Friends* in and around France
Sister Bauguin
Sister Calloc’h
Chi Chiong Chang
Sister Charmel
Aurélie Chaussonnier & son André
Sister Cholet
The Daviron Family: Maman Simone Yves Henri Jean Maman, Simone, Yves, Henri, Jean
Joseph Deghaye
Irma Del & eacute;tang & son Michel
Pierre & Conchita Desquines
Sister “Pain d’Épice” Dumont
Suzanne Fauchard & daughter Monique Cauche
Linda Foutz
Jean Fruchet & wife
Sister Grohan
Émile Guitton
Sister Huchet
Esmeralda & Chester Kiesling
The Le Bras family Christiane (?) & Yvon
Mlle Leclerc
The Leroy Family
Georgette Leroy
Annick Leroy
Claude-Gérard Leroy
Hubert Leroy
Josette Leroy
Jean-Pierre Leroy
Nelly Leroy
Patrick & Catherine Letort
Sister Levilain and her two daughters
Sister Louis
Sister Menais
Annette Panazol
Alfreda Perrot, daughter Dominique, & another daughter
Sister Philbois
The Poirier Family of Seraing
Marcel Renaud & wife & Marie France (?) & Élisabeth
Maryvonne Salomon
Brother Tani
Fernande Trumier
Daniel “Joseph Fielding” Valton
*…with mortified apologies to those whose names and images escape me, these days. It mitigates my enduring guilt only slightly that we had very little contact with given names, especially those of adults, under the missionary rules that then prevailed. These days, missionaries seem never to know the family names of those they teach…

Moreover, we spent much more time with “our” members than with those assigned to the other missionaries. Hence, for example, the paucity of my record of the very active, charming, and well-beloved Daviron family.
Sister Bauguin
First taste of bigotry and persecution.
Spent the afternoon with Elder Miller
Gifted healer
Sold booze to curé
Ranks right up with the best of them.
Needed some counsel
Photo
way out in the sticks
A chosen child of the Lord.
Was going to lose her home because of the baptism service
Gifted as an empath
Unembroidered version
administered to her.
the Leblanc children were her referrals
Sister Calloc’h
A real bretonne: exciting childhood
Histrionic
A referral source
Story of statues
Discouraged
Feeling better, spiritually
Name Celtic, not French
Chi Chiong Chang
always “Elder Chang” to President Hinckley
Commented on my gluteal supersufficiency
Fixed Pappy and Mammy up with a sublet apartment
Loaned Pappy and Mammy his Volkswagen
Prayed charmingly in pidgin
Hard to overstate his asset value to our abbey
Photo, in businesslike mode
Typically jolly mood (photo)
Supplied a very large fraction of our missionary suits.
Loaned VW to Pappy and Mammy
arranged for lodgings
Little Chinese tidbits
The final Double-Dix in Paris
Came to Tours with Stan Simon
Sister Charmel
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Gave us a referral
…and another referral
Chaussonnier Aurélie Chaussonnier & son André
Tracted her out less than two weeks ago
At the end of the day, asked for baptism
Set her baptism for tomorrow, the 19th.
Aurélie Anne-Marie Chaussonnier (photo)
Baptized in the lake at the Lande d’Ouée by Elder Anderson
Confirmed afterwards by Elder Robins, June 19, 1962.
Powerful testimony.
Irma Delétang, Sister Cholet, Aurélie Chaussonnier (photo)
At the Pichons‘ for dinner and the broadcast
André mounting a cute theater piece.
“l’École des Joyeux” was the finale
André Chaussonnier had to leave after the morning session.
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM
André’s now SAM drama director
Brother Desquines bore his testimony to André
Photo: Irma Delétang, Sister Cholet, Aurélie Chaussonnier
Sister Cholet
Jump-rope photo 24 Apr 62
Baptism this afternoon
Photo
Worked with irrepressible Sister Cholet
Splendid baptism; profound effect on others present.
Photo: Irma Delétang, Sister Cholet, Aurélie Chaussonnier
Baptized 25 Jun 62 (by Robins?)
“Heavenly Father…Thanks for this goose…
the rue des Dames
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM
The Daviron Family:
Maman Simone Yves Henri Jean Maman, Simone, Yves, Henri, Jean
Simone called as MJM (Youth Missionary)
Photo: Simone Daviron, Missionnaires de la Jeunesse Mormonne
Photo: Yves Daviron, at an outdoor baptismal service
Yves played—and prayed—to win.
