Monday, May 25, 2015

Rouen & Runny Noses - 25 mai 2015

Happy day to all!
Bonjou, nous somb
les soeu bissionnaires
It was a lovely week, though we were sick for most of it, it was still delightful and full of miracles. Soeur Tupai and I both got sick around Monday night, Tuesday morning, we think due to getting caught in a cold rain storm unexpectedly and the change of the weather going back to winter for a bit. But, the work continued and we made the best of it! We had exchanges with the Soeurs of Rouen and Versailles 2, both of which were 
Pretty sure this is
why we got sick this week
Rouen is incredible. Catholic churches and the most intricate Cathedral I've seen yet. And the best part, the people are way more open and kind. AND another best part, I was on exchanges with Soeur Sarah Facer! We've gone to school together since 2nd grade! I loved getting to really know her better and serve the Lord together. It was wonderful. We had a pretty cool 8:45pm miracle: We were at the end of the day, just contacting about in the centre-ville after a rendez-vous. There was hardly anyone on the streets, and the only ones were men... so we stopped, said a prayer and had the faith that He would help us have just one more person to talk to. Just after the prayer, a man walked around the corner. I said to Soeur Facer, "that would've been so cool if the first person was a lady." but then as I said that, a lady turned the corner right in front of us. Voila. It wasn't the first, but the second person we saw. 
Soeur Sarah Facer et moi
Pretty fast reply. ;) She turned out to be a new investigator for the Soeurs in Rouen after having a quick lesson and prayer on the street and setting a time for a rendez-vous. It was awesome.
The next day, we took the train back to Paris where the soeurs of Versailles 2 met us at the station and thus began our second exchange of the week. I was with Soeur Richards, 
Soeur Richards et moi
who has 2 weeks left on the mission. We went strait to a lesson, that actually got confused with times, but it ended up working out for the best. The member's daughter is less active and she was there, participated, and even prayed to end the lesson and began to cry. The Spirit was strong and she promised us that she would come to church Sunday. Best part: she actually came!
Well, we had a lovely exchange, it was way too short. We had a 8:45pm miracle as well! We found a new amie and it's here in our own secteur! Yay! We were surprised that she actually said yes to letting us keep talking and to pray with her. That doesn't happen very often, so we kind of weren't expecting it. There's a good lesson to be learned. Expect the miracles. We have a rendez-vous with her this week!
So being sick was not the greatest, but I think it was needed to stop Soeur Tupai for a sec and breathe. We've been going and going and going and just wearing ourselves out, which is awesome and I love it and what we should do, but our bodies are falling apart, especially Soeur Tupai. She's got 2 weeks left on her mission, just gotta make it 2 more weeks! She is solid. Such an awesome missionary and awesome person. I feel so lucky to serve with her. I have learned so much by her example and determination. Oh dear, I just love her. :)
We both don't really have voices left, and so we've been whispering every time we aren't contacting or teaching. So we did weekly planning in whispering, we've been whishper-praying, and it's been quite the reverent week! haha If you need some peace and reverence in your life, get sick and whisper! haha
Things really are going so well. This transfer has flown by. I can't believe it's already week 5! ah! It's going to been another crazy busy week, but I can't wait! Always an adventure! I pray and hope you are doing well, you're healthy, and you are finding the wonderful joy in life that comes from the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. He lives. He loves us. How blessed are we!?
Have a splendid week and enjoy that last days of May! 
Soeur Kate Simpson

Careparavelle much? 

Once again, Rouen is amazing.

Beautiful buildings

Joanne d'Arc burning 
at the stake memorial site... 

Cathédral de Rouen

The view from the apartment. 
Absolutely breathtaking. 


Selfies at the 
Center (of visitors) 
E. Madsen, Prisen, Priscilla, 
Sr. Simpson, Sr. Richards, 
Pamela, E. Martin

Elder Madsen eating 
the Chinese fungi...
Also, unintentional 
advertising for Coca-Cola 
and the Young Women program. 
District Meeting
St. Merri, Paris
Thanks, mom, for the SNACK ATTACK!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Interviews, ZC, Versailles, Nancy - 18 mai 2015

Bonjour tout le monde,
I hope you are doing well. It was a wonderfully busy week. Interviews with President and Soeur Babin were absolutely splendid. Such inpsired people. Zone Conference on wednesday went well! Our training wasn't too bad, so all is well! It was a great conference. I love these missionaries. Good kids, everyone of them. :) Right after ZC I headed out to Versailles with Soeur Bell! Versailles is beautiful. wow. I haven't seen so much greenery since I was in America. Living in Paris for so long, even Nogent a suburb of Paris, it's buildings everywhere. Oh it was a lovely change of scenery. We taught their ami who is committed to be baptized, Monica from Portugal. The lesson was in English, which was actually somewhat of a challenge for me, a good sign, right! Sr. Bell is wonderful and we had some amazing discussions during our times contacting the few people out. It was too short of an exchange, but every minute was not wasted! 

