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Two more weeks

August 3, 2015

August 3, 2015

So there are only two weeks that are left on my mission...weird.  Alencon is an awesome ville.  I am so happy that I was sent here because it has been a great experience so far.  We have a couple of baptismal dates that we got this week and some new amis.  Sadly I won't be here for any of their baptisms but I'm glad I could at least help them.  There is Julie that read the entire Book of Mormon before we even met with her.  It was actually pretty funny.  During one of our render vous I was opening up and stuff and then I turn to Ashcroft and I'm like "so now we're going to explain a bit about the Book of Mormon...wait a second...you've ALREADY READ IT!"  Now she is reading doctrine and covenants and she has a lot of questions.  Very specific ones that can sometimes be extremely difficult to explain.  She started asking about the millennium and what happens to Satan and she thinks really hard.  But it's going very well with her.  She comes to church every week.

And then we have a bunch of other amis but I don't have enough time to write anything else so have a good week.  My comps are awesome and we have a bunch of fun together.  It's awesome!  Elder Vance

Alencon

July 27, 2015

Bonjour!
So I just moved to a beautiful but tiny french ville called Alencon.  We have a car and there are actually three of us.  It is by far the best companionship I have ever been in.  These past four days have honestly felt like a whole transfer in the best of ways.  I have never laughed so much.  I say we are more like brothers.  We got on right off the bat.

Elder Sherren and Elder Ashcroft 
But this week we basically got to know the ville and our amis here.  There is one that is supposed to be baptized before I leave (in 3 weeks!).  But honestly I don't feel like he is ready.  He comes to church every week but he just doesn't seem to understand too well.  I feel like he is doing better though during our lessons.  He also listens to the Book of Mormon every night so he is quite dedicated.  He's also extremely nice to people.

And we have a few other amis here but I won't spend time to explain them because I don't have a lot of time honestly.  But they are cool.  There was also a woman th
at came to church last week because she was interested in the church and we'll be teaching her on Wednesday.  Lots of cool things happening here.  And it is the first ville in my entire mission where when I arrived here there were amis.  Every other ville was like I was opening it.  No one.  So I was really happy about that.

We also spent some time getting to know the 5 MEMBERS here haha.  When I found that out I couldn't help but laugh.  Smallest branch in the mission and there hasn't been a baptism here in five years.  They are actually thinking of closing it down.  So it's up to us to save it and get some more members.  I am so happy that I will be finishing my mission here in Alencon and with my comps.  I couldn't have asked for anything more honestly.  It is bliss.  Have a nice week!  Elder Vance

Dinant

July 13, 2015
So this week we went to a pretty ville called Dinant.  It was awesome and there were a ton of people there.  When we were contacting, a member that lived there contacted us.  Her name is Nicole and sadly she lives in the middle of the ward boundaries so it takes her about an hour to get to church (still not thaaaattt bad but still).  So she hasn't been for a while but she is a very nice woman.  We also had an exchange with the Elders in Brest.  It was really fun.  We found a Romanian family, a girl from Angola, and an african man who was relatively nice.  It was a good exchange and a nice breather for sure.

It was a good week.  Only five left until I come home.  The time is getting close.  Bonne semaine!  Ciao!