Sunday, September 11, 2016

Reims District - Numbers = Transfers Experienced
Transfer Week #1

September 10, 2016 was a day missionaries are notified of transfers.  The first since we arrived in the France-Parris mission.  We were fortunate that neither of our two fine Elders (Hein and Silva) were transferred this time. 
Our district is the Reims District which is comprised of the young Elders here in Charleville-Mezieres and a team of Sisters (Spencer and Tuahine) in Reims.  Of the four, only Sister Spencer was transferred this week. She has been assigned as a Sister Training Leader.

Brother Pierre Janda of the Arras, France Ward
 Lille Stake Conference - September 10-11 2016

Our first Stake Conference since arriving in the France-Paris mission took place this past weekend.  It was a wonderful meeting with Elder Bennasar of the Seventy presiding. Elder Bennasar was president of the Lyon, France Stake while we served in the France-Lyon Mission.  It was great to see and talk to him again.  He addressed various topics in his talks; encouraging us to seek power in our lives through righteous living and learning to love and serve each other.

We were able to renew friendships with a number of missionaries who had served in the Lyon Mission including; Elder Ganne, Elder Nevell, Elder Leterme and Elder Goutin. Elder Goutin and Elder Nevell are married and Elder Ganne is serving in the military.

It was a great joy to meet and speak with Pierre Janda.  We taught him and his wife in the Spring of 1969 and his wife Nicole was baptized on Easter Day 1969 in Charleroi, Belgium.  Pierre joined the Church a couple of months later and after we had transferred.  Jandas lived in Arras (Pierre and his new wife still do) and were the only consistently active members in the Arras Branch at the time we left Arras. Sister Janda had immense faith and did absolutely everything we asked of her. She had only known the Church for three weeks at the time of her baptism but had attended Sunday meetings three times.  We had long desired to meet the Jandas again some day; especially Nicole as she was truly a miracle in our lives.  Unfortunately Nicole died about nine years ago.  We loved seeing Pierre again! The Jandas had much to do with building the Kingdom in Arras and France as the largest Ward in the Lille Stake has been built upon the foundations of the faith and work of the Jandas.

Place Rihour with Monument to Citizens of Lille - Lille

La Poste, Chamber of Commerce and Opera du Nord - Lille
 Lille France - September 2016

It was nice to visit Lille again after nearly fifty years.  Lille was Elder Clark's first city as a young missionary and he served here from July to December 1967.  Lille has very much changed and Elder Clark did not recognize the streets, buildings and monuments that he had to have frequented during his service in Lille.  He has some definite general feelings and remembrances of Lille but none happen to be the sights and sounds of a city that now exceeds one million inhabitants.  We think Elder Clark has perhaps changed more than Lille has - just a bad memory.

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