Yves Daviron was baptized at the Lande d’Ouée lake 6 May 62 (photo)
Ordained a deacon immediately after his confirmation.
The mother and sister of Yves Daviron baptized 8 May 62 at the Lande d’Ouée.
Henri and Jean Daviron baptized 20 May 62.
Simone Daviron to lead Sunday School singing
Yves Daviron and Hubert Leroy each gave a fine talk.
Spoke at Angers conference 30 Jun 62
Yves was moved at Brother Tani’s baptism 1 Jul 62
Took Henri Daviron with us tracting
Impressive job of tracting with us
15 Aug 62 (Photo): Henri and Jean Daviron at the Fête de la Jeunesse
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM: Delétang, Levilain, Josette Leroy, Yvon Le Bras
MJM ask the “golden questions”
I baptized Jean-Pierre Leroy last evening
Hosted Christmas feast 25 Dec 62
Hosted Jean-Pierre Leroy’s baptism 28 Oct 62 in their back yard
Then we ate some more! this time at Davirons’
Special permission to ordain Yves Daviron immediately after his baptism
Some of our Missionnaires de la Jeunesse Mormonne
Soldier of Algerian heritage, curious about Yves Daviron’s baptism; approached by Pierre Desquines
The Bennions baptized Annick and Andrée Hugon, and Henri and Jean Daviron.
Joseph Deghaye
Brother Joe Deghaye, our printer at Liège
Visited him solo, on President’s orders
My task: gather facts to demonstrate the superiority of the Belgian printing situation over a Swiss alternative.
To Seraing for chicken and mushrooms at the Deghayes’
Finally, two “Big Mikes” with the missionaries
Deletang Irma Delétang & son Michel
Said tonight that my accent is better than Elder Higley’s. Sweet of her.
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
First hostess for “friendlyizing”
Photo by the canal; worried about her daughter; mother to all us missionaries
Michel with Élisabeth at Christmas fête
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée
Son Marcel studied but didn’t join
Marcel impressed by Sister Leroy’s baptismal service
Allen and I taught Marcel
Encounter with their former preacher
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Baked a Yule Log cake for us
Ran into Irma & Michel while tracting
Gave us a referral in the other elders’ area
Hosted group meeting
Set apart as Primary teacher
Michel called as MJM (Youth Missionary)
Michel in baseball group (Photo)
Hosted Sister Hess on her first day
Conspired in the treasure hunt for Robins’ bottle
One of my four mothers-away-from-home in Rennes
Michel went tracting with us
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM
Adorable MJM group
Michel performing at district conference
Hugged her again at district conference in Rennes in 1968.
Rennes: Irma Delétang, Cholet, Aurélie Chaussonnier
One of my four principal mothers-away-from-home in Rennes
Sister Irma Delétang set apart as Primary teacher.
Two groups in the MJM program
Robins and Halliday with neighborhood kids (photo)
Pierre & Conchita Desquines
Pierre Desquines is a professor of French at the Université de Rennes
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
Administered to Soeur Desquines for some health problem
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée
Impressive, dignified; Ordained Elder 26 Nov 1961
Sustained as first counselor in the district presidency.
Leaves vacancy in Branch Presidency.
Working with Molina family
Strongly moved at the baptismal service
Approached a soldier of Algerian heritage who showed curiosity at Yves Daviron’s baptism
Baptized Brother Tani, and both wept afterwards.
Sustained as first local President of the Le Mans District.
Spoke at Le Mans district conference, as did his new counselors and their wives
Called me as District Clerk, pending President Hinckley’s approval
We’ve scheduled a trip to Tours, Angers, and Le Mans
Succeeded yesterday in finding a hall for the coming district conference
Maiden voyage to visit the branches
Baby Cecilia born 17 Oct 62)
Bore testimony to André Chaussonnier: impressive in missionary service
Left for Tours in the morning
Anxious to return to Rennes and family
Spoke with President Roux for a half-hour
President Desquines and I are off to visit the branches again.
The Desquines’ today; tomorrow we go to the Perrots’ gauffres
Pierre Desquines, the first local-member president of the Le Mans District.
Sister “Pain d’Épice” Dumont
Visited soeur Dumont, who stuffed us, as usual, with goodies.
