Elder Edwards

Elder Edwards

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oct. 24, 2016 - Adam's LAST LETTER! "Final Episle"

Well, folks, looks like this is it.

It's been a glorious ride, complete with highs and lows. I've met tons of great people on the way.

Never could have imagined it would have been like this two years ago.

I want you all to know that God is aware of your moments of suffering and hardship. Nothing can help more than a prayer.

I updated my icloud account Mom and Dad. :)

I hope you guys love the Lord with allyour heart. The whole law and all the prophets amd commandments are given so we coild do this. Any sacrifice the Lord asks us to make will help us ultimately do that more and more perfectly.

I testify this gospel is true.
The peophet and apostles are called of God.
Never doubt what you know.
Be temple worthy.
Obey the commandments.
Never let go.
Never let yourself thing you're not worth another effort, or that you've sinned beyond Christ's reach, because that's not true.

God bless and protect and teach the French and the Belgians to love and obey Him.

Come unto Christ, who "[stands] with open arms to receive you."

Love you all.

See you Thursday family. See you soon friends.


Drop mic

Edwards out fellas :)

 #forever

Monday, October 17, 2016

Oct. 17, 2016 - Adam's short letter - He'll be home in 10 Days! l










Hey guys! 

This week, we went to Soissons, Beauvais, Creil, and of course were also in Compiegne. Frere Touzet came the second time in a row to church, we will also see him tomorrow. We were able to go to a sweet cathedral in Noyon today, it was absolutely beatiful, I loved it. We also did service with Sister Mendoza and her husband, Sony; taught Chantal; met a woman named Alex and gave her a Book of Mormon; and visited the LeBras family. There you go, the condensed history of this week! I love you all and think of you a lot. love you tons. :) :) can't wait to see you guys again. If you want to learn about being a righteous man, read the books of Samuel and kings. Good stuff. First and great commandment. All the other ones are made to bring to to pass. 

Love you guys and talk to you soon!





Monday, October 10, 2016

Elder Edwards' Letter (He Returns in 17 Days!)




Hey family!

Well this was a great week. We were able to have a really good
appointment with two less actives in Soissons this week. They both
went well and both brothers expressed a desire to do more to come
closer to their Heavenly Father. One of them even came to church
yesterday!! WHOOHOO home run that is what I'm talking about!
#lessactiveworkdoit

The rest of the week, from Thursday on, we had interviews with
President. That went well. Was pretty short, which was a bummer, but
it's okay. Haha I'll bring more questions for him next time. Then we
took the train to Troyes for exchanges, where we ate with the Faria
family. 

The next day, Friday, we taught Denise, a lady that I taught
and who was baptized later, with Frere Rochette!!!love that guy! And
then we ate at Sister sopi's house, did a bit of service for her, too.
Then we were took the train to Paris, and me and Burgoyne went to the
St. Ouen elders' apartment to stay the night. Elders Rollins and
Dickson, cool guys. 

Saturday, we went to a finding day in Charleville-Mezieres, way up in France right next to Belgium. We did  that, and I just realized that's the closest I've been to Charleroi or Brussels since I left there in June 2015. Haha wow that's weird.

The Lord trusts us, fellow missionaries, with the sacred calling of
bringing his children home. Don't ever abuse that trust. It's so
important.

Eery moment, evey second you're doing missionary work, contacting,
porting, well, it's just a moment of hardship or of building strength.
If that person doesn't accept you, it's okay. Just move on to the next
field ready to harvest. At worst, you are, as the farmer who prayed
God with faith, preparing for rain in your area. Do it!! They can't
resist, or disbelieve your words, if they feel your love and God's
love for them.

Okay love you guys a ton! Hope you're doing well.

Had a great miracle yesterday contacted two sweet potential ladies.
Really cool. Both French too!!

P.S. Gabe--maybe we can pillow fight with the old pillows. Excited to
wrestle. :) love you Grace, Hyrum, and Gabe, and everyone! Loved the
pictures mom. Thanks. Keep me up to date on plans or things you want
to do when I get home.

Love,

Elder Edwards

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3, 2016 - Adam's Letter


Hey family!

This week I will be brief, but I would just like to thank you for
writing me and I love you all and I am excited to see you soon.

Sounds like you guys are busy at home!

This week, a lot of fun and exciting things happened. Among them:

- Ate at the Joly family's house Monday night to celebrate Elder
Burgoyne's 19th birthday

- Taught Karine twice and she came to conference (PROGRESSING
INVESTIGATOR WHOOO)

- Went to Chantal's house Tuesday night, the night of Elder Burgoyne's
birthday, and her non-member daughter came, too! That was pretty
great. We were able to talk about the Restoration a bit with her. We
are so proud of the great member-missionary work Chantal is doing.

