Must start with a clarification for last week's letter... They do not sell duct tape in France. Yes, this was our first plan of action and I'm thoroughly convinced that it would have worked to fix the light, but it was not an option.
What a crazy, great week... traveled to 2 villes across the country, 2 conferences, 2 exchanges, 2 new amis engaged to baptism, and getting to see all 4 of my mission daughters. Guess what we are doing all P-Day? Sleeping in our appartment.
The week started with Jedi Council in Lyon. It was fantastic, as always. It was probably one of the most spiritual meetings I've had on my mission. It's so incredible being there with President and all of the leaders. Love them. Mostly, we learned how to inspire all of the other missionaries. We also talked about a new mission goal they'll be presenting this transfer. They want a huge mission-wide baptism on the 5th of July (talk about me going out with a bang), so we'll be setting goals and making plans for that. Cool moment, I heard President Roney pray for the first time (clarification: the first time I have heard it...that would be weird otherwise). Anyways, at the end of the meeting he said a beautiful prayer and blessed us all. So powerful.
Right after the council, we took a train up to Besancon to pick up my legality...finally (now they can't kick me out of the country). I was so excited. I can't even explain how happy I was to be there, I love that place with all my heart. I feel like it is "my ville". We went to a ward FHE and I got to see some of my friends then we spent the night with the sisters. I got to see Soeur Ronndahl, who is great and just as Swedish as ever.
Best part of going to Besancon, we got to teach Sandrine (yes, even though we were traveling most of the week and bouncing between conferences, we made sure to fill every other waking second with lessons in the sectors). It was so amazing to see Sandrine, I have never had an amie like her, I love her so much. Unfortunately, it has been really difficult with her husband since I left, she hasn't been to church for months and is starting to question her testimony (but not really, that's just what her husband wants her to think). She explained how us coming was a miracle. She said that last weekend, out of the blue, she kept getting the feeling that she needed to write me and felt really bad that she didn't. Then, on Monday, she got the call from the sisters setting up a rendez-vous for us. She was so happy and picked up the Book of Mormon for the first time in over a month. So basically, the Spirit was really strong in the lesson, we talked about spiritual experiences we had had together, read scriptures, and bore powerful testimony. I cried. At this specific point in her life, she can't become a member of the church. But, after the short moment that we spent together this week, she expressed the hope that she received and the faith that it would all work out one day. I know it will.
Back in Bordeaux, we presented at zone training. That went well... I really love speaking and it is so much easier to do big presentations in English, so that was nice. There I got to see Soeur Pagano and Soeur Brimhall (finishing out the rest of my daughters for the week).
We were able to have our first rendez-vous with Dominique since she has been back in town. It went really well and, by the end of the lesson, she was insisting on resetting her baptismal date.
Random... We contacted a guy this week who lived in Provo, UT for a year and a half, with his member friend's family, and worked in the French classes at BYU. What?! Not baptized yet and not super interested at the moment. But, needless to say, I did stand there with my mouth open in shock for a measurable amount of time.
So, it was a really great week. Isn't being a missionary the best? I love you all, have a great week!
Je vous aime,
Soeur Alisa Hulme