It's been a pretty crazy week as you can imagine. Well I guess it hasn't been crazy at all here in Rennes, we just hear about all the crazy stuff going on in Paris. Thanks for your concern and prayers, you guys are the best ☺️
Tuesday: we went down to Angers district meeting and then got to go on an exchange with the Angers elders. I was with elder congerton which was pretty cool cuz he came into the mission with me and was in my first district. We had a rendez vous with an ami of theirs that's super cool. He's from Africa and has only been in France for a couple of months. He is super solid and loves the church but is living with his step dad who doesn't like the Mormon church, so that's been causing some problems. It was fun hanging out with both of those elders that night, kind of like being in a four man appt again.
Wednesday: we came back to Rennes and had our district meeting. After, we had a couple of rendezvous but nothing went through so we contacted some people. We found a new ami 😀 we also got to eat at a cool member families house, we had raclette 😃 it was also elder Durants one year mark since he's been in France.
Thursday: we had some solid rendez vous. One of them wasn't so solid, it was an African guy that was kinda just trying to bible bash us about the godhead/trinity. Elder durant didn't really try to bash him so it wasn't too bad, he did say he would come to church next Sunday so I guess we'll see.
Friday: we had some end of the transfer reports that we had to do that ended up taking quite a bit of our day. After that we had weekly planning and then a meeting with our ward mission leader followed by a ward council meeting. So most of our day was filled up with those meetings and book work which isn't very fun and doesn't feel like real missionary work but at the same time it's necessary. The attacks happened that night but we had no idea. We got a text from president at around midnight telling us we would have a conference call the next morning
Saturday: we called a member and found out what had happened the night before, super sad. Kinda felt the same as last winter when the charly hebdo thing happened, except this one is even more tragic. Our district from Saint brieuc arrived this morning to do an exchange. We all listened to what president had to say about the situation on the conference call. Presidents a stud, he was super calm and professional about the whole thing. We got some information to pass to our zone. We were supposed to stay inside all day except for rendez vous that we had scheduled. Elder pieksma, our district leader, and I had a few rendez vous scheduled for that day. One of the guys didn't show up but the other was with this cool, jacked, young guy from Congo. We had a good lesson with him. After that we were just hanging out in the appt for a while. We went and picked up one of our Amis and went to the Saturday broadcast of stake conference at the church. The elders from Cherbourg stayed at our appt that night and so did the Saint brieuc elders so we could go to stake conference the next day
Sunday: we had to walk an hour to the train station to catch our train at 7am that morning, that was kinda fun hah. We rode down to Nantes and strolled on over to this big congress building for stake conference. We had one ami that was supposed to come but he ended up not being able to make it 😔 the conference was good though. I saw a member that used to live in Évry and now lives in Nantes so that was cool. Once we got home we were told to stay in unless we had rendez vous. So we called a bunch of members and potentials we could visit during the week.
We had a conference call this morning and we are going to be doing normal missionary work this week with some extra precautions.
Love you guys! Have a great week!
Love elder empey
I don't have any pics this week 😁
This is the letter that we recieved from Dres on Saturday moring after the attacks on Paris Hey, prez babin said we could send our families a quick email. I just heard about the attacks this morning. Pretty sad. We had a conference call this morning and all the missionaries are okay. I'm not to worried about Rennes, I'll be safe. All missionaries are going to be staying in their appts today unless we have rendez vous or meetings.
Love you all!
Love elder empey
Ps we won't know where we are getting transferred until Saturday