BONNE FETE!

Hey everyone!

Yesterday was the Mother’s Day here for the mothers of France, and they gave out flowers to all the mothers in church. I guess that makes us mothers! Haha, no, they just bought tons of flowers, and maybe they gave them to us because they love us. They really are an awesome ward. Yesterday I was thinking of all of the people in the ward and how much I really do love them. ๐Ÿ™‚ It was really cool,

(I’m not really sure why it just cut me off in the middle of my typing). But yes. It was really cool, and it made me a little sad when I thought I might possibly leave them in a couple of weeks. But I don’t really feel like I will leave, so maybe that means I’ll be here for five or six months… or the rest of this mission. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d be okay with that. Well, more than okay!

Oh yeah! But a little tradition for Mother’s Day that I found out yesterday! We visited one of the member families yesterday to give them cookies (yeah, we kinda give/make cookies for the people a lot. It made me realize really how sister-missionary-ie we were). And we visited them at a great time! Because, they were gathered around a table with a large, beautiful orchid sitting on it. And on the stems of the orchid, there were little notes hanging. And they were all little notes that the family had made for the mother telling her how awesome she was. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a really cool tradition that would be fun to bring back. Happy Mother’s Day, again!

Things are finally beginning to pick up here from the past two weeks of getting the new sisters and having a bunch of meetings in Lyon and Lausanne.

I’ll give you an explanation of the picture! The one next to me is my companion, Soeur Packard, then Soeur Warren (who has been on a mission for about nine months), and Sister Fortuna (who is just straight from america).

The sun finally came out today! This week has been mostly cold and rainy. On Saturday, it got down to 4ยฐC, which is around 39ยฐF? I’m not sure, but it was a bit nippy. And it snowed in the higher altitudes! The French keep saying how weird the weather is, but today it is nice and warm. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll take tons of pictures when we go on our little hike!

All of this work of service for others is starting to become a part of me, and I really love it. It makes me want to serve others for the rest of my life. Just every free moment that I have, give it to others. And it makes me excited when I think about it. ๐Ÿ™‚ Never stop thinking of and doing things for others. It’s such a beautiful thing.

I love you guys! Even if I don’t get to reply to you every week, I still think about you and love you so much. Keep your heads high! I’ll see you all really soon, just like the blink of an eye. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,

Soeur Smith

NEW THINGS

Hey you all (y’all)!

So it is already another week– well, I guess, since it’s Wednesday, it’s already halfway over. Monday was a day that we did not get to write emails because everything was closed. It was a holiday here in France. They call May the month of holidays because there are so many days in it that they don’t have to work. I feel like most of their months are like that though, haha.

This picture was of our Zone (the Lausanne Zone) from last transfer. I’m sorry I haven’t taken very many pictures yet with our new sisters. I’ll try to get one for you next week. There are only three Americans in that picture! Guess which ones they are! (No really, guess. I’ll give you the answers in a year and four months, haha) ๐Ÿ™‚

It turns out that two sets of sisters in this sector of Gex is a little more difficult than we thought it was going to be. We still haven’t got it completely worked out, but it will get there. Sister Warren and Sister Fortuna are the other two sisters. Fortuna means lucky in italian, but she is American.

But yeah! Now that Sister Packard and I are together, I have found that my comprehension and speaking of French has gone way up. It’s a little phenomenon of, when you are with someone who is basically fluent, you sort of hang on them subconsciously. But now that Sister Packard and I are together, we don’t really have that. My French is getting better and better by the day? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m looking at a calendar, and, it turns out, tomorrow is the day of St. Didier for the Catholics. There is almost a Saint for every day!

Also, Monday, Sister Packard and I made Ratatouille. One of the members of the church in Chambery gave her a French cook book. It was super delicious!

Stress is a thing that has come more and more as this transfer has gone on, though. Three new missionaries in an area at once is not easy. It is going to be a transfer full of learning even more than it was last time.

Miracles follow work, and they are the plus belle things in the world. The sweetest of the sweet. Even when the days haven’t been sunny for a while. I love sharing love with those around me. We are teaching a woman name Paola from Columbia, and she has such hard things going on. I just want her to feel how much she’s worth. It’s amazing the types of bonds that we have made with the people around us. ๐Ÿ™‚ I share the same with you all! I miss you, and you mean so much to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,
Sister Smith

Week Somethin’!!!!

Hey!

This will have to be short because we arrived here at the office sort of late (thanks to my driving from Geneva to Thoiry.. hehe) since I took a super long detour to get here.

I didn’t get transfered, but Sister Packard and I are both in our second transfer, so we’re both so very new. And I guess my newness of not remembering how to get to Thoiry was shown. haha ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s all good though.

But I will tell you, the Lord definitely has so much trust in us newbies to have us be together among all of this wonderfulness of Gex. Oh! Also, we’re getting two others sisters to live with us in Gex too! So there will be two companionships in Gex! With one car! Haha, it will be great though. We definitely need two here.

Soeur Packard and I get along awesomely, and I’m so excited! And I’ve heard that Sister Warren (one of the sisters coming here) is really funny ๐Ÿ™‚ So it’s going to be a really fun transfer!

I love all of you! Clint had a bike accident! Oh my goodness! We might get bikes here (in the far future). But I want them so we could pretend we’re in the Tour du France.

Okay! Next week I will say more! And send you pictures of the new sisters! Oh! and one of the members here let us try escargot and frog legs! I like the escargot better I think because it has more taste.

Byes!

Sister Smith

Bonjour!!

Hey everyone!

This week has been pretty crazy and busy (which is definitely a good thing!) I have started driving the car exclusively, and it surprises me how fun and easy it is to drive a stick-shift! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve started working on down-shifting to save the brakes. And on Saturday and Sunday, I drove to Geneva and back! It’s only 25 minutes away, but city driving is definitely different than driving in the country roads here in Gex.
And Eric’s baptism was so beautiful yesterday! ๐Ÿ™‚ I put the pictures up of him with Sister Stanford and Frรจre Sorrano and I, and the other one is him with his two Aunts from Camaron. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh! And the other picture is a field of Canola. It’s a big crop here, I’ve noticed, and, right now, there are just so many fields of this bright yellow, and it’s so pretty. ๐Ÿ™‚

We also had exchanges this week with the Sisters of Chambรจry, which is just south of here on the border of Italy a little bit. the alps there are really beautiful there, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I went down to Chambรจry and sister Stanford stayed here with the other sister of Chambรจry. They do exchanges once a transfer. There was an elderly that we taught there, Mimi and Joel. they were so funny and cute. Mimi only has two teeth, but she has the most wonderful smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ haha When I told them how much I loved the mountains there, Joel quickly took me and showed me the breathtaking view from their window. The whole experience was sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚ (the picture of the house and the trees was in Chambรจry)