fixed!! Thank goodness!! :)))) I know that everyone says that if mom's not happy then no one's happy and I'm sorry but that's not right. It's if there's fecies in the bathtub no one's happy hahahhaha just playing :)
We have one really awesome investigator named Kmel (it's Arab) And I don't have a lot of time so I have to go, but I will tell you all about him next week :))) Love you all!!
Love, 
Elder Jacob Lucas :)

Jacob mentioned in his family letter that his companion is really struggling and invited anyone who felt inclined to fast for him this coming Sunday. His companion is Elder Cutshall. He is searching for some answers and could use some extra prayers. Jacob loves to hear from you all. Thank you for sending your love and letters his way! If anyone would like to write him: Please send your letters to : Elder Jacob Lucas, 19 Ave Albert 1er, Valenciennes 59300, France. It takes 3 "Forever" stamps to send to France or one international stamp $1.20 ea, these can be purchased at the post office) or email at jlucas@myldsmail.net.


Katauna



Elder Cutshall waiting for the bus....a cold evening.

Monday, October 20, 2014

I'm Still Alive!!!!


Hello all my friends!!! 
Thank you to everyone who wrote me :) It feels so good to talk to you all in the States :) AMERICA! Haha :)
So this week was really sad and also really miraculous! So unfortunately, a bunch of our appointments this week fell through :( The kids we were going to play soccer with had to reschedule so hopefully we still get to meet with them!! But with each appointment falling through, came the opportunity to find other people who are ready to hear this wonderful message :) And we found a lot of great people this week who I am very excited for!! However what I want to talk about today, is that when people kept not showing up and mission life was beginning to get difficult this week, Heavenly Father always came to my aide to comfort me and help me! On one particular day where I was struggling a lot, I came across the scripture DC 128:22; It is Joseph Smith speaking and he is writing to the saints from difficult circumstances, and he says, "Brethern, shall we not go on in so great a cause? Go forward not backward. Courage, brethern; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice and be exceeding glad; Let the earth break forth into singing. Let the dead speak forth anthems of eternal praise to the King Immanuel, who hath ordained, before the world was, that which would come enable us to redeem them out of their prison; for the prisoners shall go free." And this scripture completely changed my focus!! Missionary work is the greatest cause there is!! It is THE greatest message to share as well! And although it is sometimes difficult and we all come to rough patches, we must have courage. Courage to do what's right because it is right! Courage to share the gospel in a language you haven't quite mastered. And of course onto the victory :) for there are people here in France-in this city that I am in- that truly need this gospel! They may not even know that they need it but they do! And then it says to rejoice! I have the happiest message to share! Christ lives! HIS church is on the earth again! You are sooo loved by your Father in Heaven! And the prisoners will go free! The people who are bound and only the gospel can loose them will go free! And that is why I am here in France! This gospel is the key to their escape from the the antagonizing difficulties of this world. And I am so very grateful for this opportunity I have to be a missionary now :) 

Some funny stories from this week: Last night we were tracting and there were about 20 kids in the neighborhood and they started following us from door to door! Hahahah might have been a little confusing to answer the door to two missionaries and their army of minis :) Haha and there was one kid who even tried to speak with us at a door! What's really funny is that he was Muslim :) 
Hahaha it's also really funny to watch people just cross the street when they see us walking on their side of the street, so they can avoid us.. It's also really sad because we just want to tell them that God loves them! 

Anyways, I love you all! Thank you for all your support :) The church is true! 

Love, 
Elder Jacob Lucas :)




These pictures are from his first few days in Paris. They stayed at a hotel down the street from the mission home. 

 
His companion Elder Cutshall. In Valenciennes. Typical Street....


              Elder Lucas and the mini Army! aka Fan club for the day!





                            Beautiful park in Valenciennes.

                                  Waiting for the bus!


           
   New Elders are called "Bleus" so his companion go him a Blue book cover!




                                           You're guess is as good as mine!

                                        
                          Pday  (Preparation day) sight seeing!


                        Another Apartment roomate.

                       Elder Cutshall and Elder Lucas in their apartment.