Sunday, October 22, 2017

Visitors to our Branch

A little more than two weeks ago Brother and Sister Dampt had their daughter Murielle Frank and her twin, nearly-eight year old, daughters Zoe and Mya come from Utah to visit them for three weeks.  It has been a pleasure to get to know them.  Sister Clark enjoyed doing bricolage/crafts with the girls at their grandparents home and here in our apartment.  Can't pass up a chance to speak English now that the young Elders have left Charleville-Mezieres.
May, Murielle and Zoe Frank - Charleville-Mezieres, France
Of course we also took advantage of Murielle and had her speak in Sacrament meeting a couple of weeks ago.  Her talk helped us understand the importance of the messages we receive in General Conference from our Church authorities.

While Murielle and the girls have enjoyed their time in France, it has also been a little difficult for them.  Murielle's mother,Sister Dampt, is very fragile and broke one rib last Sunday afternoon when simply picking up a very small great-grandchild and then on Tuesday afternoon she broke another when trying to get herself up out of a chair.  Sister Dampt is in great pain and has found it impossible to to much in the way of hosting guests.  Murielle and girls will leave this Wednesday morning with the problems of their mother/grandmother weighing on their mind.

Coq of the Week

The Lille France Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints had it semi-annual conference yesterday and today in Lille.  We took advantage of our trip to the conference by leaving a little early Saturday so as to visit Laon, France on the way.  Laon is a medieval city sitting upon a hill that rises well above the surrounding forest and fields.  On our way we discovered our coq of the week in Montage, France atop the church Saint Jean-Baptiste.  Needless to say, he was very unique - he was missing his head!

Who knows how he lost his head - that can happen to any of us.  Remarkably, though he has lost his head, he still goes faithfully on with life and his assigned duties.  Sure, he is a bit handicapped in ways but he continues to be diligent, constant and faithful.  One might say he is persevering very well.   A good example for us!.......may we carry on and get over those times when we loose our heads.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint Jean-Baptiste - Montaigu, France
On the flip side of coq girouettes is the new guy on the job we found in Cerfontaine, France high up the steeple of the Church Saint-Pierre.  While he might be new on the job, he (as one can easily see) has a good sense of direction.  He appears well suited to the job and will surely prove to follow closely in the footsteps of his older brothers and cousins.  Years from now, passers-by will certainly stop to take note of how he has seasoned and weathered well.  May we likewise season and weather well as we remain faithful to our Savior Jesus Christ.  Then, like the coq, may we receive our reward in Heaven.
Coq Girouette - Eglise Saint-Pierre - Carfontaine, France


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