France Paris Mission 2014-2016

Week 51 --- I go home a year from tomorrow... :(

Tonight we visited Sister Blanquart. We shared a short little video and message because she just likes having missionaries over every week haha :) Then as we're getting ready to leave she says that we promised to eat dinner with her a couple weeks ago, and we weren't getting out of it. So she leaves to go make dinner. We're chilling there with her twelve year old son, Baptiste, and he's talking about the French soccer team's latest win and stuff. Then he turns on the tv and puts it on some French reality show that seemed to be a mix of big brother and survivor...It was super weird! Haha Sister Blanquart walks out just after with two microwave pizzas that were under-cooked...They were "delicious" least that's what we told her haha :) She's kind of eccentric and really blonde, but a super nice lady.

This morning we did a lot of contacting and we met this classic nondenominational Christian black woman named Rashida. We talked with her for about 20 minutes and even though she really liked a lot of our beliefs and principles, she was sent on the fact that there isn't a need for any sort of organized religion...Darn! This afternoon we had an appointment with Anna and Sister Foutrein. When we get there we find out that Anna had invited her friend who was interested in our message. This lady, Josia was super interesting. She had piercings and tattoos all over, purple hair, neon green glasses, weighed about 10 pounds and had her dog's tail dyed pink! She said she was looking for her path and was interested to know what we are about. We were planning on teaching the importance of the Scriptures, but because of Josia we needed to reexplain the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith as well. Also, throughout the entire TWO HOUR appointment, there were many random discussions and questions about our beliefs and organizational practices like: missionaries, apostles and prophets, angels, ghosts, fortunetellers, abortion, forgiveness of sins, etc. haha! It was kind of crazy, but we taught the message well and answered all their questions. At the end Josia commented that she was feeling something very special and we explained that it was the Holy Ghost bearing testimony of the truth. She also said she wants to continue meeting with us and Anna! Tonight we passed by Jean-Paul's and shared the Mormon message "men's hearts shall fail them" by President Russell M Nelson. Jean-Paul was touched and we also sang a couple hymns, one of which was "In Our Lovely Deseret". Jean-Paul thought it was so funny! Then we joked around about how he wants to kill Elder Libby! It was hilarious!

Today I went over to Calais with Elder Jouffray for an exchange. Elder Jouffray is French-American --- his mom moved over here and married his dad. He lived in France until about 2 years before his mission then his family moved to northern Utah. He speaks French and English perfectly and is seriously one of the coolest guys you'll ever meet!  Also, his second companion was Elder Godfrey, my trainer! We had one of the best exchanges ever! We taught a couple of their investigators, and got some ice cream, and had a great kebab. But the best part was a lesson we taught to their 14 year old investigator. She is seriously amazing! She acts like she's 20 (she's probably as smart as most 20 year olds), and has a great understanding of all that she's been taught. We explained faith and repentance to her and her mom. She was eating it all up, explaining how she knew that sin brings feelings of guilt and shame, and she accepted to pray for forgiveness and start repenting! It was such an incredible lesson, and the Spirit was felt by all of us there. That night when we got back we had to make chocolate mousse for district meeting the next day...An hour and a half, 18 eggs, 6 dark chocolate bars, and 4 sore arms later we had delicious mousse ready to be chilled over night. One of the steps of making mousse is separating all of the yolks from the egg whites, and then fluffing the whites until it's like a foam/cream. Unfortunately we only had hand whisks, so our arms got a serious workout💪🏼 😂!

Today was district meeting...I must say, the mousse was a total success! ✌🏼We met the new elders in St. Omer, they're super cool. Two elders came in to replace Elder Nord, so now it's a tripanionship.  That would be super awkward doing proselyting with three guys, but what do you do? Elder Libby finally got his iPad today. He was freaking out about it, and even now as I wrote that he keeps nudging me and saying "ya he did, ya he did".  My comp is weird....haha!!!

Today we taught Mike the next integration lesson and as always it went super well. It was a little weird for me because even though I've been out for almost a year I've never taught the law of chastity before today #myinvestigatorsneverprogress :) It also was a little weird talking about that stuff with another 19 year old, but he's chill, so it wasn't too bad. 

We were in Lille for our Stake Conference and while there, Mike was sustained as an Elder!! He will be ordained next week! I also ran into Sister Liaboeuf, she was in my district in La Rochelle. She finished her mission a couple transfers ago and now she's at school in Lille. It was so cool getting to talk with her and all the other missionaries there.

Love you have a great week all!

Elder Jorgensen

Photo 1 and 2:; It's getting cold and there were some good sales going on...#shopping
Photo 3 and 4:  Exchange with Elder Jouffray!
Photo 5:  Both the sticker and the name of the plaza make this pic funny 
Photo 6: Party at the beach here in Dunkerque!  There's a super fancy kite flying in the background btw ...
Photo 7: My comp had sweet socks for 9/11
Photo 8:  #homemadeMcChicken     #lookhighinthispic

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