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Elder et Soeur Arn & Jody

Thursday, April 18


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Wednesday, April 15


The last Monday at the Archives, the personnel at the Archives threw us a good-bye party. It was so nice of them and we appreciate their thoughtfulness.

Because of the time we had the party, snacks and beverages were served.Elly was responsible for the organization of everything. She and Toon have always been so good to us.Everyone seemed to have a good time. This party was so much more relaxed than the one they had for us when we first arrived. Everyone now seemed so relaxed - not afraid of us anymore!
We had admired the display the Archives had of windmills and M. Honore noticed when we took pictures of their pictures. He presented us with this lovely book on windmills (which by the way he had authored the preface to). What an unexpected but much appreciated gift.

M. Honore and Elly enjoying the party.More of the Archive gang.Sebastian, one of the newer members of the Archive gang, taking pictures of the event.We really did have a great time!Arnold showed our appreciation by sharing a song - "O Sole Mio" A final photo of everyone that we had come to respect and admire.Group shot with us.

Wednesday, February 25


We had a stake conference in Lille, France, where Elder Dallin Oaks spoke. We arrived earlier and got seats right up front. We were standing up looking to see if we recognized anyone at the conference. JoAnn noticed a couple that seemed very familiar and she told Arnold that the couple was familiar and we should go over and say hello. Arnold then said, "That's Elder and Sister Oaks." No wonder they looked familiar.

We were told that Elder Oaks did not like to shake hands. However, he came in, took off his hat and coat and came down in the congregation and proceeded to talk with and shake hands will all that wanted to. He was so generous and gracious. JoAnn spoke to him in English and he seemed pleased to be able to speak with someone in English.
This photo showed that there were many young children in attendance at the conference. They were very well behaved and it made us so happy to have them there. It is a tribute to the fact that the church is growing in France in family units.This cropped picture shows Elder Oaks speaking with some members at the conference.
Sister Oaks spoke at the conference and she spoke in French. She did a very nice job. She did a presentation with some of the Primary children, using what she called "testimony gloves." It was very well done. Elder Oaks told the congregation that his wife does this little presentation every where they go to speak and that she has done it in over 20 languages. We were very impressed with this wonderful woman. She told us that she was 55 when she was married. To think of all the time that she had probably thought she would never get married and then she ended up marrying an Apostle of the Lord.
Elder Oaks also gave a wonderful talk. He spoke so simply and powerfully. He said some things that we had not thought about before. He gave new meaning and understanding to D&C 46:13-14.

"D&C 46:13 To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world.

"14 To others it is given to believe on their words, that they also might have eternal life if they continue faithful."
It was so powerful to know that those of us who know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he was crucified for the sins of the world must open our mouths or those that would believe on our words would have nothing to believe on if we kept quiet. It gave us such perspective on our responsibilities to speak up.
Just a scene after conference of the members outside of the conference area.

Saturday, February 21


Last Sunday the Branch had a "Surprise" farewell Linger Longer for us after church. We were pleasantly surprised, although we had an idea something was up when a member told us to bring our camera to church and then we saw some members bringing food in the back door to church. As the guests of honor we were allowed to go through the food line first (after posing for a picture with our Branch President). The honor of going first usually goes to the kids, so our going first made us feel honored and young. The children's tables -- Natasha Nylen and her mother Raquel, and Charlie Leroy.Zoe and Lysandre Leroy (niece and uncle). Zoe seems to be saying, "Hey, I want some of those cookies too!"Raquel and Natasha Nylen - when asked to pose for a picture, Natasha promptly put her face into the chocolate cake - funny girl.The chocolate frosting is inviting. They love chocolate in Belgium. Most of the desserts had at least some chocolate in them.This is a kind of mousse only Belgian style. It is very thick, almost a cross between traditional mousse and fudge. It is wonderful, but you can only eat a very little at a time it is so rich.
The teenagers all sat together and were fed first. We wanted a picture with the whole cultural hall filled, but the teenagers ate so fast they were gone by the time the adults got their food and were seated.
Then the adults took over.
Bishop Lebaron, Sasha Morgun, James McLaren -
all enjoying the meal and each other's company.
Emrick making the rounds. He is so adorable that everyone has really taken to him. His mother is investigating the church and has been coming to church regularly for several months. She just had her baptism interview. We are so sad that we will miss her baptism but know that she will make a great addition to the Branch. Toon toasting us with the one shrimp that he allowed himself to eat - honest Elly that was all he ate. Eleanor Morgun had her baby two weeks ago. This was Katya Morgun's debut at church. The youngest member of the Branch helping say farewell to the oldest members of the Branch.