Tuesday, December 13, 2016

13 December 2016 - This week went by so fast!

Bonjour ma famille!

JOYEUX ANNIVERSAIRE to Dad and Mom (and early to Rachel just in case I forget!)
[Happy Birthday]

[Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!]

I hope you're all doing well and not too stressed with school (Megan) or Christmas stuff. Just remember what this season is really about--our Savior, Jesus Christ! Take time to think about His birth and why He came to earth. It was all for us because He loves us! I'm really happy to be spending another Christmas on the mission because I can spend all my time serving Him and helping others come unto Him! So I miss all of you and it's sad not to all be together, but it's just one Christmas in a lifetime of Christmases and I'm happy where I am so don't be sad.

Plus, we can Skype now!!!!! We're allowed to Skype in the bureau [mission office] for 30 minutes. It's the ZLs and STLs who are making the schedule for all of the missionaries and we're gonna get that done before next P-day so that everyone can tell their families. So plan on Skyping and if the call drops, YOU'll just call me on this number XXX. But I'll give you date and time next week!

So this week went by really fast because we were in full-on STL mode all week pretty much! With the transfer, I'm back in Koutio, and I'm with Soeur Davis. She's from Utah--from Murray! She's been out since April, so 9 months. We're the STLs for ALL of the New Cal sisters! We now just have one set of STLs for all of New Cal, not one for each zone. So now I've been STL for the north, STL for the south, and STL for all of New Cal. Voila! So now Koutio is the only STL secteur because it's the most central sister area. So back in Koutio, but it's a little different with the ward boundary changes. Kinda sad because some of my favorite members are now in the other ward, but we'll just have to get to know the others now!

Anyway, Thursday we had the transfer for all the sisters. Pretty much all the missionaries in New Cal were transferred, so we had to split it into one day for the sisters and the other day for the elders. Thursday we drove all the sisters around and helped get luggage where it needed to be. Tiring but not too stressful! Friday, we decided to plan all of our exchanges (now we have to do 6 total so like one a week), so we went to the bureau [office] again and did that and other office stuff and zone conference prep!

Then we had zone conference for the past two days with President and Sister Granger and the APs. It's always stressful around zone conference for the leaders, but a lot of us have been leaders for a while, so it wasn't too bad and things went very smoothly. Soeur Davis and I gave a training about loving your companion. We compared it to Finding Nemo with Marlin and Dory, and everyone loved it. So that was great! And the rest of the training was awesome. I love it when President comes because the motivation level always goes up, haha. Our goal for the year is 1000 baptisms in the mission and we're so close, so we talked a lot about what we can do to make it to 1000 just in time for Christmas and the New Year.

New Caledonia, December Zone Conference (notice Soeur Matheson way over on the left)

This week we start our exchanges and we have Christmas planning to do so we can have an awesome mission Christmas here on the caillou [pebble] we call New Cal! Having 6 sets of sisters and 6 exchanges and planning Christmas is a lot, and we need to balance all that with working in our own secteur [area]. Luckily it's not a whitewash, and I know Koutio already. That'll make is easier to work here! There's two pretty solid amis [investigators] here at the moment and we're praying they'll be some miracle baptisms!

Donc voila quoi! That's my life at the moment! I love getting updates from y'all so keep 'em coming! I'm still patiently waiting to open my Christmas package and to SKYPE! :)

JE VOUS AIME BEAUCOUP!!! Stay safe! Stay awesome!

Tal toul!
Soeur Matheson

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