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Elder et Soeur Arn & Jody

Monday, December 24


Joeux Noel!

It is the day before Christmas and as usual (even when on a mission) there is too much to do and too little time to do it to get ready for Christmas. We are sending a Christmas email card to everyone telling some of the traditions that are here in France for Christmas.

We are going to have a couple of missionaries over to our house for Christmas dinner for a real American Christmas dinner. Funny though, we can only have one set of Elders over at a time and one of the ones that are coming for Christmas is from England. Oh, well, we will give him something different even though we were hoping to give them a taste of home. At least we and the other Elder will enjoy the American food. We will then go to a nursing home with all the missionaries to sing. It should be fun. We are even going to sing in English - I really miss singing in English. They have translated the Christmas carols into French here, but they are just not the same. They have to fit too many words in to make the meaning come across and it is awkward to sing.

At our zone conference last week our mission president's wife brought our attention to this verse in Zephaniah in the Old Testament. Not exactly a common scripture, but it really hit us and thought you would enjoy it.

It is in Zephaniah 3:17. It is telling about when the Lord will dwell in the midst of the people - second coming we presume.

17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

It is a beautiful thought but when you get to the last phrase, it gives you something wonderful to think about. Can you imagine hearing the Savior singing with joy over us!

We don't know where or when we will be able to talk to you on the phone. One of the members has invited some of the missionaries to call on his phone (he has free unlimited phone to the States) but we are not sure when we will be able to use it. We feel that the other missionaries should have first chance since this is the only time they get to make calls.


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