Elder Edwards

Elder Edwards

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Dec 28, 2015 - Christmas pics and short video messages

yayyy our great Christmas tree by the Edwards family

a Catholic Church we tried to visit today--didn't work; we couldn;t play the organ, apparently at least in this city, it's hard to get organs played on spontaneous visits. Haha it's funny; you hear about so many organs in France, and I just kind of assumed it would be super easy just to walk in and try and play it, but that hasn't worked so far. Sorry everyone, I probably won't get a lot of that done in my mission, because you need to coordinate it with the person in charge of the church as well as musician(s) there. Oh well, it was still cool to see. 

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Dec. 21, 2015 - Merry Christmas, dear sweet Family! :)

Okay so we got to go see a French Catholic organ, we didn't get to
play it but we still got to go by and we will try another time!

Thank you soooo much for your great emaiLs Mom and Dad! I love you so
much. You are the best. I have received all four of the packages. I
will open the two from home right away. :) :) :)

It was a great week,we were able to have a great Christmas party on
Saturday and we met a great guy who speaks Spanish there. We also were
able to see Charles and his wife come by there. So that is great. Fun
times. We did a fun skit and it involved shooting each other with nerf
guns. :) that wasn't all don't worry. But yeah. We also had a great
day at church, lots of fun.

Other than that, I have been learning that
1. I need to turn to God--doing this rather than getting frustrated or
confused helps me keep my head clear and it just feels so much better.
I feel direction in my life and it is so good!
2. Focus on missionary work helps me return to what's important

I just love you guys a lot. Please think of Jesus and Heavenly Father.
I hope this week is great for you all! I am loving the ribbon for
Christmas, I have been reading it that was the one thing I took out of
the packages. I will look in them now. But I testify this work is
true. All the doctrine is true and the more I talk to people Nd think
and ask and study it out, the less other ideas and organizations make
sense Nd the more the
Church does.

I testify that Christ came to conquer our sins, and that we will stand
one day as conquerors of evil Wth Christ if we remain worthy and
repent of or sins. He will deliver us at the last day. He will reign
in force on this Earth, "and the Glory the Glory of the Lord shall be
revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

No power, no evil purpose, no misguided intention, no evil person can
stop the work of God. And it shall roll forth until the day the great
Jehovah, Jesus Christ, says, the work is done.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Skype will probably be done through FaceTime or google plus. I will be
available about 4 or 5PM, so yeah. Love you and looking forward to the
calls! Have. Great
Christmas everyone! It warms my heart to sacrifice for the Lord and I
know that our being apart this year will only make next year all the



Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 14, 2015 - Weekly letter :) happy almost Christmas

This week, we had a great Plan of salvation lesson with Charles, our progressing ami, and he is doing great. He has had a bit of a hard time lately, because his cousin recently passed away. But we are working with him and he is doing great.

We are also working with Lulu, or rather trying to get in contact with him. We should hopefully be teaching him a lesson this week. African amis are generally harder to get ahold of. But we will be working there. 

By the way, we received the package from To fRom Us, I think, and I am saving it for Christmas! Haha let me know if it I should open it before, but yeah. I am looking forward to a great Christmas! 

We had a great week this week as far as member visits are concerned! We were able to go to the Bishop's home, see below first picture, and also the family Bouchiquets, and also another one I forgot their name, and also our new dmp, or ward mission leader, who is a BRAND NEW newlywed, like just a few weeks ago, and we were the first people they had over. So yeH. 

I better leave now. But I love you tons and I hope life is good there! As far as skype goes I do not know. We are actually kind of concerned, because we have not been invited for Christas yet, but we will let you know when we know. I would prepare for the morning for you, the latest it could possibly be would be noon or one pm your time because we can be home at ten thirty president said. But probably the morning. If we do not get invited we can still use our ipads at the church. I think we'll get invited but we'll just have to tLk to the bishop again. Ok thanks! Love ya! Gotta run ttalk to ya soon.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Dec. 7, 2015 - Adam's first letter from Paris. He's happy and doing great!

Adam's new roommates in Paris!
Jeuness on the left and Roth next, then Pro on the right
(Pro must be short for his companion's last name, Prodeomides.) 

Hello Family! News from the week and Nogent Update

So I realize just how little I have told you all about my new area and i feel very very bad! Haha I guess that sometimes I am so wrapped up in myself and in my own environment that I don't really realize how much you don't know. So here goes.

I got here in Nogent on Wednesday the 25th, after staying a good full six months or four transfers in Nantes. We got to the apartment fairly easily, as Nogent is part of the Parisian area and thus not too far from the mission home and the very center of Paris, relatively speaking. It is less than thirty minutes to get right into the very center of Paris on a train, and trains and buses and metros are very sophisticated here--it is pretty incredible! 

Nogent, or my area in general, is not as pretty as Nantes, I would say, as far as the exterior of buildings or the look itself generally. But it is still very pretty and I like it a lot. The people here in the ward and also the people we talk to are GREAT!!! Oh yeah, a  lot of the members here in the ward are really young, there are a bunch of young families. I would say that makes up a majority of the ward. I love it too because I love the feel of real, legitimate, cool members who understand me, who are energetic and who speak straightforwardly, who are closer to my age, not that I don't love our wonderful mature members as well :) they are also great. In other words I am learning to love all the good attributes of French people, like being on time and not wasting others' time. But it is nice to be in a young ward and I love our bishop, he just had his birthday party for his thirtieth birthday! Haha! He is really cool and we are going to his house this Friday. We also know a couple people in this ward who are related to members I knew in my last ward and that is really fun! So yeah. We had a great day at church yesterday, it was my first normal day of church in this area as last week was stake conference here in the Paris East Stake. 

