France Paris Mission 2014-2016

Week 50 --- My life is a series of awkward moments...

My subject line was something I said multiple times this week, and as I explain this week you'll understand why. 

You know how I said we had a couple cool passbacks to do last week?  Well today we went out and, well...a backstory is required to explain what happened. We were in neighborhoods with really young families and so we got two passbacks from what we assumed were young moms in their mid-twenties. We show up and their moms answer the door... Apparently ALL French teenage girls look about 5-10 years older than they are.  Suffice it to say that the parents weren't actually interested...haha 

Today we met Anna at the church and gave her a church tour, then taught a lesson about faith with Sister Foutrein from the branch.  Everything was going really well and we taught the principle well, but right at the end Sister Foutrein listed off a couple of "problems" with the Catholic Church...Anna is catholic...We quickly changed the subject! Haha 

Later we went and visited Sister Venant. She's less active because of serious health problems (cancer being one of them). Despite that she's an incredibly sweet and positive person. She was so happy a couple weeks ago when we knocked on her door. Apparently the missionaries haven't visited her in years, but now we're visiting her once a week to help keep her spirits up! This week we shared Elder Cook's talk, "The Lord is my Light". She really enjoyed it and we talked about things we can do to share the light of Christ with others. She told us she loves doing service. She has some neighbors in financial difficulties and so she knits sweaters and other little things for their kids. She is such a great example of Christian love. Also, she's super funny. She teased us about girls and other things, and she makes us sing her a hymn before we say the prayer  haha

Ok so a couple weeks ago we locked ourselves out of our apartment, well I did it again.... To be fair, our door automatically locks itself when it's closed (like a hotel door), and I had change in my pocket that felt and sounded like the keys when I patted them on my way out the door. This time though, our window wasn't open so we couldn't climb across the balcony. Also, the senior couple that has our spare was on a trip visiting apartments on the other side of France, so we were kinda freaking out. After a couple hours we were able to get in touch with the mission office and luckily they told us that their records said there was a spare key in the bishop's office at the church. So we met Brother Price there and got our keys. It took our entire afternoon, but we finally got back in ️ haha!

After that whole mess, we went and visited Sister Jordan with Jean-Paul. We had lesson planned, but somehow during the course of the evening we talked about crazy people from America calling Sister Jordan (she lived in the U.S. for a couple years when she was married to an American we think it has something to do with their divorce), the cost of changing a name, and it ended with Jean-Paul calling Elder Libby a villain because he wouldn't take a serious picture (during their little "fight" Sister Jordan was just cracking up laughing with me haha). It was a weird day...

So today we had branch council in the morning and it lasted FOREVER!!!!!!!! Ok it was only like 2 hours, but we only talked for like 15 minutes max, so it became incredibly boring . But right after we had an appointment with Mike and Kevin at the church, so we were just chilling around waiting for Kevin with Mike when the branch president invited himself to our lesson. We said ok, and then he asked us to visit a less active that lives an hour away with him. We said yes because we can't say no when the members want to help us out! Haha.  Anyway we're waiting there for about 45 minutes and Kevin still hasn't shown up and he wasn't answering his phone, so we decided to leave. This is about 1:45 or so and we hadn't eaten at all that day (I drank my milk too fast for the week, so no breakfast for me), and we were about to go on an almost 3 hour adventure. Thankfully, President Duez asked us if we wanted to go grab lunch before we left, so he bought us some sandwiches and we started out. We finally get to the less active's house and... He wasn't there! So we write a little note and leave our card in his mailbox. Right as we were walking to the car, his girlfriend pulls up to the house. I've never received a more hostile welcome by anyone. Her attitude was a mixture between pure disgust and a mother grizzly bear right before the attack...  scary...  After a very uncomfortable conversation with her we get in the car, but instead of pulling away, President Duez turns and starts talking to us about this less active and the problems with this branch for about 10 minutes. Again, awkward! Finally we get home after having spent our entire day in the most awkward way possible.

We had an appointment with Dominique this morning, and as soon as we get there he says he has to call his doctor real quick. So we're all just chilling around his table while he explains to the doctor that his blood pressure is elevated really high and his head is spinning.  The doctor then told him he needs to get to the hospital. Then he tells the doctor he'll have his son drive him to the hospital. Then he turns to us and instead of apologizing and saying we'll have to meet later he says, "while I'm waiting for my son to get here we can have our lesson." Elder Libby and I are just completely shocked! He is just sitting there waiting for us to start. We give the lesson hoping he doesn't pass out in the middle of it!  We finish and he says he'll let us know if he has to stay at the hospital or if he'll be coming to church....He didn't come to church, but he's back home now. Crazy stuff!

Today wasn't awkward thankfully! We had a great lesson about the apostles and prophets and general conference from a member of the stake presidency and then an awesome testimony meeting. Also we visited Sister Allaert and she asked me to give her a blessing because she fell a couple days ago and she's in quite a bit of pain. She really liked the blessing and our little message. We're going to be going over to help her with some yard work sometime soon.

I love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Bronson Jorgensen

This is a cool picture of our apartment building and the port
Me and Sister Jordan (we call her Mado)

                                               Those awesome days when a less active gives you a juice box!😉

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