Sunday, 28 March 2010

March 22,2010

Dear fam,

Friday night at 10, we got a text from the bishop's wife asking me if I could give a talk on Sunday. Since we were too busy on Saturday for me to write one, I pretty much just went up and read true to the faith. it was on obtaining personal revelation. don't worry, I added a few gems of my wisdom.

This week flew. We met a lot of people, we taught a lot, and a lot of people said no. HOWEVER, we set a for sure baptismal date for Kai, April 24th. I will probably still be here, Soeur Kohler will probably be gone. This is her third transfer here and usually president doesn't leave sisters in an area for more than one transfer. I for one and excited to see what will happen because I was the only originally Parisian to leave Paris area. Soeur Kohler keeps thinking that she will head back up to Belgium.

Siva and Talei didn't come to church yesterday because Siva was sick. Talei is coming to an FHE at Belinda’s tonight. I committed them to baptism last week. Siva said yes, but that he didn't know if he was ready and Talei didn't say anything. hopefully conference will be a big turning block, plus there is a baptism this weekend that could be good. we just keep praying for them.

At DMP in Versailles we would pray in English and a lot of the elders after praying would say "oh man that was so hard." I used to scoff at them in my head, but now I say all my prayers in French.

I finished Helaman in my baby book of Mormon today, CRAZY that this transfer is almost over!

Yesterday I didn't straighten my hair and it was drizzly. When I got to church, my hair was curly. CRAZY!

love you all!


Wednesday, 17 March 2010

March 16, 2010

you know you are in france when the sacrament bread is a baguette

Dear fam,
Today the email is going to be rushed. We went to Brussels today, which was cool. A bunch of people had to go for legality and so half of my district went. We went to grand place and saw Manneken Pis and ate Belgium waffles. I got you a present mom.

Tuesday was our first district meeting and boy was that interesting. Some of the belge missionaries aren't very happy about the merge and have a stereotype of Paris missionaries that we are all discouraged, down-trodden and have very low expectations of our mission. Our district leader played on that A LOT. He then asked us to fast every week for our area, one of the zone leaders said that he had heard that we weren't supposed to fast that often. Luckily zone conference was the next day and the district leader asked president. President said, "Dallen H. Oaks said, 'I don't know why people think they always need to do more than the Lord asks them.' keep your fasts to a minimum elder." SO GLAD when I heard that. I have a different attitude towards fasting, however it makes the work so hard when we are out and about as much as we are. On Tuesday I also saw a man walking a ferret like a puppy dog. That made my night!

So far no one is getting baptized on the 27th. However, we do have a baptismal date for Kai, the husband of Belinda. They are from Tonga and here so he can play rugby. They met the missionaries the end of January and Belinda was baptized before I got here and we set a date with Kai this week. Pretty exciting stuff.

Siva and Talei are good. We hope to see them tonight. All I know is the tj stuff is messing with Talei and making her more confused. Luckily I had my "lessons" with the tj's and know their beliefs. Definitely helps when teaching someone who is also being taught by them.

OH MAN, there was this one day where all kinds of craziness happened! We had just left Siva and Talei's and were walking down the street and I said “bon jour” to this woman. We continued to talk about the weather and how Paris area is nicer this time of year. We got on the metro and she was like, "would you like my phone number to come and visit me?" We were like "umm do you know who we are", but gladly took it. She invited us to Paris this weekend, but had to decline. Instead we are seeing her tomorrow.

Later that day I sat down and this teenage kid was like "hey, I know you!" and I was like "really," knowing he didn't, I never contact teenage boys. He said, “yeah we talked for like 20 at this place”. I asked him what we talked about and he said, “ Jesus” . I asked him if he liked what we talked about and he said yes, so I handed him a Book of Mormon, and asked him to read Alma 32 and call me. Then I went and sat by Soeur Kohler and a 17 year old started talking to us and told us we were charming with our accents. We gave him a plan of salvation pamphlet.

Samedi sports was good. I keep having to guard this kid named Thomas who is like 15 and WAY good. He reminds me a lot of Aaron!

Peace and love family, pictures next week!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Soeur Pobst and Soeur Kohler

March 8, 2010

Chère Famille,

You all now have a great fun Sunday activity because the p-day is back to Mondays! Hooray! All day I keep thinking it is Saturday, even though it is totally Monday.

