Monday, October 22, 2012

Rennes, Rendez-vous and Rendered Service

Bonjour all,
      This has been a crazy week, to match nicely with every other week that I've experienced since becoming a resident of France. 
Soeur Creager and I had the opportunity this week to continue to help one of our members (Soeur Fauchi) get her apartment ready for moving.  We'd already helped with packing stuff up and moving stuff out, so this past week we were asked to come and help with the walls.  Now, I don't know if it's because it's in french, or if Seour Creager forgets to tell me details to things, but for some reason, I always feel like I have no idea what's going on.  All I knew was that Soeur Fauchi had asked us to come over, and Frère La Saux said we needed to be there from 2:30 to 4:30.  I thought we might be washing walls or something.  When we got there, though, we helped Soeur Fauchi remove some wall paper for about 20 minutes, and then Frère La Saux (who is a member of the branch who was helping Soeur Fauchi) came from the other room and asked for us to help him and Frère Lucas.  So we then proceeded to learn how to apply wall paper.  We did everything - measure, cut, apply, and do the finishing details.  It was such a odd skill to suddenly acquire.  I quote Soeur Creager, "If I ever decided to put up wall paper, you have permission to come and slap me."  Much fun was had amongst the five of us, although the biggest joke of the night was thinking we might actually leave at 4:30.  Hahaha... no.  They just kept having stuff to do, and when 7:45 finally rolled around, we decided to would probably be best to leave.  It may not have been proselyting like we're supposed to, but it was a wonderful way to help and get to know some of the members better. 
      One of our biggest challenges here in Quimper seems to be that no one is able to make their appointments.  We had 5 Rendez-vous (RDV) set up at the beginning of the week, and all 5 fell through.  If that's not discouraging, I don't know what is.  BUT, we always just make more.  And we have plenty set up for this week, so hopefully we'll be able to get to some of them. :)  We've been able to teach a lot of less active lessons, though, which is wonderful.  And we have some appointments set up this week with our favorite Claudine, as well as some other referrals.    Yesterday was our District Conference, so Saturday night we took a train to Rennes (2 1/2 hours), and stayed the night with a senior couple, The Harrises, who are actually finishing up their mission this week and heading back to Mesa.  We met some wonderful people.  I really like Rennes, they have lots of work going on there, and a strong ward.  We met Pierre, who knows Seour Pace, and some others.  I'm excited, because this transfer there are sisters coming in, so I might be able to serve here someday!  The Conference was splendid.  President Cadin, the 2nd Counselor in the Mission Presidency, brought the friend of his daughter with him, so we got to sit by her and give her a Book of Mormon.  All of our Branch members were so happy to see us, and the entire district was ecstatic to see sister missionaries.  We heard talks from The District Presidency (including Frère Lucas, whom I adore- he's the 2nd Counselor), and the President and Sister Poznanski.  It was wonderful.  We came home with Sandrine, and had lunch and a quick lesson with her aunt and cousin, who are less active.
     This is the first week of my second transfer!  Oh goodness!  That means tomorrow is my last District meeting with my first District.  Six of us are staying (Soeur Creager et moi, Elders Beckstrand, Ensign, Hatch, and Dickson), and Elder Liao, our wonderful District Leader is going back to Paris for his last transfer, and Elder Burgess is going to be a District Leader in Angers.  We will miss them, but we are excited, because our new DL will be none other than Elder Gubbay, who has been an Assistant to the President for the past 6 months, but has come to be our District Leader for his very last transfer. 
    Other crazy news, we are getting a mini missionary in a few weeks!!!  She's from Vannes, and will be on vacation, and will be staying with us and helping us!  I'm so excited for her insight, love, and support, and help with the language!  It will only be for a few weeks, but it will be great. 
                   That's about all for me, but thanks for the love and support!
                           Soeur Bracken
Also, here is a picture of me- the orange thing is a slug.  One day we counted 16.  They're either orange or black.  Happy Halloween?

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