Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Week 52! Temple trip


 Mandy and Atoussa at the temple selfie style haha

Hello everyone! This week was incredible! To start off...Mandy and
Atoussa went to the temple!! They were baptized and then one week
later they went to the temple and did baptisms! Ah it was so cool. We
worked on their family tree and printing names off and actually
Atoussa was able to go for 2 of her ancestors!! :) They took a few
photos and so at the bottom of this email I will post 2 of the photos
they took at the temple!! If you don't even read this email just make
sure you go and click on the photos. Elder Barnes and I were soooo
happy. They had such a great experience and loved it. This week was
filled with exchanges and zone conferences! The work is going really
well right now and we are grateful for it. So voilà la semaine:

Monday: Haha honestly Elder Barnes and I were so tired and exhausted
from the week before that we basically just slept all p day. Lame I
know, but it was worth it and felt nice. Then later we had an FHE
with Rishon and his mom Natasha as well as Mandy and Atoussa! It was
fun and we had a great night.
Tuesday: Exchange! I was in St. Genis with Elder Pittsenbarger. Elder
Pittsenbarger is in his last transfer and he's a stud. He played
baseball at St. Mary's before the mission so he talked a little smack
haha. We ported a lot haha. But since we brought the car to st. Genis,
we were able to go port areas that happened been touched in a long
time, which was nice. So around 6 we passed the Stauffer family! They
are seriously such a cool family and they have 2 cute kids who were so
funny. We showed up right as they were making dinner and so they
invited us in to eat with them! The dad is not a member so we shared a
thought on the temple and it went well! I was especially grateful for
the temple this week and really missed it! I am just so grateful for
the knowledge that families are forever. One day they will go to the
temple as a family and that will be an incredible day :) it is so
important to keep our lives centered on the temple (Mosiah 2: 5-6). I
really enjoyed being with Elder Pittsenbarger and learned a lot from
him. He's a good guy and will do well in life.
Wednesday: Exchange! I was in Geneva with Elder Brady Haug. Elder
Brady Haug actually came out onto the mission with me and so it was
fun to be with him again. He is from Germany and is such a stud. He
serves in the Spanish companionship and so we all started the exchange
off at a members house from the Spanish Ward! We were able to give her
a blessing and had a really cool experience. So after that, we went
and taught our ami Anthony! Anthony is 11 years old and his mom is a
member and he wants to be baptized so we started teaching him! He set
a baptismal date for May 29! We taught him the plan of salvation and
he loved it. He retained so much of what we taught him it was
impressive. After we had a rdv with Mandy and Atoussa! We read out of
the Book of Mormon for the whole lesson and they are progressing so
well! They have set a goal to finish the Book of Mormon together by
May 7th! After that we had a rdv with our ami Serge! We are still
trying to teach his whole family. But we taught serge about faith and
read in Alma 32! He is a great guy and is progressing well. Then after
all that Elder Brady Haug and I went and ate at the Peronnet's house!
They are such an awesome family and we had a great time there. It was
awesome to see how much has changed in the last year with Elder Brady
Haug. He's such a good guy and I loved being with him!
Thursday: Thursday was a more tranquil day. Elder Barnes and I
prepared a little bit to present at the big zone conference in Lyon on
Friday. Then we a few RDVs fall through but we went and passed
Atoussa's dad Ali to see how he was doing! He went to Atoussa's
baptism last Saturday and said he liked it! It's hard because he has a
drinking problem but said if he didn't drink he would be
baptized...so, we are trying to figure out a good way to help him! If
any of you have ideas email me :) then later that night we went and
ate chez la famille Bentele! They are such a cool family and they made
us ribs which was really nice.
Friday: Zone conference! We drove to Lyon and had the Geneva,
Lausanne, Lyon, and Écully zones there! Between our 4 zones there was
about 100 missionaries there! It was so awesome and the spirit was so
strong. The main focus was on baptism and it was really cool. Elder
Barnes and I presented on how to fill out a baptismal sheet
correctly...haha I promise we made it fun. The spirit really taught me
a lot. It was good to see so many people that I love as well! I could
go on and on about this day and tell you all that I learned, but I'll
spare you haha.
Saturday: Exchange! I was with Elder Golightly in Genève! So before I
talk about anything else, Elder Barnes and I woke up early to head to
the church to send Atoussa and Mandy to the temple with the members!
There was a big bus that came and picked everyone up and they went!!
They were so excited to go. Anyways, I already talked about it at the
top of this email but it was so cool. After that we went and drove to
Gex and started the exchange. This was my second exchange with him and
he is from Davis High as well! We went and taught Rishon the law of
chastity and the word of wisdom! Then we went and taught Anthony about
the Book of Mormon and how to read it! Then we went and passed Ali and
read from Alma 7 with him! At about 4:00 the bus came back from the
temple and we just happened to be at the church at the time so we were
able to talk with Atoussa and Mandy about the temple...they were blown
away by it. They both said they wanted to go back so bad and that they
wanted to go visit all the other temples. Haha it was so cool
honestly.
Sunday: Church! It was great and I love going to Sacrament every week.
Rishon came to church and they announced his baptism for this
Saturday! He asked Elder Barnes to baptism him and so that will be
such a cool experience I'm so excited for it :) after church we did
some planning for the week and then we went and ate at the Cornetta
family home! They are such a funny family. They have a 13 year old kid
named Samuel and he was acting like Josh so much haha. Josh it made me
miss you a lot ha! He kept on getting in my face and telling me to
wrestle and fight him...I can't wait to get home and beat up on josh
again ;) honestly though with how big he's been getting lately I don't
know if I'll be able to. Haha I'm sending a photo of him. Then after
we went to the church and did zone numbers!

