Yesterday was Mother's Day in France so we went and visited Soeur Brychcy and got her a card and some roses we may or may not have picked from an unsuspecting bush near our apartment.
Last district meeting! End of my 8th transfer... crazy talk!
We wanted to get pictires with our district leader... but there are rules about taking photos alone with boys... so we had Soeur Williams stand really really awkwardly in the background. Doesn't she look so sad and pathetic? haha I was dying. She is hilarious.
My beautiful and wonderful soul friend Soeur Cameron.
All the soeurs in the district
My new address is:
Soeur Autumn Bradley
4 rue Horizon Vert #205
This sign says you are not allowed to pee here. Sad thing is these signs are very very necessary...
but I don't think ever obeyed.
Aren't French mailboxes adorbs?
My Chinese planner that my best friend in China sent me!
Soeur McOmber and I realized something really beautiful this week:
We were discussing what it might be like to serve in South America or Africa and have people lined up to get baptized. And we realized that a lot of places where baptisms are soaring are places where a belief in God already exists. So the missionaries get to find and teach people who are nearing the end of their journey to baptism, and that's beautiful! We also realized that most of the people we meet here in France either don't believe in God or don't believe in Christ. So maybe sometimes it feels discouraging that there is a lesser number of people who are nearing the end of their journey... but instead we get to be the beginning. We get to help people start their journey! We get to help people feel the love of God for the first time in their entire life. And that's just as beautiful! The whole process - the whole journey - is beautiful. No part is better or more important.
Love continues to be the reason for everything I do out here and my favorite thing in the world. Especially the love of God. The more I learn about that pure love the more I want to spread it like crazy. I read a talk this week that may have just become my favorite talk of all time. It's from Elder John Groberg and entitled 'The Power of God's Love.' My favorite part was this: "Never underestimate the power of true love for it knows no barriers. When filled with God's love, we can do and see and understand things that we could not otherwise do or see or understand. Filled with His love, we can endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us."
And... my very last pictures of the GORGEOUS Lille. :(
I am really going to miss beautiful Rihour and Republique Beaux-Arts.