1. yes i do write a lot of other people, but no big email to everyone, im not a talented writer for those such things.
2. Weather, Bretagne is the weirdest weather in the world im telling ya, it changes from hail to 80 degrees sunshine in 20 minutes then to overcast fog the next. but so far i've been getting used to it.
3. Knees and feet, like I said, its been a rough journey for them both, but I'll be fine, the Lord always gives us blessings.
4. Coats are fine, its summer soon anyway.
5. Money is fine, things are much cheaper now that I'm not in Paris anymore
6. Just the office moved the mission home is the same address.
7. Yes that is our church building, really pretty eh? and yes bishop is Bishop Letort, love that guy he is really an effective bishop, we get a lot done in Ward Council lol
8. Nope its not too far, about a 20-25 minute walk, there arent any busses on suday, but its some how always sunshiny and we love seeing the blossoms on the trees :)
ok, I'm not really sure what you want out of this email... so I'll try my best to please you haha.
Right now personally I have done some major soul searching to how to become a better missionary, and person in general. I created two things I need to work on the most, (a good way to find out is the Christlike attribute activity in PMG chapter 6) and that is patience, and obedience.
I realize there are a lot of times, i guess just living the fast pace city life has killed my stop to smell the roses side, and I need it back. So now I just try and breath a lot, and if something doesn't go the way planned its ok, find something to laugh about, and remember the bigger picture. I've just realized that being the older missionary you need to be the mature one, so when nobody wants to go to ward council, you suck it up and go anyway because it is your responsibility... still a little bitter about that one lol, I love ward council! I have just really tried to be more patient with others right now, knowing that we all have different backgrounds, and lifestyles, and not everyone will mix perfectly, we will always have something to work on and be better at. I made a chart for myself in my study journal so I can report to myself on how patient I am everyday..the day I get a 5 will be the best day ever haha. Next I am really trying to work on obediences with exactness, sometimes its easy to stay an extra 5 minutes for dinner, or to start comp study at 9:10 so we get extra personal study,,, im pretty guilty of that. but I know we will see miracles when we are obedient, and the more I work on it the more success we see.
Also I was going to mention that I was studying the topic, "if all things happened for a reason" ya know.. well I found some very interesting chapters and notes in Jesus the Christ.
" Let not ignorance and thoughtlessness lead us into the error of assuming that the Father’s foreknowledge as to what under given conditions, determined that such we will always have our agency on the earth, no matter what he has planned.
Well, I hope you find in those what I did, especially the first part about Heavenly Fathers foreknowledge and that he impels none forward or backward. I underlined some of my favorite parts. But I still don't know what would win on earth, mans agency, or divine intervention, so yeah thats been a question of topic recently for us too.
Ok, another thought, there are moments when I just ask myself, "are you serious is this ONLY halfway!" like i have been here for an eternity, isnt this enough Heavenly Father, Im not required to be here, why me? Then there are the times that I realize, and want to cry at my ignorace for every moment we are here we are given 10 fold the blessings, how could we ever say I;m good I've had enough blessings for the day. Oh then I have to go repent and realize what I am doing here. There are days when it is very hard, and all you recieve is rejection, and then the zone leaders email you about how we are not getting enough numbers, we need to work harder, have bigger faith, and trust in miracles, then I just want to cry, "isnt this enough" but I know it will never be enough, in order for us to do enough, we would die. We have to be satisfied with our best somedays. And then I read Hollands talk, "Anyone who does any kind of missionary work will have occasion to ask, Why is this so hard? Why can’t our success be more rapid? Why aren’t there more people joining the Church? Why isn’t the only risk in missionary work that of pneumonia from being soaking wet all day and all night in the baptismal font?