Sunday, January 1, 2017

LDS Chapel - Versailles, France
 LDS Chapel in Versailles, France

It is always interesting to visit the various chapels of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in France.  They vary in style and construction from building to building - much different than the standardized chapels found in the United States.  The chapel in Versailles, France is larger than most found in this part of the world and is placed in a nice neighborhood in Versailles.  The Versailles Ward is one of the largest in France.

As you can see in the pictures attached, this is basically a three story building that apparently provides plenty of space for the local Ward.  It is certain that this building will become even more important due to it's proximity to the Paris France Temple which will open in May 2017.  It is expected that many of the Temple Workers and temple patrons will attend Sunday meeting in this building.
LDS Chapel - Versailles, France
The Versailles Chapel is the most convenient church facility for the Paris Mission to hold their large Conferences.  Thus, our recent Christmas Zone Conferences were held here.  While this is a large building by French standards, as you can see in the picture below, the Chapel is still on the smaller side when compared to those in the United States.  
LDS Chapel - Versailles, France
 Elder Janda - Arras France Ward

While attending the Zone Christmas Conferences of the France Paris Mission in Versailles, we were able to met Elder Janda.  Elder Janda is from the Arras, France Ward and is awaiting his US visa so that he can serve a two-year mission in Gilbert, Arizona.

Elder Janda is the son of the second child of Nicole and Pierre Janda of Arras, France.  We were blessed to have be the instruments the Lord used to find and teach Elder Janda's grandparents.  Nicole Janda was baptized on Easter Day 1969 and Pierre followed her into the waters of baptism a couple of months later.  Nicole died of a heart attack about 10 years ago and Pierre is currently serving as a missionary in the London Temple with his new american wife Kaye.

It was the possibility of Eternal Families that first attracted the interest of Sister Janda to the missionary message.  At the time of her baptism, Sister Janda was the only active member in the Arras, France Branch.  She and Pierre were the foundation upon which the Arras Ward was built and much credit is attributed to them in building the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Northern France.

Elder Janda has an older brother who also served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the United States.
Elder Janda - France Paris Mission - Paris, France
 Members of the Charleville-Mezieres Branch

Sister Fiona Santangelo is a mid-twenty year old member of the Charleville-Mezieres Branch.  She has a pleasing personality and enjoys spending time with the two other Young Single Adult sisters of our Branch.  While we don't see her too very often, she attended our recent Christmas Goutee de Noel and Sacrament Meeting on Christmas Day.  We are always glad to see her as well as friends she sometimes brings to meetings with her.

Fiona's mother and brother are also members of the Church and we are looking forward to meeting them one day.  The family lives in Nouzonville, France - a smaller town about 15 minutes from Charleville-Mezieres.  Fiona works here in town (Charleville-Mezieres).
Soeur Fiona Santangelo - Charleville-Mezieres Branch
Coq of the Week

This coq/rooster was found as we traveled with our daughter Elicia on our return home from the Lyon France Mission in June of 2015.  Rather than sitting atop a church, this rooster was found high above the Hotel de Ville in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Perhaps that is where Swiss coqs prefer to pass their time.  Nevertheless, he is interesting and unique but, perhaps not so religious.
Coq Girouette - Hotel de Ville - Lausanne, Switzerland


  1. Our granddaughter, Kylee Shaffer, from Draper UT will soon begin her mission in Gilbert AZ (Spanish speaking) - same mission as Elder Janda. Kennards

  2. I am a member from Lehi Utah and I am communicating with Karine Hellenthaler of Charleville-Mezieres on Facebook Messenger about our common family history. Is there a family history consultant I could put her intouch with there. Thanks Michael Helmantoler