France Paris Mission 2014-2016

Week 49 --- We have a new best friend!! :)

So this was transfer week, I'm not one for surprises or big reveals, so I'll just say I'm staying a fourth in Dunkerque with Elder Libby for another transfer. Voil√†!

This week was pretty interesting. Tuesday after our district meeting we had a "blitz" all three companionships in the district stayed in St. Omer until the next morning. We all changed companions and went
 out working. We taught a ton of lessons, got some new investigators, and fixed some appointments for the Elders in St. Omer. It was a total blast being together all day as a district. Best part of the day though, was right when we got into town my pants ripped really bad right along the crotch! Thankfully we went to a French equivalent of Walmart and found some pants that fit me really well, and don't look half bad for about 20 bucks. Worst part is that the pants that ripped were bought a week before :) #AmericanThighs vs. #FrenchPants I can't wait to get back to clothes that aren't made for chicken legs! haha

On Wednesday we taught Mike about the oath and covenant of the priesthood. We're working to get him ready to receive the Melchizedek priesthood. It was a super good lesson aside from the fact that before
 the lesson started and we were chilling around the conversation turned to Kolob and Heavenly Mother.....We still aren't sure how it happened.  But because Mike is awesome he didn't get freaked out he just accepted the fact that it was new information and we don't have all the answers about these things. It was an interesting conversation J haha

Friday we taught Kevin again, and guess what, he brought a friend! Apparently his friend had met the missionaries before but was never able to fix an appointment. So we taught them both about the First
 Vision, Book of Mormon, and Prayer. It went pretty well even though it was completely unexpected! Also, before we did our weekly planning on Friday we went to get a coke from a vending machine across the street from our apartment (because we are both coke addicts haha!). So Elder Libby buys his, I buy two (one for planning and one for dinner that night) and apparently with one of the cans I bought a bottle of coke fell out with it!! I payed a dollar for almost a liter of coke! #BlessingsoftheRighteous

Saturday we went out tracting and we knocked on a door and say, "We're the missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ and we're in the neighborhood to pray with families" before we even finished talking
 this guy was ushering us into his house saying "of course we'll pray with you!" That's incredibly bizarre for France, but what makes it weirder is that they were getting ready to leave because it was his wife's birthday! But they still took some time to talk to us and pray with us. Then, HE invited us to come back and explain more of our message this Friday! It was such a miracle! Plus after that we got 3 passbacks that we are going to visit tonight! It was so cool!

Ok funny story time! Yesterday we went out tracting in a town about 20 minutes from Dunkerque. So, we hop on our bus and guess who else is on it...30 sweaty, loud, Muslim guys. It smelt HORRIBLE!!! Haha. Anyway, we were standing there and then all of a sudden EVERYONE gets off the bus together. So Elder Libby and I are looking around like, "what the heck just happened?" Then the bus driver gives us this "I don't know what's going on either" look. He starts driving then calls out to us asking if we're part of some school thing because of our "uniforms". We walk up to the front and explain that we're missionaries for our church, but he had never heard of Mormons. We keep talking to him about how we got here to France, how we like it, etc. Now this guy is like 24 wearing sick Ray-Ban sunglasses and just talking to us like we're homies. I leave him with our card when we get off the bus (at the end of the line) and we go do our thing. Fast forward a couple hours and we are sitting at the bus stop waiting for the bus when the same guy pulls up! We start talking to him again like before and he says something along the lines of "the Mormons are a pretty impressive movement in the U.S. right?" Now remember how he didn't know us before...? Haha.  We're assuming that during one of his breaks he looked us up. We explained that we are worldwide and continued to talk about the U.S. because everybody here loves America and wants to visit haha! Anyway we get off and he says he'll see us around. Pretty much we're like best friends now. We had him laughing like crazy and everything. It just so happens he mentioned which line he would be driving today...We may or may not be sitting at the bus stop waiting for him tonight J haha jk! 

That's all for this week!

Love you guys!

Elder Bronson Jorgensen


Photos 1 and 2:
We go crazy while we're working . . . :)

Photos 3 and 4:
Me in front of Cathedral

 Photos 5 and 6:
More of us being cute :)

 Photos 7 and 8:
Creepy pics of the cathedral

 Photos 9 and 10:
Us being cute in a tiny little town

Photos 11, 12, 13, 14:
Super cute red house we saw while porting . . . It's not significant at all I just thought it was cute haha :)

 Photos 15, 16, 17:

 Photos 18, 19, 20:
Dunkerque cathedral on a stormy night.
Me and Jean-Paul :).  He loves playing on the iPad haha!

District Transfer Photos

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