Week #13

Yah it snowed this week!!!!!!!!!!!!

The snow makes everything 10x prettier.

We had interviews with our mission president this week and had a zone conference at the same time.
It was amazing to hear president’s wife give a talk to all of us missionaries.
She is the kind of person that doesn’t really need to say anything at all because you can see the Gospel shinning in her countenance.
She has an incredible way of making everybody feel special and cared about.
These are some of the qualities I wish to obtain.

Back to the snow!!!!

While we were out walking the streets of Toulouse we found a few snowmen.
One of the snowmen looked exactly like a missionary but was really a business man.
Maybe he was a missionary disguised as a business man.
He had a tie and a belt, and a shirt pocket but the shirt pocket looked like a missionary name tag.
It was awesome!!!!!!

We have been doing lots of door knocking and are trying to find families to teach.
It is super cold out and we haven’t had much success with knocking doors but we are always super happy as we do it.
Elder Wahlquist and I always are joking around as we walk between homes and wait for people to open their doors.
Even if people are not interested we seem to be very good at leaving people with a smile on their faces.

We had a super spiritual moment as we watched the restoration movie with one of our new amis.
I always feel the spirit strong as we watch that film and bear testimony of the restoration and Joseph Smith’s vision.
I do not know if I have talked about her son but he is super cute.
He likes us a lot and one time when we were over, he put on a suit jacket and tie and put on one of our names tags and started marching around the house. He is so awesome!!!!
I love reading my scriptures everyday!!!!! I love finding answers to questions that our amis have and making my own discoveries as well. I love finding ways to apply the scriptures into my own life and the lives of our amis.

Alright something really cool and also sad but funny happened.
I have been praying for our amis to have the desire to come to church.
My prayers were answered and they wanted to come but ……………………………………Church was cancelled because of the snow. What!!!!!!! A snowday!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So what do we awesome missionaries do? We had church at a members home.
At this members home there was 4 missionaries and the young couple.
We started with a hymn and a prayer. We then prepared the sacrament.
They didn’t have bread so we used crackers.
We used normal drinking glasses for the water.
We blessed the sacrament and did everything as reverently as possible with what we had.
The only thing thing was that he crackers were super crunchy and loud.
We tried to stay reverent but it was hard at times because it was funny as well.
After that we proceeded to teach a lesson to the young couple and then ended with a hymn and a prayer.
It was a super cool experience to have church with only 6 people. I know that their are many places and times when people really only had a handful of people at church and met in someone’s home for the service.

I am glad to hear everything is going well back home. I love you lots

Elder Ioannidis

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By Robert Suranyi