Monday, October 16, 2017

(update #63)

Bonjour tout le monde!!

Fall is the most BEAUTIFUL here in Toulouse and I'm loving every second of it. Heavenly Father was very kind to send me somewhere warm for the winter... he knows me well.
This week has been great! Highlights include:

Exchange with my crazy Italian bleue (a missionary I trained back in my first area), Soeur Friolo!!
 Love her to death. We may have only been companions for her first three weeks in the mission, but she'll always feel like my companion. It was so fun to spend a day with her again and we saw so many miracles with her Spanish skills!!

Another exchanges this week with Soeur Rule! Who happens to be Soeur Gowan's bleue. So that was fun. She is literally so cute and artsy and just fun to talk to.

Exchanges are so fun to get to know so many other missionaries... but at the end It's always kind of a relief to be back with my real comp who is just the best!
We went to the driving range today which was...comical. I'm thinking I should probably not change my career to professional golfer  ;)

But the hugest miracle this week was with Marie who came to a baptism again on Saturday. That night she sent us a text and just thanked us for helping her figure out what she believes and learn more about baptism and what her next step is. Marie is so incredibly prepared and it is so humbling to watch her faith grow as she puts in her own efforts to pray and learn and come closer to God. She honestly just feels like a friend... I'll try to take a picture with her this week to send next week, but she's so cool! And being with her as she genuinely tries to figure out what she believes is only confirming and expanding my vision of what I believe. It's beautiful how that works. We go in missions to help others come unto Christ, but really we just end up learning so much ourselves.
"The gospel is a transcendent message of hope, happiness, and joy. It is the pathway that leads us home. As we embrace the gospel in faith and deed, each day and every hour, we will draw a little closer to our God. Our lives will be better, and the Lord will use us in remarkable ways to bless those around us and bring about His eternal purposes."   Dieter F. Uchtdorf

In other news, this upcoming week is zone conference which means the Browns are coming to Toulouse: yay!!! We're in charge of lunch which I'm excited about... I love cooking for groups of people.

I've got to run, have an incredible week. JE VOUS AIME!!

Soeur Camille Goold

Monday, October 9, 2017

Life in Toulouse (update #62)

This week has been a great week and I'll just share some quick highlights:

1. MLC!! Always so inspiring and also fun to see my favorite mission friends. 
I know it's only been a week but seeing Soeur Rutter (and Soeur Jones) again was a major highlight of the week.

2. Soeur Gowans!! It was probably pretty obvious how much I loved Sister Rutter, and I do miss her a lot... but Soeur Gowans is the only companion I think I could've gotten next. She's incredible. She's half-Korean, funny, chill, low-stress, thoughtful and so much fun to do missionary work with.
3. Marie! Our beautiful amie, Marie, came to samedi sportif, a baptism on Saturday AND church on Sunday. During Sunday School class she raised her hand and answered all the questions about the three kingdoms of glory... such a cool moment haha.

4. Lucille! She is the friend of a member who came to the baptism Saturday and church on Sunday. She's from Martinique and so fun and cool. I love Islanders. They are so loving and believing and open. We are hopefully going to see her again soon, but I seriously just love that the biggest miracles in missionary work always seem to come from members simply sharing who they are with their friends.

Well, it's been a beautiful week here in Toulouse! I still have a lot of people to get to know and a lot to learn, but I already love it here :)

I love you!


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

First Weeks in Toulouse (update #61)

To email Cami:



Life is good here in Toulouse; I'm falling in love with it already.  I forgot to take many pictures, but here are some of the highlights of the week:

First I'll introduce you to our amis... they're so cool!!

Kevin is a 23 year old student studying philosophy. He grew up in a Catholic family, but always felt something was missing. He took most of the missionary lessons about a year ago, but 3 weeks ago something pushed him to recontact the sisters. Since I've been here we've had some Facebook conversations and one in-person rendezvous where he chose a baptism date for the 16 Décembre!! He's been struggling to recognize an answer about the Book of Mormon, but he said that he knows that if it's true, everything about the church is true. During our rendezvous he said that though he hasn't received a huge, life-changing confirmation, he feels good during our rendezvous. He feels good when he prays and when he reads the scriptures. And that's why he wants to get baptized.

That's what the gospel is all about. It's about not being 100% sure and taking the steps of faith anyway... and then we feel the blessings.

Next up, there's Marie!! She is so cool, she's 18 years old and grew up in an atheist family, but last year she went to live as an exchange student in Las Vegas for 6 months and her host family was Mormon! She went to church with them and realized she liked it. When she moved back to Toulouse she decided to go to church and see how it was! She's praying and building a relationship with God for the first time and it is so humbling to watch. Right after general conference she said "I feel weird... I never thought it could be so powerful." Again, watching someone take the huge first steps of faith is so cool.

