Monday, February 8, 2016

That's Sick

Hello family and friends! It's been a sick week here in Ajaccio, and by sick, I mean everyone and their dogs are ill. Well, that didn't rule us out and we had a stay at home week. Therefore, not a ton happened, but what did happen was appreciated and very needed. Also, because everyone was sick, we only had 5 members at church, so that was fun. Anyways, down to business.

Seour brown and I in nice! (She’s the best!!!)
On Thursday we had Zone Conference sur continent at Nice. We took the boat then drove to the chapel, but the boat let us off an hour and a half late so we made a grand entrance at conference haha but luckily we didn't miss too much. President Brown talked about adversity. He said, "Adversity is a great gauge and indicator, whenever there is strong adversity and you're on the Lords side, you know something beautiful is about to happen." That really touched me because we haven't been seeing success lately. The families we had hoped and prayed for had stopped meeting with us, and I was discouraged, wondering what we were doing wrong. When it was actually just Satan. As the temple is closer to being finished, he is doing all he can to stop families from receiving the joy and blessings of the gospel, and being sealed together in the House of the Lord right here in France. Well, we have been blessed as a mission to have so many tools and ideas to use to find, teach, keep, and baptize families. The conference really was what we needed. It pumped up my faith again! But that wasn't the only thing that was amazing about conference. President announced to our zones the great news! After years and years of Switzerland being closed to American missionaries, it is finally opened, and Americans will have he opportunity to serve for a period of at most 90 days there! What a great blessing! And last but not least, next month we will have the privilege of receiving a visit from Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles! I'm so excited! I can't wait to hear what he has to tell us regarding the Lords will here in France. So that was very well passed!

the s-creme 😉
In the spirit of that, here is the biggest miracle by far of the past few weeks. Background: we haven't seen Micca and Emmanuel for a long time. After the big miracle where we gave her a priesthood blessing, they wouldn't respond to our texts or calls. We even brought cookies and nothing. Well, yesterday we decided to pass again, and ask what had happened. So we drove up to their building, and saw him outside. When we got out, he wasn't there, so we went up to their apartment. He let us in, and we shared a Mormon message and then we started talking. He said that they'd been busy with work, and being sick and stuff. We asked if he remembered the feelings he felt that night and every time we are with them. He said yes. Then we told him that because he is doing the right things, just like we learned at zone conference, the adversary will try to make him doubt or feel too busy. He said that's exactly how he felt when he saw us pull up. We fixed another RDV with them, gave them a picture of the temple to remember their goal, and left feeling extremely blessed. How cool!

Lastly, on a fun note, we went to the bottom of Corsica today for P Day to a place called Bonifacio. It is so beautiful, and pretty well known. We got to spend a couple hours taking pictures and exploring, and it was windy so I was cold haha, but it was awesome. Also, I was super sick yesterday and probably looked like death at church. Maybe that's why no one came haha also, we celebrated a French holiday called Chandeleurs and it's where you make crepes and eat them, so I had a lot of fun hahaha please pray that I don't gain anymore weight... Transfer calls are on Friday so we'll see what happens. And in the spirit of Valentine's Day, I want to tell you all how much I love you, and then ask you to be Jesus' Valentine. And by that I mean to show the people you love how much you love them this week. You'll never regret it!

Have a great week! Thanks for everything!

Elder Hall

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