Monday, May 28, 2012

LIfe is Good!

Hi family!

This week has been so good.  Honestly, now the transfers just keeping better and better.  Soeur Dawson said she has never been so happy on her mission as she is this transfer and I feel the same way.  We love it and we love each other so much.  Yesterday we went over to one of the J.A. (YSA) houses and Nicole said, "wow, I can really tell that you gel so well, you can feel it;"  We think the same way, we are often thinking the same things, it is just so good and we love it.  It is so fulfilling.  It's still hard but it's hard because we are constantly strategizing and trying new things, it's so fun.

I want to tell a story about a new ami we met with for the first time on Tuesday.  We contacted her a few weeks ago (last one of the night)  and she ended up being a student from Venezuela but speaks english really well, wants to move to New York and is in Paris studying right now.  She is twenty.  We had a really good conversation and were all three friends really fast.  So we told her we are missionaries and are here to help people strengthen their faith in Christ, would she be interested in meeting with us again?  She said sure why not.  So she offered to meet us in Starbucks because she cant meet at her house since she lives with a family.

When we walked away Soeur Dawson started crying because this girl is like her twin.  Soeur Dawson is from Venezuela as well, lived in the Caribbean (as did this girl...her name is Alejandra), she was contacted by the missionaries in the street  and her first lesson with the missionaries happened to be in a Starbucks.  

So we went for our lesson and we brought a member who is from Mexico who is also a student here in Paris with us.  We went to the Starbucks and Alejandra was there waiting for us.  We talked and found out more about her history and her life.  And she is Soeur Dawson's twin.  LIterally, she is an only child, her parents were divorced when she was young, she grew up with her father, went through a period of time when she and her dad werent talking, she was engaged and broke it off right before the wedding.  All the same things have happened to Soeur Dawson.  

We asked her what her passions are, she said she has seen the hand of God in her life.  Her passions are modeling and helping other people.  If I had more time I would go more into detail about the modeling, but it's not sketchy at all.  This girl is so good and so pure, you can tell.  Alejandra said she has goals but she's in a place in her life where she doesnt really know what the future is going to bring.  Anyways, Soeur Dawson, Karen, me and Alejandra all have connections with serving people in Africa. We told Alejandra that although we all have different backgrounds, in a lot of ways we all have similar goals.  we all have passions that we want to be able to use throughout our life to help other people.  WE told her that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is what gives us direction and helps us know how to accomplish those goals.  Honestly, we dont really remember everything we said exactly but it was really cool.  We invited her to start taking the lessons and she said, "yes of course!"  So we are meeting her again tomorrow.  Please pray for her that she will be touched by the gospel! :)

Otherwise, we are now working a lot with teh J.A.  the J.A. in this ward are amazing.  Theres a lot of them and they are super strong and really social.  So we have started meeting with two or so J.A. a week to discuss what we can do to help them as missionary work and it is so cool to see how Heavenly Father is inspiring us as missionaries and them as young adults.  Last night we met with two J.A., both recent converts and both who are preparing to go on missions (girls).  We realized there's no type of mission prep here and there are so many J.A. who potentially may want to serve missions but dont even really know what to expect.  We still have to talk to our mission leader etc.  but we want to do a mission prep type of thing night for our ward.  We are excited about it!

I love you all, sorry I dont have time to write personal emails today, we have to run to catch a bus right no!  I love you and hope you have a fabulous week!

Soeur Chard 

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