Monday, July 6, 2015

Que Dieu bénisse l'Amérique 🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸

Bonjour tout le monde,

Monday miracles: after pday activities and 6pm came around, we headed out contacting to a place we have had planned for weeks. We taught three street lessons and every single person was wonderful, even if they weren't receptive to our message. I had a cool experience with one of the lessons as I found myself telling of Joseph Smith's first vision and testifying boldly of the Restoration. I love doing so. There is such a power when telling others of the magnificent apparition of God and Jesus Christ  to the young boy Joseph Smith who was called to restore the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love it. 

Tuesday comprised of district meeting and then off to the gare to catch our train for Mulhouse, way out in the east. We got to the gare just in time to grab a cold soda at Le Train Bleu, an incredibly beautiful restaurant inside Gare de Lyon. We got to Mulhouse around 7:30 after a little stop in Dijon, which is actually in the Lyon mission boundaries, yay for a little authorized pit stop. We were only there long enough to switch platforms for the next train, not even long enough to grab some food, but ça va. When we arrived, Soeur North and I headed out for a pass-by and then the day was over... The day flew. It was ridiculously hot as well. 41 degrees. Celsius. Ya. Not cool. 

We discovered photo booth
on our iPads on the train to Mulhouse. 😂

The heat just continued to rise on Wednesday all the way until Sunday. It was rather miserable. It is the hottest it's been since the early decades of last century, I believe. The RER was a sauna. EVERYONE was dripping. It was hotter than Africa in the worst part of summer + humidity of Brazil. There was no escape either. The French don't believe in air conditioning and hardly anyone wears deodorant. Paris is a smelly city, but oh man, it's even more pungent and putrid with humid heat. Good times. 

Our exchange in Mulhouse was a bit different. We went to their district meeting with the soeurs, which was nice to see how other districts function. It was so hot and for the  meal we had raclette. Boiled potatoes + melted cheese by this wonderful machine heater thing that you cook meat on top. We were all dying of heat but eating really delicious French food. Perfect celebration for 9 months to the day of reporting to the MTC.

To steal a quote from Hermana Paige Simpson from a few weeks ago, "OHHHHH I'M HALF WAY THERE! OH OH! LIVIN ON A PRAYER!" 

But really. This is crazy. I can't believe I have less than 9 months left on this wonderful adventure of sharing the gospel with the people of France. 

Next exchange, with Soeur Rasmussen serving in Versailles. Due to the heat, there were tons of transportation issues and we couldn't get out of Paris. So we had our exchange in Paris. Improv exchange! It turned out to be great. We were able to teach Priscillia. 

The Fourth of July was a party of proselytizing. And for lunch we went to the little Statue of Liberty on a little island in the middle of the seine. 

Well I'm about out of time, but it was a great week. Super hot and our brains really struggled to work, but we did it! This week will be better and cooler we hope! Last week of exchanges for this transfer and guess who it's with!? Soeur Rachel Hogan and Soeur Sarah Facer from school in kaysville ❤️😊❤️

I love you all! Happy week! 

Soeur Simpson

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