- Wednesday, went to district meeting and went to Creil afterwards.
Had tons of adventures there. :) haha. Had a less-active appointment
scheduled, but walked like a solid half-hour from the train station to
get to a rather interesting area :) liked it though and see this huge,
big bat. Oh yeah. Bat means building by the way. And we went all the
way up to the 16th floor and he wasn't there. And now you're asking
why I'm doing this whole narrative. Well I don't know either hope it
was an enjoyable journey. :)

- Wednesday night we ate at the bishop's house for no apparent reason.
THat's great as always!

- Thursday, went to Soissons for several hours. Made friends with some
hood teenagers and they were actually pretty cool. :) haha they took a
selfie with us, they thought we were cool because we were American.

- Friday, we taught Alexandre, who became a progressing investigator
as well!! And Karine for the second time. We also ate at the Gaydu
family's house for no reason. That was fun. Frere Gaydu is a chill
guy.

- Saturday, we did weekly planning and watched conference.

- Sunday, we watched conference. And that's all. :D haha it was great.

This week, we are going to be out of town a lot. We have district
meeting and interviews with President on Thursday, an exchange with
Troyes on Friday, and a zone-wide finding day on Saturday. Plus we'll
be visiting several of the other big towns in our area.

It's going well folks! Thanks again for the package mom and dad. I
love the protein and the protein bars are really good. :)

Love you guys a ton! Have a good week!

P.S. If any of you guys had any letters or packages to send...better
get it done quick or no guarantees I'll get it haha.

Ok love ya bye!

Elder Edwards


Monday, September 26, 2016

September 26, 2016 -- Week 2 Already over?! Napoleon's palace, and 2 New Investigators In









Hey guys!! :) 

Thanks for your letters, Mom and Dad! I love you and hope you are doing well. 

A spirit of dedication to member work, and to our members has pervaded this week for me. I have also felt pushed to call and contact many people we haven't seen in a while. I finished the week in a spirit of love and happiness. It was a good week. Let me tell you the main events and how it went. 

Monday: We were able to see the Duvin family, and that visit went well. 

Tuesday: We went to District Meeting

Wednesday: We went to Paris again. Elder Burgoyne did his first year legality with the other greenies, and I contacted in several hours with Elder Hone! It was a pretty positive experience. Then went to eat at a random invitation to the Joly's house. That was great
Thursday: Went to see Sister Mendoza, a Peruvian sister I've mentioned before, for the first time with Francois. Also met with Chantal. Then ate at KFC and Francois paid! Haha that was spectacular! 

Friday: Had a great member present lesson and second lesson with Laure! Mentioned her before with Elder Libby. She stopped us on the street a few weeks back. We managed to have a second appointment with her, which was great! Francois was kind enough to be present. We talked about faith in God, how she shouldn't doubt, etc. She has a lot of faith, especially for someone who grew up without any exposure to it at all. She's making some  good efforts in the right direction. Thanks to that second appointment, and the Good Lord, she is now a new investigator.

Saturday: We met with Alexandre, an investigator, and his girlfriend,  a member of the Church in the Versailles  ward. We talked about the  three most important things he needs to do in order to  know the Gospel is true: pray, read the Book of Mormon, and come to church. He has taken a few lessons a year ago in a different ward, but as it's the first time he met with us, we counted him as a new investigator as well. The best part is, he called us! He reached out! We didn't contact him in any way. So that was a big miracle. We'll be meeting with him again this week. 

Sunday: Had a great day at church, weekly planning, and making a list of less-active members whose addresses are up-to-date. 

There you are, family! 

Another couple cool things I started doing this week: 

- Made a little "Member Missionary Work Experience" sheet for the missionaries in our ward. On it, we write all the things and people our members are working to share the gospel with. That way, we have these members and these people in mind, so we know what to share with them in order to help them help their friends. Neat, huh? The idea came to me last night, I really recommend it to other missionaries, I think it's a worthwhile thing. 

- Soissons. We met with the only active member in this town far east in our area, and just had a good ol' sit-down about all the less-active members of Soissons. Lately, we have been seeing some success with less-active and member visits, and he was able to give us five more names to work with, less-active members in Soissons! Consider us the powerful less-active "net-workers" in the ward. Haha. We pull on all the people we visit and see (which include, thankfully, several investigators now, and many less-actives), and we were able to write all those names down on one sheet of paper last night, which felt great to have it all down on one piece of paper. It feels like the culmination of five months of work for me. 

There you go guys! Also just for laughs, here's some other stuff...:) 

Love you and have a good week!

Love

Elder Edwards

Monday, September 19, 2016

Adam's Letter, Sept, 19, 2016 - Less active lessons and pumping up members


Hey mom and dad and family!

Love you guys!

So yes, I am staying in Compiegne, sorry for some reason that email
didn't make it or something, maybe I was just pressed for time, but I
am staying, I finish here, and Elder Burgoyne is still with me. It has
been good. We're starting off this transfer pretty strong. :)

Man today a lot of people contacted me telling me about home, how much
time left it was and all, and I was just like, "WHOA." Haha it was
weird. And the mission sent me my airplane information. So it kind of
makes me sad. I'm a little bit in denial. But, actually, I take that
back--i'm not. No reason to be. Just a lot of mixed feelings, you
know? I am, of course, happy I get to see you guys soon. It'll be
great. Haha. I'm keeping my focus on, though.

