Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bits & Pieces

I didn't write much, so I thought you'd appreciate the miracle from the last two weeks! The Christmas poem is pretty funny from last week!

This will give you a better idea of what's happening in our mission.
Love, Ben

Ben commenting on his mission president in a separate email:  I love having one on one time with President Brown. He teaches me so much. We played basketball today for President's p-day, I posted up on President a few times. He demolished me! He's pretty good.

Snippets from The Miracle (weekly mission newsletter):

Mot du Président Brown - WARP SPEED
Long before any of you were born, or even thought of (except for some of us senior missionaries), even before the original Star Wars, there was a great tv/movie series called, Star Trek. The Starship Enterprise Captain was Captain Kirk. His Scottish Engineer in the ship's Engine Room was named, you guessed it, "Scotty" (Soeur Brown loves to call me that,. . . I don't recommend that any of you try it ;). Every episode involved an adventure of discovery on the fringes of the universe, where no man had gone before. Fairly often, Captain Kirk and his crew would face monumental challenges that would stretch them, and their starship, to the limit. At times like these, on Captain Kirk's order, Scotty would boost the starship's engines to "Warp Speed". As fast as that was, sometimes warp speed was not enough to save the universe. That's when Captain Kirk would call on Scotty for still more engine power. I can still hear Scotty's reply in his thick Scottish accent, "Cap'm, I'm giveen yuh all she's GAUT!!!" But, with the universe at stake, Captain Kirk knew they must find more power, more power. So he'd urge Scotty on, and, somehow, some way, Scotty would succeed in coaxing the impossible out of the starship and her crew, restoring peace and prosperity to the galaxy.

Well, my beloved Elders and Sisters, as Sister Brown and I await the "Boarding Call" for our flight home from our Zone Conference Interview Tour, we marvel at the tremendous progress being made by each of you in each of your nine respective Zones. The improvement in working with members and focusing on forever families (especially part-member families) is dramatic. All hands are on-deck, and yer givin' her all she's got. But, to achieve 1,500 lessons in the presence of a member in time for Elder Sabin's visit; and much more importantly, in order to baptize every one of the 250 Children of Israel given us this year, Heavenly Father knows we need more. More Faith. More Determination. More Prayerful Planning. More Progressing Amis. More Engages. And so He's urging me on. Somehow, some way, we must coax those on both sides of the veil to join with us, in a cataclysmic Confluence of Heaven and Earth, to accomplish our divine mission.

We are well on our way! Let's pull out all the stops! Let's invoke the power of the Christofferson Blessing every morning in personal/companionship prayer. Let's conclude our preparations for Elder Sabin's visit by smashing the 1,500 L.P. Challenge. Then, Elder Sabin will surely inspire us to sprint down the home stretch to victory. En Avant, En Famille!
Love, President Brown

The Night Before Christmas (By Elder McKee & Elder Kahn)

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ville,
All the Elders are sleeping, cuz its 10:30 still.
The stockings were hung by the desks with care,
In hopes that Soeur Brown soon would be there.

The Elders were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of 20 lessons danced in their heads.
hoping that home has sent presents to unwrap,
once they awake from their long winter's nap.

When out on the chemin there arose such a clatter,
They sprang from their beds to see what was the matter.
Away to the window They flew like a flash,
careful to hide cuz their PJs do clash.

The moon on the breast of the new fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid day to the chaos below,
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
But a silver vivaro, and eight couples seen near.

When a little cute driver, pulled into town,
they knew in a moment it must be Sr. Brown.
More rapid than ever, shed put Elder Spoors to shame
And she whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;

"On, Walker! on Austin! on, Metcalf and Mahaffeys,
Now, Klemasz now, Rigby! Where's the, Snows and Sweeneys?
Now Hurry up hurry up there's no time to stall!
Why isn't this as easy as Elder Wade shooting a ball!"

forgetting the door "Lequelle" they did yell,
"the 4th" came a voice, twas Elder Menzel.
So up the stairs all the floors they flew,
With a sac full of candies, new iPad cases too.

And then, in a twinkling, they heard through the door
BYU Cougars updates, Sr Brown was checking the score.
Just in that moment President got out of the van,
made his way up and confirmed Aix to be better than Cannes.

He was dressed all in red, from his head to his feet,
With a smile on his face, he's got a plan sweet.
Hes bringing us tools for the stone from the mountain,
And even thought for Soeur Brown, a diet coke fountain.

He then dropped his sack, "Elders, pay attention,
What I’m about to say is direct revelation.
We will keep the flame from the feu de joie embers,
But nows the time to work with part members!

Now off to the ward council members you go,
Be respectful to their priesthood keys though!
Preach my gospel says to be bold,
this is how we will bring 250 into the fold.

This is the last trip in the vineyard, you know Jacob 5,
We will bring as many to the Paris Temple, whether dead or alive!"
And then after testimony, he prepared to leave,
turned towards the door ready to head to Brive.

The Elders confused, felt that something was missing,
they chased him down and made sure he was listening.
Where are the toys? Their eyes bright and gleaming,
Now come on Elder Kahn, You know the real meaning!

