Sunday, October 30, 2016

The Ardennes Forest - Charleville-Mezieres Branche
 Promenade dans la Foret

Saturday the 29th of October we enjoyed a walk in the Ardennes Forest as a Branch.  We did this as part of our celebration of Halloween.  It was a wonderful Autumn afternoon to enjoy the beauties of nature and each others company.  The forest was very peaceful and full of little surprises, though we were hoping for a much larger one - a wild boar or sanglier.

Because of the higher humidity here is this part of the world, the forests are a little different than what we are used to in the Rocky Mountains of the United States.  They tend to be a bit greener with a large variety of plants growing on the forest floor.  Below are a couple of pictures of what we discovered.   The french members on the hike tended to call them all mushrooms; however, I am certain they each have their specific scientific names.  Anyway, you can see a little of what we enjoyed.

Mushroom?? - Ardennes Forest
Mushroom/Fungus/ on Tree - Ardennes Forest
Growth on Ardennes Forest Floor

Karine & Deborah Dapremont - Charleville-Mezieres Branche
Faithful Branche Members

Karine Dapremont has been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for approximately one year now.   Sister Dapremont is married and has five children - she is pictured above with her 15 year old daughter Deborah.  While Sister Dapremont is the only member of her family, her youngest (4 years) child Cynthia often attends meetings with here.  On Saturday the 29th of October we enjoyed the blessing of getting to know another of her children; her 15 year old daughter Deborah came with her and Cynthia to our Halloween Soiree.

Karine is very faithful and has a strong testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  She bears testimony of how the Gospel changes lives as she shares how it has helped her overcome depression and receive a "new life".   She currently serves as the only Counselor in the Branche Relief Society Presidency and is anxiously engaged in serving the members of the Branch.  She has become a strength to our Branche in a very short period of time.  The Dapremont family live in a smaller village about 20 minutes from Charleville-Mezieres.

This is our Star Rooster/Coq
 Coq of the Week

We love the coqs of Northern France!  One of the things we enjoy most about them is that none of them disturb our sleep.  We thought we would share our "Star Coq" and our "Coq with the Golden Crow" this week.  We have yet to find the same coq atop two different churches.....just like the barnyard.  They seem to be creatures of habit; not wandering far from home.
This Coq has a Golden Crow

Bluish & Grayish Buildings are Brother Gilquin's
Brother Lionel Gilquin's Home

Last week we introduced Brother Lionel Gilquin of the Charleville-Mezieres Branche of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Since someone asked to see his home, which is a great work in progress, we thought to share a picture or two.

Brother Gilquin received the Aaronic Priesthood last week and today he blessed the Sacrament for the first time and gave his tithes and offerings for the first time.  It is a great blessing to have an additional Priesthood holder in our Branche.  We are grateful for Brother Gilquin and are pleased to help him progress himself and his home.
Living Room (to be) - Lionel's Home
Covered Patio (to be) - Lionel's Home

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