Monday, October 7, 2013

Bonjour ma famille!

This guy in our ward works at this amazing Bakery called Paul, and has recently decided to bring all the missionaries the left overs at the end of the night.
I have never seen so much bread and pastries in my entire life.
Kind of a little bit the best thing ever to be a missionary in France. Hehe.

A really bad picture of everyone at Conference! Missionaries in Pau and also the sisters from Tarbes. And Ailine, a member who is like our best friend. And yeah we definitely were squished in a tiny room watching it on a tiny computer. Do what it takes to hear conference in English...haha

Just trying to take pictures of random things you all might be interested in seeing.
This is my desk where I spend four hours a day. I like it. You are probably all on there somewhere. Hehe.
And yeah don't judge me....
I don't have much time to write this email because of this silly timer they have going on now at the library so I will try to get in everything that I can! Sorry. I spent too much time reading all of your fabulous emails and jumping up and down in my seat because I just love you all so much.
For starters.. just had a great time going to a Chinese buffet with all the elders in Pau today. It has been such a fun P-Day. Hanging out with the Elders is always such a fun time.  Conference was so great!! It is such a cool experience to watch General Conference as a missionary. It just is such a different feeling about it than I have ever had. Dad said to me in my email that we really feast upon the apostles words, and it is so true. And honestly just hearing everyone in every single prayer praying for the missionaries just gives me so much strength. It is absolutely amazing to think about how many people pray for us every single day. I know some days it is the only way I make it through.
This week has been so fun!! We had some really cool miracles. The coolest miracle I had this week was with this young guy named M--. So we were sitting at the bus stop, and he walked past. I had this little itch of a feeling to talk to him, but he was walking really fast and I didn't really want to stop him, so I let him walk past. (forwarning-this story will show you how sometimes I am really not this amazing missionary you all seem to think I am..haha) Anyway, about five minutes later, he comes back! And I just think to myself aw man there is some reason I really need to talk to this guy.. he is literally being put directly in my path. But he was listening to music and I just felt really weird about talking to him and I really am not sure yeah I still didn't talk to him. And then he gets on our bus. And I get myself prepared and I tell myself "Okay, there is no way I am letting him get off the bus without talking to him." And then he literally STANDS RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. For like 5 minutes. And then FINALLY I realize how stupid I am being and say the most stupid thing ever...but I just knew I had to say SOMETHING to him. Anyway. I just say something stupid and then we get to talking and long story short.... he is so super interested in learning and we have a rendez-vous tomorrow! Honestly the biggest miracles of it all is that HE called US. I didn't have time to get his number, so I just gave him ours..and he actually called us. Let me tell ya. That doesn't happen often. So yeah the biggest thing I have learned this week, and my biggest goal from now on is just to open my mouth! They talked about it a lot at Zone Conference this week. And that's exactly what I am going to do. Every second of every day.
Something funny from this week..I don't know if I have ever told you about the Le--'s. Which is so funny because they are just such a huge part of my life it is funny to thing you don't know them. I just assume you know everything. Haha. But they are a family in our ward, and they have the missionaries over every week. For 20 years. They have had the missionaries over. EVERY WEEK. So yeah, I have eaten there a lot. And they always serve the same thing. Anyway, this week Frère L-- just went a little crazy and decided he want to take all of us to McDonalds instead. And then he decides to order for us. And then he decides to get us EACH two Big Macs. Yeah for those of you that know me, you know how much I was dying. Because no way do you ever turn down food from members here. You just can't. And he is one of those that makes us eat so much.  Needless to say, I have not felt so sick in my entire was hilarious.
Also I will just pretend I am not going to be like thirty pounds heavier when I get home. Haha.
Other than that, we are just teaching like crazy! We have 5 amis that we are teaching right now who are all really amazing. Only two progressing. But they are getting there!
This week I have really grown such a huge love for C--. I don't know how much I have said about him. But during a lesson we had this week I literally just got filled with the Spirit. I really felt like I just got the tiniest taste of what his Savior feels for him. It was like in that moment I wanted nothing more than for his salvation.  That is all that mattered to me in that moment.
Being a missionary is just so cool. Forgetting myself is such a blessing. And it is the greatest thing I could do for myself. This morning during personal study I read over my notes from my setting apart, and I got really emotional at this one part that says that I got blessed that when I feel alone, the Savior will help me to feel of my family's love for me and that they will be here with me.  It just hit me when I read that this morning because it is crazy how much I can literally feel you here with me. That is why a lot of times I forgot what I have and haven't told you because I feel all of you here with me. At all of my hardest moments. And the fun ones too.
You are always here with me.
Your prayers really do lift me up and keep me going.
I love all of you so much. I am so grateful to have such an amazing family.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Soeur Mag


  1. I love reading your blog! Elder Thompson is my son, BUT I have been following your blog since he was in the mtc... though he will say I am a "stalker"...I call it "sleuthing";) I love reading the different experiences each missionary is having! Take care of my elder and make sure he is behaving and working hard;) lol Keeping you all in our prayers!

    1. Hi, Soeur Magleby is my daughter, and I will forward your cute note to her (since her blog is at my mercy and she can't read it until she gets home :) She and I did some "sleuthing" too before she left, and it really helped her to know what to expect. It is fun to see all of the different experiences and personalities of these missionaries. I personally have been very happy that she has some Elders in her ward now--and I can tell she is too. Thanks for dropping by!