Week #66

Hello family and Friends,

So it turns out that I am going to be ………………………………………………………..moving to Geneva

I am going to Geneva as a Zone Leader with a wonderful Italian Elder as my college.
I am particularly excited to only speak French.
My new Italian college is part French so he speaks french very well.

I have felt so so so so blessed these last few weeks serving here in Lyon.
I have felt so loved by the members and have loved serving with them.
We had the most amazing experiences teaching the friends of members.
We taught with 2 Priest age guys from our ward and they were just extraordinary.

We also taught seminary class.
There were about 15 kids in the class.
We had a blast and did role plays, practicing teaching out of the new testament.
The best part is that when we went to teach with the two priests, they used the teaching methods we taught them during the lesson. I wanted to cry. They are just so incredible our youth.
While walking back after a lesson, one of the guys told my companion that he has an even greater desire to serve a mission now. WOW, little miracles that make our day.

We work a lot with the youth here in our mission.
It is just so incredible how much they look up to us missionaries.
I get so excited to go to church on Sunday because we get to see all the youth.
We ask them about their weeks and share our miracles with them.
They just love being with the missionaries.
It is always so fun to see about 8 youth surrounding the missionaries as they are telling stories from the week. I have really come to realize that as a missionary, not only to we help non-members come unto Christ but we take every single opportunity to help everyone come unto Christ.

This has completely changed my vision of what a successful missionary is.
You cannot measure the impact that you can have on the members of the ward, it isn’t something you can count or fix a numerical goal to achieve but I feel so so strongly about it. I feel particularly blessed to be able to have a positive influence on the youth. You can tell just how much it means to them to have a missionary tell them that because of x,y,z reasons/qualities that they have will make them extraordinary missionaries.

I had an exit interview with President after 5 transfers of serving with him.
I really feel like my vision has change due to that interview with him.
He helped me recognize my good qualities that I have but I feel particularly blessed that he was able to identify the things that I can work on and was able to identify my needs as a missionary but also as a person.
I really feel like my mission has just been getting better and better.
What I mean by that is that I am becoming happier and happier.

I am just so grateful for the time I had to serve here.
I really love the members here and our amis.
I had to hold back the tears as I saw the new member of the ward being one of the first at church. She is so happy and is radiating light around her. I feel so blessed.

Well I love you all,

As they say in Swiss OU BIEN

Elder Ioannidis

By Robert Suranyi