January 4, 2016


Gex, France


Elder George Walters

Week 18 - I am no longer a "Bleu" and time to wave goodbye to 2015

This week has been a blast

On Wednesday, our whole district gathered together for a district meeting and I have never written down more quotes from ancient proverbs, historic figures, religious leaders, and fellow missionaries than before this district meeting.

Some of them are:
"The People who seem to have life figured out, they figured out their life" -Elder Jenkins
"How can I change my life " "Just do Check Boxes" - Elder Fisk/President Roney "Happiness can be found in the darkest times if one only remembers to turn on the light" -Albus Dumbledore
An old proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
"Some of the things you count don't matter, but the things that you don't count, matter the most"
"More important than arriving is striving" -Elder Walters

Then we had this great turkey dinner which was the best food I tasted which was actually cooked by other missionaries.
Afterwards Elder Walters did his transfer exchange with Elder Jenkins, while Elder Thorley and I went out and battled in the streets of Gex. We had planned to visit about five different families that were members, less active, amis to hold a fifteen minute rendezvous and deliver cookies for the fêtes and everyone we attempted to visit wasn't home. We walked from our planned house to planned house and no one was home. We decided to return for the night once the sun went down and we hopped right onto a jammed bus and nobody wanted to talk to us so it was a great exchange but no one wanted to talk to two nice looking young men about Jesus Christ you know...

On the eve of 2016, Frere Zinsuis invited Elder Walters and I over for lunch and later dinner and they both were great meals. We had these things called Coquilles St Jacque which tastes like chicken pot pie but with scallops served on a shell and that was super tasty. We also had some non alcoholic champagne parce que it was New Year's Eve and I now know that people don't drink champagne because the taste. Anyway we had a great evening helping out with a Young Adult activity with young adults from all around France and Switzerland so that was super fun. And to end of 2015, St Genis Elders and Elder Walters and I shot off those hand popper things that shoot confetti everywhere, so that was fun.

On the first morning of the New Year, our Mission President called us about transfers and our whole district is the same except my collègue was going to be transferred to Toulouse and I was receiving someone from Albi named Elder Robards so I'm so excited and kind of nervous but I hear good things about him (except that he likes country music).

Anyway Sunday was really cool. Elder Walters and I attended both Sacrament meetings because Walters has served in both for a total of SEVEN MONTHS (holy moly) anyway both Elder Walters and I shared our testimonies as well as Elder Jenkins and a less active sister from our ward who brought her friend from work to church so that was pretty chill.

Before Elders Walters transferred, he and I meet with some members and less actives for a few minutes to share a short spiritually uplifting message and for Elder Walters to say goodbye to some great people.

This week has been cool but the week that is happening now is going to cooler (in both temperature and metaphoric senses).


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