This week was really good. We didn't get a ton of rendez-vous with
investigators, but we did with members and less actives. We are
working on pumping up the ward about missionary work. And that is
going pretty well! Slowly but surely! And fairly quickly even,
sometimes! Last week, Sister Gaydu testified about the lesson where
she was there with us. This week, yesterday, Bishop testified about
the power  of missionary work, and how it's an act of faith,  and
things like that. And so that was nice to hear. He even directly
invited the members, saying, "I want you to  spend more time with the
missionaries." :) So that was  awesome. We hope to  keep this momentum
going.  I love the Lord and am grateful for Him.

A couple highlights from the week:


1.Tuesday -- We went to Soissons and visited a member who lives in
soissons, the only active one, and he talked to us about some tips for
how to teach our Muslim investigator. That was cool. Then we were able
to visit with a less-active, elderly sister in the same building. She
seemed to really open up. We tried to express to her how much love the
Savior had for her, and how He wanted her back. And so she said,
"Yeah, okay, I'll talk to that member," and accepted to come to
church. We also left her with a Book of Mormon. She'd been bitter for
so long about the branch in Soissons being closed 7 or 8 years ago,
and so we explained that maybe it was time to forgive.


2. Noyon Night -- Wednesday -- we went to visit Elizabeth in Noyon
with the bishop, and there, we were able to do some less-active
finding, and also the visit with Elizabeth went great! Turns out she
was able to get everything she needed for her visa, so thanks for the
prayers guys! Non-member friends helped her out so pretty cool stuff.
She's doing great, which was a huge relief, because for two or three
weeks, we couldn't get ahold of her by phone. We then went to the
bishop's house afterward, and so enjoyed a good hour or more of
driving time with him round trip. That was fun. :)


3. We visited with Seye about he Priesthood. He's great, warm guy,
that's always fun.


4. Visited with the Requillard family, at last!! Went to their house,
had a good dinner, got to eat some salmon, that was good. And taught a
little lesson to their little 8 year old boy. Was a sweet moment,
looking back, because I seem to recall a French elder with a very
strong accent coming to visit me when I was 7 or 8 and preparing fo
rmy baptism inUtah. So it was a sweet little reversal of roles there.
Also got to see some horses and kick a soccer ball around with them a
little bit. :)


5. Saturdayy--Beauvais day! Had a great experience being guided
directly to one door by the Spirit. He said he was Catholic and not
active in his church, but  he still took a card, and I really just let
it loose and testified about how we're here to open the doors of the
Atonement to people. Man it was awesome. Read something called the
Donaldson papers which is really good, recommend it for all other
missionaries serving.


6. Visited the Gaydu family. Great as always. The ward just seems to
be drowning us in food and member love. :D they sent us home with a
bag of food.


7. Sunday--had a great, spiritual sacrament meeting. It was one of
those times when the Spirit just tells you volumes, and you're just
soaking it up, and it's answering a lot of your personal questions. I
cried several times during it. It was a beautiful experience. I
testify that efforts in being more spiritual are worth it, guys.
Heavenly Father wants to hear from you.

Plus, at the end of church, for the last hour, Ariel and Monica came,
and that was AMAZING! I hadn't expected that at all!! We weren't even
sure our appointment was going to be good for that night! But they
came, it had been MONTHS, boy it was just beautiful! And I want to
testify to you that Heavenly Father sees every little family that
exists, who is in contact with this church, and He wants them to go to
the temple. We were able to visit them last night and set a baptismal
date for Ariel.  Please pray for him folks!  We set it for the
weekend  after conference, so we really need him to progress.

Anyways, that's our week... Full of miracles and spiritual
impressions. I loved it. I'm going to finish out well, going to keep
my presence here. That is important, because the Lord and the people
need me here. But I will adjust mentally enough as well so that when
I come home, I will be present there, too.

Let it be a glorious end. :)
"If we fail, we fail with glory..."

God speed the right!
God speed the right.

Elder Edwards

P.S. Mom and dad, when do I need to start registering for classes?
Sorry to ask so many questions. Thanks for everything guys. Love you!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Sept. 12, 2016 - Loved my birthday and your emails guys :D last transfer here goes :D


Hey Mom and Dad! Holy cow, love you guys so much. Thank you for your
GREAT emails last week, and then I so enjoyed reading even MORE emails
on my birthday. Boy that was just great. The package got here the day
before the 8th, it was perfect timing. That day we were in Auxerre and
in trains all day, so it was pretty good, miraculous timing. I was
very grateful. In fact just to show my gratitude I waited all the way
until that night to open it and took lots of selfie pictures at like
11 PM. :) it was too good to pass up.









