Bonjour ma famille!
Rough French week. REALLY rough French week. We had the worse lesson of our lives yesterday! It was so discouraging because it was so inspired, and Soeur Smith and I were so excited to finally teach Jean-Luc as an actual person. But we got in there... and didn't have any words. Yikes. A couple days before that we had a similar experience with Jean-Claude. Frere Pistorius--one of our Resource teachers that help us with any questions-- said we should drop him. Haha we actually think we might try it. Maybe that way Jean-Claude (or our teacher Frere Rodriguez) would easy up on us. But Frere Pistorius said something to us this week that really made me realize how important a mission is. He was talking about people he met on his mission, who he had the strongest impression that they would never accept. I have no idea how that works, but I do know that the Lord never gives up on us. But he said that in the end there will be people who will see their Savior, kneel, know Him and what He has done for them and then just turn and walk away. And I was so overcome by that. I just started crying-- well I guess that's not a surprise-- but I realized that this is so important that I am here. I need to help prepare people for that day, so that when they do meet the Savior, they are humbled and prepared to fully accept Him. I don't know. I still don't fully understand it. But I haven't been the same since then, and I never want to take this work lightly.
I had to take an oral exam in French yesterday. Yikes. We took it on the computers and our teachers are going to review it tomorrow. I tried to throw in some of my new material to distract them from my poor language skills. We'll see if that worked. Frere Davis and Frere Rodriguez are awesome. They are so funny. Apparently, Spaniards that speak french don't use their h's when they "shhh". It is pretty amusing.
Okay, I don't know what else to say. I can never stay awake. I am exhausted all the time. So hopefully that gets better! I miss and love you all tons. I am glad Rebecca didn't get killed by a black widow. I LOVE all the pictures. And the food. And the letters. Keep sending them!
Oh and I did see Mandy! Totally made my whole stay here. She is doing really well. I never see her though because we don't have the same meal times. But hopefully I will see her at devotionals. Here are some pictures. The girls are the new girls that just arrived, and the group is the Tahitian district. They are the best. Four square with them is so fun. I am a master at four square.
LOVE YOU ALL!