I call her soeur Pain d’Épice (Sister Spice-Bread)—it amuses her beaucoup.
Pierre Desquines taught her son the Gospel
Fed us steak
Sister (Spice-Bread) Dumont gave us a yummy steak dinner at 9pm.
With branch members, at Christmas fête
We ate too much, yesterday, and so we’re going to suffer.
Sister Dumont baked two big apple cakes. All delicious, but too much for one day.
Sister Dumont made us an omelet with salt pork, followed by a pork roast and braised endives.
Thursday evening, Sister Dumont invited us to dinner, and last evening, it was the Leroys
Suzanne Fauchard & daughter Monique Cauche
Mme and Mlle Fauchard came to Sunday School.
Monique Cauche, Mme Fauchard’s daughter, nearly asked for baptism
Mme Fauchard, President Renaud’s employer, is showing evidence of honesty.
Monique Cauche’s baptism awaits only her parents’s permission
Mother and daughter are both coming to Sister Cholet’s baptism this afternoon
After several lots of prayer, Monique Cauche has set her baptismal date for next Sunday.
Sister Fauchard has set her baptismal date: next Monday.
Suzanne Olympe Yvonne Fauchard, baptized June 30, 1962, by by Elder Robins, and confirmed the same day by myself.
Linda Foutz
The BYU study group; the girl at left was Linda Foutz
At the bus
In the Catacombs
In the Ardennes, listening to a docent explain the horrors of the First World War.
Dancing with Claude Leroy
Richard, Georgette Leroy, Josette Leroy, Linda Foutz, Leola, docent.
This could be Lake Arrowhead. Leola, Linda Foutz, and Valerie provide the foreground.
Leola and Linda Foutz at 46th and Broadway, in New York City.
Left: Leola, Linda Foutz, and another group member in the courtyard of the Invalides.
Jean Fruchet & wife
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée.
Soeur Fruchet;She claimed to have had a vision, setting off a considerable kerfuffle.
The big guys came yesterday morning: President Woolley and Brother Joseph Hasoppe
They explained the order of the Church and offered them the choice, either to repent and follow the authorities, or to abandon the truth.
They all accepted the authority of the Church leaders. We now believe that the affair is over.
Jean Fruchet set apart as Sunday School superintendant
Jean Fruchet will be my successor as branch clerk.
Everybody’s getting ready to make do without me.
Got him a typewriter; got myself in trouble.
President Hinckley was coming to Rennes
Elder Aldridge and I went to Fruchets’ where we met our distinguished visitors by appointment. President Hinckley ordained Brother Fruchet an elder and Brother Winkel ordained Brother Guitton.
Sister Grohan
Soeur Grohan (Photo)
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Sister Grohan has nearly finished the sweater she’s been knitting for me
Émile Guitton
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée.
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Set apart as Sunday School superintendant
Ordained elder 26 Jul 62 by Thys Winkel
Distinguished visitors came to see him
Sister Huchet
With branch members, at Christmas fête
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée.
Esmeralda & Chester Kiesling
Asked Sister Kiesling-Debussy to help us integrate Sister Panazol into the Paris branch.
What marvelous folks!
Photo: Esmé and Chester Kiesling in their garden at Le Vesinet.
In his youth in Brooklyn, Chester was active.
Chester exclaimed, “Hey, I used to be one of them!”
Born Gaby Mansuelle around the turn of the 20th century
Posters from 1920: It’s a solace each day to see their faces
Another photo: Esmé dancing in the Paris Branch salle
Healed of leukemia after her conversion and decided to become a painter.
Just her way of making a down payment on her missionary responsibility.
Earlier in the century: Chester exercising his profession and his professionally supple body.
Gave me this lovely original “Cumorah.”
Lived to become well acquainted with the folks.
Photo: Esméralda (Marthe Kiesling-Debussy) dancing for a branch fête in Paris, 1963
Gave a talk that impressed Annette Panazol
Assisted with Annette Panazol’s integration.
Esmé’s “Cumorah” painting looks down on our bed from the west wall of the Sieve and Crockery Jar.
We did all gather for a visit at their cute little Chinese-style cottage in le Vésinet
Remembered at flamenco display in Madrid.
Gave Valerie the precious shawl that Queen Mother Maria Cristina of Spain had given her in 1920
The Le Bras family:
Christiane (?) & Yvon
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée.