Blueberry bread (#thanksfriends)

Beautiful night shot--not too far from our apartment, maybe an 8 minute walk

Monday, September 5, 2016

Adam's letter - Sept 5, 2016 - The power of following small promptings


Adam with his "greenie" companion, Elder Burgoyne on the right at a zone conference. I'm glad the mission staff posts these pics on their mission Facebook page! 





Isn't this food beautiful? 



[Hey family! Last full week as a 19 year old]


Hey family and friends! 

Boy I hope life is going well for you all and that August ended in a tranquil manner. 

It seems like the days have just really started rolling by much faster this week. I was surprised a couple days in a row this week how fast the days go--I found myself kneeling down for companionship prayer at the end of the day, and it felt like just a few hours or moments before, I had done the same thing the day before. Haha. Man it is weird. But I can testify of the power of being active and making full, positive use of your agency and your ability to labor. Few people have fully realized the value of those two principles--choice and work. I challenge you all to try to make unusually good choices and to work exceptionally hard this week. You can only see blessings for it. :) It makes boring times go by faster, too! Busy people we admire have a secret--they don't give themselves enough leisure time to be bored. Interesting, isn't it?

This week, we once again felt that our weekly statistics didn't  really represent the week. We had  a much better week than numbers would account for. We did TONS of service! At Francois' house, at the Bishop's house, and at Brother Judas' house, the Elder's Quorum President's house. Man, it was fun. Haha a lot of service at important Priesthood brethren's houses. For Francois' family, we moved some old shelves and other things from their back patio onto their yard so they could prepare to have cement placed where their patio is now. We insulated the ceiling of the garage of the bishop's house. And we demolished a stone wall at Frere judas' house. Cement and stone. It was pretty tough. Haha. They had a power drill with a special attachment for breaking/cutting cement and similar materials, which naturally did most of it. However, I did still learned that cement is indeed breakable by hand. Amazing what big metal mallets will do. Whew it was still tough though. Don't try this at home kids.

Much of our week was occupied with those three service activities, the latter two especially, each taking a full day to accomplish. And the rest of it was spend at district meeting, visiting the dear souls we have to watch over and teach and nourish spiritually, and contacting. :) We made a good week of it, though, worked hard to smile, laugh, and have a better attitude than before, and that it made it much better. Much better. Funny what a little bit of smiling and unbeatable attitude will do. If I learn one thing from my mission, I hope it is to be clean all my life and to have an unconquerable spirit in the face of opposition when I'm doing what is right. So it was a great week. Even with small moments of opposition, it seemed as nothing to us, because we were already feeling positive, and we didn't want to let it bother us. So that was great. 

To go more in depth on our appointments interactions with people this week, we were able to visit the Duvin family, and talk about repentance. They enjoyed it as always. Visits have been going much better since the one time I botched it a few weeks ago haha. They are such a  nice family.. We were also able to visit Brother and Sister Trouillet, and Sister Trouillet, who can't walk very well due to an accident, has made serious progress. We see more light and motivation in their faces since we started coming, since we first came with other ward members. We had a great Correlation Meeting with our ward mission leader, Francois. And we had a great district meeting, all about how to gain our members' trust, how to have that great missionary aura, through all our church meetings and interactions with them. That was fun to see the whole gang in Saint Merri. Then we visited Chantal later that night on Wednesday. We did a lot of weekly planning Friday and explored a little bit of the southern side of Compiegne, which we don't know very well in general. Saturday we did the service at Frere Judas' house. Then, on Sunday, we had an absolutely KILLER day. Boy that was awesome. We had church. Then, during church, Frere LeBras, a dear dear frere, randomly invited us over to his family's house for lunch after church that day. We were like, "well yeah, we're in!" So after church, we went there, ate a great meal, but even more importantly, enjoyed a great moment with a great member family. Frere Hitoto was also there. (He has been doing GREAT at coming to church, by the way. Man he has been really consistent recently, probably 3 or 4 out of 5 Sundays, whereas before he wasn't coming at all. We're super happy.) Then, after the lunch, we met a new potential, Lasanna, for our first official appointment at the church. That went rather well. we also had a fairly killer visit with Ariel and Monica. We felt we were able to get on a more humorous, more personal level with them through that visit, and hopefully strike a chord with them, showing them sincerely and pretty boldly that they need to come to church, whether they're tired or not. It was fun to see their faces light up and laugh a little bit as we talked. I hope I have that influence on people, I'd much rather be a motivator and someone who makes people laugh than the opposite. 