So I received a letter from my little sister Kayla this week and she
explained the Parable of the Lost Sheep. When I read it I am not even
kidding I was just blown away by how simple she put it, but yet how
true and spiritual it was. It brought a whole new meaning to the
parable and I had never realized that the lost sheep is often, me. So,
for my thought of the week, I took a picture of her cute letter and I
strongly invite and encourage everyone to click on the picture and
read what she wrote. I promise it will bring an added light to your
understanding of the parable. Kayla, you're so cute :)

Have a great week :)

Kaylas letter to me about the parable of the lost sheep


Mandy and Atoussa at the temple

Samuel Cornetta haha. Seriously this kid reminds me of Josh so much

 Exchange with Elder Pittsenbarger in St. Genis with the Stauffer family!

Picture right after Mandy and Atoussa got back from the temple! :)

Exchange with elder Brady Haug at the Peronnet's home!

 At zone conference I saw elder hall!! :) plop... Haha I know elder
Johnson and hall are reading this and will understand.

 Exchange with Elder Golightly!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Week 51 Mandy and Atoussa's Baptism!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Week 50! 1 Year left...

Haha companionship photo. I had to take photos of elder Barnes for

Week 49 Birthday Week

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Week 48- Kiss and a Hug

Haha Maman Pauline! This is the woman that gave me a hug and kiss

during the video hahaha

Hello everyone! I would like to start off by sending my support to
those who have been affected by the attacks in Belgium. Very sad. But
it was another great week here in Geneva and we received transfer
calls and Elder Barnes and I are staying another transfer together! :)
we were so excited about the news and this transfer will be awesome.
Here is the recap:
Lundi: P day (kind of)!! We had a member in the Ward invite us to
lunch with one of his friends named Victor and he had a lot of
questions about our church. It was honestly such a cool rdv as he was
asking questions and there was always a response and the spirit was
definitely there. He said he would read the Book of Mormon and pray
about it! Then we went to a cool outer village with the sisters and
our DMP and hung out for a little bit! And then later that night we
had FHE with the Gillet family! Haha they have 4 kids who are so tiny
and it was total chaos...reminded me a lot of my own family haha. We
taught about Jesus Christ and Easter and we used the Easter eggs my
mom sent me (thanks mom) to teach them!
Mardi: Haha so another crazy day. We woke up and went to the airport
and picked up Elder Hoffmann! His companion had to do some legality
things until Saturday so we had an extra companion the whole week!
Elder Hoffmann is from Belgium and we were with him when we heard the
news about what happened but President called him and let him know
everything was alright. Also we were on an exchange during this whole
time with Gex so I was in Geveva with Elder Hoffmann and elder
Golightly (from Davis high)! We had a mangez vous with the Cornetta
family. Then we contacted for a little bit. While we were out and
about Elder Hoffman's heart started to hurt him a lot and so loooong
story short we ended up in the hospital for the rest of the night from
about 5:30-11:00. But no worries! He is okay :)
Mercredi: Another crazy crazy day!! So we drove to Gex and had
district meeting there. Elder Herf is the Gex district leader and he
is a convert of almost 2 years and he did such a great job. So then we
got a call and had to go take care of something really sacred but I
can't write about it, and that took most of the afternoon! Then we
went and taught Ali the word of wisdom and his daughter Atoussa KILLED
IT! Atoussa is so awesome. She was telling Ali that she wants him to
quit so bad and has forever and just wants her dad back. Anyways, it
was an intense rdv.
Jeudi: We had Geneva district meeting! Elder Menzel is the District
leader in Geneva and he did awesome. I love our district so much.
After district meeting we started an exchange with the Salève elders!
