Week #63

Hey family and Friends,

It is good to hear you are all doing well and still finding tons of opportunities to serve.
I am very grateful for the family I have.

This week we were able to do some physical service.
We went over to a young couples home to help them carry sheet rock up to the second floor.
It is fairly cold out but we were sweating quite a bit.
I loved it, I felt like all my stress was just gone.
It feels really good to help people as well.
The couple is super super nice and warm.
They were refereed to us by the Bishop’s son who is now on his mission.

There were 2 baptism this week in our ward and their will be one more next week.
Everyone is very excited to start off the year this way.
I absolutely love this ward.
I feel so comfortable here and I really love the members.
I love the youth a lot.
It is so amazing to be able to build them up.
We work quite a bit with the Priest age guys.
We have them come and teach with us.

This Sunday, one of the boy’s mother came up to us and said
“Elders, you gave a really bad impression of missionary work to my son………….. because you picked him up, had him teach with you, your investigator fed him, and sent him home with cake. It is supposed to be a lot harder then that.”
It was super cute. At first we were worried when she said the first part but as she continued we realized she was giving as a huge thank you. It was a very clever on her part.

In the car, sending a text or in the halls at church, we take the time to build these young men up.
They are really incredible and special so we let them know it.

We visited 3 wonderful families this week.
I love the atmosphere of joy and love.
We laughed a lot and also shared spiritual experiences.
One of the highlights of my week is spending time with members.

We did an exchange in Geneva Switzerland.
It is beautiful there.
There was snow falling and the air was crisp.

Speaking about leaving Lyon,
The next two weeks we will be touring around the mission
We will be back on the weekends though.
We are going to be driving everywhere with our mission president and his family.
I love seeing all the missionaries.

We are being greatly blessed at this moment to have wonderful people to teach,
wonderful members who love those we bring to church and we are having fun as well.
The best part is that I do not feel like the efforts I make have much to do with it.
We got angels on our team.

I love you loads,

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi

Week #62

My dear family,

I love you.

Suranyi Nover, you are the best trainer ever!!!!!!!!!
I know you are showing this new missionary how to love and endear members and non members.

I know that you will love that new missionary and she will love you.
Ever time I see Elder Smith, I am just filled with such joy and love for him.
I remember us working hard every single day together.
I remember us running home every night to get home just in time.
He will always have a very special place for me in my heart.
It also helps that he is the kindest most loving person ever.
So all that to say that training a new missionary is wonderful.

We had a fun transfer week with many adventures.

Due to snow, the flights of the finishing missionaries were cancelled.
Our new missionaries were stuck in Paris because their flights was cancelled as well.
They ended up taking the train from Paris to Lyon.
They are so wonderful.

This Sunday we had a missionary sacrament meeting.
We sang Oui Je Crois en Christ which is I Believe In Christ.
It was a really nice Sunday.
We had many of our amis there.

At the end of this week we will be doing a two week mission tour.
We will be traveling around the whole mission visiting all the missionaries and teaching them.
It will be a most wonderful adventure

Well I love you lots

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi

Week #61

Hey my dearest family and friends,

This week was cool as always!

We did many exchanges this week and had some really fun and cool experiences.

While doing an exchange in Yverdon Switzerland, we did awesome service on a farm. It was so much fun. We did a lot of work to feed those cows. We jumped into a huge hay pile and used pitch forks to move the hay around into large bundles so a huge claw from the ceiling could swoop down and grab the piles. It was super sweaty and awesome. It was an awesome work out as well. We also cleaned out a chicken coup and it smelt lovely. We drank real milk and it was super super yummy as well as real meat. I really like farm work. I wouldn’t want to do it everyday but I need to find more friends who live on farms so I can go work with them once in a while.

We are working so so so so so so so so so much with members. We have finally started to really break through in the mission. We are really starting to do effective missionary work by working with the members. We are really working on helping every single missionary team to work with the members in their ward.

This week we visited a less active member and had a great time with him. After our visit we knocked on his neighbor’s door. She told us to come in so we quickly knocked on the less active members door and asked him if he could come teach a lesson with us. We taught this lady a lesson with the less active member and ……………………………….they both came to church the next day.

Whilst praying before we went to see one of our amis we are teaching, Elder Arnold and I both had the impression that we needed to ask him if he knew anyone else that would be interested in meeting us. We did so during the visit and we made plans to meet one of his friends in the up coming week. After that Elder Arnold asked him if we could go and knock on the door of someone that we had met a few weeks ago that lives in his building. He said yes and ended up walking around his student residence building knocking on the doors of people he knows to introduce to us. Funnily enough not one of them was home. As we were walking down the hall to leave we saw two Chinese students in the common kitchen area. We passed by the common area to head towards the stairs. Elder Arnold and I were both thinking the same thing at the same time. We turned to each other and whispered, “we need to talk to them”. Trying to not make it awkward for our amis, we were with, I said to him “They are speaking Chinese, I would love to practice my Chinese”. We ended up going back to the common room and I asked them if I could practice my Chinese with them. I spoke a few sentences to them and they were super delighted and happy. They taught me a new sentence and then we spoke in English. I asked them in English mixed with a few Chinese words if they would like to know more about God and Jesus Christ. They said yes.
It was a super cool experience to follow inspiration received during a prayer and have it ended up opening up so many opportunities to teach people about Jesus Christ. It was awesome.

Well I love you lots
This is the last week before transfers
So we will start working on transfers with president tomorrow
If I were to guess, I think I will be leaving but I am not sure.
If I go I will miss this ward here in Lyon but I am ready for anything.

Love you

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi

Week #60

Hi Everyone,

Hey I do not have a lot of time to write you
There are loads of things we are working on today

I just wanted to let you know that I love you and that it was very special speaking with you [Mom and Dad].
The Roney family were very grateful for the gifts
Did they send you the photo we took together with the apron and the gloves?
Could you send it to me if they did

I love you

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi