Monday, November 18, 2013

November 18, 2013

ooooookay here he go!

so last pday was ridiculous. but we kinda got stuff done. that night i bought a calzone from this little pizza shop that's right up the road from me, that was deeeelish.
Tuesday! alright, so we pretty much just did car stuff all day, trying to get the car fixed. I'm not sure if i mentioned this last time, but elder willden cant drive in france, so his last companion did everything car related, now i do everything car related, but we were confused as to which fuel to use, gazole or sans-plomb. we knew sans plomb was unleaded gas, so we decided to use that one. yeah our car is diesel... so we kinda ruined the car temporarily. but yes, we were inside phoning everybody trying to get the dumb car figured out, then that night we had my first dinner appointment! it was at an american couples house, we had chicken and mashed potatoes and stuff, it was real good. but halfway through we realized we had to make the meal for the district meeting the next morning... so elder willden was pretty exhausted and stressed from dealing with dumb french mechanics all day, so he went to bed and i was up till midnight making crepes. i was not happy, but i was proud of the fat stack of crepes. (pictures to come later)
wednesday was district meeting, other than that not too much happened. 
thursday we got contacted by " seperate people, one of them had talked to the missionaries and was super interested in family history, so we got his info and sent him a quick text to make sure he had our number if he ever needed anything, and this is what he responded with (he was pretty proud of his english, so he texted us in english. this is the exact spelling and stuff) "i hope to see you soon dear brothers in the lord Jesus Christ.I would need your help concerning genealogy. Do not hesitate to call me to share a friendly moment: if i am catholic, i am first of all like you Christian!"it made out day for sure! oh and we got the car back! so that was super great! we also went porting and this lady let us in and we taught about prayer and! she brought out some tarot cards, which kinda sorta freaked me out, but it was all good. we handled it.
Friday we had weekly planning then something come up too so we didnt do too much, we did have family home evening at a members house, with Hélèna, our investigator and her kids, so that was pretty great that she came! 
Saturday we made brownies for the ward meal which was on sunday. we did some contacting and some porting(door to door), finished up the weekly planning and it was good!
yesterday we had church, taught Hélèna again at church, then had the ward "break the fast" cause every month the ward fasts for missionary work. so that's pretty cool. it was really delicious, and there was a ton of people at church, like 30 or 40! hahah,

so that's my week in a nutshell!

the best looking elder anybody knows,
Elder hotstuff Oviatt

these are all the crepes i made, i don't know how many there actually was, but it was alot.

this of my favourite spot in Quimper, its not the greatest picture, but i love the building that hangs over the river, and i love the castle-ish thingy that is on the left side, and i love the graffiti, it just throws a twist on things. best spot so far. 

I freaking love France!

so this is probably one of the cooler things ive just walked past, no idea how long its been there, but its pretty dang cool.

Monday, November 11, 2013

November 11,2013

so i left my journal at home which is how i usually figure out what to put in these things... so this may be the lamest e-mail yet... sorry, 

so we had alot of cancellations, but we taught a good number of lessons, i went on exchanges in lorient, that was pretty cool, nice to change things up! and from lorient we went to rennes for zone conference, so i got to see some other new missionaries, yay for familiar faces!!! then that night when we got home we lissed supper so we were debating on eating then gouing contacting or just contacting and eating later, we prayed and decided it would be better to go contacting instead. food dont matter anyways. so crazy thing, we contacted this lady and she was like "yeah i had the feeling i should talk to you guys" and a bunch of stuff like that, we actually set up a rendez-vous (lesson) and we talked to her for more than an hour that night and actually ended up being late getting home! we have the lesson with her tonightso pray for us! her name is anne-sophie. shes pretty sweet. other than that the wek has been pretty boring, we talked to a couple other sweet dudes just on the streets, and the work here has been moving! also, i had to give a talk in church yesterday, i thought it went alright... the branch presidents wife said  i had amazing french for a blue (for some reason they say blue instead of greenie) but yeah! also im sorry but i dont have my camera cord, so i dont even have any pictures for you today... sorry, i hope you still love me!

Elder Awesomeness Oviatt

also, elder bednar was talking about how to be successful in your mission language. 3 steps, first pray 3 times daily for the gift of tongues. second, ask your friends and family at home to pray " times daily for you to have the gift of tongues. third, find the right reason. so i can handle 1 and 3, but i need your help with 2 please. i love you all!<3

Monday, November 4, 2013

November 4, 2013

okay so first off the keyboard is super stupid, so dont mock my spelling mistakes.

so the plane was pretty sweet. there were three meals, and the ones i ate were actually kinda good, i slept through the snacks qnd one of the meals though. once we landed we had pain au chocolat, this like chocoltey pastry, they were delish. then we went on the bus and did some contacting, me and elder bruno actually handed out a book of mormon! then later we went to bed in a motel. for the record, france is beautiful. the next morning me and elder toscano didnt get the wakeup call from the front desk so we had 20 minutes to eat and get dressed, i grabbed some croissants. REAL FRENCH CROISSANTS. and more pain au chcoclat... then we found out who our trainers are! that was exciting! after that we headed out to our areas (my area is one of the longest commutes from paris, so we didnt get home till 10, so we pretty much just went to bed.
the next day we had both our lessons fall through, so that was a bummer, so instead we went street contacting, which lasted FOREVER. street contacting wasnt my favourite thing.
the day after that it was raining so not alot of people were outside, we probably only contacted like 25 people. and we were going to go port-à-porting (door to door) so we drove out to the area we decided to go to, didnt get there till it was pitch blqck out (not to mention i was driving, and it was my first time driving in france cause my companion cant drive there anymore) so it was so dark we couldnt see streets or houses, so we drove back home and did more contacting... YAY.
the next day started out beautiful! we were studying and the sun was pouring in and it was all dandy! then the branch president called to say that there was a socialist protest going on in all of bretagne (the general area around quimper) and that we couldnt go to centreville which is where we do all our contacting. we decided to go outside before the protest started to see how big it was going to be, and once we got within 4 blocks of the protest there was aleady the ar,ed forces and the national police, so we decided to stay inside cause this protest was going on in all the little towns in our area and we are supposed to stay away from stuff like that. plus, commies are scary and dangerous. we were going to go out after the protest but it lasted all day so i made cookies for our investigators and later we delivered them, in the car this crazy drunk protestor jumped in front of the car and screamed for a while, so i swerved around him and laughed a little,
so sunday funday!!! that was pretty sweet, i met some of the branch, introduced myself and bore my testimony, then we went back to the apartment to study. we also made crepes and it was so so so good. (for the record i am in the part of france that invented crepes, so my already existing crepe skills are only going to get more legit.)(they also make crepes with black flour, which is weird, but im going to try some today) later we went porting (finally) and when we got out to the area it was pouring raing. like i mean pouring. but i decided whatevez. i need finally do some lissionary work, cause right now i feel like a lazy quitter. so we did. i got soaked. only ony guy let us in and he didnt even let us pray with him, but i loved every minute of it. that is what it feels like to lose yourself in the work (either that or the icy rain-wind combo numbed my soul aswell as my entire body) but it was good. i got back super excited and frozen and i think i finally started liking being in quimper!

Made it!

Mission President and his wife!

A Sick Castle in Paris



Crepe Party

Looking good in the rain
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