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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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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 4Β°C, which is around 39Β°F? 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚ 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. πŸ™‚


Soeur Smith


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