Monday, November 28, 2011

First letter From The Field

suup homies
my email will be small cuz the keyboards make no sense here
first night i slept at the mission home; it was great; plenty of food and what not
Then we went into paris the next day; to the chapel which is right in the middle of paris; the most expensive lds chapel in the world; im not surprised
met my new trainer; elder gibbons; whoooo is very femish which is not cool
and i feel like he is a bit of a slacker; every day i try ask him if we can do more with our investigatores
but we do plenty of stuff; its not that bad; it just could be better
ive eaten 3 meals with members all of them were so so good
lamb, pasta, cheeses, turkish kababs, good stuff
I introduced myself in sacrament meeting yesterday
weve done some door knocking and contacting and what not
we give english classes to some peeps,  its good for them but it also helps my french too
we have around 7 investigators; and we have taught a decent amount of lessons
when i got to my first area saint quentin; we went straight to an investigators house and gave a lesson; so that was pretty scary; i just shared a scripture and bore testimony; and said how the bom has helped me
35 rue du gouvernement
02100 Saint Quentin
this is my new address
we ate dinner with pierre and his family a few nights ago; they aren't members; but we teach pierre english; hes about 26 and still living at home; but it was a good dinner ha; it lasted like almost 4 hours i think; me and pierre talked about bball; and his dad likes the perpignan rugby team; so we had soome good rugby discussion ha
after church yesterday the membres took us back to their place for lunch which was another 3 hour meal; and we took the train back
then pascals for dinner
now after a 2 hour train ride i am in lille up north; for a thanksgiving thing with the zone;
i hope all is well ha
tell shlobus hello
Elder Webber

PS.  just a little more; my apartment is right behind this huge huge cathedral; oh so cool
but the first couple nights in the field were hard; im still working on my french
i want to get it down so i can contribute more; cuz right now i rely alot on my trainer; and i dont really like that
cant wait till i get the language down

Letter From The President...

Dear Brother and Sister Webber,

            Sister Poznanski and I were delighted to welcome your son, Elder Joshua Charles Webber, into the France Paris Mission on Tuesday, November 22, 2011.  He and his MTC companions were enthusiastic and all arrived in good health.  He spent his first day eating some home cooked food, napping, visiting with me, contacting non-members in the heart of Paris, and sharing testimonies in our home.  We enjoyed his spirit.

            The next morning, after a mission orientation, Elder Webber left for his first assignment to work in the St Quentin Area with Elder Gibbons, Ren J. (TR), who will be his trainer.  Their apartment address is:

Elder Webber
Les Missionnaries
35, rue du Gouvernement RDC
02100 St. Quentin

            We feel very privileged to work with your son.  We also realize the responsibility we share with you to help him continue to grow spiritually as he faithfully performs his duties.  May the Lord inspire us all to sustain him in this challenging and exciting assignment.  We hope you will join Sister Poznanski and me in praying each day for your son, his companion, investigators, and all of us serving in the France Paris Mission.

            A positive, supportive letter from home every week does wonders to sustain a missionary’s morale.  Proverbs 25:25 states:  As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.  If you have any questions, or if we can assist you in any way, please contact us at our office (001-331-3480-0483) or home (001-331-3976-8402).


Franck Poznanski
President, France Paris Mission 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Last Week in the MTC

Thank you Mom for the package, and thanks jophus for the drawings haha :)
Thank you Dad for the advice, that is very true, and I will remember that, be the companion that I want to have. I looked back on my journal like you said, and it is crazy how far I have come already, with french and the gospel, can't wait to get out into the field.
I will be making the call to you guys anytime between 2-4 oclock pm utah time, my flight leaves at 4:55 on monday, so beeeeeeeee ready haha
Thankyou mom and dad for all the advice and thoughts, I really do think about them and use them each day, it is extremely helpful, and I look forward to them
I am excited to leave and start learning and teaching, pushing myself outside my comfort zone every day, it'll be crazy fun.
Talk to you soon....
-Elder Webber

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

A Good Week...

Al goes very well.

The french visas are pretty smooth and easy going, so I should be good to go by November 21 but stuff has happened before so you never know.
That is great news on Jared, exciting stuff, Marshall islands, thats crazy, what language do they speak there??   Tell him I say goodluck and look forward to seeing after the mish.

Mom-- thankyou for the quote, good stuff, good stuff, and Dad thank you too, I thought about both of them quite a bit.
When I was able to meet up with Aaron it was awesome, it was motivating and inspirational, I mean that.  I later told most of my district what he had to say, and they all got pretty excited to go out into the field and start working, so he helped out more than he probably thought, it was just what I needed as well as my whole district.
DAD- as for your email, thank you

I thought about it, and the mission is something you spend your whole life looking forward to, so it's best not to waste any time, I told myself I would use the same strategy that I use before a rugby game; I will have no regrets.  Balls out for the whole two years, as long as I give it 101% each day than really thats all we have to worry about.
A couple days ago at the devotional we had a man come speak to us, he was the international legal advisor for the church or somthin like that, he told us all about the work that goes on so we can get visas to different countries, it is so crazy, all these very smart brethren that do all this and trust a bunch of 19 year old boys to go out and do the thing that matters most, go teach.
So it is a HUGE responibility, and I realize that more each day, so balls out, no regrets for the whole mission.
Anyway, Mom thankyou for the updates on whats going on back home, I love hearin about it, thankyou thankyou thankyou
love you all
-Elder Webber

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Having Too Much Fun...

Thank you for the packages, the rugby shirts and chocolate and everything else, it was very very very very cool thankyou, and thankyou grandma for your chocolate too.  Shlopus (Joseph) how funny haha.  And thankyou mom very much for the rugby pics and news articles, i think i read through all of them at least 3 times. 
We are the oldest district in our zone now, so the days are counting down until we get out of here, I am excited to leave.
When you sent me the rugby ball I was worried that it would be hard to get my roomates to pass it with me, oh no no no, once we get back to the room every night they won't stop throwin it around, it's funny, they want to pass it more than I do "Elder Webber cmon lets go outside and pass the ball around" haha of course I'm down for that.
Sonny Bill to the chiefs, how interesting
Oooother than that, nooooottt much goes down around here, I have a haircut today, our spanish companionship moved out of dorm room so now it's back to the 4 of us which is nice, but me and Elder Andrus left their bunk in our room and scooted next to ours so we both have "king" sized beds, shhhooo good.  And let's be honest I'm getting pretty dang good at volleyball, that's all we play at gym time, but we love it, owning the noobs, spiking it into foolish young ones, breaking their watches haha noobs noobs noobs.
Pete is doing good too, I see him almost every lunch, he leaves for the D.R. MTC in few days, pretty crazy.
And oh yeah, if i could ask for ooooonnnee very last thing, sorry, my byu rugby hoody, i don't have like a normal sweatershirt or anything, so that would be useful.

Love you 

Elder Josh