Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Week 84- Transfers...Staying in Lyon for Christmas


I don't even know where to start!! I'm sorry I didn't send out a weekly email last week. I actually typed one up and was ready to send it out on Monday but then we got a few calls and had to take care of some things...and then the next thing I knew it was Thursday night and I went to my drafts and saw that my email was still there and that I never sent it haha! Sooo, I just decided not to send it, but I'll take about the last few weeks in this email!

Haha I swear the past 3 weeks have felt like one continuous week! 2 Sundays ago we were in Toulon and went to church there! FYI in Toulon they had the primary program which was so good! Then from Toulon we drove to Montpellier and had Conference on Monday and then drove back to Lyon and had Conference in Ecully on Tuesday! On Wednesday we drove to Bordeaux with the Browns and had conferences in Bordeaux and Toulouse on Thursday and Friday! We drove back home to Lyon from Toulouse on Friday and got home pretty late but it felt good to be home! Then at church in Ecully on Sunday we showed up...and it was the primary program for our ward!! 2 weeks in a row! That's what I'm talking about ;)

Which brings me to my next quick thought...the mission conference tour was so great!! Seeing all of the missionaries and being in all of the different parts of France was a great experience. I am so grateful for all of the things that I have learned over the past 2 weeks at the Conferences! Again we spent a lot of time in the car from driving with President and Sister Brown this past week and they are honestly so funny! They started telling stories about their lives and they are such great examples. I love them so much. And yes, Sister Brown and I laughed a lot over the past few weeks ;) we did some math and we figured out that over the mission tour we spent about 40 hours in conferences and 35 hours in the car as we have been traveling all over the mission with President and Sister Brown! Good stuff :)

This past week was sooooo good! It was the last week of the transfer which meant that Elder Menzel and I spent a lot of time in President Browns office working with transfers (and in Sister Brown's kitchen eating;))! The transfer process this week was really spiritual and a lot of really cool things happened. I feel very grateful every time to be apart of the process. 

So the transfer news for me! I'm staying for another one here in Lyon. It will be fun and I'm excited to spend the Christmas Season in Lyon. It will be a very busy next 2 weeks but then it should calm down a bit before Christmas.

This next week will be a crazy week as we say goodbye to the returning missionaries, hello to the new ones, have a few conferences, and prepare for Elder Sabin to come to our mission next week!! It should be a good one!

#LightTheWorld! Even though it may not be possible, I hope you are all getting into it as much as Elder Menzel and I! Haha! But seriously I think I watch this video an average of 7-8 times per day no joke.

Anyways, everything is good here in Lyon and it's all going well! I'm grateful for everything that is happening and for all of the experiences!! Have a great week!!

Elder Wade

Week 81 Mission tour back to Geneva and Nice

The Crestos

Elder Laurens

Monaco With Elder Menzel

Haha wow....where do I even begin? The last 2 weeks have been so crazy as we have had the tour of the mission with President and Sister Brown! Elder Menzel and I have been super busy! (That is why I'm emailing on a Tuesday night) Over the last week we have been to Geneva, Lausanne, Nice, Montpellier And Lyon! Tomorrow we leave to the western side and will be in Bordeaux and Toulouse! It is very busy but very fun! My thoughts are very mixed and melonged so I will just write down what I remember!  

Last Sunday was incredible! So we drove back to Geneva!!! I love it there soooo much. We went and ate with Brother and Sister Fidalgo and cute little Rose!! I love them so much and it was so good to see them again. It's funny how every time I see them it's like we never were apart. They have such an amazing influence on me and I love them!!

On Monday I had an amazing experience. Back when I was Geneva there was a man in the ward who kept coming to church with his wife and 2 kids but wasn't a member! Elder Barnes, Elder Battezzato and I worked so hard on him but he just wasn't ready. We really became so close over the 6 months I spent there and I was so sad to leave him when I left and the day that I left he thanked me for everything and then told me that when he was ready, he would contact the missionaries. Well, on Monday morning during lunch the Zone Leaders in Geneva surprised me with someone....Frere Clement!! We have each other the biggest hug on this planet and I was so excited to see him. We talked to about so many things. He said that he wanted to thank me for a few things that he never got the opportunity to thank me for right before I left and he talked about how him and I had a very special connexion, which is true. After everything, he said "And I want to tell you something. After 30 years of coming to church with my family, I am going to get baptized on December 31. Thank you for everything." And then we gave each other the biggest hug!! It was so great and I am so grateful to have been able to play a little part in his conversion. Seriously it was amazing. He said a lot of other things, and i will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to have seen him and talked to him again! I was also able to see President Coppel again who is the Stake President in Geneva! He is a huge example for me. 

On Wednesday we welcomed a new missionary Elder Laurens into the mission! We picked him up from the airport and had a good time with him and went out to eat with the Browns and him at a restaurant! 

Thursday night was so amazing!! We drove into Nice and went to the chapel and it felt so good to be back!! It has almost been a year since I was in Nice last! As we showed up to the chapel there were a few members there and I was so excited to see them! But by far the most amazing thing was when the Cresto family showed up at the church!!!!! The Sisters in Nice had talked to them before and they planned to surprise me while we were there!! It had been a full year since I've seen them and it was one of the happiest moments of my life!!! Brother Cresto came running into the hallway and I almost died when I saw him with Sister Cresto and their kids Adam and Thomas!! Brother Cresto and I hugged for like 5 minutes!! I honestly couldn't even speak I was so excited. I will be eternally grateful for the Cresto family. I was so grateful and happy for the opportunity to see them again. I'm not even lying....words cannot express the feeling that I felt when I saw them. Being in Nice was so amazing and it made me reflect on everything that I have experienced since I stepped off the train in Nice on my first day until now. Saying goodbye to them again was hard. Afterwards, we went and ate at a restaurant in Nice with President and Sister Brown and it was so good. And then Elder Menzel and I went back and slept in the Nice elders apartment and it was so good to be back. Nice will always have a very special place in my heart. 