A little bit about Versaille. I did not see Jess at all before I left and Soeur Bellini hasn't seen her either. Tuesday we taught Sylvie and committed her to baptism!

LILLE is just craziness! There is so much more going on and Soeur Kohler is a power house! She looks sort of like Sarah Jepson and the way she is with people reminds me of Sarah. This is her 6th transfer 3rd in Lille. Not going to lie, it was so hard when I first got here. It was just so different, the French is different, the way they do things was different and some of the people really weren't that excited to be merged. Plus it's hard coming into something where they all know each other. Now everything is good. We just get up and go out and work.

Last Friday soeur Kohler went into Paris for a merge of the missions meeting, so I went out with Soeur Nielsen who came into the mtc when I was leaving. I have such a testimony of the gift of tongues; I could understand everything. We met with these very French people that Soeur Kohler had contacted before I got here and I pretty much taught the whole thing and answered all of their questions. My French was flowing! After we went and taught Siva and Talei. They are from Fiji, he plays rugby here and they were a reference from Belinda who was baptized a week ago. They came here and started going to the Jehovah Witness church because they spoke English. We are also teaching them and I think that Siva likes our church better. Talei came to a relief society activity on Saturday and said she had a good time. Belinda’s husband plays rugby with Siva and we are also teaching him. On Sunday they had a game and Belinda said that he took the English book of Mormon so that Siva could read the Book of Mormon with him! That’s so solid!

We are praying for someone to baptize on March 27. Can you include that in your prayers?

OH! Something cool I just found out! So back when I was in the mtc and trying to make a French plan of salvation, I found this elder that was going to Belgium who knew how to draw, so I did the handwriting and he did the drawings. Today we had a crepe fête with the elders and one of them started talking about this elder. I asked Soeur Nielsen if it was the one who helped me with the plan of salvation and she said yes and the elder talking about him said "you did that plan of salvation? There are like 5 people getting baptized in [some random area I don't know] because of that plan of salvation." pretty cool huh?

Love you all!


Wednesday, 3 March 2010

March 2, 2010

Dear family,

I will tell you about the awesomeness of the photo attached to this email. About a week ago we got a call about the zone activity which would take place after interviews on Saturday [hence why you didn't hear from me]. The elders asked us to bring a salad. Soeur Bellini and I decided that we wanted to do something crazy, and on Thursday night I said "let's make a cookie salad!" she looked at me and told me I was crazy, however, she soon saw the genius. Our salad consisted of snicker doodles, sugar cookies, chocolate chip cookies, brownie bites, and no bakes. We showed up and it was a hit! Everyone loved it!

Interviews were good. When we got there all the elders told us that president tells you where you were going. However, Soeur Gifford came out of her interview and president told her he wasn't certain where she was going and that she could ask the assistants when they got there. You all know how well I am at waiting for news like that, so I whipped out my phone and we called the assistants. They told us that Soeur Gifford would be coming HERE to Versailles! I am so glad to be leaving my area and companion to her! She will do such a great job! Then I said "Elder McKay, since you are on the phone, where am I going?" and he said "you Soeur Pobst, are going to Lille!" I said "Lille, where is that?" He then told me it is in north France RIGHT on the border to BELGUIM! I couldn't believe it! President and the assistants said that Lille had 24 baptisms last year and that they just had one last weekend! We looked at the reportoire, this paper that says where everyone is going, and I am the ONLY Parisian sister leaving for the Belgium areas! That makes me so nervous! Luckily I know 6 sisters in the Belgium mission from the mtc, but I don't know who my comp is. She left the mtc right before I got there. I've talked to her since, but not much, just "hey, my train arrives at 11, hope to see you there!" I am going to a 4 man apartment, which I am pretty stoked about.

After interviews, we were supposed to go finding, but instead I took Soeur Gifford to meet Jeanne and tell her where I am going. Ever since we have gone to Jeanne’s shop there are these stained glass earrings that I LOVE and she knows it and she gave them to me on Saturday! Today we are swinging by there to give her a picture in one of the frames mom sent me for Christmas.

Yesterday we spent a lot of the day trying to find this patch with the seal of Versailles on it, with no luck. We are hoping to find some after this. We were supposed to see Jess, but she cancelled and we have no time today.

That’s pretty much all the cool stuff that happened...sorry this is short! We just keep getting cancelled on...
Know that I love you all!