Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Rempli de reconnaissance ❤️ Filled with gratitude

Bonjour tout le monde!!

J'espère que vous avez passé une tres belle semaine:)

We have had a really great week, a lot of our amis have been really busy but we have been seeing lots of members and wow our ward is just so amazing. We have been trying to light the world everywhere we go, and i love being able to talk to people about Christ during this season, there is just miracles everywhere. For example today we were printing out some pictures and one of the workers came over and started talking to me, and he is interested and we will be seeing him this Wednesday. Other amazing miracles the dad and one of the daughters and their friend came to church!! haha we went out to get them and it was pouring pouring rain, haha so as we were waiting for the bus a member came and saved us taking us to church:) ahh guys just this families faith is amazing and I love them so so much. Also one of the amis of the eysine missionaries got baptized, i was able to teach her before and the spirit was so special!

I am still in shock, haha and a little bit of denial that I am starting my last week as a missionary. I am so excited to see all of you, but ha I feel so torn thinking about leaving this country that I have fallen in love with and oh these people haha they are my little baguettes and i love them with all my heart. My heart is really just filled with gratitude. Gratitude for these last 18 months and how much I have learned and how much I have changed. I have a qoute up on my wall that says

"By helping others come unto Christ you will find that you have come unto him yourself." -Henry B. Eyring

I love this because it is so true, my relationship with my savior has completely changed and evolved because every day I have been able to help others come unto him. I have such a testimony of the divine potential that is within each of us (Romans 8:16-18) It has been so amazing to be able to teach people that they have a loving Heavenly Father who has plan for them, and loved them enough that he sent his son. This son who had much love, that he suffered all pains and sadness in this life so that he could help us become who we are all destined to be. I know with all my heart that he loves us, and I am so incredibly thankful to a member of his restored gospel which I know was restored by the prophet Jospeh Smith. This gospel is contained in the Book of Mormon, the book which has brought me the most happiness and peace I have found in this life.

I have seen on the mission, how much the gospel can change our lives. The joy that comes from this gospel is such a testament to me of God's love for all of his children. I have been privileged to be able to teach people from all over the world, and a lot of refugees and i know that God loves each and every one of his children. Often the way he shows his love is through us, reaching out to someone who is in need. I have been sharing this gospel because i love my brothers and sisters and i want them to inherit their potential and return to live with their Father and Savior. So please think of who needs this gospel, and I invite you all to share it with them. This is often started by just pure service and being a friend. Light someone's world this week, and you will be amazed by what a change it makes in them but also in you!

I'm so thankful for all of you and the friends you have been to me. I am so thankful for your support and love!

Je vous aime

À Bientôt!

Soeur Soffe

I love the moutamalyas 

An American member brought us costco pizza!!

Look at cute emanuela ❤️

Ann Marie's baptism

Rainy days

Monday, December 4, 2017

Noël... Week 76

Bonjour tout le monde!

Okay I'm so sorry because we have no time to email this week!! Because today we had a Christmas conference in Toulouse! Oh my it was so fun, we all went out with little Christmas packets and light the world! Then during lunch we got to watch cars 3, haha it was so weird to watch a movie, but way fun;) and then we had a more spiritual part of conference, and we had some amazing music numbers and then I gave my departing testimony with some other missionaries. It was literally so surreal, and yeah basically cried the entire time. Then at the end of the conference we sang les anges (our mission song) for the last time and I literally balled. Guys I just love love being a missionary and while I'm so excited to see you all, it's been so hard saying goodbye and thinking about living the people and the country I love so so much.

But anyway on to more pleasant topics;) haha

We were able to light the onuzi's world and we brought them our Christmas decorations and oh my goodness they loved it and it was so much fun!!

We were able to see lots of members and they are just wonderful and I love this ward and being a missionary!!

Sorry for this lame email! But I love you so much and I'm so thankful for all of you!!

Also thanks for all your emails, sorry I have no time I will reply next week:)

Je vous aime!!

Soeur Soffe

My Favorite Little Missionaries and KFC for Thanksgiving Week 75

Coucou tout le monde!

Oh my this week has been crazy and i feel like we havent even been here in Talence. But to start off on Tuesday we had an AMAZING RDV with the Albanian family, so we went over and we watched the retab film in shiqp (Albanian) and the mom literally explained the whole retab to her daughters and she has such a strong testimony of Joseph Smith. And each time we go over the two little girls pray with us helping them, but this time all 3 of the kids put our plaques on and then said they were missionaries so they had to pray by themselves and they both prayed by themselves!! It was so good, and then we were able to go back over and see them sunday night, behar (the dad) has been sick so they weren't able to come to church. BUT we taught them parole de sagesse and we used these little pictures we made and the pamphlet and they totally accepted it. Guys Anila has coffee everyday and after reading that it was revelation she just immediately accepted it! Their Faith is amazing. You guys their story just breaks my heart, because of outside forces they were forced to flea Albania and they are now trying to get papers as political refugees, and just the amount of things they have suffered is huge, yet they have such faith and hope in Christ. I feel like being here in France my eyes have really been opened, there is a lot of refugees here and all I want to do is help them more. I just testify that God loves each and all of his children!!

So we literally traveled everywhere this week, on Wednesday we had to get up at 3 to catch our plane into Lyon for MLC. President Johnson of the 70 came and toured our mission and it was amazing to hear from him and learn. We were able to hear from him again on friday when we went down to Toulouse for zone conference. One thing I loved was when he talked about Ether 6 and how trials in this life, like the stormy seas the jaredites endured, help us to find happines in this life. One of my favorite qoutes is from an ensign that said "Calm seas don't carry barges to the promised land, stormy ones do." I still don't know why some of us are faced with a lot harder challenges in this life than others, but i do know that we are given trials to push us to become better they push us to become like Christ. I am thankful for hardships in this life because they are how i have become how I am today, and I am thankful for the trials I am going to have because they are going to make me into the person Heavenly Father wants me to be.

We had some other really good lessons, and haha to celebrate thanksgiving on friday at our conference we all feasted on KFC, haha it was lots of fun!!

I love you all so much, and I am so so thankful for all of you and that you do and all your prayers.

Passez une très belle semaine!

Soeur Soffe

My fav lil missionnaires 

planes to MLC 

Zone Conference in Toulouse