Among our Missionnaires de la Jeunesse Mormonne:—(photo)
I confirmed Martial Le Bras this morning, 3 July 1962.
Between the sessions, M Le Bras expressed a desire to be baptized.
Maybe sixty people came to his baptism in the Maine River
A sidebar here on French and Breton names.
The rest of the family followed him into the water two days later.
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM
Adorable MJM group
Mlle Leclerc
Friendly, cultured non-member
Wished we had her in the Branch
Invited to Thanksgiving party
The Leroy Family
Leroy family on their way to California
Ardennes: Richard, Georgette Leroy, Josette Leroy, Linda Foutz, Leola, docent.
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
Expecting the Leroys at our evening meeting for members and investigators.
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
Photos
Teaching them the first principles and commandments
Thanked God for sending us
Two Leroys went to conference with us
Visiting the Leroys this evening to present the first principles and the commandments.
I nearly wept. The Spirit is with them, strongly and clearly.
Two members of the Leroy family went with us, and they seem pleased with what they saw and heard.
Terrific! At least one of the Leroys will be baptized this evening. Here, in Besnard’s garage.
Elder Higley baptized Mme Leroy. I confirmed her—my first confirmation.
Sister Leroy was very happy to have made her covenants with the Lord.
The Leroy family is solidly and completely in the Church.
The Leroys are having trouble with the commandments.
Sister Leroy told us this evening that we pushed her too hard
The other elders report that the Leroys’ attitude remains unchanged. Pity.
Breillatt and Higley taught 4 Dec 1961
The situation with the Leroys seems to be a bit improved this evening.
When the Leroy family gets past its problems, I’m sure they’ll join the Church and work honorably in it.
Leroys continue to progress. Elder Allen and I spoke with them for an hour and a half
This evening, we got the best reception we’ve had from the Leroys since Sister Leroy’s baptism.
Hubert and Josette will play minor roles in the little play we’re doing at the Christmas party
We find, once again, a good spirit in the Leroy household.
I’m worried that the Leroys still have some dangerous roads to travel.
The branch party was terrific. We had a good crowd, including the whole Leroy family.
Yesterday, Elders Breillatt and Bennion and I went to show the Leroys “The Stick”
Josette led family prayer very well.
Prayed with Annick about 8 a.m., then with the rest of the family around 9.
Where’s the font?—at Nantes!
12-30 The Leroys are finally baptized, except Josette.
The Leroys came to Sacrament Meeting this evening, and they’ve never displayed a better spirit.
Sister Leroy says, however, that the family’s going to move to Brest soon.
Josette’s mother doesn’t believe that Josette is old enough to make her own decisions.
Sisters Renaud and Perrot helped bring Sister Leroy around.
Josette Yvonne Léone Leroy, born 5 July 1951, was baptized 27 January 1962 by by Elder William Higley and confirmed the same day by Elder Richard B. Anderson.
One happy note: we haven’t yet finished baptizing the Leroy family.
We joined them for family prayer, last evening. Sister Leroy offered it, and it was very beautiful.
Annick Leroy has been doing good missionary work.
Annick Leroy set apart as first counselor in the newly-organized Mutual Improvement Association.
In the Primary, also just organized, Georgette Leroy as president.
I participated in all these settings-apart, as well as the ordination of Hubert Leroy as a deacon
Thursday evening, Sister Dumont invited us to dinner, and last evening, it was the Leroys.
Annick and Georgette Leroy (photos)
Best of all was the family spirit, which they shared with us. That spirit is just as strong with them as among us at home, and that does my heart good.
This evening, the Leroys invited us to celebrate St Richard’s day, in honor of us two Richards.
the MJM—the Youth Missionaries—will be divided in two groups
It really thrills me to see the Leroys accept responsibilities and grow spiritually.
Invited us to come eat Jell-O with them.
Jean-Pierre (age 7) was impressed to learn that we missionaries arise at six a.m. to do our work.
Lunch, crowned with a chocolate cake surrounded by Jell-O!
Jacques Leroy has been baptized at Angers. The family is finally all together in the Church.
Muguet and ajonc
The saga of Robins’ bottle.
Received spiritual help for ministry to them.
The Leroys were there. No longer sure how many of them were actually in the parade, but Josette was.
They won’t have to move all the way to Chantepie.
