Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Miracles and lots and lots of mountains! Week 23

Coucou a tous!
        Well this week has been crazy, in about every sense of the word! We
had more tombez-vous then I have ever had, BUT we also had so many
        So last monday we had a really awesome ward activity. It was a
thanksgiving family home evening, so we missionaries did the spiritual
thought and talked about being thankful and then I showed everyone how
to make thankful hand turkeys (that was really funny explaining that
yes your handprint does look like a turkey:) ) Then we all ate
together, and played a super fun live version clue! Seriously I love
my ward so much, that night especially it felt like I was just with my
big french family:)
        Tuesday and Wednesday we had our normal lessons, and did lots of fun
service helping Soeur morel wrap her Christmas presents! Then on
Thursday we had a really great district meeting, and we actually all
drove up to Mt. Saléve together! We talked about prayer and we were
able to go up there and be on our high place to talk with Heavenly
Father! It was really awesome and we have a really great district.
Driving back however was a little interesting, we were with the Saléve
sœurs in their car behind another car full of missionaries and at a
stop sign a man rear ended us- pushing our car into them! We were
blessed that no-one was hurt, only a little shaken up! That night our
rendez-vous fell through so yeah for porting:)
        Then on Friday I think our plans changed about 6 times,
(tombez-vous!) but we ended up with Soeur Morel and helping her out at
the marche! (Farmers market) She is literally the cutest and I love
getting to be with my french grandma!
        Saturday, you guessed it, our rendez-vous fell through again in the
morning. It actually worked out okay because Soeur Autai was sick, so
we ended up just staying in, and I worked for a little while on the
area book!
        Sunday was such a great day! It was the primary program and it was so
cute, but then JOE CAME TO CHURCH! This is the first time she has
come, and she loved it! She actually cried during the primary program
because she said she wanted her little daughter to be up there some
day, and I told that of course she would be! As her and faye were
together I translated all of church for them again! It was funny
during gospel principles I would translate into English for them, and
then I would say something in french to the class, and then I would
hurry and tell them what I had said! My translating wasn't very good
at all, but they were kind and patient with me:)
        Then Monday we went to my favorite place again...CHAMONIX!! It was us
and the elders and as we got there it was really cloudy and gray and I
was so worried that they wouldn't be able to see the mountains. At
11:30 we went to the family biousse and had so much fun with them, it
was really incredible to hear his conversion story because it took him
20 years and he met with missionaries three separate times! As we were
having lunch the sun suddenly came in through the window, and we ran
out on the porch and you could see all of the mountains! When we
finished it was so fun to just walk around (well mess around all
together!) The other missionaries loved chamonix too, and it was a
super fun p-day! Then that night we had an amazing miracle! So there
is a part-member family in the ward that I have never met that me and
sr. Autai have been talking with the ward council about. Well on
tuesday night our stake president calls us and told us that he had
just had a random lesson with the family and had been talking with the
dad (who is not a member) and ended up engaging him to baptism and HE
ACCEPTED!! So on monday night the Coppel's (stake president and his
wife) picked us up from the Gare and drove us to their house. The
man's name is frere Secchi and we taught him and his wife and it was
one of the most spiritual lessons I have ever had! We did a lesson 0
and talked about how he and his family can go to the temple and become
an eternal family! The spirit was so incredibly strong and he has
incredible faith, he said he wants to go to the temple with his family
and he knows this is the path God want's for him. In the lesson
literally everyone (me, frere secchi, his wife, and president and sr.
Coppel) were all crying! The spirit was so strong, and I am so excited
to see him prepare to be baptized on the 24 of December! I was so
thankful to be a missionary there with him and testify that I know the
temple is the goal that heavenly father has for him! I am so thankful
to be a missionary and spread this joy every day with people I meet!
Love you all so much and I am so thankful for all of you!
Soeur Soffe

Soeur Morel!

