Date

February 5, 2016

Area

Provo Utah MTC

Companion

Souer Long

Well another day another dollar? Or another week another confusing subject line.... aka Week 5 (4.5?? who even knows anymore)

This week has been one of the toughest weeks I've had. I do know that the Lord will bless me if I endure my trials and show my enduring faith during them. It's been a tough week for me emotionally and spiritually, but I know that I will be able to get off the mountain and realize it's just a molehill. Nothing will ever stop my progression and I know that Heavenly Father is always right by my side fighting for me. 
This past Sunday my district preformed sang the cantique françias Souviens-toi  (Dvorak's 4th symphony) en Le réunion de Sainte-Cène (Sacrament meeting). I could feel l'Esprit radiating as Sœur Beatty played the piano, Sœur Kelley played the flute, Elder Johnson played the violin (He's amazingly talented and I wish I could let you listen to him play. ohhh how beautiful!), and the rest of us (Sœur Wadsworth (we call her Sœur W;  French pronunciation of W: Doob-bluh-Vay), Sœur Long, Sœur Thompson, Sœur Stephens (moi), et Elder Lutu) sang the first and last verses of le cantique. ( <a href="https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/souviens-toi-179?lang=fra" target="_blank">https://www.lds.org/music/library/hymns/souviens-toi-179?lang=fra</a> ) Très beau! Mon cœur was filled! (and I'm franglais-ing my sentences. Pronounced: Frawn-glay- ing... it's french and english combined en français). We may or may not have made everyone cry... and I mean everyone had tears in their eyes. It was such a beautiful day. We were able to walk up to the temple and take one last zone photo with the Canadian/ African district that left this past Monday/Tuesday. It was hard to see them leave but also wonderful to know that they are going to their mission's en Montréal et L'Afrique and that they would bring l'evangile de Jésus-Christ to the people needing it most. After our little walk around the in the snowing wonders of the Temple grounds, we were able to go to choir and learn a song called "Precious Savior, Dear Redeemer." But not to the normal tune you would think it would be. It was rearranged by Brett S. (can't remember his last name, désolé). So beautiful. As always Sunday Evening Devo was wonderful. I can't remember who spoke (I left my notebook at home... ooooops) and the film we saw was the Legacy. Pioneer stories are ses bon!! 

Monday's are always strange and very out of the ordinary. But It doesn't bother me much. We taught Alex (aka Sr. Echols) that evening and it went really well. We taught her about L'Évangile de Jésus-Christ, talked a bit about what goes on at church and invited her to church and she accepted. 
Tuesday all the Canadians left for Montréal (which is okay we gained like 12 Elder's et Sœurs on Wednesday. 6 of each might I add). I do have to say I'm glad I was able to meet the missionaries that left they were so amazing! Tuesday we also had Devotional and it was wonderful as well. We had someone speak. (again apologizing for my lack of remembering and lack of notebook). 
Wednesdays are hump day's and I'm grateful for them. They also have an  ice cream sundae bar on Wednesdays and It's one of the best things ever. (even though I do refrain from eating ice cream from time to time, I did eat some strawberry ice cream with M&M's and my day was so much better! I may have also put marshmallow fluff and chocolate sauce on it because you never can have enough.)
I also met a few of the newer Elder's and Sœurs who looked like deer in Headlights when we speak French to them. I hope I didn't look like that when I first got here.I also got a package of skirts and PICKLES and chocolate (Merci beaucoup maman!). We all can wear one of the skirts and it looks good on all of us. We have all decided as a district that the skirt is going to be worn by all of us sister's and we are calling it "Sisterhood of the Traveling Skirt." (Just like the book and movie except with a skirt.) If we see each other on our mission's we will hand it off to one another and each have a go at it. (Not sure if it will really happen or not but it's sounds like a bunch of fun!!)
Thursday was a day full of wonder. And by that I can't remember much of my day... (insert my cheesy smiley face here). It was a day full of ups and downs and setbacks on my leaving for France. I don't know what will happen or if I'll leave for France in 11.5 days but I know the Lord has his hand in my life and whatever happens will be 100% fine with me. I may be extended a few weeks at the MTC if everything works out. Or I may be coming home. I know that whatever happens I will be able to push through and carry on. This is a trial of my faith but I know whatever happens will be the best for me. 
Today (Friday) We attended the temple and it was one of the best morning's of my life! I am so grateful for temples! (and for the temple's cafeteria breakfasts because they are the best!). 
I want to end my letter with my testimony. (It will possibly be franglaised again.)
Je sais que Jésus-Christ est ton Fils de Dieu. Jésus-Christ est notre Sauveur. L'Expiation est vrai et Jésus-Christ nous aime beaucoup, Il expié pour nous péchés.  Dieu est notre Père céleste et nous sommes les enfants de Dieu. Joseph Smith (was) un prophète qui restaurèe l'Évangile de Jèsus-Christ, et (translated) le Livre de Mormon. Le Livre de Mormon est un livre vrai. Le Livre de Mormon est trés importante à moi. J'aime le Livre de Mormon et la Sainte Bible. Je sais que quand nous lisons La Sainte Bible et le Livre de Mormon, nous pouvons être bénir avec la bénédictions de Dieu. Dieu rèpond notre prieres et Il nous aime. J'aime L'Eglise de Jésus-Christ des Saintes des Derniers Jours. Je vous aime. Merci beaucoup pour votre aide.  Au nom de Jésus-Christ. Amen.
I love all of you so much and I can feel your support!! 
Love,

Kass...I mean Sœur Stephens... 

Picture:
​Sunday Temple walk picture! My whole branch including the branch president!! Elder Lutu is alway front and center! lol These missionaires are ses bon!




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