Dearest Friends Family and those people who somehow read my email report,
France is amazing and cool and stuff
This week has had its ups and downs... First off like half way through my eye lid like got extremely huge and swollen and stuff and it's still kind of gross but it isn't like pink eye or anything... I believe
it's a like a small irritation so I got some eye drop anti-bacterial stuff, but we will see if that will help my eyelid or not... If all else fails there are doctors and eye patches that are kind of cool (that
is a joke but we will definitely see medical attention if it worsens)
Other than that Elder Walters and I had some people decline hearing our messages in polite manners and when I say some I really mean like everyone we try to talk to but they are all mostly polite... Except
this one guy who probably works at CERN and told us that we are wasting our life on a two year mission and that God isn't real and that Faith is just a barrier for real truth. I really want to converse
with this guy because he seemed very aggressive and I wanted to at least bear my testimony but I couldn't think of the exact ways or words to say. I'm glad I had that experience where a man whom was in his late 50s yell at me because he knows that my knowledge and faith is false, because it really made me think about what I actually believe.
I don't think, or hope that God is real and I don't hope that we can be saved by Jesus Christ, but I KNOW that these things are true and I KNOW with faith we all can improve our lives
Nothing that anyone could say to me will change my testimony of our savior and I know that with his help I can be a better person and improve daily.
The next day we had a lesson with one of our investigating ami d'église named Christophe which went extremely well. A little background on Christophe, he is paraplegic and is mostly paralyzed after some
accident that happened and after this accident he then began to search for further knowledge and truth about Jesus Christ and God and we got a hold of him and the missionaries from before had taught him about the lessons and yea. So we taught him about the vision of the Tree of Life in 1 Nephi 8 and 11 and how there are many paths to travel but only one has the path to eternal happiness and life and that chemin has the Commandments, Ordinances and the Word and Authority of God.
This lesson was the first actual lesson that we had with an investigator and we invited him to be baptized and "follow le chemin et la une barre de fer" and he was super accepting of the "engagement" or commitment and we will be helping him move to Lyon and hopefully the elders there will see him through his next steps of coming closer to Christ
One of the coolest things that happened this week is that we visited Lausanne Switzerland (Capital or Headquarters of the Olympics) to have a zone conference (so quick lesson on regional missionary vocabulary: I am in the France Lyon Mission. The France Lyon mission is divided
into zones; I'm in the Genève Zone. From zones it goes to Districts, which I'm in the Gex district, which has the wards of Gex (which I am in) Saint-Genis et Chambéry) so all the districts from the zones in
Geneva and Lausanne meet together in the church and we meet with the General President of the Relief Society who was Linda K Burton at the time. The meeting with her and her husband Brother Burton, and the Area 70 Elder Homer and his wife Sister Homer
What I gained from these great people is that "If we get into trouble, he [Christ and/ or heavenly father] will help us." "Come what may and Love it" " this too shall pass" so if experience don't go as planned,
don't let them hold you back and seize the day. On the way back to Gex/Saint Genis
Our "Family" Elder Jenkins Jensen Walters and I bought some Swiss Chocolate and some Rivella which is Swiss Cola like no joke tastes like Smarties/ Sweettarts (sweethearts or Sweettarts ... I can't
remember anymore). Both of those were soooooooo good.
Since my collègues missionnaire is our district leader, he has to go on exchanges with the other elders to see how their progress is, ...well progressing. Therefore Elder Jensen and I were on an exchange
while elder Walters and Jenkins did their inventory. During our studies, we got a call from a member saying that they were having their samedi sportif in a park playing Ultimate Frisbee with a non-
member named Benjamin from Croatia and wanted us to come out and show our mettle our on the field. (And to meet Benjamin). It was super fun playing with all these French adults (like a little older then college age guys) who acted like competitive teenagers and would "insult" each
other in a mixture of Franglais (French and English). C'est tres Fun!
What did we do yesterday? Well P day commenced and we meet with Saint Genis and we went to do some window shopping at some Chocolaterie and Boulangerie and we were also going to eat the most French restaurant possible Palace de Asia or a cheap Chinese buffet place. Yea France!
But like everything in France they were closed Lundi et Dimanche, so we ate at the only restaurant that is open 24/7/365 which happens to be McDo or McDonald's. Yea, France! I'm have to give it to them
though, it was all self-order on touch screen and fancy and probably the best McDo I have ever had but I seem every guilty about having US food in Europe.
After McDo we went exploring near this little stream that ran through a small grove of trees and it was like super tranquille. Like it looked like something out of the Lord of the Rings. We even look a LOTR reenactment of the ring wraith/dark rider hunting down Frodo and Sam photo (below). We just chilled there in the Forrest for a bit and walked around in the dead leaves that covered a lot of the path and
returned back to the office to write emails. We got a little lost and that is why I'm writing this email a little bit late but yea, we must repent and change and do better next week. I saw my first fox in the
forest... I didn't find out what the fox says because it happened to be dead so yea dead foxes don't tell no tales.
But yea other than that that is what's going on in Gex France and everything is going well
Love you guys
"Don't ever say "God, I have a big great problem!" Say "Problem I have
a great God "- Elder Battezzato
"For he that diligently seeketh shall find; and the mysteries of God
shall be unfolded unto them, by the power of the Holy Ghost, as well
in these times as in times of old, and as well in times of old as in
times to come; wherefore, the course of the Lord is one eternal
round." 1 Nephi 10: 19
“It is true intelligence for a man to take a subject that is
mysterious and great in itself, and to unfold and simplify it so that
a child can understand it.”
–President John Taylor
Love from the south of France
Elder David Dakota Stephens
Sept 2015 - Sept 2017