Sunday, 23 September 2018

Jordan's Home!

It has been a fun week. My nephew, Jordan, came home from his mission to Guatemala this week!

Today Peirce and I drove to Sparwood for his homecoming. The drive out there is so beautiful!

I woke Peirce up at 6:30. He went to the dance last night so he was pretty tired. When I was ready to go at 7:00 I went to his room and he was still asleep!! I was tempted to just leave him - but I woke him up again. He said he just needed 15 minutes. I gave him 9. LOL He made it!

It is always so amazing to see the before and after of a mission. I have a friend who thinks missions are too much to ask. She doesn't like that they don't call often and can't come home for Christmas. If only she could see how much an impact the whole experience has.

Jordan's talk was great. The guy has really grown up. He was a great speaker and shared a few stories. He talked about the plan of salvation and said that when we lived with Heavenly Father we had to leave to progress. Some would think it would be crazy to leave living with Heavenly Father! It's Heavenly Father after all! He compared that to a mission. I thought it was a good comparison.

Jordan was funny. He talked about how his mom got prettier. Taylor got married. Sydney can drive now...and man, did his dad get old. :)

Three of his friends joined the church while he was gone! ...all girls. Two joined the church earlier in this mission. One just got baptized last Friday and he got to baptize her. He had them bear their testimonies. It was pretty neat.

It was great to see everyone.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Soeur Ackroyd

I am not sure Jill sent a group email this week. These are excerpts from her letters to us:
Hi Mom!
I did have a great week! Thanks for emailing me! Sorry my P days keep changing... makes things confusing! ...This week is zone conference on Tuesday. After that it will be normal!

It was so fun to meet Tina Shaws family. I was so shocked! I love them! You're right. Lots of people come here that I know! This week I meet someone who taught with grandpa named Rusty or something like that.... he's from Magrath. 

Soeur Marteenys uncle's came in this week! They're not active as they're married.. So it was good for her to be able to talk to them about the temple. I didn't get to though because we were on exchanges. The STL I was with is studying elementary ed at BYU Hawaii!

The temple has such a cool effect on the people that come here. Like this one lady, I was just talking  to her in the gardens and she just stared crying! I hadn't really said anything special either!

I feel like I'm super spoiled when it comes to packages so far... idk if you need to send another one? But I did get my whole district excited about all dressed chips so that would be good. 

The Lawrence's just barely caught me! They came when I wasn't on shift but then we came back from a lesson and miraculously bumped into them in the parking lot. They seem like they have a super cool story as a family. 

The blouse is great! Thank you so much! I'll send you a picture of me in it. Also The Rusty guy took a picture with me in it.

I haven't tried the bars yet, but they look AMAZING. Nuts are super expensive here. Maybe that would be a fun one to send. We got trail mix for 16 euros. That was a bad one. 

And as for masculine and feminine.... there's no trick, no rhyme or reason. It's anarchy and probably the worst part of French. Even verbs are better than in English. It's kind of like as you get speaking and reading and practicing, you get a feel for it. But that's the only way. The good thing is that most people correct you. Are you sure you don't want to learn Russian instead? LOL
What's your favorite Women and the Pulpit chapter? I haven't gotten very far into them. The is so much to study and read. I'm going to make a classic returned missionary resolution to study more when I get home!! ...Also, I'm supposed to prepare a talk for zone conference tomorrow about diligence!  What's your favourite diligence story? Of your own, or fiction, or history? 

I'm looking forward to hearing back from you! Love you!


Tuesday, 11 September 2018

La rentrée (The Start of the School Year)

I don't know why Jill's P-Day gets changed to Tuesday so often. I will have to ask her that! On Mondays I refresh and check email about 80 times an hour until about 11 am when I despair over realizing it's too late in France and she won't be writing that day.

Glad to have received an email today!

Bonjour à tous et à toutes!  (Hello to all!)

I know you must all be SO concerned because I haven't emailed yet this week, but my preparation day got changed to Tuesday! So there's no more need to worry 😉

Miracle of the week: We have an awesome family in our ward who told us their daughter wants to be taught! The mom wasn't a member until a few years ago, so when their children were young they agreed to let them decide on their own religion. So now, their daughter has come to the decision that she wants to be baptized! She's 22 and she's about to start working at the lush right by the temple. Basically, she's every sister missionary's dream! To help her prepare for her baptism, we made a calendar with the lessons she'll need to learn, when her interview and baptism will be. etc. When we handed it to her, she said, "I didn't tell you my birthday, did I?" and we were like... "no..." but we had just happened to pick her birthday for her baptism! Her parents both started to cry and everyone didn't want to speak. Even though it seems like a small thing, it was just what Christelle needed to see how God loves her and cares about all the aspects of her life.

We're so excited to teach her, and all the awesome new people we're meeting and finding. We even have a new Ami who was referred to us from, which is super cool because one of the things we do at the temple is send Mormon.Org referrals to missionaries all over the world! If someone requests a free Bible or Book of Mormon we send the missionaries to drop it off, so it was cool to receive one and have her be so interested in learning more!

Our cheese of the week was Bethamale and I do NOT recommend it.

Another fun thing we did this week was go to the birthday party for the younger brother of two little girls that we're teaching! It was so fun! We sang happy birthday in French, English and Portuguese!

And a fun new French expression for you -« faire la crêpe » means to flip over while you're tanning, or literally, to make like a crêpe. 

That's all for now, hope you're having a great week and enjoying back to school time as much as I am! 

Soeur Ackroyd

I wonder if there are enough museums that they could visit a museum every P-day. This P-Day's photos are from Musée D'Orsay. 

 (I did a little googling on this museum and I think I've found some info on the works she has pictures of....or I could be totally wrong. Who knows!)
 Selfie statues....aka ladies way ahead of their time

 Deux Fillettes (Vincent Van Gogh)

 Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh

Hercules the Archer Killing the Stymphalian Birds

Les dindons (Monet)