Soeur Van Den Berghe and I
enjoying our delightful Kebabs. 
For real, America needs Kebabs. 
Then almost strait to Nancy, except Sr. Tupai left her Carte Jeune, which is an ID to prove we are student age and get the discounted price for train tickets... so we missed our train, had to go back home, traded our tickets, and got on the next train to Nancy. It's a TGV train, so it's a high speed train that goes all over France. It only took 75 minutes to get all the way to Nancy, which is nearly Germany!
I was with Soeur Van Den Berghe, a soeur that was in the MTC with me. It was also a wonderful exchange. AND we had another Japanese miracle! It was 8:40pm, raining, and we didn't have an umbrella, slightly soaked, but we decided to pray and keep contacting until it was time. Sr. VDB stopped this young lady with head phones in who was looking down at the ground. We ended up having a wonderful discussion about God, Jesus Christ, and the Restoration, all of which Chiharu had never heard of before, being Buddhist and Shinto growing up. I told her "I am a child of God" in Japanese, this time all of it, and we ended up planning a time to meet and she became a new investigator! It was a last minutes miracle! 

When we finally got in, we knocked on the door, and two British ladies answered, definitely not who we were looking for. Well, never the matter, they were ever so helpful and so kind. they helped us find the member and even let us pray with them. Bev and Christine from Wales. They were renting the apartment for a weekend in Paris and their husbands had run to the market. How quaint. 

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This is Stephanie. Super cute Chinese recent convert that Soeur Tupai and Soeur Stevens taught back in Nogent. She took us to a Japanese restaurant today for lunch. She is absolutely a joy and is silly as ever. How grateful I am for these people in my life.
Using our "Psych" skills
to get into this building
to visit a less active...
Pretty much pro.
I wish and pray all the best for each and every one of you! How much joy there is in
After getting back to Paris finally,
we didn't go back home
because we wanted
to use all the time
 possible for finding.
We both were nearly dying of thirst,
okay not really, but kind of.
Luckily for us, here in Paris
 there are these lovely water
fountains scattered about!
No worries, we sanitized our hands first.
What a blessing! 
 living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I read President Uchtdorf's talk from a few conferences ago, "Living the Gospel Joyful" and oh how true his words are. I have felt, seen, and learned of so much joy by continuously trying to do my best in following and keeping the commandments and the covenants which I have made. My questions to you today are: What brings you true joy? How do you find joy, even in the hardest of times?
I know that I find true joy in following our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have never been so joyful in my life that I have been serving a mission and sharing the joy I find with those around me. I know that you can find true joy by following, living, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Have such a splendid week! 
Soeur Simpson

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Week in Photos - 11 mai 2015

Bonjour tout le monde! It was a wonderful week here in Paris. Lots of new people, adventures of transportation, and exchanges with the soeurs from St. Ouen and Mulhouse! The best part of the week: Sunday. We had almost all of our amies at church and a new amie just showed up because she had two dreams that she needed to come, so she did! AND it was Mother's Day!
So here is the week:
Mascarade! The most beautiful of Pdays in a long time. Soeur Tupai and I just about died of peace and beauty in one of my now favorite buildings in Paris. We were blessed to just happen to be there during a rehearsal of the Ballet of Paris... ya. It was breath-taking and unreal. We just stood there in awe for about 20 minutes. 

Me pretending like I know 
what I'm doing. 
I couldn't help myself. 
Just look at this room! 
Absolutely incredible. 
Palais Garnier aka Opéra de Paris
After a powerful member-present lesson
 with our ami Djelika, 
these signs were placed all over.
 It means "love runs the streets". P
retty cool, I think.  Châtelet

Elevator selfie with Soeur Brandenburg,
 my first exchange! St. Ouen 

We had quite the adventures 
together in St. Ouen. 
She's finally back in her own secteur, 
after being my companion 
for the rest of last transfer. 
It was fun to be comps again for a day! 
She is a wonderful human being 
and a fabulous missionary.

