Monday, May 4, 2015

Une Ville des Miracles
So, I'm back in that good 'ole missionary life without all of the Zone Leader distractions. This is different than my past 5 transfers. But it has been an awesome week! On Monday, we took the bikes through the countryside to a city called Echenevex to visit some members. We went tracting up in the hills where there were some really nice looking houses and we had some really good conversations. We met a really cool family called la famille Arpino and the mom said that we could come back another time. On Tuesday, we went hard in the paint and tracted up pretty much half the city, haha. One of the convos we had was with an 85 yr old dame named Françoise. She told us about WWII. She was living in Normandy at the time. During the Allied bombardment she hid in a trench that her father built. She was young but she remembers seeing Canadian troops coming through the streets after taking the beach. We also fixed a RDV with a Spanish woman named Pepi.  Then we had ward council and I showed them the Ward Mission Plan that Elias Serrano Millone showed me from Toulouse. They liked it and we are going to make a solid plan together. On Wednesday, we taught three lessons.  We tracted into a house where a woman named Madeline from New Jersey lives!  She has the best Jersey accent.  We talked about the family with her and then took a bus to a pretty city called Divonne les Bains.  We had some really cool experiences in that city this week. On Saturday, we played frisbee and taught a less active who hadn't been to church in 6 years. Afterwards, we went to Rosa Santana's house from Colombia. She was there with a Peruvian member as well. It was awesome!  Their testimonies are so strong. Then at night we had crêpes with the Saint Genis elders; Elders Perry and Beck. Side note, Elder Beck is going to be a famous indie artist one day.
Yesterday, we attended church and set some sweet RDVs with members.  Then we went over to visit the Arpino's (from monday). They let us into their beautiful house in the hills. They talked about their trip to the United States and we talked about the My Family booklets with them and they loved it. Then we showed them "Because He Lives." After that, we went to the Houdin's house. They are a young couple and they're super cool. Today we were at the Saint Genis Elders' house and they were showing us their guitar skills. It was a great week!  We saw plenty of miracles. I am really loving being able to apply all that I learned as a ZL to my sector. The district is great.
I love you all and have another great week!!!
Elder Bollard


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