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Monday, October 26, 2015

Working and more working...

Cathedral in Nancy

Hey!!

That's crazy awesome about Grayson!! I'm so happy for him!

Sam and I both!! I really like the European styles. It's classy!! As
far as my clothes go, I'm about the same size :) 

Apparently Elder Pumford was a model during his time at BYU! I don't
know where that came from, but I just said it. I'll send pics of us
today! :)

So, here are some highlights of my week!

Tuesday: we went to Strasbourg for their district meeting, and I went
on an exchange with an elder who is having a hard time being
motivated. As I pondered in my heart throughout the day, I was able to
know exactly how to love him and do the work at the same time. During
the exchange, we taught a member who reactivated 6 weeks ago. He was
60 or so, and when a child, had been abused by his mother, and his
father had ignored him. However, he bore one of the most sincere
testimonies of love that I have ever heard. He expressed how he had
all this hurt, but then decided to ask God if he needed to forgive
her. He felt the spirit come into his heart and confirm that he needed
to. He then told me how he then prays for his mother, who had abused
and hurt him. He also thanked his father for the experience of his
childhood. This man had come to the conclusion that his father had
helped him become a man, and chose to see the positive aspect of the
experience. It really touched me! Here I am, worried about little
things in life, and this man is using God's love to help him to
overcome pains that sometimes are scars for years and years. There is
nothing that we cannot overcome with Christ's love! That I know with
all my heart! He is the Christ! We must not forget this, but put Him
at the heart of all that we do! He lives! And He is my Savior.

Wednesday: we went to Mulhouse district meeting. During personal
study, I had an incredible spiritual experience. 

I then went on an exchange with Elder Rollins, in Belfort. Not many
were accepting, but as we strived to love them, they were kind and
both sides left happy. Al, the experiences with people were positive
that day :)

Thursday: got up at 5 to catch 4 hours of trains back to Nancy. Had
district meeting in Nancy. Later, just planned a lot for the MINI MTC
and other activities for the zone. It was a LONG day! But a man showed
up at the church randomly! He was a pastor from the Catholic Church- a
man that j had contacted 4 months ago! He finally decided to come and
see, and it so happened that we were at the church. Coincidence? I
think not! We gave him a church tour, and he then asked us why we gave
two years to do that. I felt the spirit guide me as I was bold, but
loving, as I explained the restoration, and how there was a prophet
today, and he had asked us to serve. I knew that he was a prophet of
God, and that this church was true. So I prayed, asking if I should
serve, and the spirit told me that I needed to. The spirit was strong
and powerful. Unfortunately, the man didn't seem to accept the
message. But he was very kind and the conversation was pleasant.

Friday- another district meeting and another exchange!!

Saturday-worked through all the details of MTC Nancy .

And Sunday was just crazy again with coordinating. My combo was having
a hard time yesterday, and the spirit helped me to know how to find
time out of the schedule and just talk him through his problems. I
felt sort of like you mom. He was having emotional stress, and I
helped him like how you help me. It's tiring!! I know how you feel. At
this point, I was EXHAUSTED because the week so long. But the Lord
gave me the strength that I had need of.

Anywho, I LOVE YOU!!



-Jacob

Strasbourg Missionaries





Monday, October 19, 2015

Crazy Week!

My week was CRAZY!! We have been going SO hard! So our zone is now twice as big. It’s boundaries are from Luxembourg all the way down to Belfort in France. We have TONS of responsibility. My new comp is great! For the sake of time, I won’t rewrite what I wrote in Dad’s email; I wrote about my comp in that one. He wants to be a programmer-like with Computers- in fact, he worked for Adobe. However, he looks like Superman. He is awesome!

At the beginning of this week, it was just a lot of Elder Gaule packing. However, we had a really cool lesson with Guillaume- a member in our ward. We did the Christ-like attribute activity of chapter 6 of Preach My Gospel, and it was REALLY amazing to see what I could work on. This week, I internalized a principle that I have mentally known for a long time. It’s finally in my heart though. The principle is how God believes in us. I don’t know if we really understand the magnitude of how much God loves us. I have always known that, but at the same time, I have had doubts of myself throughout my whole life. And I realized that all the cycles that I go through, are all untruths. For example, one is that I will work as hard as I can, but will not succeed. However, God’s WHOLE plan is for me to become LIKE HIM-or my best self! How amazing!! So ultimately, I can and will succeed in the long run. And that IS a truth! A truth that I know to be true. I feel like I am really changing a lot of ways that I think. Everyday, I wake up excited for a new opportunity to be a better version than I was yesterday. The spirit helps me to see how I can improve everyday and encourages and cheers me on. With the spirit, I make day goals to become better everyday, and it’s really eye opening how much I can become by striving to be my best self every day. My confidence is growing and I feel that life has taken on a whole new meaning. Mom, I know that your prayers have really helped me to grow and be better. I couldn’t ever express to you how much you have helped me by your love and help. You’re my best friend, and what’s crazy is that I will be seeing you in almost 2 months! It’ll go by quick. I feel like my mission is going by so fast and it’s sort of freaking me out. Haha, oh well, time passes, and all we can do is our best with the time that we have.