After Sacrament Meeting at Rennes, we went to the Leroys’ to come celebrate my anniversary there.
I have a spiritual link with the Leroy family which makes me especially sensitive with regard to them.
I was struck with admiration of her positive attitude.
My physical health (which they clearly care about) is connected to their spiritual well-being!
Monday night we’ll celebrate Christmas with the Leroys
Claude Leroy came to our place Monday morning, and we had a happy reunion.
Then at 5 p.m., we all went to his house and did a traditional réveillon.
Georgette Leroy, descending the monumental Montmartre stairs from the Sacré-Coeur (photo).
Hubert Leroy in the Catacombes de la Place Denfert-Rochereau (photo).
All the Leroys came Saturday. We took in the Catacombs…
The Leroys in the Bois de Boulogne (photo)
Invited the Leroys to fast with us for success before I get transferred…
Maman exhorted me rather energetically not to let myself sit too much on my trunk…
My beloved Leroy family from Rennes stopped to see us on their way to California (photo).
Below, Mammy and the Leroys approach through the Galerie des Batailles (photo)
Georgette Leroy
Ardennes: Richard, Georgette Leroy, Josette Leroy, Linda Foutz, Leola, docent
In the Ardennes, on the way to the Youth Conference in Liège
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, another photo
Invited to Thanksgiving fête
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
Now for a quick backward look at our meeting with the Leroy family.
It was my door, and Mme Leroy opened it. At first, she didn’t want to let us in.
Terrific! At least one of the Leroys will be baptized tonight, in Besnard’s garage.
Elder Higley baptized Mme Leroy. I confirmed her—my first confirmation.
Sister Leroy was very happy to have made her covenants with the Lord.
The Leroy family is solidly and completely in the Church.
Sister Leroy told us this evening that we pushed her too hard
Allen and I taught 12 Dec: good progress
This evening, we got the best reception we’ve had from the Leroys since Sister Leroy’s baptism.
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Got closer to us after Annick’s and Hubert’s baptisms
Talked about moving to Brest Josette ’s mother doesn’t believe that she is old enough to make her own decisions.
Sisters Renaud and Perrot helped bring Sister Leroy around.
Josette Yvonne Léone Leroy, born 5 July 1951, was baptized 27 January 1962 by by Elder William Higley and confirmed the same day by Elder Richard B. Anderson.
One happy note: we haven’t yet finished baptizing the Leroy family.
We joined them for family prayer, last evening. Sister Leroy offered it, and it was very beautiful.
Annick Leroy has been doing good missionary work.
Annick Leroy set apart as first counselor in the newly-organized Mutual Improvement Association.
In the Primary, also just organized, Georgette Leroy as president.
Annick and Georgette Leroy (photos)
Prayed with her before court appearance.
Still having trouble with her husband.
Sister Leroy still has trouble with her husband. We’ll try to give her some helpful advice.
It turns out that the real estate agent who found the building for us is Sister Leroy’s cousin
Sister Leroy was worried about my health. So she brought me some fortifying medicaments.
I have a spiritual link with the Leroy family which makes me especially sensitive with regard to them.
The Leroys can manage the six kilometers from their home to the new meeting-place.
I was stricken with admiration of her positive attitude.
Sister Leroy was in a deplorable state.
16 Dec 62: Mitton and I visited to cheer her up
Helped me pick out birthday present for Mammy 1 Jun 63 (photo)
Georgette Leroy, descending the monumental Montmartre stairs from the Sacré-Coeur (photo).
In Bois de Boulogne 1 Jun 63 (photo)
Maman exhorted me rather energetically not to let myself sit too much on my trunk…
My beloved Leroy family from Rennes stopped to see us on their way to California.
Sister Renaud helped convince Georgette Leroy to permit Josette’s baptism
Annick Leroy
Invited to Thanksgiving fête
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
11-23 Now for a quick backward look at our meeting with the Leroy family, of whom we’ll baptize at least two, and perhaps four or five.
It was my door; the mother and the daughter recognized the truth…
Annick and Hubert, are both sitting on the edge of the font.
Good progress We hope to baptize Annick, Hubert, and Josette Leroy on Sunday.
This morning, we went again and prayed with Annick about 8 a.m.
Great news! Hubert and Annick Leroy don’t want to wait until Sunday.
12-30 We held a baptismal service at 9 a.m. The Leroys are finally baptized, except Josette.
