Monthly Archives: September 2011

October Fête

Fête n. The French phrase for par-tay!

I’m SooOOooOOoOOoOOoo excited for OCTOBER!!!

October starts this Saturday and it kicks of with CONFERENCE! Ahh!!!!!!!! I can’t believe how excited I am for conference. It’s ridiculous. It might have something to do with that fact that we’re going to have a BAPTISM this Saturday too! Right in between sessions. :D

Elder Garcia met this El Salvador girl (about 30 years old) through members when he used to be here. When he left, he visited the members one last time and she was there. He offered a prayer and after the prayer she told him, “You’ prayer really touched me. You’re a great example to me and I’m going to start going to your church.” Well, she did. And while Elder Garcia was serving in France, the others who were here taught her. And when we got here she was ready for baptism. We set a date a couple weeks ago and now it’s already coming up this week. It’s very exciting! Of course, Elder Garcia is beyond happy that someone he found is going to be baptized.

Even though I never really taught her, I’m still super happy to see her so happy. She can’t wait for her baptism! But I have more good news. :) I got word that the lady I taught in Meaux was baptized last week. The entire ward was apparently there and the Spirit was strong from what I hear. When I heard the news I just couldn’t stop smiling. I’m so blessed to have been able to see the change that the gospel brought to her life.

Annnd there are more reasons why October is going to be so great! The zone leaders have a baptism too. It’s in two weeks. I taught this guy, like, twice on exchanges. He. Is. So. Legit. I sit by him during priesthood and he’s just totally into it. He’s from Cameroun. So I’m pumped for that day too.

Also, October is the month of Halloween!!!! Which means I get to dress up in my Harry Potter ties all month hahaha. And Halloween is on a P-Day which means super super fun stuff. :D And my birthday is this month.

AND we’re having some barbeques with members in the next few weeks….

And I think that’s mostly it…

Oh, wait: SIX MONTH MARK!!!

So if you can’t tell, I’m excited. :D This month is going to be fun.

Also, thanks for all the letters I’ve gotten in the last couple weeks. I have letters for Brother Miner, Hillary, Lara and Brother Dawson. Hopefully I’ll send those off this week. Hopefully it doesn’t take ten years again.

Sorry this entry is so scatter brained. There’s just a lot of good stuff going on. Just to clear up some confusion, though, I’m still in the France Paris Mission. Our mission is HUGE. It covers Northern France, Luxembourg and the French speaking part of Belgium. So even though I’m in Brussels, I’m still in the France Paris Mission. And this Spanish thing is only a temporary thing from what I understand. In fact, I was just in Paris a couple days ago (Elder Garcia had legality in Angers again).

Mischief Managed!
Elder Saul Marquez



Posted by on September 26, 2011 in Mission


Unpleasant Not Fun Things

Most of my week was spent out of our area this week so I don’t have too much to say.

But I thought I’d share this with y’all.

So it started Tuesday night. There was a small pain in the back of my right leg. I didn’t think too much about it, I just figured that it was sore from something. But then the next morning I woke up and it hurt a lot. It hurt so much that I could barely walk. Not only that, but we were heading down to France that day to go do Elder Garcia’s French legality.

Well, as the day went by, it got better. By the time we reached Paris it wasn’t really bothering me anymore. Then we took another train down to Angers which was another hour or two. I wasn’t worrying about my leg too too much at this point.

That night, after about maybe an hour of sleep, I woke up and my leg hurt so so so so so much. More than it had before. At about five in the morning, I finally fell asleep (still in pain). I woke up that morning and my leg still hurt SO MUCH.

I got a blessing and then we decided to head out to the hospital. I went into the emergency room and they got me in pretty quickly. I thought it’d be a pretty quick check up. But NO.

First problem: Describing it all in French. That was kind of hard but I managed it in the end. Then they made me do some unpleasant things that had nothing to do with my leg. Very unpleasant not fun things. And then they came in and took my blood for some reason. And then they left the needle in my arm for three hours. And then they took a radio scan. And then they sent me to a waiting room. And then Elder Gilmour (one of the elders we were staying with) came in and waited with me. And then the doctor came in and told me I could go and wrote me a prescription. SO now I have drugs, but I don’t really know what they’re for. I think it’s for the pain?

By the time I left, my leg was feeling better. I’m pretty sure it was just a pinched nerve.

Then when Elder Garcia went to do his legality, they told him that they weren’t ready for him yet and to come back in two weeks. Ha ha. SO we’re going back in two weeks. Ha ha oh well. It’s one of those memories that I’m pretty sure I’ll look back on and laugh about.

Elder Cheel was there too. After the long hospital day, he and I went contacting for a little while. It was fun because we both barely know French ha ha. but we gave out a Book of Mormon so it was all good (that was Elder Cheel’s first time placing a Book of Mormon!)

Yeah, so don’t worry about my leg. It seems fine now. I thought it was kind of funny. I like what Elder Gilmour said.

“Who would have thought, that you, coming from Belgium, would be stuck in a hospital, in Angers, with a Scotman?”

Ha ha ha. (Elder Gilmour is from Scotland).

Elder Saul Marquez

Glad to hear about Mitch.  Hope he has a good time in Honduras.  I hope he has a good time in the MTC too.  I’m sure he’ll love it!

Hey, make sure the family is praying for a temple in France since conference is coming up.  And thanks for the prayers with the languages.  They’re slowly coming.  President told me to ask people from back home to pray for me. :P

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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Mission


The Promised Land!

Or so they call it. Because apparently Belgium does good with baptisms.

Anyway, last Wednesday was a bit weird for me. Went to Paris early to go and pick up my replacement, Elder Gull. Then went back to the apartment. I watched him move into my desk, my closet, my bed… I felt invaded. And then later that night we went back to Paris to pick up my new companion Elder Garcia. From there, we hopped on a train and were off to Brussels!! We got there at like ten at night. We spent the night at the Zone Leader apartment. The next day we ran a few errands with the zone leaders and then went to our apartment on the other side of Brussels. And that was that. Kind of hectic but fun.

Elder Garcia is cool. He speaks super good French and flawless Spanish because he grew up speaking Spanish. He’s from El Paso, Texas and he’s been out for about a year.  He’s a nice guy and he works hard.

As for me: ALL OF MY SPANISH IS GONE. All of it. I can’t even say Hola. I always say Bonjour. I can’t even say “Soy de Arizona.” I have to say “Je suis d’Arizona.” What is up with that? Five years of Spanish gone in five months. I speak French SO much better than I do Spanish now. What the quack.

So apart from not understanding a word that our investigators say, life is good.  I work in Louise which is just part of Brussels. Brussels is BEAUTIFUL. It is SO much cleaner than Paris. And green… And pretty. I don’t know if I like one better than the other I love both of them, but I really like it here.  I’m not going to lie: I love Brussels. A lot. The ward(congregation) is a bit confusing, though haha. Half speak French, half speak English. Then there’s the Spanish speakers. And then translators. I’ll get used to it after a while, I suppose.

But I was sad to leave Meaux.  I love that place even though it was hard.

Aside from that, there’s really not much to say. Sorry this is such a short email. We’ve only been here for a few days. Elder Garcia has worked here before so we’ve just been passing by his old investigators so far. We’re going to see where everyone is at and then get to work. This week might be a bit hard. We have to go back to France because he has a legality appointment. In Cholet. Which is by Angers (which is pronounced Ahn-jay, not angers) which is far. So we’ll be spending a couple days in France. I’ll be rooming with my old MTC buddy, Elder Cheel! Woot! :D

Oh yeah, apparently Kings James Bible was translated here in Brussels.  And I know Elder Oaks or someone quoted Tyndale last conference.  All of that took place in this city.  Super cool!

Hope everyone’s doing good!
Elder Saul Marquez

PS – We saw Miss Brussels in Brussels the other day haha.

PPS – Emm… I still didn’t send my letters. I wanted to last Monday or Wednesday when we had time but nobody wanted to go to the Post with me. Elder Garcia said we can do it today, though. Sorry. :[

PPPS – Kebabs are amazing. French fries are great (this is where fries come from). Gonna eat a Gaufre today.

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Mission



Bonjour mes amis. J’ai une nouvelle adresse!!

Les Missionnaires
Elder Saul Marquez
106, Ave. Marechal Joffre

Merci! :)
Elder Marquez

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Posted by on September 5, 2011 in Uncategorized