Then they all piled into the Vivaro,
What a story that we can skype home tomorrow.
But I heard him exclaim, as he drove off with Glee
"On y va Elders and Sisters, En Avant, En Famille!"

From an email received early Wednesday morning:  Had a pre-Thanksgiving lunch today with your missionary. What a pleasure to have them in our home.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Hey everyone, we are still preparing for zone conference so this will be short.

I just had an interview with President Brown, and it was wonderful. He always makes me feel amazing. It's the spirit for sure. I love being a missionary. President told me of the potential he sees in me, and it's always a huge motivator to hear that. I always want to improve after talking with President. I love him so much!

I love you all too. I know that God leads this work. I know that a God loves each of you.
Love, Elder MacArthur
Me as Moses!

Visiting Fourviere.  Fourvière is a district of Lyon, France and also a hill immediately west of the old part of the town, rising abruptly from the river Saône. It is the site of the original Roman settlement of Lugdunum (43 BC). It is primarily known for the Catholic Basilica of Fourvière. Fourvière contains many other religious buildings including convents, monasteries and chapels. It is known in Lyon as "the hill that prays". It is now part of a UNESCO World Heritage site designated for the city of Lyon in 1998.

Weekly planning was rough. Photo cred to elder Burri.


[Just realized this was never published - sorry.]

Hello hello everyone! This week has been incredible!

In our mission, we are making a focus of teaching part-member families. Our zone is responding very well. They are working miracles!! It's been so gratifying to see all the texts, hype calls, reminders, follow-ups, challenges, trainings, preparations, etc. pay off. We are teaching lots of different part member families right now, with the sisters and the assistants. It's a lot of fun to alternate teaching people. The families feel a lot more integrated and cared over.

Our Saturday was incredible! We had 4 lessons in the presence, and every rendez-vous went perfectly. Our cool ami V. invited six people to sit in on our lesson, so we got to teach the restoration to six people! We only had one Book of Mormon to give out, but we're coming back. He committed to coming to church. He is very receptive to the message du Rétablissement. It's so cool!

Other cool things that happened this week: hmmm lots, really. Our sisters bring us food all the time! They are the best. Umm, oh yeah! This week we had MLC and zone training. We talked about leading the charge by working with part member families and respecting the keys of the bishops and branch Presidents as we coordinate our work with the Ward. It was cool, we played human chess to teach these principles at zone training!

Today, I looked up scriptures from my study journal about the nature of God. We are going to teach the friend of a member tonight and the sisters told us that he needed to understand the nature of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I went to Romans 8 and rediscovered one of the most beautiful passages ever written in the history of time:

13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Have you ever read a scripture and came out with something that you were not expecting? That was me with this passage. I invite you all read it (yes it is long) and find something in it that touches you. I found my new favorite scripture!

I love you all. Have a good week!
Elder MacArthur

Elder Richmond and I! It was a sad goodbye. I love this man.

Elder Sauro and I! Not goodbye yet :)

Elder Sous-bois! My hand isn't actually that big.

Elder Wilkey and I! He's a gem.
Ben & Elder Burri

Ecully Zone!

Monday, November 7, 2016


Hello hello everyone!

I don't have much time again, but here's a little something.

We have recently started working with a less active named A. He's from the gal de Saône Ward, but he loves Elder Burri. We are helping him get back to church. He's super funny, loves making jokes, and absolutely loves the elders. He gives us food all the time too. He's a super loving guy who doesn't understand very well, but he's got a great heart. It was one of my old companions who baptized him in June of 2015! A loves telling stories about the old elders, it's always tons of fun. We read the Book of Mormon with him, and he came to stake conference last week, and promised to come to church this week.

We have also had the chance to work with Frere T. He came to church this Sunday! We are going to help Fr. M with a move as well. We will reactivate him and baptize his nonmember daughter!

We have lots of less actives that we are starting to see. President Brown told everyone in the mission to make part,member families a priority. So we will be working with members a lot a lot a lot.

I love you all! Have a good week :)
Elder MacArthur

District meeting!

Le prophète Walton!

Same tie!! W/ Paul adrien Bize

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Hello hello everyone!

I'm short on time. Here's the rundown.

We have a zone goal for 400 lessons in the presence of a member this transfer. We are really excited about this.

We have a new ami named Kevin! He is super awesome and will be baptized soon. He's baptist, from Detroit, owns his own gym and wants to open a southern BBQ food truck. He's awesome! He's super prepared. His arms are the size of oak trees, too. The sister missionaries in our Ward were totally checking him out and we totally made fun of them haha.

We had stake conference this weekend! We heard from a seventy,  Elder Tom Herland, and the Paris Temple President and his wife! They are super cool, from Grenoble.

I love you all!! Have a great week!
Love, Elder MacArthur

Checking out the tunnels in Lyon with the Val de Saône Elders and Sisters, the Confluence Elders, and the Ecully sisters!

Us and Prince Success. He is actually a real Nigerian prince. He's from Valence. He's awesome!