Monday, December 19, 2016

A Typical Week?

As missionaries, we have come to find that there is no such thing as a typical week.  And it is this very thing that makes our particular calling so interesting, challenging and rewarding.  Here are just a few things from this past week:  We hosted a Christmas party for the Lyon Stake single young adults.  We had an inspiring multiple-zone conference with Elder Sabin, a General Authority Seventy who is in the presidency of the Europe West Area.  We had another senior missioinary couple from Geneva come to the conference and then spend the night with us.  We had a family home evening with our older single adults.  We went to two different ward Christmas parties and over ate at both of them.  We sang a wonderful arrangement of a Christmas hymn with the Lyon Institute Choir in four different ward Sacrament Meetings, two of which met for the first time in a beautiful new 5-story church building here in Lyon.  We had 8 young missionaries over to our apartment for their P-day breakfast and an art lesson on religious symbolism found in churches and cathedrals.  Then we all went up to the Fourvière Cathedral together to have a good first-hand experience in "reading" the symbols in the mosaics, stained glass, paintings, and sculptures.   And that was just the extra stuff that we do in addition to our main responsibility with the Self-Reliance Initiative.  One thing is certain about this mission calling.  We are never bored!

Two sister missionaries singing for our older single adult family home evening

Brother and Sister Djemai came to our FHE all the way from Amboise, about 5 hours from Lyon.  Brother Djemai (smiling at the camera - He is always smiling!) is our wonderful Self-Reliance manager.  He is so helpful to us.

Bishop Pommier talking to the Écully ward primary.  Elder Geddes goes to Primary because he plays the piano for them.  Plus, it is more on his intellectual level!

Our missionaries visiting Fourvière.

A missionary selfie overlooking Lyon from Fourvière.  The smiles are because they were well fed twice: First on crepes in our apartment and then on the artwork in the cathedral.


  1. Matt, its wonderful to see your experience in the mission field. I want to wish you both a very merry Christmas.

    1. Thanks Sally. And Merry Christmas to you and your family, including the BYUI art department "family". Didn't know you were reading our blog! We're having a great experience. Hope a mission is in your future plans because believe me, you are needed!