My new companion: Elder Nathan Prodromides, you say it "pro dro MEE deez". He is in his seventh transfer, so he has been out just about a year, about exactly the same as me! Haha it's funny I have had a lot of comps either two younger than me or two older. Apparently I do well with that or something, I don't know. Elder Prodromides comes from Tuscon Arizona and his family is now living in Las Vegas. He is the youngest of his family and really really likes MUSIC. I have NEVER had nor do I think I will ever have a comp who is so incredibly MUSICAL!! Haha it is so fun and so great! He has a ton of music, classical etc. and he loves to play piano and the ORGAN!! Oh yeah. He has been in this area for three transfers before me so he will probably be headed out at the end of this transfer, but of course that is inspired and so it is impossible to say. But he is very very laid back as far as the decisions we make, he often goes with what I say. It concerns me a bit because I know that can't feel good to hold frustrations inside, it also shows what a good sweet person he is, but it is kind of nice at the same time. But we are helping this area get back on track, there was a missionary before me who finished his mission here last transfer, and he died or finished his mission pretty hard, which I attribute to that missionary and the difficulty of finishing a mission, not to my current comp, I hold him blameless there. But we are working to get this area and ward back up to full strength, and we are pushing especially the member work, such as teaching with members. We got our first member present lesson in months just last week which was a big success. But we will be getting our area up to speed, under God's supervision, it is His hand that guides this work, and it is going well. It is funny because he also reminds me of Hyrum in some ways so that is really fun! Love you hyrum buddy!

By the way we are in the Paris Lilas District, in the Paris Est Zone. 

We have the privilege of having four excellent sister missionaries, two of them sister training leaders, here in the same ward with us. One of them happens to be Sister HILL from our same stake in Syracuse! Haha! Didn't see that one coming, didja? Weird because we,re the only two Utah missionaries in our massive district of fourteen, and...we're both from the same stake...like I actually know her parents, they taught mission prep. Haha, so there you go small world. I also know Elder Bigelow who is currently in Belgium who is from Syracuse too, went to the same Junior high for a year!

Other than that I am happy to hear from the family. Glad that everything worked out well for you last week dad, I was a little bit worried about you and I am glad that it all worked out well. I still worry about you guys sometimes! Love you tons. Thank you Mom also for sharing with me your cool lesson from Seminary! You guys enjoy the Christmas break as MUCH AS YOU CAN because you need it so much! You especially mom and dad! You guys wear yourselves out for others, don,t be afraid to take some rest. Love you. 

Other than that, we have lots of fun stuff that goes on or goes down at our apartment. I love the other two elders who live with us in the apartment. Elder Roth and Elder Jeuness, from California and Indiana respectively. They are so much fun and they are super funny. We basically have great times all the time. 

Christmas is going well, we are going to ask if we can get some appointments figured out for Christmas. It should be fine, should have some places to go to. But either way we are going to bake some stuff and buy some candy stuff and just LIVE IT UP. haha. not really just as much as good Mormon missionaries are allowed to. So that basically entails lots of food and people and Christian living :) 

Also we have about three investigators we are consistently working with. 
  • Tessia, a man from Cote d'Ivoire or Ivory Coast, is incredibly motivated to get baptized and we just taught him for the second or third time last week. Now he is out of the hospital so we're hoping to see him st church this week. 
  • We also have Charles, who showed up at church just out of curiosity a few weeks ago until someone talked to him and gave us his number, and he is really awesome! He understands the Restoration really well and we will teach the Plan of Salvation next time. 
  • Then we have Oxcene, who is an ami who comes from Haiti, and we're working with him since ten years. Life is good we are hoping to hold a baptism on the 27th and the bishop is really happy. 
Also we are doing a special fast, you may have read about it on Facebook, but the goal is to get one new investigator every day and to become more motivated and dedicated by letting go of things holding us back, such as music that is under par or things like that. So the work is going well. 

Funny thing: I now have met two member families who are related to two different French elders I met and knew in the MTC and who went to Tahiti!! Haha just in this ward! So it,s pretty funny :) like I see pictures of them and I recognize them and everything! One of them lived in this ward, the Nogent ward, and the other one is the nephew of a young member family, he's from the south of france.

Mom: i am so excited for all those packages! Yes I do still have the christmas tree. I love you so much and you can trust the address I gave you. The other one arrived safely at the sisters' apartment so the office must have simply given you their address. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SENDING ME PACKAGES! Please don't go too far out I don't want you guys to be bereft of Christmas at home because of me! Thank you , I'm so grateful. 

Visiting our ami in Paris in the hospital--Pro took this sweet picture, so good huh

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Dec 1, 2015 - Adam arrived safely in Paris. Quick video to say hi.

Adam arrived in Paris this past week, and then didn't send us an email on his P-day. Silly boy. We got this short video the next day, along with his new address. 

Elder Adam Grant Edwards 
Les Missionaires
33 Rue Maximilien Robespierre
94120 Fontenay-Sous-Bois