To tell you Lassana's full story, rewind two weeks. Elder Burgoyne and I passed by a nice-looking, tall man from Sierra Leone, and we either let him pass us by or talked to him briefly. It seems to me we talked to him briefly, and had a nice but brief exchange. However, last week, on Thursday, we were walking in normal street clothes to Francois' house to do service. On the way there, by the big roundabout we pass on this trip, just a few seconds after crossing the street, I notice a tall man maybe 15 or 20 yards away, and my eyes are drawn to him. He is of African origin, but I don't recognize him right away. Yet, as I look at him, and as my attention is drawn to him, in the middle of our conversation between Elder Burgoyne and I, the Spirit says to my heart, or perhaps my mind, as I perceive his slow, bent walk and his wistful look to the side, "that man is pondering truths or questions that could have to do with his salvation." It was a tangible, fairly certain feeling. I could trust it, I felt that as I looked at him. And so, hesitantly, a little afraid, knowing this is awkward because we're not in our normal clothes, I finally talk to him almost as he passes right by us, and we smile and talk for a couple minutes. We asked him if all was all right. He opened up and told us about how he'd been having problems with his spouse and that his debts were many, and that he had many problems. That they had been a burden for him. I opened up, after smiling and listening, telling him that we share messages for people with such problems, and that the things we share, while maybe not fixing monetary problems right away, could nonetheless help make things right and give him the right vision for how life is and how it should really be. And so, happily, gladly, he gave us his phone number, and we set an appointment for last Sunday at the church at 3 o'clock. And he kept it, too. The visit we had was wonderful. He is a Muslim man, but is very very open to other truths where they might be found. We talked a little bit about the Family proclamation, the Plan of Salvation, and had him commit to try to live by the paragraph of the Proclamation starting with "The Family," where it talks about how family life should be based off of prayer, patience, etc. and he said he would. He had to leave after not too much time, as he had other things to do, but we testified to him that the things we taught were sincere, and that people in our families and our ancestry had made the search, as he had, and they had found, as we had, that the Church was true. And so we hope that something we said touched him. We left him with a Plan of Salvation brochure and a Book of Mormon, invited him to church, and we will call him in the next couple days to see him again soon! He lives just down the street from the church (amazingly--I don't know how the Lord does that) and so we think it will be fairly easy to see him. 

Elder Burgoyne made great statements of testimony and significance in the lesson. It was a beautiful experience. He's progressing well, too, I'm proud of him. 

I'm constantly reminded of the need to have patience, or to communicate openly, or the need to not let anger fill my soul up and burn away my life. It is important to give preference to the sweet, consoling influence of the Spirit and the "angels of our better natures" over carnal pride and anger which would so quickly end our souls. 

I testify that the Gospel is true, and any sensible fool who reads the Bible and the Book of Mormon and the written words of modern prophets in proof of the truthfulness of this Church will know it's true. It all makes sense. And when you think it doesn't all make sense, pray harder. The Lord will show you eventually that it does. If your faith needs to be great enough to move mountains, make sure you're not making mountains out of molehills of doubt or insignificance. And by golly, don't ANY ONE of you mess up a chance to commit to do a good thing, an act of service, to visit an elderly or sick person in your ward, or a friend, and don't fail to EXECUTE that duty, that act of service. Don't miss opportunities to do something good, for your life or for another's. 


Talk to you all soon. 
It has been a glorious 20 years of service here. :D 

Monday, August 29, 2016

August 29, 2016 - Hey guys!!! Love you! Adam's week 4 with Elder Burgoyne






Hey family! Love you a bunch! Hope you are all doing well!

Thank you, Mom and Dad, for the great emails. I enjoyed them both thoroughly. Mom, thank you for sending the pictures, I loved them! Thanks, Dad, for the great 2nd email you sent last week, too, I really enjoyed the answers you gave in it. Mom, It was fun to see the picture of Cedar and Kaytie? With you. I can remember Kaylie MIchaelis or something like that from my classes in Williamsburg but honestly don't remember much more than that. That's fun she remembers me though!

Anyways! That was so fun to hear about your guys' week! Seems like you're doing well, Dad. I'm glad you had an ejoyable visit with Sister Hawes and a good lesson with the deacon's quorum! Haha wow I still remember that room very well.  Good luck with the upcoming week. Good luck with your seminar, too, Mom! Jennifer Illum--was she the one who was about Malia's age? She played soccer with her a little bit and stuff?

I bet it was SO enjoyable to have the little Ziester and Briester over for 9 hours! Haha. Bet you loved that. Wow and Malia's third is due on the 9 January! That's so much fun!

Elder Burgoyne is doing well! Haha the super bleu, I liked how you called him that. He is still working super hard on French, he's having fun, too. It's like everything, I often overthink things and become stressed for no reason, but he's pretty low stress, and he often makes me laugh, so it's hard for either of us to stay irritated for long! We have pretty good humor and pretty good moods most of the time. It's fun.

Man, that made me so happy to hear you had seen Stephen Walker! That's so cool! Tell him hi for me if you see him again. I miss him too and I think about him fairly often.

