Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sister Clark & Sister Claire Bourt - Paris, France Temple
Monthly Branche Temple Trip

Once the Paris Temple had been dedicated, our Branch Council decided that they would like to have a monthly excursion to the Paris Temple.  For several months now the Branch has been successfully going to the Temple each month.  Some of our members are able to go for three to four days each time but for us that has seemed a bit much.  Instead we go just for one day and that works very well for one of our members, Sister Claire Bourt, who also finds it difficult to go for more than a day at a time.  The three of us generally go together in our car.

We start out about 5:30 AM in hopes of arriving in time for the first session which begins at 10:00 AM.  So far we have not been able to make the first session due to various reasons.  This past Tuesday we spent five and half hours going.  While the traffic around Paris is generally horrible, this week we ran into manifestations on the auto routes.  It seems that a group of vendors who traditionally have Christmas booths or stalls on the Champs Elysees in Paris were upset with the city's decision to discontinue this practice.   Thus, they parked many large semi trucks across the main auto routes around Paris.  We we lucky enough to experience their dissatisfaction by passing considerable time getting through the mess created.  On the bright side.....we traveled back home in a mere three hours.

Still, we enjoyed our few hours at the Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints which is located in the Paris suburb of Le Chesnay.  We found pleasure in doing Initiatory work and an Endowment session.  What a wonderful place and what a privilege to do work for our own family members in this beautiful House of the Lord!  We are grateful to be able to visit the temple each month and receive the blessings of peace, hope and security it brings.   One does not need to spend days at the Temple to feel the Spirit of the Lord - - - just being there a short time does the trick.

Coq Girouette - Eglise Notre-Dame de l'Assomption - Porcheresse, Belgium
 Coq of the Week

This week's coq was found during a trip into the Ardennes Forest and Mountains running down a referral that had requested a Book of Mormon in English.   The referral was not found but we were able to leave two Books of Mormon in the very quaint village of Our, Belgium.  We hope that they will be read and lead someone to want to know more.

Anyway, our coq was located atop the steeple of the Church Notre Dame de l'Assomption in Porcheresse, Belgium.  He is a golden coq which otherwise displays the same characteristics as all his brothers and cousins.  Each one of them reminds us of our need to remain every vigilante and faithful.


Stained Glass Nativity of Christ's Birth

The humble shepherds visit to the baby Jesus is depicted in our nativity for this week.  A little more modern and expressionist than many of the nativity scenes we have found, yet still conveys the importance of the Savior's birth.  We are grateful for such reminders as we try to feel the true Spirit of the Christmas Season.  What a great and wonderful blessing that our Savior Jesus Christ was willing to take upon himself a temporal body so as to fulfill the will of His Father and provide each of us the opportunity to live again in their presence.  We pray you fell the Spirit of Christ during this season and throughout the year.
Stained Glass Nativity - Eglise Saint-Remy - Charbogne, France

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