"In the service of the Lord, it is not where you serve but how."
David O. McKay - Teachings of the Presidents of the Church

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Greetings from ST. NAZ-AIR! (thats how you pronounce it) 

This week we moved and it was a DOOZIE. There was a senior couple named the H's that worked here as well, but they finished their mission last week so we got to move into their apartment! There are serveral good and bad aspects of this move:

Good things: Their apartment is quite large! Double the size of our old one. The old one was pretty small, but it's ok. We possibly will inherit their car. We live super close to some families in the branch. And we didn't have to buy that many groceries because they left us a ton of food. 

Bad things: Listing bad things is lame, but the only thing I feel is necessary to say is that the apartment was A. MESS. We cleaned for 3 days!! 3 days, people! It's still not totally clean, but we're getting there. 

We also had two of everything! Two washers, dryers, 4 desks, 3 beds, what to do with all these extra things you ask? We were able to help some members and the local community by giving the beds and washer and dryer and tables and things, but at the end of the day we had 2 desks to give away still that we didnt know what to do with. But, fun fact, in Europe/France there are lots of Gypsies. Turns out that its completely socialy acceptable and within the law to leave your extra things outside on the sidewalk, because the gypsies will come and take them! So we haven't checked back yet but I'm pretty sure by now they have snagged up our two old desks. So that was exciting. 

So this week I learned that gypsies will take all your old stuff, but also some more about patience! Obviously we would have much rather have been out teaching and finding than cleaning the appartment and moving things, but to the end of the week i looked back and we were still able to see some little miracles with the moments we had to work with. It just makes me grateful for all the time that i have and i want to use it to its fullest! I love the Savior and His work here, a mission is a true priviledge! i love my mission so much. A few months ago i would have been a little sad and scared about going home, but it really is just going to be a moment of rejoicing and a celebration of 2 years well spent in the service of the Lord! And more than anything im just motiviated to put my shoulder to the wheel and accomplish more here! #alwaysinthemiddle

Anyways haha I get a little carried away sometimes! Thats all for this week folks! i love you and wish you week full of joy and gospel spreading! bisous! 

Elder J. Wood

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