I'm sorry for my lateness. I'm assuming that you are assuming that I am transfered because I did not write you yesterday. Let your hearts be comforted, your assumptions are correct. Elder Powell will be staying in Dijon to receive a new companion, and I have been transfered to the city of Nice. I will be a Zone Leader again with Elder Smith, who comes from the wild plains of Utah!
Nice is like the Miami or San Diego of France. This morning, my companion and I took a run on the BEACH. The beach. I am currently wearing a short-sleeve white shirt. I feel luckier than a lucky charm. A bird that has flown South for winter.
Our sector is pretty epic. Our ward has the reputation of being one of the best in all of France. Angelic members. I've already had the opportunity of meeting a few, and I must say that I am impressed. There are members that live in Monaco, which is a little kingdom 25 minutes outside of Nice (where the Casino Royale and the Grand Prix Formula Track are). I will probably be going this week. We live 4 blocks from the beach. I feel spoiled. A great priviledge to call this beautiful city unto repentance.
I really like my new companion, he is just one group younger than me, so we met each other in the MTC, but haven't really seen each other much since. In the MTC, he gave me a Harry Potter club T-Shirt from his high school. I shall never forget this gest. He is a very consecrated missionary with a great personality. He was trained by Elder Emal, so he has some of his stellar qualities. We are going to tear it up here.
Last night, we had a pretty cool experience. Not too long after I rolled in on the train, we had a lesson with a family that we are teaching. This family is amazing. They come from Manila, the Phillippines (shout out to Matt) and they are very strong Christians. The father is good friends with a member of the church, who comes from the same place, and it was him that introduced his friend to the missionaries, just last week. This was our second lesson with him, and it went really well. He pretty skeptical about the Book of Mormon, because he can not imagine there being more of the word of God, only the Bible. We answered questions that he had and bore testimony. He is engaged to reading the Book of Mormon and said that he will be baptized once he knows it is true. Unfortunately, we were not able to teach the entire family because the wife stayed in the kitchen to prepare a stellar meal, which we feasted upon afterwards. Our goal is to teach the whole family together next time. Joy!
The mission is the best. I can not believe that I am still in France. I feel like I am in a California where people speak French, but its cool. The Church is true and Christ lives! He is going to help Elder Smith and I in our efforts to find, teach and baptize here in NICE (yellow, new, nice).
I love you!
My dead father, Elder Tulley, crossed him in the gare at Lyon yesterday. On a plane to the states today.
Dead Elder Emal, on the same plane. Came and did his last exchange with me in Dijon. Love that man.