Missionary work now has a largely different “air” to it. The mandarin Elders here – Elder Kwang, my companion, Elder Coulombe, and Elder Cottle, have a great spirit about them. We all stay in the same apartment and there is much joy and laughter in the house. The Elders are hardworking, motivated, and really humble. I am just so grateful to be here. In fact, the greatest blessing these couple of weeks has been my companion, Elder Kwang! Elder Kwang and I actually go way back to when I lived in Singapore. He father was my young men’s president when I was attending the Woodlands ward and to have grown up and known Elder Kwang, and now to serve with him, makes it such a blessing. He is also really singaporean and chinese, which is a really refreshing change, especially for my first transfer in the Mandarin Speaking part of the mission.
I have also had a couple of special vistors these last few weeks. The Covert family, who were attending the Stanford First Ward while I was at Stanford are now here while Brother Covert is teaching and taking care of the Stanford Students on their Exchange Program here in France. I had dinner at their home yesterday (which happens to be right next to the Eiffel Tower!) and it was just so great to spend time with them and catch up a little on what has been happening in the “world I once lived in.” My MTC teacher, Frère Smith, also showed up this week! He is one of the special people in my life who really influenced the way that I viewed my mission. I was so glad that I could meet him, and speak to him in French. To think that he was my teacher when I spole 0 french, and now being able to speak to him, 6 months later. What a miracle!
Well, time is short and I have to go. The Church is true and the mission is a miracle.
Till next week! A Bientôt!
The Evry Team of Missionaries – Me, Elder Twede, Elder Cox and Elder Cutshall