Bonjour à tous!
I received my LAST transfer call this week...(insert sobbing emoji)... But, the great news is... I’M DYING IN VERSAILLES!! With my lovely companion, and one of my very best friends, Soeur George! Yup, we are staying together!! Meaning she will have served with me for almost one third of my mission, woah! We're practically married. So much so, that I almost titled this email, "What it's like being married to Soeur George". Hahaha.
When we got transfer calls, Soeur George looked at me and screamed, "Soeur!!! I get to kill you!!" (mission jargon for the companion that sends you home) Mission Jargon or not, it seemed like a pretty strange thing to scream at someone. We sure got a good laugh.
Becoming a Mormon.
Another thing that gave me a good laugh this week... Emelie was sitting next to me in church and she kept turning to me during relief society to make little comments like, "I need a bible", "I need that book too", "OH!! I REEEAAAALLY want a poster of Jesus like that to put in my house!!" Then, my favorite... she pauses, looks and me, and says, "Do you hear this!?! IM TURNING INTO A MORMON!!!" Hahahaha. Oh my goodness I laughed so hard. Emelie is doing INCREDIBLE lately. We found her a new member/investigator integration family and she absolutely loves them. On Friday we re-invited Emelie to be baptized with a date, she said yes!!! And this time, she is ready! So ready in fact, that during relief society, she looked at me and said... "Wait... there is a baptismal service this Saturday? Then why did you tell me that I have to wait all the way until the end of this month?!" You can imagine the expression on my face when she said this, haha! I assured her that if she wanted to be baptized this Saturday, we could DEFINITELY make it happen!!!!;) hahaha. I just love her so much.
Omar is also progressing beautifully! He has been reading, praying, and doing LOTS of studying up about Joseph Smith on LDS.org hahaha. He probably knows his history better than we do at this point!! We will be extending a baptismal invite to Omar, tonight!! :)
Singing in Church.
On Sunday, we sang one of my mom's arrangements of Jesus Once of Humble Birth during Sacrament. We had the entire audience in tears and we have also never received more dinner invitations as we did after sacrament that day. Score!
A Trip to the Red Zone.
Soeur George and I received special permission to travel to an area that normally sisters are not allowed to go to. About 6 years ago, I spent the summer with a French family in the area, who aren't members of the church and for the past 17 months, it has been my mission goal to find them again! So, with the permission of our mission president, we were sent on a special quest to Mantes-la-Jolie! It seemed like every force in the universe was against us that day as we tried to get to that area. Our first train was canceled all weekend for maintenance on the tracks. So we had to take a bus, where we then took a connecting train, that was late. Then the next train only came once every hour. So we waited. THEN, when we finally got all the way out to Mantes, ALL of the trains going to Evreux were canceled because of an accident. Luckily, the bishop of Mantes came to our rescue and drove us an hour out to Evreux. What a guy :). When we got there, the family was SO excited! I couldn't believe how big all of the once little kids had gotten! It was such an amazing experience being there with them all again. They couldn't get over how weird it was to be speaking with me, IN FRENCH! Hahaha. They made us crepes and took us on a little walk around the town while we talked about why we were serving missions and what we do as missionaries. We also had the chance to give them Book of Mormons that we had marked with the answers to all of the "questions of the soul" and personal invitations to the temple open house! We even had extras for all of their friends who were there visiting them as well!! They were so thrilled and said they would be there for sure! We saw some of the most amazing miracles of my mission that day. I wish I could write them all right now, buuuut I am saving it for my homecoming talk... so I guess you will all just have to be there ;)...
XOXO- Souer Tracie Wyson
I feel very honored to have had the opportunity to serve as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the France, Paris Mission.