Hello everybody! I hope you all enjoyed conference because I sure did. One of my favorite talks was by Donald L. Halstrom of the 70 when he talked about us as children of God. It is such a simple, taught truth that sometimes I even forget how amazing it is to know that we are all children of a loving Father in Heaven. I am grateful for this knowledge and I know that it is true. I was also deeply touched by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and their performance of "Come Thou Fount." I want everyone to know that I know Jesus Christ is at the head of this church and that he loves us individually and knows perfectly our situations. There were multiple times throughout conference where I thought I was the only person in the room and the speaker was only speaking to me. I could go on and on about conference, but I'll give you the recap of the week: Lundi: So in the morning we said goodbye to everyone who was leaving our zone! It was sad because honestly I loved our zone! But our new zone is so cool. We had 14 new people come into the zone and Elder Barnes and I are so excited! So we basically just hung out with some other missionaries and waited all day until all the missionaries coming into our zone arrived in Geneva! Then after that we went and taught Atoussa and Mandy! We taught about repentance and faith and fasting! We all decided that we would fast starting Tuesday night through Wednesday night so that Mandy and Atoussa could receive their answers and that Mandy's mom would let her be baptized. (Even though she's 18 and its he choice) Mardi: so we woke up early and took some elders to the Gare and sent them off to Lausanne. After our companionship and the Spanish elders did a little exchange and Elder Brady Haug and I went to the Gare and got buss passes for all the new people in our zone! It was good to catch up with Elder Brady Haug because we came in with each other and I haven't really seen him since we hit the field! He's a stud though and the Spanish elders live 2 floors above us, so they sleep over a lot. And he's from Germany as well haha. Also we ate chez la famille Rimli! Haha the Frere Rimli is such a Swaggy old man. We also starter our fast for Mandy and Atoussa and they fasted with us!! Oh yeah so while elder Brady Haug and I were at the Gare we stopped by a boulangerie shop and I bought 2 pain au chocolats for us and I didn't have enough money haha it was super embarrassing. So then I changed the order to regular croissants which were less expensive and hoping I would have enough money to at least by them. Luckily it passed and so the man handed us the bag and smiled! So then we walked out and went to go eat the croissants when we realized he actually put the pain au chocolats in the bag instead of the croissants. It was nice because I remember seeing him put the croissant in our bag and then do something weird with our bag. Anyways, it was super nice and stuff like that doesn't happen a lot haha. He obviously saw I was embarrassed that I couldn't even buy 2 pain au chocolats so he gave them to us anyways :) (poor missionary life ;) ) Mercredi: okay incredible day! So we fasted until about 5 and met with Atoussa and Mandy and had Frere Barret with us to help us teach! We ate some pizza and then we talked about baptism and the Holy Ghost. The spirit was unreal strong during the RDV. It was really humbling to watch the spirit guide our words and the words of Frere Barret. We started talking about their lives and how if they both joined the church they would be the first people in their family to join and that they could "start eternity" for their family. Then Frere Barret told a story about how his dad joined the church in his 20s and how he is so grateful for his dad's choice. Then he showed a picture of his beautiful wife and baby boy and said that his dad's choice in joining the church is the reason for all of his happiness with his family. Then we just testified that although they are young and Mandy's mom is super against her being baptized, that there would be blessings. We asked Mandy if she would like to start eternity for her family and be baptized, and finally, she said, "yes." Her and Atoussa are both scheduled to get baptized April 16!! Jeudi: Birthday! Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes. So elder Barnes and I woke up and exercised and then Elder Barnes made me some Grannie Annie's breakfast!! It's so weird to think that 2 years ago exactly he took me out for lunch in a kaysville and now we are still comps half way across the world. I love him. Anyways so we helped out with a move, and then visited a recent concert in the hospital with leg surgery named Maykel. Maykel had 2 friends with him and they were playing FIFA. They played Fifa about as good as Jarett Gardner (s/o for the mission call to New York this week!!)... which means I would've whooped up on them ;);) Side explanation: in Geneva there are 3 wards that meet in the building at different times: French, English and Spanish. So I have just come to love one of the hermana's in the Spanish Ward and she invited us over with some other missionaries to celebrate my birthday!! It was super fun and we had a good time with our district at her house. Then at the end of the night, President Brown randomly called to see how I was doing and he didn't even know it was my birthday...funny how the spirit works right? He said, "well now I know why I felt like I should call you!" I love president so much. We got to talk for a little while and it was great. Vendredi: another great day! So we ate at the cornetta's home! Then we had a few tombez vous and then we went contacting at this big plaza and saw some cool stuff. Then we did our weekly Amis/members activity and it was crepe night! At the very end of the crepe night they did a mini surprise birthday party for me and brought out cake and candles haha :) Atoussa even made the cake!! I love the people here so much. Our DMP (Ward mission leader) Fidalgo is honestly such a stud. I love him so much and he's such a good guy and he's been so good to me since I've been here. He is 29 and served a mission in England and has literally the cutest baby girl on the planet named Rosie (pics coming) Samedi: Saturday morning we woke up and had a rdv with someone we called out of the area book named Baltisti! She was great and asked some super good questions. We taught about the Book of Mormon and fixed a return visit for this week! Then we had some contacting and some planning for the transfer. Then at the end of the night we watched the Saturday morning session of General Conference! Dimanche: we woke up and watched Priesthood session, Saturday afternoon and then Sunday morning live with all of you! It was awesome because most of our zone came to Geneva to watch it with us :) honestly I can't even begin to describe the things I learned. I learned soooo much and the Spirit constantly bore witness of the truthfulness. Even though I'm not writing a lot about Saturday and Sunday when we watched conference, just know that I loved every minute of it and was practically in heaven haha. It was also soooo cool to see my old mission president, President Roney, get called as a 70!!
The work is going great! Please keep Mandy and Atoussa in your prayers during her next few weeks. It sounds like Mandy is getting kicked out of her house, and all because she wants to be baptized. They are incredible and are true examples of "enduring to the end." Have a great week!
10 Be thou humble; and the Lord thy God shall lead thee by the hand, and give thee answer to thy prayers.
Me and Rosie!! :):)
Elder Barnes and I during conference! It's crazy that we went to general conference together 2 years ago at the conference center andwe just watched it again as companions in Switzerland Us breaking our fast with Mandy and Atoussa and Frere Barret! Some of our zone members at conference!