Right after the Nice Conference President said, "Brethren, it's been a very busy last couple of weeks. And we are right by Monaco...I think it's calling our name." Haha! So we went and visited for about an hour and took some great photos! I'll try and send some. 

On Sunday I had another really cool experience! So we were in Toulon and attended the Toulon church and there is a rugby player by the name of Ma'a Nonu. He played for the New Zealand all blacks and apparently is one of the top 10 rugby players in the world. And he showed up to Toulon for church because he is a member! So, he doesn't speak French and so he needed somebody to translate for him and his wife!! I gladly offered to do it ;) it was really cool and he is honestly the coolest guy on the planet!! He was so humble and meek and it was so cool to be around him!

Haha honestly I could go on and on and on but I don't have enough time! It's been so great. We have spent a lot of time in the car with the Browns and Sister Brown and I laugh alllll the time haha I love her so so so much!! 

Anyways, I didn't have time to send off a weekly email last week and I missed so many details but it's okay!! Everything is going so well here!

It was really cool to go back to Nice and that I stayed awake and just thought about how much had changed since I served there at the beginning of my mission. After laying awake for a few hours just thinking about everything, I was brought to my knees out of gratitude and love for my Savior and everything that I have been able to do over the past year or so. I am so grateful for my mission and the people I have met and the people that have changed my life forever! 

Elder Wade

The Crestos!
Elder Laurens
Monaco with Elder Menzel
The Fidalgos!

Week 79 1 day = 1 week but at the same time it feels like 1 week = 1 day

Week 78 Happy Halloween

Hello!! Haha this past week was pretty busy to say the least. So much
happened that I'll just give a nice little recap of each day!

Monday was transfer day throughout the mission which meant that it was
a busy day with phone calls haha. Elder Menzel and I spent the day
with the departing missionaries which was sad haha...and especially
sad as I said goodbye to Elder Landry! I honestly love that guy so
much and again I am so grateful to have been with him for 2 transfers.
I learned so much from him and we will be life long friends. The
departing missionaries testimony meeting is always so powerful and
this time was no different!

Tuesday of week 1 is nice because it's a completely different feeling
than Monday! On Tuesday at around 11:00 we picked up 11 new blue
missionaries from the airport and welcomed them to the mission! Haha
so one of the missionary rules that everyone is familiar with is the
fact that if you have a car, one of the missionaries needs to be
behind the car whenever it is going in reverse! Haha so Elder Menzel
and I had 3 new missionaries in our car and it was absolutely POURING
rain and Elder Menzel made a wrong turn and I had to get out and back
him really quickly and all of the blues in our car thought I was crazy
for getting out. I honestly got soaked too because Elder Menzel was
having a trouble getting turned around so I stayed in the rain for a
little bit ;) haha I just read that story and I promise it was funnier
in the moment. Anyways...we spent the rest of Tuesday with blue
orientations stuff and then we all went to Presidents home and hung
out and played games and got to know the blues! Always a good time.
Then afterwards we met with President and put the blues with their
trainers! After we did that, Elder Menzel and I had a really cool
moment with President as he talked about life and the mission. A
conversation I will definitely always remember!

Wednesday was Blues Conference! This group of blues is so good and was such a good Conference. The missionaries just
keep on getting better and better it's crazy! Blues Conference is
always fun because you have a lot to present on (we had 3 hours!) but
at the same time the blues are all soooo jet lagged and tired haha so
we try to make it fun and interesting. But the conference went really
well! We spent most of the day at the church with the blues and their

Thursday was full of planning and at the office! We had to plan for
Bounce Back Conference (it's where all of the missionaries who just
finished their first 6 weeks in the mission field come back to Lyon)
on Friday and we also had to plan for a meeting that we had later that
night with all of the ZLs and STLs and ward mission leaders in Lyon.
This last week was Stake Conference in Lyon and the Stake President,
President Léporé, put Elder Menzel and I in charge of some workshops
on Saturday morning to help the members with missionary work! Anyways,
great day. It's always so humbling to watch as the Spirit helps you
plan and prepare for things.

Friday was Bounce Back Conference! Honestly one of the best
conferences that I have ever been at. Some of the companionships
traveled 2-3 days to get to Lyon and President really felt like this
was such an important conference and so I was pretty nervous before
it! President Brown is so amazing and he brought the spirit into the
room like I've never seen before. The whole conference was very
powerful, yet very fun. Sister Brown is so cute and had some ice cream
activités haha.

Saturday was really busy but really spiritual. From 10:00-4:00 we were
at the church helping out with the Stake Conference workshops! We were
in charge of helping members invite friends and it was super fun.
Honestly the members of France are so incredible I love them a lot.

Sunday was Lyon Stake Conference! It was so good and seriously the
spirit was so strong. Ah! So Sister Brown was asked by the Area 70 who
was there to get up and testify :) so she did and President went up
and translated for her. At the end of her testimony Sister Brown
recited a little testimony in French and every heart in the conference
center absolutely melted. She is honestly the cutest!!! I died.

As you can see it was very very busy but very fun!

John 21:25 is a scripture that I have spent a lot of time lately
pondering. Honestly think about that scripture! He is the Christ.

Elder Wade

Ps...Happy Halloween!! We met with President Brown today to talk about
District Meeting outlines.... it first we had to trick or treat Sister
Brown (and he cute red slippers) ;)
John 21:25 
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Week 77 Spirit of Elijah