Hello!! This week was probably the busiest and craziest but best weeks of my mission!! We had Elder Sabin who is the 2nd counselor in the Europe Area Presidency with us in our mission this week and we were in Bordeaux and Lyon with conferences! It was an incredible week.
So on Tuesday morning Elder Menzel and I drove to President and Sister Brown's home and picked them up and drove the 7 hours to Bordeaux! Those drives with President and Sister Brown are always so great! We had a few amazing discussions and I am so grateful for them both. Once we got in Bordeaux and had eaten, we went to the Bordeaux airport and picked up Elder and Sister Sabin!! Wow they are so amazing. Even just being with them for 45 minutes that night I could just feel their love and their amazing spirit they had. I had the privilege to be interviewed by Elder Sabin and it was amazing. He is one of the most powerful people I have ever met and I love him!
Between Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday we had conferences every day with Elder and Sister Sabin! On Wednesday was the conference in Bordeaux with about 70 of the missionaries and then the next day in Lyon was the conference in Lyon with about 130 missionaries! On Friday we had our MLC with all the ZLs and STLs in Lyon and it was amazing. It was good to see all of the missionaries this past week! Oh my gosh the conferences were soooo good!! Elder and Sister Sabin are incredible and it was so good to listen to them and to be around them. I learned so much over those 3 days and the Spirit taught me a lot of things. I could go on and on about what I learned but I don't have enough time haha. But D&C 90:24 is one of my favorite scriptures because of these conferences.
Kind of a funny story but when we were driving from Bordeaux to Lyon on Wednesday night we realized that we accidentally hit something wrong on our GPS and we ended up in the farthest north west corner of the mission by Poitiers. It was a long night, to say the least. Haha.
So on Saturday night we were invited to Sister Barachant's house to eat with President and Sister Brown! Back story on Sister Barachant is that she is a single sister in the ward and her husband passed away at the beginning of the year and it's been pretty hard on her this Christmas. I have absolutely come to love her over the past few months and we always sit by each other during sacrament meeting. So for our spiritual thought we used the #LightTheWorld for December 17th which was "Jesus honored his mother and so can I" and if you watched the video for the day it showed a man dressing up and knocking on the door of his mother and giving her flowers! Haha so for our spiritual thought we pressed play on the video and then I acted like I got a call and so elder Menzel and I left her apartment while they watched the rest of the video of the man giving her mom the flowers. And so once the video was over Elder Menzel and I knocked at her front door and when she opened the door for us we had flowers for her and Sister Brown :) Ah it was so amazing and it felt so good inside. Also side story we showed up to Sister barchants house 15 minutes early and there is another single sister that lives by sister Barachant and so we ran to her house and knocked and sang a Christmas song to her and then showed her the light the world video for December 17th and then pulled a flower from sister Brown and sister Barachant bouquet of flowers and gave it to her :) anyways I wanted to share that because it taught me a lot of lessons about the joy of service.
This week was so amazing. I feel like I only put 1/10th of the things that happened this week in this email. It was so uplifting and I learned a lot about myself, the Gospel, and Christ. I am so grateful to be out here and especially during this Christmas season!
Here is a quote that appropriately sums up how I feel after this last week!! This quote is true and I have seen how I have been able to find myself through service.
"The more we serve our fellow man in appropriate ways the more substance there is to our souls. We become more substantive as we serve others. Indeed it is easier to find ourselves because there is so much more for us to find." - D. Todd Christofferson