Mom, you talked some about the people we teach and stuff. Thanks for feeling love for them! :) to answer your question about translating, yes, we do often translate a little bit in sacrament meeting. It depends. Seye, pronounced "SHAY-yay," a convert brother from NIgeria, speaks Yorouba and English but not perfect French yet, so he asks us if he doesn't understand a line or a scripture. We often find the English scriptures that correspond on our iPads and read it out loud to him while they read the French one out loud, because it's easier for him to understand. There have also been times when we've translated the whole time. For my first while here, we translated at least two hours the whole time every Sunday for Seye and for Elizabeth, who also speaks English. We've moved back on Seye, and Elizabeth moved farther away so she can't often make it now. So yeah we do often translate. On that particular Sunday a couple weeks ago, I also translated for a talk given by Sister Bourgeois--she gave it in English and I translated it in French.

Haha, don't worry. :) You will all get some attention. I might be pretty scattered and crying but I'll try and give you guys all the attention you need. Haha don't get too gushy on me okay Mom? Haha don't cry too much. I don't want a lot of crying attention, you know what I mean? But I mean I guess you might not be able to control that much, just try I guess haha. It'll be a good moment either way.  Haha hey and I saw   That, how  we can  go to any restaurant that I want  after...hey that oughtta be cool!! :) Hm. Well we're definitely not  going to Lakaye, don't know if any little brothers or sisters were hopeing for that but I want something more  American when I get back, I miss that stuff. Elder Burgoyne gave me a  couple good ideas, I was thinking maybe Costa  Vida, Melting  Pot or Cheesecake  Factory, Pizza  hut or maybe some sort of buffet. I know some of those might sound  super normal and American but I miss  that stuff  :D haha were you thinking like a nicer place? Does that sound good?. That's kind of what I'm thinking right now.

Thanks for sharing all those cool spiritual experiences and insights, Mom! I like that, yeah. That's really good stuff. I totally agree with what you said about being happy we chose the better part. We totally need to do that.

Mom, if I remember right, it depended on the class but deadlines were more often due Friday night, some Saturday night, and maybe a few Sunday night or Monday morning. As a practical matter, I believe most of them were still due Friday or Saturday, so I don't think that's changed much at Williamsburg.

Hey, I have a random question for you guys--I have had a lot of companions or just missionaries in my district who talk about all the blessings their families get from them serving a  mission. And I always like to think my service blesses you guys, but you haven't mentioned it much. So, has that blessed you guys at all? I sure hope so!! If so in what ways?

Okay well I better start telling you about my week. My week was really good! Experienced even more happiness than before, a more positive attitude, and my thoughts were less self-centered. That's always something good to improve on. There was a good thought shared today that rang true to me. It was on the weekly missionary newspaper email we get in our mission. It was by C.S. Lewis. It said, "True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less." So I thought that was really true. Loved that. Anyways there you go. Also experienced some pretty big disappointment yesterday, on SUnday, when a less-active family and three investigators were supposed to show up to church, and then...none of them did. Fail. Haha. Oh well, it's part of life and we'll keep working with them, or at least the ones who take it seriously.

As far as events go...we taught Chantal last Monday night with Frere Judas, that went really well. We shared a little thought on prayer, that kind of thing. Tuesday, we drove waaayyy the heck out to Meru, a decent-sized town that is nonetheless rather small, that is way in the southwest corner of our area. We finally contacted our last referral that had been waiting. We gave her a Book of MOrmon, she let us in even though she hadn't been expecting us, and we had a great discussion on the REstoration a little bit and most of all about the Book of Mormon, why it's important, its important doctrines, how it changed our lives for the better. It's a great book people. READ IT. Ok off the soap box. :D she declined to receive further lessons, but we're going to call her in a couple months to see how the reading is going, and heck you never know, she said she'd call if she had questions, and that book converts, so I wouldn't be surprised if she'd had a couple spiritual experiences by then if she reads it seriously. 

Later that night, haha, Francois' parents were on vacation, so he invited us over to his house. Hahaha. He basically bought pizza for us and we ate pizza and looked at his mission photos and videos for like two hours :D hahahaha!! It was great. So chill. It was nice because we don't often get such nice breaks like that with members. 

The day after, we were lucky little joylders (elders filled with joy). We were on the train to Paris at 8 AM,  and we had a great spiritual,, motivating zone conference, with trainings given by  President  and Sister Babin,, the  Assistants, and the Zone Leaders.  We enjoyed all of them. We also enjoyed a pie eating contest that showed  the importance of communication. Me and Elder Burgoyne participated but he   had a pre=determined handicap that I didn't know about--he wasn't supposed to eat any of the  pie :D hahaha. Here's the video.

Enjoyed that conference so much though, beyond the pie eating and laughs. You often feel such a nice spiritual and motivational high afterwards and you wish it would just last forever. Haha oh well. Nothing to do but to keep trucking. That night and the day after, Thursday, we were on exchange with Elder Trotter and elder Oldham in Troyes. That was good. Oh wow--shoot--we now only have zone conferences every other transfer so I just realized that I've now seen my last one. O.O whoa.....