I was with Elder Hoffmann and Elder Duncan from Springville, Ut! So we
went and passed a member referral and hahaha she was the funniest girl
ever! Her name is Maman Pauline and she is really old and from
somewhere in Africa and she was the cutest lady! We showed her the new
video from the church on Easter and she started crying halfway through
the video and got out of her chair and came and gave me a hug and
kiss! Haha it was so funny elder Duncan and Hoffmann were laughing so
hard. I will be sending home a photo of her because she was so funny.
Then after we went and taught Atoussa and her friend Mandy the plan of
salvation! Mandy has been coming to every lesson with Atoussa. Mandy
wants to be baptized so bad but there is one problem...her mom is
super against it. Atoussa and Mandy are both 18 by the way. Mandy is
going through a really hard time right now and her mom basically
kicked her out of the house because she said she wanted to be baptized
so please pray for her. Anyways, the rdv went great and after she
asked for a blessing which helped her a lot.
Vendredi: calls day! Obviously elder Barnes and I are staying. We have
some studs coming into the zone this transfer! One of them being elder
burton who was my zone leader when I came into the mission in Nice and
he's my mission hero I love him so much! I'm super excited. And there
are a lot more people. It was also sad to hear who got transferred out
of the zone! Honestly we had the coolest zone. So after we got calls,
our district met up at the institute and ate lunch together! Then
elder Barnes and I did some service for a member in the Ward! Then we
had a big activity at the church with our Amis and members! Our DMP
Frere fidalgo has started this activity thing which will happen once a
week. Honestly we have the sickest DMP I love him! We had some Amis
there and it was a great time!
Samedi: we took elder Hoffmann to the airport where he got back with
his companion! I loved being with elder Hoffmann he is such a stud and
it was good to speak French with him this week. Basically we finally
found some time to plan a little bit and took advantage of it to get
an early start on next transfer! Then we met Atoussa and Mandy at the
church and taught them about faith with the Austin couple!
Dimanche: church! Wow it was so amazing I loved church and especially
the opportunity to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Atoussa and
Mandy came to church for the second week in a row! And apparently
during relief society They were all talking about faith and having a
broken heart and contrite spirit and Atoussa raised her hand and
basically told everyone she knows that this church is true and she got
her answer and that she is going to be baptized on April 16! We were
so excited when the sisters told us that. Atoussa told us that she
knows this church is the true church and we were so happy. Mandy wants
to get baptized so bad as well and we are praying for her and her mom!
Then we did zone numbers!

Crazy how fast another transfer has come and gone. It's weird to think
I'll be turning 19 and passing my year mark this transfer. I am so
excited to be with Elder Barnes for another one as well. This transfer
is going to be great and we are really excited :)

Thank you for the support and I just want everyone to know that I know
Jesus Christ lives. He took upon himself all of our pains, sadness,
temptation, hardships and weaknesses so that he would know exactly how
to help us in life. I also know He died for us, but 3 days later He
was resurrected. And because He was resurrected, we never have to feel
or be alone in this life.
Romans 8: 38-39

Elder Wade

Romans 8:38-39
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

                                                                GEX district meeting

                                                             Geneva district meeting

                                        Hospital selfie with elder Golightly and elder Hoffmann!

                                    Mangez vous with the Cornetta family and the sisters!

                                        Our DMP Fidalgo with his cute little girl and the sisters