I loved your spiritual thought! That’s so true! I feel like we are all that hummingbird and sometimes we are the people helping the hummingbird. However, I feel like whenever we serve we also help fill ourselves with a bit of the sweet water that we need. No matter what role we are playing, we all need the same Living Waters.  Your missionary experience is AWESOME!! I know it may seem like a small thing, but it makes a big difference in many lives.

On Saturday, I visited Strasbourg!! One of the PRETTIEST cities I have seen yet! We were there to train a district leader. It was sooo beautiful. You would love it. It was a mix of the French and Swiss-Germanic architectures. I can’t wait to tour France with you :)

I love you Mom!! 



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Transfer News

So the big news of this week is that we got transfer news! I am staying in Nancy, and Elder Gaule is getting transferred to Meaux with Elder Alvarez, my MTC comp!! And my next comp is Elder Pumford, the Strasbourg zone leader! They are combining our zones so he is coming to Nancy, even though he served here a year ago as a new missionary!  Crazy stuff! I am super excited to be with him!! He was in St. Nazaire when I was in Nantes and we are super good friends! It’s going to be super fun!!

Elder Gaule is doing better now. This week, he was sick a lot because of what we now know was stress, so we weren’t able to do a lot of missionary work.  I made a lot of calls this week to old investigators and old potentials while he rested.

So some sweet stuff happened this week! We coordinated and finalized our plans for the MTC day! It will be on the 31st of Oct, and as missionaries, we are basically running it. I am so happy that I get to be here for it! It’s going to be so much fun!

While I was phone contacting for hours, I called an old potential investigator, who said that he missed the missionaries and wanted us to come over. So we went over and he had 3 other friends with him-one of them was an old investigator! The old investigator is super funny!
He was telling us how he loved the sacrament because the bread is “super good” so he takes two sometimes... I don’t know if he really gets what the sacrament means -haha. So we will see where it goes with them.

I love you!!
Brown Eyes


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another great week in Paris-dise!

This week was a great one! We are finding more people!! And I am
pretty excited about it!! It’s been hard here in Nancy because the
work has been struggling a bit. Elder Gaule has been really sick off
and on as well, which has been really difficult. I have done a lot of
cleaning and area book work in the apartment.

However, this last week, I had some really incredible experiences. I
was with Elder Stolk on an exchange, and we passed by a less active
family who had been seriously offended by the bishop of our ward, and
she vented for a while about how hurt she was. At first, I wasn’t sure
what to do, and then the spirit guided me to be able to know what to
say. I expressed to her how much God loved her. He knows how hard she
is trying-she is single mom with two boys, and she provides for them-
and He is with her. It was really incredible. Her attitude totally
changed, and she went from hurt to grateful. I testify that nothing is
too great that will keep us from God’s love. He LOVES US!

That concept has really been hitting me recently. God is our Father!
Our Father! Do we really understand that? He wants and will direct us in
all parts of our life. One talk that really hit me was the one in the
Sat. morning session about following the spirit. It can help us with all
things! God will help us in any problem that we have. Which goes with
the talk by Elder Eyring. If we want to feel the spirit always, we
must have charity and patience. It’s not something we can force. We
must wait on the Lord! That’s something I am trying to still work on.

Sometimes I try to do the missionary work on my own, and it never
works like that. I must wait on Him, and be directed by His spirit.
Another cool experience is that my companion sometimes struggles with
exact obedience, and this week I was able to calmly talk to him
about it, and explain why obedience is important, even if we don’t
understand. .It shows to God we love Him, and trust Him. For His
thoughts are not our thoughts. And I know that God knows so much
better than me, so why not trust Him. It really surprised him, that
the question comes down to his testimony in Christ. And it does. Our
faith in Christ needs to be the center of our lives. I know that He
lives!

Dad I love you! You’re the best!


Elder Yo