Elder Edwards

Elder Edwards

Monday, November 23, 2015

Nov 23, 2015 - Adam is getting transferred to a suburb of Paris. Prayers are appreciated!

Hey guys!!!

So I got transfer news... I am getting transferred to Nogent, which is
a city outside of Paris, kind of north. So i am super excited! Please
don't get scared, I will be fine and we'll be safe. So cool right?! :)

Ok so other than that, we basically said goodbye to everyone at church
gave a couple blessings, and also had a great meal with the Boloko
family last night, with Eddy, Michael, and Simon and Anthony. We then
went out to eat with Eddy and Michael they are so awesome!,! Love those

Can't stay for long, I'm sorry that I can't send you all the videos I
recorded , i recorded six minutes but couldn't really send them
because they're too long. So other than that, I just love you all tons
and thank you for all your love and support! Thank you for all your
letters and prayers. I will try and take some time next week to
respond to them all and I hope that you are all well. Please DO NOT be
worried about me, it will be fine, the Lord will protect us and
President is inspired, we will be okay. So that's all. Love you so

Can't wait to pack and transfer!

See you soon!

Note from Becky: Adam's new town Nogent-sur-Marne is highlighted on the east side of the map. It's a suburb of Paris. 

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Nov. 16, 2015 - Weekly update last week eighth transfer

(Note from Mom: I sure wish my boy would tell us who people are in these great photos!) 

All right family! Thank you for all the news and pictures love it!
Here is a little update from this week!

...we had a new challenge from President ot try and find a new 
investigator every day for the forty days preceding Christmas! That
will be cool already started actually.
...Have been learning a ton about how to be a friend, and have fun. My
comps teach me stuff I never could have figured out on my own.
...We moved Bobby's date back, but it is ok. It is not his fault but we
will be working with him still and he is still doing great.
...i am trying to really be present and be funny and have fun for my
comp and all the people around me and it will be sweet!
...i fasted Sunday And it was sweet! We will be doing our best this week.

Please pray for the people in France and I will stay safe and follow
the spirit. Love you all so much! Have a great week,

Love love love

Elder Edwards
Ps you are the best
Love you tons

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Hello Mom Dad and Family! I am safe and happy (the day after the Paris terrorist attacks)

This is just to tell you guys that I am well. President asked us to
quickly email you all to say that I am fine, so I'm good, just safely
writing this in the church after stake conference, all is well.

Love you! Please pray for us and for the missionaries and people in
France, especially Paris. Nothing has happened here in Nantes, it is
all good here. We are just going to be careful and try and avoid the
middle of town as much as we can. But we're fine. Love you!



Here is the post Adam's mission president, President Babin, put on their Paris, France mission Facebook page to let us know all the missionaries serving in Paris were fine. *Sigh of relief.*

Dear all, we just want to let you know that all the missionaries based in Paris are safe. At the time of the bombings all the missionaries were in their appartement. A message was send to the Zone Leaders to make sure that all missionaries based in Paris will stay in their appartements tomorrow until further notice. No missionaries are allowed to come to Paris tomorrow. We will make an up date tomorrow on this Facebook page. 
Pt Babin


I posted this on my own Facebook page today (November 15, 2015):  

Even though I know Elder Adam Edwards is safe in France, when I came across these picture of him on his Paris mission Facebook page I suddenly broke into tears. I'm so grateful he is alive, as well as all the others serving in France! Come to find out these were posted last week on my birthday. (Adam is standing in the grey suit getting lunch, and at the piano in the last pic.) It would be like Adam to be last in line for lunch as he is often found serving others like his dad is. Or he could be getting seconds. He does like food. smile emoticon

And I changed my Facebook profile picture to this: 
That's my boy Elder Adam Edwards in front of the Eiffel Tower last month. I miss him extra today.

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9, 2015 Weekly Email :D

Hello my great and wonderful family!

This week, I had some great experiences with my mission. It was cool to feel the Spirit of the Lord and to feel the Lord's hand guiding my work. I love you all and I will briefly share some of this with you. 

First of all, we had a great Zone Conference with President and Sister Babin as well as interviews with both of them this last Wednesday. That went great. It was good to see them and I learned a lot of useful things, from how to get rid of mold in our apartments, how to gain the members' trust, things like that. Lots of useful stuff. I also got the chance to play the piano and I got to play for our district singing for the whole zone, we sang "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing." It was great. I will try and get it sent to you soon. 

Then, the day after, we had a great exchange with Saint Nazaire, a little town in our district (there are only three main cities in our district anyways, them, Nantes, and La Rochelle, which is teeny), that's where our District Leader Elder Barber serves, and I got to talk to him a lot about things I can do to make my mission the best, as far as my relationship with my companion goes. It has really been improving this week, more on that later. 

