Well I'm going to try and quickly just tell you a few exciting stuff from these past two weeks. Between Christmas and New Year’s, there are a few things to talk about.
After P-day last week, we took a train to Grenoble to go on an exchange with the guys there. There is a member that we went to go see and she is known for this cake that she makes for the missionaries whenever they are over there. She said that she gave away her oven to her neighbor because theirs broke so she figured out how to make cakes without an oven. Basically it’s just fudge that is in the shape of a cake and she tried to get us to eat the whole thing. Now I don't know how many of you have tried to eat a piece of fudge about the size of my hand, but it’s not the easiest thing. She was super nice though and just kept feeding us whatever she had. Older ladies love when young missionaries come and visit and I feel like they almost empty their cupboards trying to feed us.
Random funny story for the week. Later that night, we saw a billboard that said if you go to KFC and buy a bucket of chicken, you get one free for the holidays so of course we took advantage of that. All six of us headed out and took this bus that we thought would drop us off right next to the KFC but we were a little off. Turns out there was a stop not too far away but the other guys thought there was one closer and so we stayed on but the next stop was actually several miles away. There was a guy behind us who was laughing because he thought it was pretty funny to see a bunch of Americans that seemed lost in the middle of France. He tried to explain to use in English what to do to get back. But of course after a few seconds we told him we spoke French. And yes, we made it back and ate our KFC.
The next day we were up in Lyon and since it was the holidays, of course some train conductors decided to go on strike so we didn't get back to Valence until late that night.
Earlier in the week, a couple in the ward invited us to go with them to visit teach a some families that live about an hour and a half away in the middle of nowhere. We have been trying to see them for a while so we gladly agreed and we ended up spending like 8 hours with this couple driving around and visiting people. We learned that they were the first converts in French Guiana in South America. Pretty cool.
Christmas Eve came and we were really excited because we were actually allowed to watch Finding Dory. It turned out to be a pretty solid movie. Being a Disney movie, it was basically an emotional roller coaster for a missionary who hasn't watched a movie in a year and a half. Afterwards, we headed down to a member's house to spend Christmas Eve with them. The mom is actually from Canada but made all the typical French Christmas food for my companion since it was his first Christmas in France. Eating oysters is a pretty typical one and so they made him try one. They're not too bad. You just have to make sure to kill it with enough lemon juice.
After Christmas on Sunday, we headed up to this little city a few miles outside of Valence with this family from New Zealand. He's the one that plays rugby professionally. He got all of his friends together and they made real islander food. Apparently they had been cooking since like 7 am and they cooked a pig on a spit for close to 6 hours, manually turning it over a fire. If you ever have a pig sitting around and a few hours to spare, I'd recommend doing it. It’s some pretty great food.
Being the week between holidays, not many people were free to meet so we spent a lot of the time just talking to members and going through a lot of the papers about people who used to be taught and got in contact with a lot of them so we'll see how that works out. Pray for us.
New Year’s Eve was spent with a single member who made us some food. He really likes to sing hymns so we spent a little time singing and just talking and eating, basically the normal French way. Later that night though, our neighbors decided to take their party outside at like 1 a.m. Thanks for letting us enjoy your music.
That’s basically a brief summary for ya. Hope you all had a great holiday season. It was good time video chatting with the family!