Hey dad, what would your advice be on helping a missionary in the district who is less-motivated to get outside to find and do missionary work? I remember you said you worked with missionaries like that. I'm not saying I'm a poster child or obedience or motivation or anything, either. I just really wanted your advice on that, we have a guy in our district we could help out. He's only a transfer behind me, so he's almost done, too--we want to help him finish strong, could you help us out? 

Friday, we took a little trip out to Soissons, east in our area, with Francois, and we arrived 15 minutes late for the rendez-vous, and sadly, she'd left. Doh. Told by someone else nearby that she'd just left to go shopping. That was a bummer. Oh well. Punctuality counts people. Did a couple less-active passbacks, that went well. That was fun because I knew a french R.M. Who served in Soissons when that was still a separate branch. So it's fun to see a few of the streets he saw. WHOO shout-out to Frere Darguence in Nogent!!

Saturday, we did service for Frere Bourgeois, left a spiritual thought with them from a couple verses in Mosiah, and that was cool because a Chinese student living in their house, and Frere Bourgeois' non-member dad, were present for the lesson. Sunday we had a great time at church. The rest of the weekend was basically spent weekly planning. Took a long time this time but we took time to plan out our week well and make a lot of calls, which needed to be done, so that was okay. We're hoping to be nice and busy this week with appointments and that sort of thing. 

We've been watching the videos in "Hastening the Work of Salvation" under "missionary" in Gospel Library, and BOY is that stuff just awesome! That's so motivating. We could almost run on that stuff for hours haha. We're really wanting to get the ward council and ward pumped up for missionary work, we're realizing how much more we need to involve them, so we're praying and studying for an inspired, firey vision of how to get the ward on track with good, organized missionary work. We want to help them meet more often as a ward council. Dad, when you were a bishop, what made you want to meet weekly as a ward council? In this ward, they just say they don't need to because there would be nothing to talk about. Also, what helped them be productive for you? Maybe we could nicely share a couple suggestions. 

Okay well just know I love you mom and dad and fmaily! Love you all family and friends! You're great supporters, thanks for  all the thoughts and prayers. 

I'm praying for spiritual or other gifts that could help me in life, you know, like be a force for good in other peoples' lives. E.g. Gift of learning Spanish, gift of giving honest, straight-forward communication and correction, the gift of mental focus on the right things, that kind of thing. Can't go wrong asking for good gifts to help other people. 

Also, I'm doing a little fast this week. Not from food. Haha that would sound kind of alarming. No, it's more like keeping my thoughts more on service and on others, you know, helping Elder Burgoyne have fun and work hard and such. Wish me luck! Hope that goes well. We're all doing that in the district, Elder Oldham had the good idea to do that. 

Hey Mom--question--were you able to send protein powder in the package? Haha if not...could you give me some money to buy some? Haha I really want some for a birthday present so yeha, that'd be nice if you could. 

Also, I'm working on becoming a better cook. On days when we don't have a rendez-vous at night time, we come in at 7 or 7:30 and I cook Elder Burgoyne dinner, while he does language study. Haha I'm supposed to language study after too...probably should start doing that. Anyways we succeeded pretty well in mkaing a quiche from scratch together today! That was fun! Yayy! Mom can you please send me the blueberry pancake recipe so I can do that for my birthday Pleeeasse? :) love you and you automatically win 8 hugs in doing so... Payable in a couple months naturally :D 

Love you so much guys! Loved seeing Zia and Brielle in their Hawaiian dresses! Haha you guys must have had a blast I'm happy. Hope to talk to you soon okay? Feel free to tell me any questions you have! 

Love 

Elder Edwards

Monday, August 22, 2016

Adam's letter - August 22, 2016. A new investigator and really good cheese!


Adam's new companion whom he is training - Elder Burgoyne. 





Hey family! 

Glad to write to you guys. Thanks for your great email
Dad. Hope you are doing well, Mom! Thanks for sending me all those
pictures and the voice recording and stuff. We had a great week this
week, sounds like you guys are all doing well, too. I'll see if I can
some up the week for you guys in a shorter way this time.

To give you some of the main events, we visited the Duvin family last
Tuesday night, that was fun as always; we also bought some Port Salut
cheese for our weekly cheese which Elder Burgoyne made our little
companionship tradition. Haha I like how I put that as a main event.
:) it was good okay? Haha. We were able to visit quite a few people,
including Francis, a less-active young adult member who is kind of
wanting to come back little by little, which is really nice, he is a
good kid. We had district meeting and learned about communication--if
you don't communicate nicely and when necessary, you'll eventually
blow up, that was the idea. We visited Chantal, we took a nice bus to
Beauvais, visited Bernard and Manuel, ami and less-active brother,
respectively, and had a fun ride back. We planned for this week, did
service for Frere Bourgeois and ate with him, Sister Bourgeois, and
Frere Bourgeois' dad. And we contacted some and met a new ami!!! His
name is Michel!!

