This week was the last week of this transfer. (Our 7th) At our district meeting we took our picture. As you can see we had people with as little as 3 to 15 transfers. Our District Leader Elder Ericson, who did a great job, was transferred to Brussels. We will miss him. He is a fellow Canadian from Saskatoon. Elder Rivas was made our new District Leader. He will be wonderful.
After our instruction a fellow came to talk about the renos they are doing to our chapel which will result in us having 40% less space. It will be a sad day for our Branch.
|Elders Rivas, Adams, Parsons, Hogenson (Hoagie), McDonald, Ericson|
|Coolest, best tasting grapes ever!|
|The top picture shows all the vineyards in the field beneath this cool castle near Hippolyte, France.|
|St. Hippolyte, France|
|Colmar - Petite Venise|
|Colmar - Absolutely Beautiful City|
|Another one of Colmar. Got the horses just as they were headed up the street toward us.|
|Elder Karl from Pennsylvania, and Elder Schow from Tremonton, Utah, in COLMAR|
|We couldn't resist taking this picture. Look at the carving in the wood.|
|There is beautiful craving on this home in Strasbourg as well.|
|Elder Kaonohi and Rollins(from Belfor) were on exchanges with the Strasbourg Elders. Elder Kendricks was on splits (from Mulhouse) with Elder Divas, the Zone Leader from Strasbourg. Confusing but doable.|
The next morning we went to the Elders' apartment where there was one one Strasbourg Elder and three non-Strasbourg Elder. They were on exchanges. Elder Kendrick was there. His grandparents Norm and Jolene Gosling are in our home ward. The apartment check went well.
Before heading home we went to a park and walked around town a bit. Strasbourg is one of the prettiest cities in France. You can certainly see the German influence here.
On Saturday we had 2 lessons. We love the opportunity to teach with the younger missionaries. It is not unusual for lessons to go a little differently than planned. Such was the case with one of our lessons. It is testimony building as we receive thoughts and inspiration from the spirit during these lessons as we help others come unto Christ.
Church was great today. We had 21 people there. The meetings were great. Our High Councillor from Lille was there. We had a Branch meal afterward and had a good time with everyone. A lot of bonding and friendshipping took place. Next week we have a baptism and the individual is excited. Ed will get to do his third baptism.
Ed made everyone happy today. We ordered some material for our Branch and it came in. We were able to give a Book of Mormon in Yoruba (an African language) to our new convert. We ordered a triple combination for the Dampts' grandson's baptism, children's versions of the New Testament and Old Testament for our one and only Primary child as well as English copies of Gospel Principles for our anglophone Friends.
After our meetings the missionaries and Laurent Biver came over. Laurent Skyped his family in England. They are over there attending the temple and spending the weekend in Oxford at their son's and brother's place. We all had a song practice for a hymn we are going to sing in sacrament meeting. Then we had supper. It was a great time. Lynn said it was almost like we had a social life again.
We are grateful for the support from our family and friends. We have had good news and sad news this week from both. We hope and pray that everyone will receive the blessings their hearts desire.
That's all we have for this week. May God be with you 'til we write again.
Au revoir de la France.
Lyndi-lou and Eddie, too.