Me, Elder Huntsman, Elder Landry, Elder Sumter right outside the
Opera House in Lyon!
Hello! I'm sorry for not writing last week. So much has happened in the last 2 weeks I don't even know where to start...so I'll just go for it! So last Saturday I got a call from President Brown explaining how Elder Huntsman (his AP) was finishing his mission, and so he asked me if I would replace him. I was pretty surprised when He called me, but I am really grateful for this opportunity and I'm looking forward to it. Right now I feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, but I am excited so start this new experience in my mission! Even though it was only the end of week 5, President asked that I be all packed by Monday morning and be ready to take a train from Genève to Lyon! So that's why I wasn't able to write last week. So, a lot of things have happened, but before I talk about anything else, I would like to talk about my experience in Genève a little bit.
It was so hard to say goodbye to Genève. During these past 6 months I have had some of the most amazing memories and experiences that anyone could ever ask for. It's impossible for me to put into words what the last 6 months were like in Geneva, so I will do my best to give you a little portion of how amazing it has been. The members in Geneva, Switzerland have some of the strongest testimonies on this earth and I am so grateful to have been strengthened and uplifted by their examples. Last Sunday was a really long and hard day for me as I was saying goodbye to people that I have absolutely given my heart to over the last 6 months. It's funny because before my mission I didn't know I could feel as strong, love as deep, and care as much for people as I do for my Swiss family. Of course I feel that way about Nice and Corsica as well, and I'm sure I will feel that way about Lyon, but the love I have for the people in Geneva is unexplainable. I love them. It was really late last Sunday night while I was packing my bags and I just had the biggest hole in my heart to have to leave these people. I'll just stop there, because even though I've already typed a long paragraph I still feel like nothing that I wrote compares to truly how much I love Geneva. But all in all, Geneva was incredible and I feel like the luckiest person alive to have been there.
I am also grateful for my companions Elder Keller and Elder Lutu and for how much fun we had together! They are such great missionaries and pushed me everyday to become a better missionary and person and I loved serving with them. I was so lucky and blessed to have them as companions.
The transfer process was such an amazing thing to be apart of! It's pretty incredible how things end up working out how Heavenly Father wants them to, and it is very obvious to see that President Brown is inspired and holds the keys over this mission. On Monday right after Elder Huntsman, Elder Landry, and Elder Sumter picked me up, we went straight to President's house and started working on transfers! The transfer process took the rest of Monday and all of Tuesday. On Wednesday we finished at around lunch time and then we went to the Mission Office and worked on a bunch of things we had to do for President. On Friday morning we went over to Presidents in the morning and sat there as he made calls and told the missionaries what was happening. It was a different experience to be on the other side of the call and for some reason I still felt super nervous every time President made a call to an equipe of missionaries even though it wasn't me haha. All in all, transfers went super well and we are so excited for this upcoming transfer and to see all of the success and miracles that will happen in the mission!
I will have 2 new companions as well! The other assistant is Elder Landry! He actually served on Corsica in Bastia while I was in Ajaccio so I know him pretty well and it's going to be a blast! Also we have a car and both of us can't drive so our other companion is Elder Sumter and he will drive for us this transfer! He is from the Netherlands and is a baller! Honestly this will be a really fun transfer with the two of them! There are also some big changes in our companionship as well! Here in Lyon there are 4 wards and the assistants have always been in the Val de Saõne ward. But from now on we will be in the Écully Ward! So we are "whitewashing" into the Écully sector. That basically means that we are starting over from scratch with amis and people we are working with. It will definitely be a challenge at the beginning but it will be super fun :)
This next week will be a really sad and super fun week as we are going to be sending home a lot of missionaries that I love a lot, and also be picking up brand new blues from the airport! I am really excited for this week and it looks like it's going to be a memorable one. I don't have a lot of time right now and I've left out a lot of details but everything is going great. I am a little overwhelmed right now and Elder Huntsman (he is finishing his mission) is going to be nearly impossible to replace...but I will do my best!
Alma 41:10 - There is only one way to eternal happiness and that is through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Have a great week!
10 Do not suppose, because it has been spoken concerning restoration, that ye shall be restored from sin to happiness. Behold, I say unto you, wickedness never was happiness.
Breakfast at Presidents home! Sister Brown is an incredible cook wow
Saying goodbye to my Geneva missionaries!
Haha funniest photo ever from my last day in Geneva