Mt Saléve with the District 

This is a really good explanation of us together 

Zen in my happy place 😂

Monday, November 21, 2016

Miracles in Magland Week 22

Bonjour a tous!
   I hope you have all had a wonderful week, it has been a wonderful week here in Annemasse and Genève!
   On monday we had our zone conference with President and Soeur Brown! It was awesome and we got a preview of the church's initiative for Christmas and everybody get so so excited!! I am so stoked for the Christmas season and to bring people the LIGHT of the gospel (that is my hint:) ) After a wonderful conference followed by a fantastic dinner from one of the older couples Soeur Austen, I started my exchange with Soeur Filbrandt! She is actually from germany, but speaks perfect English and is a really fantastic missionary. It was so much fun on exchange with her and it was awesome to learn from her. We had some good contacts and lessons on Monday, and some very interesting contacts on Tuesday. We started talking to a man, who ended up speaking to us in English because he was from Ukraine, and he told us it would be better for us to join a sports team then be in a religion. Ha he was very interesting; but we also had some really incredible miracle lessons and talk with some really great people. One of my favorites was a man who was actually muslim but after we explained what we do as missionaries he thanked us for being missionaries! Tuesday ended back in Annemasse and a really great lesson with Francois and then cours d'Anglais.
   Wednesday we had fun service helping Soeur Morel wrap presents, and then we took our p-day:) Thursday we had a lunch with Jocelyne and the elders and then headed out and contacted around the lac in machilly.
   Friday we had an amazing miracle! We went out to see Jo and her nanny from Taiwan actually came this week! What is so cool about her nanny is that she is actually a recent convert and the one who introduced Jo to the church. Her name is Faye and she is super cute! So we had a really great lesson with Jo and at the end I invited her to be baptized and she told us she wasn't ready YET! At the end of our rendez-vous she told me she hopes she is ready before I leave. It's so incredible to see how her faith is grown, and even though she has a lot of hard things right now, she is leaning on her heavenly father
(and she wants to be baptized!) She  is really so incredible, and we have become so close I love her so much!
        Sunday was a great but kind of crazy day. So Faye the nanny for Jo came on the train to Annemasse to go to church. She is so cute, she speaks okay English but not really any french, but she was trying so hard with the members and it was awesome! I ended up translating all of church for her, and though I didn't do a very good job, I was surprised by how much I could actually do! At the end of church, even though Faye couldn't really understand a lot she told us how much she loved it and how she felt like she had come home again! Because of train schedule's she was gone all day, just to come to church (her faith is really incredible!) So my frenchie challenge for you this week is to think about how lucky we are to have church so close to us, and how often do we take it for granted! We have a few members that
have to travel 2 hours one way to get to church! It made me so thankful that we get to renew our covenants with our ward families every week, and all grow so much together!
        Well that's all for this week, love you and I'm so thankful for all of you!
Je t'aime!
Soeur Soffe

Picture that Sœur Hayes took of us on exchange 

Gorgeous Machilly 

Rainy days and waterfalls 

Jo and Faye!! (and cute baby lea)

Cute Nina and Clara from Cluses

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Rap battles and living in Swiss!🇨🇭 Week 21

Coucou a tous!
        It feels like this week I have barely even been in Annemasse, we hadlots and lots of conferences over the weekend and ended with anexchange in Genève (which is why I am emailing today, I promise we arenot apostate;) ) 
     Tuesday we went out contacting in Ville-la-grand and didn't have aton of success, we tried to see a less-active who let us in and toldshe had 20 minutes. We told her that was perfect we could just share alittle message. But she ended up talking on the phone the whole timewe were there, and just as she finished someone came to her door andwe had to leave! Too make up for that though as me and Soeur Autai arewalking we had a spontaneous (recorded) rap battle me in English andher in Tahitian, ha we have a lot of fun together:) The day ended witha really good lesson with Francois and help from Jocelyne! 
      Wednesday night we were jam packed! In the après-midi we had a goodlesson with Severine. Then we helped the primary teachers set up foran activity. Then us and the elders are starting an activity twice amonth for the young adults and we started that off with a spiritualpensée. Then ran back to the primary for me to try and explain thehistory of thanksgiving, hurried to have a meeting with the Reliefsociety president, and then hurried back to the young adults! Whew itwas crazy but lots of fun!
      Thursday we had a really awesome zone training! It's really awesomeright now because we are really focusing on part-member families andworking with the members in our wards! (Also happy birthday dad onthursday!) And is and the Saléve Sr's also sang a mash up of les angesdes nos compagnes and hark the herald angels sing. We ended the night at the Herr's house for a great dinner. 
        Friday we went out to see my favorite couple David and Sylvia and
teach him the recent convert lessons! It's so cool because they are
preparing to go to the temple together!!
        Saturday we had a little time for contacting and then headed to
Genève for stake conference! It was definitely an adventure getting there though! Severing drove us and the elders, but there was some mix ups and confusion and getting lost getting there! Severine was really stressed because she was giving a testimony, but we happily got there alive, ha only 40 minutes late, but just in time for her to give a really wonderful testimony!  Stake conference was really really good, an area 70 came named Elder Herbertson! He is from Scotland and gave some really incredible talks both on Saturday and sunday morning! It was really incredible because a lot of the conference was about missionary work! During the evening session Elder Herberston had all the missionaries come up on the stand and he told all of the stake to look at us "and behold their little ones." It was really cool and made me so thankful to be a missionary especially here in this amazing area. It made me want to live up to the expectations of these wonderful people, and always work as hard as I can! I feel so blessed every day to help people receive the joy that I have been given. What's so great is that it doesn't end or start as I am a missionary, we really are all called to the work to share the gospel! So my frenchie challenge for you this week is to pray for a missionary experience, and help the missionaries who are with you (really members are what make missionary work amazing!)  