Friday morning, we came back from St. Nazaire, which was nice because Nantes is much bigger, more crowded, and more busy than the former little town, and it is always good to be home. We got to teach Bobby, our legit investigator who hails from Nigeria, who is a GREAT guy, about baptism and the requirements of baptism and it was really cool because we thought we were teaching about the Plan of Salvation and then he just started off by saying, "So, yeah, you guys, you know I have some questions about baptism," and of course we're always happy to talk about that, so the Lord had really been working on his heart and he basically gave himself the date we had given him as a baptismal date, which was sweet! At first he hadn't accepted it, but we'd tried to help him understand the importance of not waiting too long, and he understood. He's down, he's going to do it, and he's getting ready. The date is set for the end of November. I will probably not be here, but it is okay. He's more important, it's about him. The mission isn't about me at all. That was in general a great lesson, our member young adult friend Simon got to attend too. 

Friday we also got a haircut because all the blasted barber shops are CLOSED on Mondays in France (don't ask me why). but it was a good experience super nice lady. 

Sidenote: lately, I have LOVED studying the New Testament and Jesus the Christ. They help us understand the life of the Savior and also a lot about how to live like Him. We need to read those to understand how to live like Him. also to understand the power of his stories and the parables he taught. Great stuff and I encourgae you all to read them. 

Also, Saturday, I had a thought that I need to get outside myself a little more, recognize the sacrifices that my mission is asking of me, or that the Lord is asking of me, and give those big sacrifices, but give them willingly and be GRATEFUL for the chance to give them. I think that is what will make the biggest positive difference for me in my mission right now. I think it works, it's helped me be a lot happier so yeah! It's good to get outside myself and be less selfish and self centered. I also need to be open to change. :)

I'm working on getting out of the Utah bubble a little bit, just trying to be open to new things and trying not to judge people as much as I normally do, definitely some of my weaknesses. I don't want to be a poster boy Utah Mormon so yeah I'm working on that. Staying good don't worry. Okay love ya have a great week! I love you so much! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Weekly Email to my Beloved November 2 2015 Happy Birthday Mom!

This is a bit out of chronological order, but I wanted to add this to Adam's blog. 

Here is a quick "Happy Birthday Mom" video. Melted my heart. Of course. 

She's a beauty :D

Trying to get bigger but we'll make some progress hopefully

View of all of Paris from St. Germain. we go here at the start of our missions to make goals of what we're going to do and stuff

Hello everyone! 

So I will be sending you a very quick, brief summary
of my week this week, i tried to have a more personal approach with my
email time, and I like that, so this will just be brief but here we

1. Lost in Paris
Haha so we had to go to Paris Thursday to get my
second year legality done so I can stay in France for my second year.
But guess what--after a two and a half hour train ride, after forty
five minute train ride, and a bus ride to get out to this place, we
got there--three minutes late. After closing time. Yeah kind of
sucked. Haha. :D but oh well we got to sleep over with one of my good
mission buds and it was pretty sweet. Elder Branchflower, great guy.
We stayed the night in Versailles and were able to go out and talk to a
few people in this corner of Paris and also look out on all of Paris
from a nearby hilltop. It was sweet. That was also the place we go
the first day in the field to set goals for all that we're going to
do. Sweet stuff.

2. LOVE. I have learned a lot about love this week. 
The Lord inspired me to really make that a priority and a weekly goal and stuff.
Communication, as you have taught me Dad, is an incredibly key thing
in making a relationship work, especially those that are kind of tough
or going through a rough time like I was feeling with Elder Walton for
a while. It has been cool to feel lots of love for him and for the
Lord and for you mu family!! I can do little things like taking
mockery or persecution meekly and humbly (it's not as bad as I make it
sound but it can still be hard sometimes), smiling at all the people I
see in the road, and also teaching all of them. Cool thing to think
about. It is so important to think about love and make that our driving
priority. There is no logical reason behind it. It's just pure and
simple, very human. It,s love.  Thank you for forgiving me and showing
love that way Mom. Love you tons.

3. Had a good district meeting given by Elder Barber, it was fun. 
We talked about love some. Surprised? I'm not. :) i needed all this!!!
It was fun because I'm learning how to really direct my attention
toward myself and my faults that I can improve to get the most out of
meetings like that.

4. Terrence lesson went well. 
We talked about the Priesthood and the Restoration. We're trying just to teach really simple stuff. He is
doing good.

5. I would just like to testify of Jesus Christ and His love for each
one of us. 
I will make love an important part of my next week too.
Sometimes Christ asks us a few things that we don't want to give, and
it's painful, but He does it because He loves us, and I know that. So
I would just like to invite all of you to give those things the Lord
is trying to ask of you. i know it is right and that it's true. Christ
will never leave you. Ask and search Him, He is by your side. Don't
wait until it,s too late. Now is time.

I testify repentance is a real thing and that it works. Powerful
repentance and sincerity brings very powerful testimony, I'e seen that
in the people around me.

Gitta go but love you all!! :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!