Sunday, August 31, 2014

Hola que tal?
Hey everybody! Elder Charles Clayton Bollard writing in from a hot library in Pau. So we had a pretty gnarly week!  We were only in our sector/area for two days!  We went on an exchange with the ZLs and then we went to Lyon for "le conference des bleus"!  New French missionaries are called blues :)

Anyways it was great. We had some cool miracles on the train rides and we had a great day yesterday!  So, in Bordeaux I went with Elder Castillo and we wrecked it!  We visited with a super cool less-active from Cameroon and she had me laughing so hard I was choking.  Then we contacted through Bdx and found some elect people.  After Bdx, we went to Lyon and attended the Blues Conference. It was sweet and I saw President Roney. He's a great and inspired man. Also I got to see Elder Thompson (Tori's nephew) and, even better, we went on a mini exchange in Lyon.  He fixed a RDV with this super cool man from Africa. He is such a great Elder and I love him a ton.  We have talked alot when we cross paths during transfers and it is always great to have someone from home to talk to.

Anyways, after we left Lyon we had a super legit train ride. So we were sitting in the train at a part where 4 seats face each other.  Across from me was this 24 yr old girl from Paris named "Amour" (which means love) HA!  And across the aisle was a man from Africa named Theo who looked exactly like RG3 from the Redskins. He looked at our badges with the most confused face I have ever seen and asked "What's that?" haha. So we talked with him and gave him a copy of the BOM. Right when he touched it he said "I have already read this!" He then jumps up and talks to his brother and gives it to his brother.  Now his bro is reading it and the Parisian across from me is laughing cause Theo is a hilarious boss. So we started a conversation with her and explained the Restoration. It was so great!

Then yesterday we taught Sylvain and said Goodbye to him because he is going back to Benah. We took down every bit of contact info he had so that the missionaries could meet with him there. Then we went to a sister's house to give her a blessing and we found out that she knows Trahn, our Vietnamese mother amis! It was sweet and she said she would be more than willing to help us teach.

It was a great week.  I am excited to set goals for the next twelve months of my mission. We all need to set faith-required goals in our lives that will help us stretch. It is faith that makes the difference. I have many good examples in my life and I am excited to get to work! This is the Lord's work and he is watching over all of us. I have begun to realize that more and more.

I love you all and I wish you the best week ever!
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Monday, August 18, 2014

Hey  everyone! So this week has been a little less intense than the others but we have been working hard nontheless.

We started off by doing service on Monday for an ami of the sisters and then we had some rdvs fall through. Then on Tuesday we waited at the Pau Prefecture (government building) for 3 hours to try to do my legality but that didnt work out because it was too early for my visa to be renewed. After that, we taught a lesson with Mama Mwamba (see photo) and met with Trahn and gave her a BOM in Vietnamese. She is so cool and her daughter Whitney is awesome. Then we had dinner with the Leang family from Paris and taught HIS WHOLE FAMILY. We found an ancient ami and taught him and watched the video The Testaments and he cried.

I am staying in Pau for another transfer and am excited about the future. I love you all and I am so grateful for your emails and love. PS I LOVE WILLIE'S BEARD!!!!

Elder Bollard

Monday, August 11, 2014


Hello everyone! So it has been yet another crazy week here in Pau! 

We started off the week by doing tons of service for Jaqueline and Trésor (Treasure) and we found some new amis through our service! It was great. We met Big Joe who just might be Notorious BIG's son. Also we tought Biendy, Jaqueline's friend, all about the Resoration. 

We had a BBQ at the Riviere family's house. They have six kids and the dad's dream is to one day be a mission president. They are so great. Then we taught Trahn, our Vietnamese ami with fr Riviere in English. Boy was that fun haha. She is awesome and made us a green Vietnamese cake. We also went to the Visconti family's house this week. The mom is Morracan and the husband is from Marseille. They have 5 kids and they all speak Arabic. Such a cool family. Then we had District meeting on Thursday.  On Friday we taught our ami Yoan from Paris at a crêperie in centre ville. It was the best crepe I've ever had, haha. Then we taught Sylvain and he accepted the word of wisdom - woo! After that, we went to the Fakelelu's house and gave them PMGs in Tongan and French. By the way, he knows Julie's family from Tonga. The Wolfgrams.

We fixed 9 spark RDVs while porting this week. It was intense! 

Anyways that was the week. I am loving Pau so much, the members here are just amazing and they love us a ton! I love you all and I want to hear from you so write me! 

Also I am doing my legality today because I have almost been in France for a year and I am coming home next August so yeah its crazy. So much to do and so little time! I LOVE YOU ALL!!

Monday, August 4, 2014

What A Wild Week!
Hey everyone! Elder Bollard here. So this past week has been pretty nuts and exciting. Things in Pau have changed quite a bit. The majority of our amis are "on holiday" right now, so we shifted to a more balanced schedule. Roger and Marie came to church again this Sunday and they loved it!

I showed my blue (companion) what real porting was this week when we tracted out a couple of massive apartment buildings. We met some really cool people. We ran into a 105-yr. old woman, (the oldest person I have ever met), a crazy shirtless Italian man, and most importantly, we found a Vietnamese family of 3 with a little daughter who we are going to teach this Wednesday. It was a grind but we found some really great potential amis. We are helping Jacqueline and Treasure move still and we have taught them the first lesson with the Holy Ghost. They have tons of potential and Mama Mwamba is the best.

I don't have a ton of time to write but I am happy for all of the exciting news back home. I am so happy to see my father happy and to watch his progression. This is a gospel of progression and the Atonement of Jesus Christ enables us to change and reflect His image.

I love you all and I am thankful for your love!

Elder Bollard
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