With both of these incredible people I just feel so blessed to be here. Literally such evidence that we do just about nothing as missionaries and it's simply the Savior that guides his lost sheep home. And it's just a blessing to watch it happen. In other news general conference this week was SO GOOD!! I hope you all got to watch it. I feel like general conference is like Christmas as a missionary. I had a lot of favorite talks, but one theme in particular that stood out to me was keeping Christ at the center of our lives.

As a missionary it seems like it would be easy to always be focused on Christ... and maybe it is easier than normal... but I personally feel a constant need to be reminded to make the course corrections
necessary to keep Christ at the center. Is everything I do truly motivated by a love for the Savior? I think I have a long way to go, but I loved this quote by Joy D Jones in the Women's conference:

"If the love we feel for the Savior and what He did for us is greater than the energy we give to weaknesses, self-doubts, or bad habits, then He will help us overcome the things which cause suffering in our lives. He saves us from ourselves."

Another highlight this week was Soirée Tahitienne Friday night!!!

There were real Tahitian dancers who came and danced the Haka and the Tahitian version of hula and it was SO FUN! Marie came so that was cool. It's been a long time since I've seen so many people with so little clothes on... but it was good hahah.
In other news we're currently sitting in the airport in Toulouse waiting to catch our plane to MLC... kind of fun still being on the far side of the mission so that we can take planes :). Also, this morning for pday we went and explored downtown Toulouse... BEAUTIFUL. La ville rose. I didn't think anything could beat Bordeaux, but Toulouse comes pretty dang close. Also, Soeur Gowans is so much fun and such an amazing missionary. She's so chill and just makes it so easy to want to work hard. We made a goal to talk to all the moms/families that we ever pass because we are determined to find a FAMILY to teach!!

Anyway, life is good! I love you all, have a great week!!


Soeur Cami Goold

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Au revoir Bordeaux (update #60)


This week I was transferred to TOULOUSE!! I'm so excited. Well, actually there were a lot of mixed emotions. I was sooo sad to leave Bordeaux, especially my wonderful companion Soeur Addie Rutter, but if I had to leave, I'm pretty excited that it's to Toulouse.

This last week in Bordeaux has been one for the books. We continued the tradition of breaking French baguettes. There was a specific "baguette" in our ward that Soeur Rutter and I HAD to crack...
but this one was particularly hard. One day while reflecting on how we could make it happen we mentioned that we wished it was his birthday so we could bring him a cake and sing to him and then he would HAVE to like us. Then we had the best idea ever: "let's just pretend it's his birthday and show up to his house with a cake and sing to him anyway!"

So then we did...
And it worked!!! They thought it was hilarious. And we hung out with them for an hour that night and another hour the next night at the ward party. They were joking with us and saying that I should marry someone in Bordeaux so I don't have to go to Toulouse (didn't really get the logic there, but it was funny I guess haha...)

Baguette bien broken!!

And the best part is that it's going around the ward that "les sœurs messed up his birthday" and it's so funny... but nobody knows that it was totally on purpose. Hahah

So maybe this is bad life advice... but when someone doesn't like you, you should just pretend it's their birthday and bring them a cake.  Lol.

In even more exciting news, we have a new ami Ambroise who is SO COOL. We met him last Monday at the bus stop on our way home. Since then we've had two rendezvous, he's read almost all of 1 Nephi and he wants to be baptized! He has a lot of changes he needs/ wants to make, but he is so sincere and in tune.  Here's a pic of when he came to church Sunday!
Also, our new amie Ronicka is so cool!! We've had two rendezvous with her this week and she is sooo amazing.
I'm a little sad to leave right as all these miracles are happening, but so excited for Talence and all the amazing miracles that are happening right now!! And luckily, God will be doing His work in Toulouse just as he is in Bordeaux :)

Saying goodbye to the famille O was so sad.
We went over and they didn't really understand WHY I can't come back and visit them :( but it's okay. C'est la vie missionnaire. While we were there, Anila (the mom) gave us chicken and just said in her broken French/ English "here, Soeur Goold, respect." It brought tears to my eyes and was also just so cute. I love them SO much.

Saying goodbye was hard, but I'm so excited for the new adventure that Toulouse will be! They call it "la ville en rose" because it's all red brick and beautiful and happy. (this is the view from our balcony)

Oh and how could I possibly have forgotten, my new companion is SISTER GOWANS!!! She is literally one of my dream companions and I'm so excited to serve with her. (sad not to be with Soeur Rutter anymore), but seriously soo pumped too. She's chill and funny and a great missionary. She's been here for one transfer more than me which means she only has 2 transfers left in her mission which hopefully means I'll be with her till the end :))

Thank you so much for all the love and prayers and faith. The world is crazy, but hope is always here. Love you!

Soeur Cami Goold
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