Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Au Revoir et Bienvenue!

Ma Famille et Mes Amies,

Well this week was the start of a new transfer. 

For starters, my last companion went home from her mission. She finished all 18 months and she was such a great missionary and I'm so proud of her. 

This transfer is quite a cycle of life. My old companion going home and receiving a fresh new companion straight out of the MTC. Her name is Soeur Sorenson or better known as my TWIN. Everyone asks us if we are real sisters because we look so much alike. She is from North Carolina (they should've known better than to put two southern ladies together. ;) I absolutely love her. She has the biggest heart and is so fun. We have a great time together and I can already tell we are going to have a blast. 

This past week has been just crazy. On Tuesday we ran around all over town so Soeur Huntsman could say goodbye to everyone. And we left to go spend the night in Nantes with some other sisters. We had a huge packing party for Soeur Huntsman and Soeur Hoover who both went home. They did not want to leave.

Wednesday we all rode together to Paris to drop off Soeur Huntsman and to pick up my fresh new companion. After all of our meetings were finished, we had quite a bit of time so we went contacting in the heart of Paris and Soeur Sorenson did so great talking to people on her very first day. I was so proud of her. She has such a great go-getter attitude. Then after a long 3 hour train ride home we arrive in St. Nazaire.

Thursday we did a lot of finding. We had a few meetings with our ward mission leader and the ward counsel. We have so many ideas for ways to get the members involved here so we've been working really hard to put the ideas into actual activities.

Friday we passed by some less actives to deliver invitations for our "Special Christmas Sacrament Meeting" next Sunday. That was super interesting experience.

Later that night we passed by some amis who haven't been answering and a less active named Souer Bichon who is the sweetest old lady. She just had a few surgeries for skin cancer. We sang some songs and read some scriptures with her and she the Spirit was so strong. She said she will come to church next Sunday and the Christmas activity if someone can bring her.

Saturday we saw Mme Jouget. She bought us roses. So sweet of her. We introduced the Book of Mormon to her and talked a lot about Joseph Smith. She still struggles with understanding that God has a physical body, but she said she'd start reading the Book of Mormon and pray about it. Then we saw Therese. It's always really hard to teach her because she doesn't speak much French and can hardly read, but she likes it when we come over. We just decided to start reading the Book of Mormon with her, starting with the first chapter. She liked reading it, but it's really hard to communicate and her language is some crazy African dialect that isn't written so we're not really sure what to do about her, but she's really nice. Then we saw Jeanne and shared Ether 12:4 with her. I think she's going through a really hard time right now because she wasn't her normal, bubbly self and she doesn't want to get baptized right away so we're just taking it really slow with her and trying to figure out her needs. 

Sunday was so hectic. I didn't realize how hard it is to be in a ward without elders. We have to share a missionary minute with the men and the sisters and one of the members brought his friend to church, but we also had our recent convert Esperence and our ami, Jeanne so it was hard to try and talk to him too. I wish we had Elders here too.

Yesterday we went contacting right on the coast. There is this beautiful sidewalk right next to the beach and there are always tons of people and families walking right next to the beach. Perfect spot to find people ready to hear the gospel. Later we went over to Mata's. William, her son, just turned 8 and she really wants us to teach him all the lessons and get him ready for baptism. Normally when we try to share a spiritual thought with them it's really hectic and the kids run all over the place and the dad isn't always there, but last night was such a miracle. It was the first time that the kids were calm and Romu was there and listened. I hope we can start really teaching Romu soon. Anyways, it was a great lesson about the Principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Soeur Sorenson invited William to be baptized and he accepted. I was so proud her! :) Then we ate an incredible meal and celebrated William's 8th birthday. 

I am so grateful to be here in beautiful Saint-Nazaire and to be able serve these beautiful French people. What a wonderful time of the year to serve and to share the truth. Jesus Christ is our Savior and He lives and loves us so much. How incredible it is that we have the priesthood authority on the Earth today. How grateful I am for a loving and livng prophet who guides us and serves us willingly every day. God loves us and knows us perfectly. I love this gospel because it is true. I love you all so much! Have a blessed week :)

Stay righteous, be true, be you!
Avec amour,
Soeur Berge

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