Annick Raymonde Hélène Leroy, baptized by me, confirmed by Elder Higley.
Each member of this family that I love (all the way to Nelly) is a fantastic missionary.
Annick Leroy has been doing good missionary work.
Thursday evening, Sister Dumont invited us to dinner, and last evening, it was the Leroys
Annick and Georgette Leroy (photos)
But we were even happier to come to the Leroy home the next evening. Best of all was the family spirit.
Annick Leroy as first counselor in the newly-organized Mutual Improvement Association
the MJM program—the Youth Missionaries. The older group will be directed by Annick Leroy.
Some of our Missionnaires de la Jeunesse Mormonne:
Jean-Pierre (age 7) was impressed to learn that we missionaries arise at six a.m. to do our work.
Annick Leroy, Hubert Leroy, Josette Leroy
Made MJM “thermometer” competition display
Came to Paris 1 Jun 63 (photo)
Claude-Gérard Leroy
Photo
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Expecting baptism within a couple of weeks
Claude Leroy came to Rennes today
We’ll baptize him tomorrow evening; he’ll be the fifth member of his family to join the Church.
Claude Gérard Théophile Leroy was baptized 18 February 1962 by Elder Robins, and then confirmed by Elder Anderson.
Our Claude is now president of the MIA in Tours and that he works a lot in Scouting there.
6 May 62: Called as first counselor in Branch Presidency, replacing Pierre Desquines.
8 May 62: Installed in Branch Presidency and as YMMIA president.
Learning to keep the Branch records.
Called on church-building mission; first such call in Bretagne.
Went to station in Winkels’ Mercedes to see Claude off on his mission
President Hinckley came to Rennes to get Claude-Gérard Leroy ready.
All the missionaries, Claude Leroy, and the Chaussonnier and Pichon families, at the Pichons‘ home
Then we saw Claude-Gérard where he works, and the President spoke [172] with him.
took the Leroys to the station, where we saw Claude off on his historic missionary journey.
Monday night we’ll celebrate Christmas with the Leroys
Claude Leroy came to our place Monday morning, and we had a happy reunion.
His brother Hubert called on similar mission 3 Jun 63
Came to Liège Youth Conference
Claude-Gérard Leroy was clearly a hot property among the young ladies.
On the way to Liège: great photo
Claude Leroy at the Youth Conference dance
Dancing with Linda Foutz
Versailles had one of the first LDS chapels in France.
Claude-Gérard Théophile Leroy and Hubert Lucien Leroy (Photo)
Claude Leroy will be his first counselor
President Hinckley met with Claude Leroy; left chocolate for Hubert 26 Jul 62
Hubert Leroy
Hubert (Photo)
Sitting on the edge of the baptismal font.
Came to Sunday School; impressed with the meeting, I think.
Took him to the big theater to see Marcel Marceau, the greatest mime in the world.
Marceau was marvelous, of course, and Hubert enjoyed him a lot
Will play a minor role in the little play we’re doing at the Christmas party
Hubert and Higley went to their house to urge them to have family prayer, and they say Josette did it very well.
This morning, we went again and prayed with the family around 9. This time, Hubert led.
He wants to be baptized now
Great news! Hubert doesn’t want to wait until Sunday. So we’ll baptize them tomorrow night!.
Hubert Lucien Alain Leroy, baptized and confirmed by me.
Shared dinner at the Leroy home the next evening.
Best of all was the family spirit, which they shared with us; does my heart good.
I participated in the ordination of Hubert Leroy as a deacon.
the MJM program—the Youth Missionaries. The younger group will be directed by Hubert Leroy.
Front row: Le Vilain, Le Bras? Le Vilain, Yvon Le Bras, Hubert Leroy
Robins and Elder Halliday with neighborhood kids.
Jumping rope at a branch outing.
Hubert
Hubert Leroy> did some very good MJM work, last evening.
Hubert Leroy gave a fine talk
President Hinckley left with me a big piece of chocolate for Hubert, since he didnt’t get a chance to visit with him.
My “mamans” and the MJM
Good work of group leaders Hubert Leroy and Yves Daviron
Came with him to meet his mother after (her) work at her request.
Hubert Leroy in the Catacombes de la Place Denfert-Rochereau
Elder Halliday and Hubert
Monday morning, President Hinckley called Maman into his office and arranged for Hubert to be called on a labor mission, like Claude’s
Hubert Leroy
My beloved Leroy family from Rennes stopped to see us on their way to California.