     After conference in the morning we stayed in Genève because we had interviews with president that night! We decided to go out contacting for a little bit, which was a lot of fun in Genève. Then I had a really awesome interview with president, I really just love him so much and I am so thankful we are blessed to have him as our mission president! Well that was all for this week, stayed tuned for exchanges next week! Love you all so much, and thank you so much for the love and prayers!
Ua Here Vau Ia Oe
(I love you!)
Sœur Soffe

When it gets cold for the islanders

Zone training

Contacting in Genève

Stake conference

Monday, November 7, 2016

From fall to winter real quick🍂🌨Week 20

Coucou a tous!
        I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! This week flew by and its
becoming winter here in Annemasse! Today it SNOWED for the first time,
and I was very excited, plus it was the first time my cute Tahitian
has seen snow!! We have been loving it together, I don't think I ever
said in my other emails but she is a recent convert of around a 1 year
and a half and is such a great missionary! We also just laugh a lot
together, her running joke is to say "Je m'appelle Sœur Soffe, et Je
suis soft" ha doesn't really make sense but we just have a lot of fun
and work really well together:)
        Monday started off with seeing my favorite ami Jo! She is the one
from Taiwan who speaks English and has an adorable little baby. I have
never had a lesson like the one we had with her on Monday though. She
is just going through a lot of really hard things in her life, and I
just talked and cried with her. It was really incredible though to
teach her about her savior and how he literally understands everything
she is experiencing. It has been really amazing to watch how she has
been developing a relationship with heavenly father. She told us that
she has been praying and she knows that she can talk to heavenly
father about everything and that she feels him helping her through her
life. She is just such an incredible woman with such a big heart, what
is so cool though is that she has been finding answers praying,
reading the Book of Mormon, and searching through gospel library. I
just feel really thankful to help her on her journey home to her
Heavenly Father.
        A quote that I have been thinking about a lot this week is "we are
all just walking each other home." This week I have been studying
about our divine potential and our celestial purpose. I read a really
great devotional that said we were all Celestial beings before we came
to this earth and we all had the goal to stay worthy to return to live
with our Heavenly Father again. We have been given everything we need
to receive all the father has, through the atonement of our loving
savior. So my frenchie goal for you this week is to pray and ask
Heavenly Father if you really are his son or daughter and if he has a
plan for you to receive all that he has! I know how much he loves us,
and we are all here with the same goal, to just walk each other home!
        Tuesday we went out to see the Boileau family and teach their cute
grandson. We had a good lesson with him and then go to to walk around
the Lac Laman. His name is Mathis and for the end of our lesson we
made paper airplanes (and with faith they could fly) and Mathis writes
me a little note that says Sœurs ses sont le meilleur (sisters are the
best) Ha I was so sparked! Little background Mathis is 9 and is a
little ballet dancer (I love him!) So as are walking home we start
dancing and skipping down the sidewalk! So fun, and then that night we
had a wonderful lesson with Francois!
        Wednesday was full of lots of contacting and getting a start on
area-book work. So our mission just got the area book app, so we have
had a lot of work putting in all of our old investigators fiches!
Thursday we had a really great district meeting about working with
members to find our families through the families in the ward who are
part members! I just love working with our ward here, ahh they are so
wonderful! That night we did a lot of service with Sœur Morel and then
she always makes us a cute dinner. One of my favorite moments of the
week was on Saturday night when it had been rainy all day and Sœur
Morel calls us and asks us if we have found any sunlight, and I said
no not with the rain. She then tells us we always have sunshine
because it's in my heart and we bring her sunshine and then says
goodbye! Ha I love my grandma here so much:)
        We had lots of lessons and meals with members over the weekend and it
was wonderful as always! I just love our ward so much, plus I love all
the missionaries here too! Love you all so much thank you so so much
for all your support!
Je t'aime beaucoup!
Sœur Soffe
Funny moment: We are with the Elders at the Herr's house for dinner
and I was telling them that I will being going to school for nursing
after my mission and instead of saying I like medical things, I said I
love medications. Then the rest of the night was full of lots of jokes
about the sœurs getting a little crazy with the first aid kits;)

Lac Laman in Thonon 

Autumn has finally arrived

Hello French countryside (also pretty sure this was the last semi warm day we will have, also note how France has changed my style to black, whoops🙈)

Weirdos on trains