Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Keep Chuggin Along

Bonjour Ma Famille!!!
Okay, first off. Can you believe Rins and Lo leave the MTC this week!! Rin left this morning at 4:30AM and Lo leaves tomorrow!! Ahh they beat me out of this place by a mile.
I'm still lovin the MTC, buttttttttt
I'm so so so so soooooo excited to GET OUTTA HERE and get to FRANCE and GET BUSY. The French is coming along great. We are PVLing aka Parle Votre Langue aka Speak Your Language aka not speaking English at all starting yesterday, so my head feels like it is going to explode 100% of the time. It is amazing how much we are all improving in our French though. The fact that we can speak to each other in this language and understand everything we are saying is pretty much enough evidence for me for the rest of my life that there is a God and that He loves us so much. Also a huge lesson for me that when you have your mind set to something, WANT it, and WORK for it, you can do anything. 16 hours a day in a classroom practicing French has paid off. Especially for my companion!!! Her French is top notch. She gave a whole talk in Sacrament Meeting this week without even looking at her notes. Never been more proud in my life!
I am going to be really REALLY sad to leave my companion and my district though. I got so lucky with them. We are SO close, seriously like family. I've learned that when you stick 10 people in a room for 16 hours a day without cell phones, music, social media, etc. things get real very fast. Haha. They are all spiritual giants and they strengthen me every single day. Also, I'm convinced we have the most hilarious people on earth in our district. Ahh I could tell stories for DAYS, but I only have 3 more minutes. Oh also we've been studying outside in the sun this week (on the grass by the fence of the MTC from 1:00-2:00 everyday, in case someone wants to drive by and observe me in my natural habitat) my calves and arms are SOOOO sunburned. Hey mom remember when we were packing and I threw out the aloe vera, so I could pack like 12 pairs of shoes, yeah whoopsssss.
Okay sorry this email is so short and I don't have too much to update you on! All you need to know is that life is great, I love you, and that the church is TRUE. Jesus Christ lived the perfect life and it is only through His Atonement that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again. It's so simple. And my favorite part of missionary work is that you don't have to take my word for it. Everyone can know for themselves that the Gospel, the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, everything is true. The Holy Ghost will confirm it to you 100% of the time. All you need to do is exercise a particle of Faith! (Alma 32) The Gospel of Christ is amazing and it truly is the secret to happiness. I don't know where I heard this but it sums it up perfectly: "How to be happy? Be good."
Te me mangue!!
Avec amour,
Soeur Johns   

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