Monday, May 1, 2017

Family history, rain, and eternal families (update #39)

Bonjour tout le monde!!

This week has been cold and rainy in Switzerland which is a great opportunity to start conversations on the bus because people love to talk about weather.

Anyway, exciting news this week is that Mary went to the Paris temple open house on Saturday!!! She had a great experience and is really so excited to get baptized and work towards the temple. Her interview is this week and then her baptism is next weekend!! Such an exciting moment and so incredible to see her incredible progression. We really don't do much, we just love her and teach her to the best of our limited abilities and then the gospel and atonement of Jesus Christ work their power in her life.

Anyway, this transfer our mission is focusing on temples and family history so we've been trying to help all our members and less-actives find names of their ancestors to bring to the temple. It's SO COOL to be with other people as they build their personal family history and discover their roots. And then decide to bring those ancestors to the temple.

In other news, we're preparing to give a presentation on eternal marriage at zone conference. I love that even though we're missionaries and are currently spending 18 months/ 2 years focused on missionary work and not dating, that doesn't change the fact that eternal families are God's work and glory. The eternal family isn't a nice cherry on top of the doctrine of Jesus Christ, it is the base of it. I love this quote from Julie Beck:

"The Atonement allows for the family to be sealed together eternally. It allows for families to have eternal growth and perfection. The plan of happiness, also called the plan of salvation, was a plan created for families. The rising generation need to understand that the main pillars of our theology are centered in the family."
It's kind of crazy how being on a mission allows us to open our eyes to so many other aspects of life that before, I never thought would be related to the mission.

In other news, we went to our bishops house last night for soirée familiale (family home evening).  They have 3 adorable little Spanish/ French children. They were really struggling to say Goold so I made the mistake of telling them my first name. The rest of the night is was "Camille (pronounced Cami in French), est-ce que tu veux jouer avec nous? Camille, pourquoi tu parles, viens joker." (Translation:   Will you play with us, Camille?  Camille, why are you talking?  Come play.)  Hahaha. So funny. And  a weird reminder that my name is still Cami.

Anyway, Sorry this email is extremely boring this week. Lausanne is the best. This ward is incredible. I love Switzerland and Soeur Goreeba with all my heart. I love you all so much, have a great week!

Soeur Camille Goold

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