Exchange with Soeur Nolasco, 
serving in Mulhouse! 
Along the Seine

She is probably one of the 
funniest people, just hilarious. 
Her Canadian ways of 
saying "bag" got me every time. 
We had some awesome trajet contacts, 
and a lovely lesson in a parc. 
We had lunch along the bank of the Seine, 
a little surprise for her! 
CHIPS! The ZLs gave us some chips 
because they're nice. and they were left over. 
Getting all prepped for Zone Conference this week! 
Here we go! And yes. Soeur Tupai's chips a
re spaghetti sauce flavored and mine: 
rotisserie chicken. Literally tastes like chicken. 
yay for French Lay's haha 

Well, it was a wonderful week full of miracles and too many stories to even begin to write. But. Know that all is well, the working is growing, and I love serving as a missionary. I feel like my life isn't real, so many blessings from meeting people from all over the world and sharing the gospel with them all. It's the best.
I wish and pray all the best!
Soeur Simpson

Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4th be with you - 4 mai 2015Kebabs and Cathedrals!

I know. Original. But hey. Happy Star Wars day. 

Saying Hello to Sœur Tupai! 
Elevator Selfie, 
as one must 
when in an elevator
Well, life in Paris. It is wonderful. Incredibly tiring and yet absolutely wonderful. I feel quite a bit like a Bleue all over again, but it's good. I've been learning left and right and every way you can think of. I love Sœur Tupai. She is probably the best missionary I have ever met. Oh how I hope I can become more like her. I have learned so much already. 

We basically do trajet contacting 24/7 because we are constantly going back and forth and all over Paris. It's awesome. I have met some incredible people. Also a lot more rude people. But it's all good. It builds character, right? haha I love it. It is exhausting and my back hurts like none other, but it's great to feel like I am being a missionary as I thought I could be.

Oh, super cool moment. We contacted this cute little lady and did so in French, but she told us that she doesn't understand and she's from Japan. Immediately I just spat out the only words I know in Japanese "kami no ko desu watashi wa ana ta..." SHE UNDERSTOOD! All I was able to say was "I am a child of God" in Japanese but that's all she needed. It was a cool moment of preparation from the past, thanks Dad for teaching it to me when I was little! 
Rockin' someone's Nikes...
A soeur's shoe completely 
broke, so I gave her my shoes
 so she could get back to her ville;
 these were my temporary 
kicks for the day. 
Yep. I just about died laughing. 
I looked ridiculous, 
but felt great helping a fellow sœur.

The ward is wonderful. It's hard to know who is actually in the ward and who is just visiting, always tourists and BYU students, but it's great. Church is translated into English and Chinese! We had an amie come, who we visited and taught this week! She is wonderful. :) 

I had an "aha!" moment in personal study yesterday, perhaps it's super simple and self-explanatory, but in the book, Gospel Principles there is a sentence that says, "The Church exists to help families receive eternal life." The whole reason the Church exists is so we can make sacred covenants and receive ordinances to be with our families FOREVER. The family is truly the central unit of the Church. It's the base and the most important. How incredibly blessed are we to have families and to have the Church of Jesus Christ restored on the earth to helpe us return as 
Back to December. 
But really. It was cold 
and rainy this week, 
but the joy of the Gospel 
brought the warmth and sun!
families to our eternal familiy in heaven. I am so grateful for my family and the opportunity we have to be here on earth to make and keep eternal covenants to be together with our Father in Heaven. 

I wish and pray all the best for you! Be good and smile! 

Sœur Kate Simpson

A whole lot of missionaries 
on the train. Going to Versailles
 for the iPad training conference
monday, 27 avril 2015

Lovely friends; 
Aren't they adorable missionaries?!
Sr. Hogan, Sr. Brandenburg, 
Sr. Erickson, Sr. Stevens

MTC friends! 
Elder Edmunds and Sr. King

Kebabs and Cathedrals! 
Saying goodbye to Sœur Tane.
Saint-Merri, Paris

Tunisian Patisserie!
Coconut thing... super good
and Gluten Free!

Saying goodbye to Nogent.