Michel is a really cool Catholic guy of African origin, he has been
here in France and Compiegne for almost two years, and it was just so
cool to see how the Lord prepares people, you know? It was fun to see
his attitude change towards the Book of Mormon during our contact. At
first, when we mentioned it, he kind of gave it a wary glance, and
said, "You know, for me, the only thing is the Bible, that's the only
special word God gave us." But then we kindly explained to him that
the Book of Mormon wasn't there to replace the Bible, but simply there
to testify of Jesus Christ and work together with the Bible. We showed
him 2 Nephi 25:26, and he even accepted a copy. :) YAYY!!! Haha we
were happy. It was a really good experience. We were there talking for
a little while, somewhere between ten and twenty minutes, I'd say,
maybe a bit more. And it was right on a street not far from our
apartment. You never know when miracles will happen. And it teaches us
the importance of talking to all the people we can, everyone we know.
Had we let him pass by, we would have missed out on the first new
investigator we've met in probably over a month. Haha. So it's a
pretty big deal for us and our area. We are super happy.

We love you guys and hope you are doing well.

Thanks dad for telling me all about your week! I will respond a bit to
your questions in another email in just a second.

Enjoy your week guys! Love you!
Your son,
Elder Edwards

P.S. We had a good session of church and we bought some goat cheese
today--ohhh man so good :D chevre baby chevre

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Hey Dad!

I'm doing well! Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers! Think about you too. 

Oh, don't be too surprised, we didn't really run it--we were just doing so many of the necessary activities, translating, playing piano, speaking, giving a lesson, I was just really worn out by the end haha. The bigger feat was, of course, Elder Burgoyne giving a talk. You know, he took five years of French in Junior HIgh and high school, but he didn't really speak a whole lot before, no. He just worked really hard on his own to prepare, he wanted to be independent on it, and he did a great job! It was a good full talk, too, it was impressive! His level of French is already skyrocketing, he's noticing, remembering, and learning words that I haven't even started working on until recently--and what's great is that I can actually give him answers and definitions to these words, I can really give him a good start, you know, whereas my comps, most of them couldn't. So that was fun to see him do that, yeah. He asks a lot of good questions. He gets all the glory on the talk, that was all him. 

Haha yeah, I mean I guess you don't have much choice but to wait, don't worry, i'll be back soon. :) I miss the temple too. Not too long ago I got a mass email from one of my friends serving, he said he only got to go to the temple every six months, I was like, "ONLY? You've got to be kidding me, I haven't been there in two years!!" Haha. So I guess it's all relative, we've gotta be grateful for what we have. Yeah I look forward to going back there myself. Been a while since I've done an endowment session. I feel like I've forgotten a lot of it, I just literally haven't had a chance to go. Glad you guys enjoyed baptisms though. :) that's fun. 

Wow, glad you made it through that first Wednesday! Holy cow, you must have gotten ready quickly!! :D haha I know that story, cramming in late the night before, and then sleeping in the day of. Sounds like it went all right in the end, so that's good. Thanks for providing for us, Dad! You're awesome. 

You know, speaking of providing for your family and stuff, sometimes me and Elder Burgoyne talk about that, either things we'd like to study or what we'd like to do for work. It's something I like to think about a lot. He actually wants to become a lawyer, so I told him you could answer any questions he might have, I hope that's all right! Figured you'd be happy to help him. He wants to do law school, be a lawyer, and go into politics eventually so he's got high sights. We have definitely had some good interesting conversations on politics and the presidential candidates and stuff. Very interesting stuff. He's a conservative too which is good. Haha can't say I'm happy with either choice right now as it stands but I will avoid delving too deeply into that subject. We also have some pretty good, interesting gospel and history conversations, too! You wouldn't believe the kind of cool stuff we find in gospel library or in the Bible dictionary haha. Anyways, thought that would be fun to mention. We think about that a lot. I want to develop my own way of political thinking, you know, not just following the crowd, so I may not be going for the same person as you and mom when I get home, but i'm sure I'll see about that when it's time. Who are you thinking for the moment, Dad? Haha it'll be elections pretty much as soon as I get there so I'll see. Might go for a third party honestly, I'll have to find out. 

Sure thing, I'll keep the Springer family in my prayers. By the way, when is Malia's baby due again? 

Okay, cool, thanks for contacting BYU-Idaho. 

Random note: never eat or wash a dragonfruit with your bare hands.... :D did that this week too haha

Oh yeah something else too--haha yesterday we had a combined Priesthood lesson with President Hunter's manual, and it was on the chapter about eternal marriage. Hahaha. You know, it may sound weird, but some of that stuff is really starting to fall on open ears now--I really understand how everybody says a mission opens you up for marriage and tells you it's the next step in life. 

Okay, love you guys, talk to ya soon! 

Mom, how was Kaiden Cloward's homecoming?