Week #20

Hello!!!!

Wow your trip sounds incredible. I love the photo you sent me.
It seemed like quite the adventure you two went on.
It must have been so nice to see all the sights and also relax on the cruise.
That is so amazing that you were able to eat with an Egyptian family.
How did you work that out?

Mom that is so cool that you made that link between the Egyptian temples and beliefs to ours.
It is very true that they would go to great lengths to preserve their earthly possessions to bring with them into their after life.
We know that these things do not come with us but that our relationships and experiences are the treasures we bring with us.

Hahaha you must have been super glad you were not the one driving.
It was a little bit different when I first drove in France but it would be nothing compared to driving in Egypt.

Mom, our mission president gave us direction during the events this week in Toulouse but everything is fine and we are all safe.
There was a great gathering of people who left roses for those who were affected by this event.

This week was transfer week. I am, as of today, serving in Saint Etienne France in a group of three Elders. My new companions are Elder Overstreet and Elder Russo. They are super awesome and we have only been together so far for 3 hours. Right from the get go we were cracking jokes and I am excited for this transfer.

It was wonderful serving in Toulouse and the members are so loving. It was nice to get pictures with our amis and the members as well. Elder Snickers has a huge heart and he would always make me laugh. Elder Frandsen finishes his mission today and Elder Grossen is staying in Toulouse. I loved living with those Elders and they are all incredible. I cannot think of a more amazing group of young men. We are all trying to be more like our Savior and we have lots of fun while doing it.

This past week in Toulouse we had a miracle day. Everything seemed to work out wonderfully for us. We taught 5 lessons in one day and met and taught some brand new people. We had 2 families come to church and ate with members and our amis 3 times during the week. It was awesome.

I am so happy everything is going wonderfully for you. I love you all and appreciate everything you do.

Krystal, It is pretty cool that you are thinking of going to BYU. I am also thinking that it is a possibility for me as well but I will worry about that way in the future.

Love you loads

Elder Ioannidis

P.S My new address is

53 Rue Conte Grandchamp,
42100 Saint Etienne France

By Robert Suranyi

Week #19

Dear family,

How is your vacation going?
Is it super amazing to see all the sights and enjoy the culture?
I hope you have been enjoying being together and relaxing from your normal work schedules.

I would like to thank you for always doing the dishes.
The reason I say that is now I do a lot of dishes and I understand how you might have felt over the years.
I try to become patient with this chore because I have a feeling like it might be a struggle that I will have with my own kids.
hahaha so random learning experience of the week.

I have been memorizing a scripture a day this week based on one of our missionary lessons.
I have already been able to use these scriptures many times this week.
I noticed that I was getting a bit frustrated and I started practising the scriptures I had memorized, it calmed me down very quickly.

I love you lots and hope you are all doing amazing,

Love

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi

Week #18

Hello!!!!!!!

I am so glad you two are going off on a lovely vacation, that is so awesome.
I do pray for you everyday my dearest parents but I start with Krystal first.

Krystal It is absolutely incredible to hear how much you are loving your mission.
Keep on going strong, you are amazing.

Elder Snickers and I work well together. He makes me laugh a lot and we teach well together.
He has a very good understanding of the gospel and whips out scriptures all the time to answer peoples questions.
I like how we both cry. We will be watching a church movie with an amis and at the end we will both have tears running down our faces.

There have been many baptisms in Toulouse the last few weeks. It is always amazing to attend baptisms and feel the spirit that is there.
We have a young adult center here which is awesome place to teach and bring new amis to hang out with members their age.
It is such a great blessing for people who are interested in the church and are a young adult age.

Something that happened this week which was a tiny bit sad was we passed over one of our awesome amis to the sister missionaries.
We taught this awesome amie two times and realized she didn’t live in our church boundaries but in the other sector.
It is sad because she was super super cool. At the same time it is all good because we know the sister missionaries are awesome.
She came to the rendez-vous with two pages of notes that she took about what she read. She said “I had a question but I found the answer a few chapters later”.
It was seriously amazing. I have never had anyone show up to a rendez-vous with written notes and questions which they found their own answers too.

We had 3 amis at church this week, which is incredible. One of our amis has two little kids who love primary. Her son always asks to go to our church on Sunday.

I love you all loads,

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi

Week #17

Yah for vacations!!!!!

I am so glad you two get to go off and relax.
I hope that you have an amazing trip and make many wonderful memories.
I really appreciate your weekly emails and your love.

I am so thankful for the service that you give to those around you and the love you show for others.

I am so grateful for all the times I could go to you for advice and help.
I have realized how much that is something that I need.
I have always been independent but I also realized in other ways I am very dependent on you guys.
I love you

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi