Sunday, October 15, 2017

Temple Sealing of Friends from Lyon

While in Lyon from 2013-15 we had the opportunity to make new friends with the members, fellow missionaries and friends of the Church we met during our service as missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We have cherished those friendships and hope to always.

One family that we became rather attached to was the Crocq family.  Our bishop asked us to take them under our wing and see what help we could be to them.  We visited them weekly and did what we could for this couple and their three young boys.  While we were of some help we were able to do little to solve the real problem and the couple ended up in divorce not long after our departure.  The positive result from our effort is the friendships we made in the process.  We love them all; brother, sister and their children.

While at the Paris Temple Open House a few months ago we encountered Sister Capucine Crocq and her new husband (Patrick Vieillard) who are now members of the Toulouse, France Ward.  That was a sweet experience for us.

A few weeks ago Sister Capucine texted and asked if we would attend the sealing of herself to Patrick in the Paris Temple on October 11, 2017.  We were excited to accept her invitation and were further blessed with the possibility of delaying our Branch's monthly temple excursion one week so that it would coincide with the sealing.
Capucine & Patrick Vieillard - Temple Sealing - Paris France Temple
It was a privilege for us to participate in the Vieillard's sealing and be reminded of the importance of our own sealing in the Oakland, California Temple many years ago.  What a blessing it is to have the Priesthood of God restored to the earth that Saving Ordinances can be performed and bound in Heaven as well as here upon earth!  The restored Gospel as found only in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints provides us the opportunity to return to live with Heavenly Father as family units for Eternity!  That truly is something!!

After the sealing we understood even more the importance of being there.  Not just the reminder of important ordinances and opportunities but to be a support to and witness of an important event in the life of a Sister we love.  The picture below is the entire company of those attending the sealing - Patrick's brother and sister and ourselves.  It was important that we be there and we are grateful we were!  There are times when we must just ask ourselves; if not us, who?
Vieillard Sealing - October 11, 2017 - Paris France Temple
Visitors Always Welcome

It is always a great pleasure to have visitors in our small Charleville-Mezieres Branch of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  When we have a visitor or two we see our ranks swell and clearly feel the spiritual strength they add.  A few weeks ago Adeline Bouillon, a daughter of Paulette and Michel Dampt (Branch members) was again welcomed as a visitor and on the same Sunday we were pleased to have Melina Warden with us.  

Adeline we have introduced before - she is the Relief Society President in her Ward in Chambery, France.  Melina, a BYU student, was passing through Charleville-Mezieres on her way to Syria where she planned to study Arabic.  We are grateful that members of the Church, who find themselves away from home and in our city, chose to attend Sabbath Day meetings for they strengthen us greatly.
Adeline Bouillon and Melina Warden - Visitors - Charleville-Mezieres Branch

Coq of the Week

There are an extremely large variety of coqs to be found throughout this part of France.  Yet, at the same time there are one or two that seem to be replicated with some frequency.  We find ourselves much less interested in those that are more commonly found.  Sometime we have to force ourselves to take their photograph - and then we do it just to document the find.  Isn't it wonderful to know people who are different from us?  They make life more interesting, exciting and rewarding.

We are thrilled when we run across the very unusual.  After saying that, the coqs we have for this week are somewhere in between the common and the thrilling.   Yet these two are also unique and have a personality of their own.  The first is unusual mostly in the tail and was found atop the Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite in Regniowez, Belgium.
Coq Girouette - Eglise de la Sainte-Trinite - Regniowez, Belgium
The second, while in a style of some of the more common coqs - meaning seemingly molded - is still unique in his own way.  A little interest par tout; the tail high and more detailed, the body with defined wings and the head.  We leave you to define his physical personality.  He stands atop the steeple of the Eglise Saint-Thibault in Neuville-Day, France.

While physical appearances and personalities of our coqs vary greatly, their significance does not.  We appreciate what has become a symbol of patience, constance, dependability and faithfulness.  We hope to retain the coq as a reminder of how we should live our lives - long after our departure from France.  We hope the coq will serve to help us find the motivation we need to closely follow the Savior.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! That must have been so special to be in the temple for Capucine's sealing! We very much remember the accounts of your vists with her and her children during our time in Lyon. Love, Raeburn & Suzanne