Monday, October 17, 2016

American Families are the Best! - Weeks 70 and 71

Well sorry about last week. I honestly just didn't get around to doing a weekly email so here's me trying to do two weeks at once, again. 

If you remember a few weeks back, a member gave us a 30 pound box of apples so we spent last Monday going around visiting all the members and less actives and anyone else we could think of around Gap to try and share the apples. We actually got to spend a few minutes with every single one of these apple recipients. A few people we actually had been trying to see but it's been really hard to set an appointment with them. Guys, you just have to randomly show up with something to give them and they like you. 

There is an American family who lives up in the mountains right outside a ski resort. We've been trying to go and visit them too for a while and finally were able to. They have this tradition that whenever they have missionaries over to their house, they make Mexican food. So we had a nice dinner of enchiladas together. They also stocked us up with American mac and cheese. Plus all the time at church, they always pull out some American candy to share. 

Thursday night we took a train to Avignon, that one city with the Popes' Palace in it, to spend the night so we could make it over to Nimes the next morning for a multi-Zone Conference. We were taking a bus the next morning to get to our train and we got stuck in traffic on the way there so we just decided to leave the bus and start booking it to the train. I would imagine it's a pretty funny sight to see eight young dudes in suits running towards the train station. We actually ended up not even catching the train but at least we got some crepes for breakfast.

Apparently Nimes is a really famous city in Roman history. There is a Colosseum there that is the best kept one in the world and they still use it for concerts and bull fighting events and stuff. As part of the conference, President Brown bought tickets for everyone to go inside for a bit. If you're ever in the area, definitely somewhere to go and see. After spending the night in Nimes with my old comp Elder Aitchison, we got up early to catch our train back to Gap where we had a full day of rendez vous around the city. We were running around all day! Busy is good.

At church last week, the Branch President blessed his new baby and so there were a lot of families there since all of his family came up for it. I have to say, it was nice having almost twice the amount of regular people at church and there is something about children running around that makes it feel like a real ward.

This was the first week in awhile that I actually stayed in Gap all week long. Pretty sure it is the first time in a couple of months. But because of that, we decided to take advantage of it and get a lot of work done in the area. We visited a member who is 90 years old next month. When we got there, she had baked us a cake and showed us all the pictures of her family and told us everything she could remember about her trips to Utah. People love to tell us whenever they've been to America. We were talking to this guy last week and he said he was going out to Utah to go skiing next month. And he was like "Yeah I'm going to, you know, where all the Mormons are from." Not realizing we were actually Mormons. 

This last Friday we went to see the American family again and they picked us up in this car that apparently used to be a French firetruck. Complete with couches in the back of it. Definitely have to add that onto the list: Something I Need to Get Sometime in My Life. But they literally took us on a 30 minute drive straight up a mountain. Pretty good stuff.

And if anyone sees Trevor around this week, wish him a late happy birthday. I'm only two days late though. Happy Birthday, kid! 

Well that about wraps up the weeks. I hope you all have a great week. Love you all.



In the French Firetruck


The American Family