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Happy Fall!

Hey you all whom I love!

This week was kind of up and down: the beginning we were working hard and being more diligent, then the last half, I got a virus that made me have to sleep in bed basically all of Saturday.

But let’s go back to the beginning! The beginning was better. We visited some of the friends of the church that we have: Anderson, Serge, Jerome.

Anderson is from Africa and we’ve been meeting with him for a while. He has a very Evangelist way of looking at things, but his love for Christ is so great. And Soeur Robison and I love teaching him about Christ. Each time we go, he has snacks that he lays out for us. And he told us and the member that we were with that we were like his children. So sweet. πŸ™‚ He also told us a story of how Jesus came and visited him one time when he was in the shower, and it changed his life forever. You’d be surprised how many people have said that they’ve seen Jesus here. It’s not at all uncommon.

Serge! Serge is one of our favorites (if you can have a favorite friend). He is 73 years old who is blind in one eye and has some pretty bad back problems, but he already knows that this church is true! He tells all of the members that meet him that he is so thankful that he met us and that we came at a time that was needed just for him. πŸ™‚ We met him on the street a couple of months ago (back in July I think). And he has a Southern french accent, which was hard at first to get used to, but he is so awesome. Because of his back problems, he can’t wake up early in the morning or walk very far, but he finally made it to our church this past week. πŸ™‚ He was smiling so big. And he has the best punny personality. French puns are pretty difficult to comprehend sometimes, though. πŸ™‚

Jerome, I think I told you about him some weeks ago, but he really just loves how much the people are happy in this church and how many smiles he sees. And Soeur Robison and I can really tell how much this gospel will help him, and you can see a little light in his eyes each time we teach him. It’s so cool. πŸ™‚

The great thing that came out of the virus though, was that I got to see the amazing love of the members here! Gosh, it’s so great! Saturday morning, even though I was tired, I went running (because you’ve got to take advantage of all the times you can run during the week), but later that morning I was pretty fatigued. So I texted Soeur Baret (an amazing member from New Calidonia with the sweetness of.. a wonderful lady) if she knew a good doctor here and went to sleep. Then, she calls us and tells us that she is going to take us to the doctor. And then! I got a call from the Bishop asking what my symptoms were, and he drove down from his house 50 minutes away to give me lemons, honey, medicine, cookies, and various types of canned sardines. And later that night, Soeur Baret drops us off some homemade soup, cake, grapes, etc. This ward is so amazing. πŸ™‚ I want to be like these people someday!

I attempted to make them some snickerdoodle cookies in thankfulness of what they did, and I’ll work on makeing them some cards, too. πŸ™‚

But Sunday was the best! Our friend Armande came! She is so great, too! Her love is so radiating. You just can’t help but smile when you’re around her. She kept telling me how welcoming the people were in this ward and how she loved being here. πŸ™‚ And she wants to come back next Sunday because she felt so welcome here. My heart was swelling with joy by the end of the day.

Life is so great. It made me think that no matter where we are, we should always have a welcoming air, because it really edifies both of you when we are welcoming. πŸ™‚

This email seems pretty sufficient. General Conference is in two weeks everyone! Go on lds.org to watch it!! πŸ˜€

I love you all so much! So very much!

love truly,
Sister Smith!

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