Nice is not so Nice anymore! .... September 30, 2013

Hi Everyone,

I walked outside yesterday after our lunch, onto our little terrace and it was chilly outside. It hit me that Fall is coming. And that meant that football season had already started. The chill brought memories of playing football out in the back yard with Zack, Cory, Alex, Thomas, and Stephen.

This week truly has been incredible. After a hard week last week with many trials, our Heavenly Father has seen fit to bless us greatly this week.

Viktor is progressing well and he smiles so much more every time we see him.  Mario is a man from the Dominican Republic who is committed to get baptized on the 25th of October.  We have 5 new amis this week and we had 3 come to church yesterday. It is truly incredible to see the Lord hastening is work in bringing His truth and His peace to more and more of His children. And it is so very humbling to be a part of it.

Some funny things about Nice that I have yet to tell you.
  • Lots of people have dogs, that are very well trained, dogs of all sizes, and dogs that will never bark or be startled by anything. And people take their dogs with them everywhere. However this means there is lots of dog poop and although most people are good about cleaning up after there dogs, there are many that are not and thus there are lots of times that we walk around like we are trying not to step on bombs becuase there is lots of dog poop scattered around the City.
  • We are so french. With almost every meal we say what are we eating?....O good grab a baguette. No matter the meal. Pasta, Meat, Eggs, Salad, Sandwiches...better grab a baguette. And so all the girls at the boulangerie know us. And we have a regular order there and everything.
  • All the old men loving being called young men and they love talking. (I think that might be universal) But one of my favorite things to do is to address the old men as young man then just have a chill conversation with them.
As a missionary I won't get the chance to serve in Switwerland. Becuase the cost of living in Switzerland is so much higher, the church as to accord missionaries more money and thus the government considers misssionaries paid workers. So they want to charge the church taxes on the missionaries. But the Church wont pay the taxes and thus Switzerland banned missionaries from entering. Except they cant ban European missionaries from coming because they are European and they have an open border for all Europeans. So only European missionaries serve there. Bummer.

Yesterday during church, we had an amazing combined lesson with Priesthood and the Relief Society given by the Bishop about how the Book of Mormon is something that should be shared with everyone. And at the end everyone received a Book of Mormon and was asked to write their testimony in it and give it to a friend. It really hit me as I listened to the Bishop delve into the restored Truths found in the Book of Mormon that the message of the Everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ is real and that it will go forth in every language to every people. It was something my French bishop had a real and sure testimony of.  And I could feel the Spirit testify of his words.

Our Heavenly Father has a real and exact plan for each of us. And He knows us all personally and He loves us so much!

I've never been so giddy for General Conference in my entire life. I'm excited for it. In order to share my excitement, I will end with a quote from the prophet of the Lord, Thomas S. Monson:

"By learning of Him, by believing in Him, by following Him, there is the capacity to become like Him. The countenance can change; the heart can be softened; the step can be quickened; the outlook enhanced. Life becomes what it should become."

I love you all!

Beaucoup d'amour,

Elder William Montgomery