Hubert has expressed gratitude to me for catalyzing their transformation into Americans.
Versailles had one of the first LDS chapels in France.
Claude, Hubert, and Kathy Leroy came to Chankly to visit.
Claude-Gérard Théophile Leroy and Hubert Lucien Leroy (Photos)
President Hinckley met with Claude Leroy; left chocolate for Hubert.
President Hinckley called Hubert Leroy on building mission.
Josette Leroy
Richard, Georgette Leroy, Josette Leroy, Linda Foutz, Leola, docent.
Invited to Thanksgiving fête
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
Josette will play a minor role s in the little play we’re doing at the Christmas party Saturday night.
With branch members, at Christmas fête
We hope to baptize Annick, Hubert, and Josette Leroy on Sunday.
Did the family prayer very well.
Her mother doesn’t believe that Josette, at age 11, is old enough to make her own decisions.
Sisters Renaud and Perrot helped explained it to Sister Leroy.
Baptized 27 January 1962 by by Elder William Higley and confirmed the same day by me.
Best of all was the family spirit; it that does my heart good.
the MJM program—the Youth Missionaries.Josette Leroy in the younger group
Robins and Halliday with neighborhood kids; at right, Michel Delétang and Hubert and Josette Leroy
(Photo): at the Fête de la Jeunesse
The Leroys were there. No longer sure how many of them were actually in the parade, but Josette was.
Annick Leroy, Hubert Leroy, Josette Leroy
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM:
Adorable MJM group
Josette Leroy and four other MJM
In Bois de Boulogne (photo)
Came to Liè Youth Conference (photo)
In the Ardennes My beloved Leroy family from Rennes stopped to see us on their way to California.
We stopped in Santa Monica to see Josette Leroy. We hadn’t seen her in forty years
Sister Renaud helped convince Georgette Leroy to permit Josette’s baptism
Jean-Pierre Leroy
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
Invited to Thanksgiving fête
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Best of all was the family spirit; it that does my heart good.
we ran into Sister Leroy and Annick in the street, last evening. We chatted, then they told us that Jean-Pierre (age 7) was impressed to learn that we missionaries arise at six a.m. to do our work.
Since then, Jean-Pierre does it, too!
May Day: Muguet and more Jell-O
I baptized Jean-Pierre Leroy last evening, in observance of his eighth birthday.
Came to Paris 1 Jun 63 (photo)
In Bois de Boulogne 1 Jun 63 (photo)
Stopped to see us on their way to California.
Nelly Leroy
Invited to Thanksgiving fête
The Leroy family, clockwise from Nelly at lower left: Annick, Josette, Georgette, Jean-Pierre
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Elder Higley blessed Nelly Leroy Sunday evening. She’ll turn three on the 17th of this month.
Sat on my lap through “Les Dix Commandements” on my 21st birthday
Best photo
Best of all was the family spirit; it that does my heart good.
Came to Paris 1 Jun 63 (photo)
Patrick & Catherine Letort
Patrick Le Tort threw his cigarettes on the table last evening and said, “That’s all: I’m through smoking. Anybody want to buy my lighter?”
Photo: with branch members, at Christmas fête
Catherine Letort [sister of Patrick], who has a case on Elder Miller; regrets his transfer
Sister Levilain and her two daughters
Elder Bennion baptized Mme Levilain and her two daughters.
9 Sep 62: baptized at Le Mans by Elder Bennion
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM
Sister Louis
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
This afternoon was perked up delightfully by a referral (from soeur Louis) who treated us very well.
We were rejected by another of soeur Louis’ referrals the other day, but no wonder!
High hopes for Mme Aubin
Photo of Sister Louis
Saw Mme Aubin and got a rendezvous for Saturday afternoon.
Like Sister Louis, she returned triumphant, to everybody’s surprise.
Sister Louis, who always gets sick in motor vehicles, made the trip without difficulty
And among those who came was Marcel Louis, friend of our half-apostate Brother Louis.
Sister Menais
Sister Trumier’s mother
Having some trouble giving up her coffee.
Baptism postponed because of mechanical difficulties.
Menais. She has heart trouble and shouldn’t travel to Nantes, but suitable places are awfully scarce around here.
She’s quit her coffee – with grumblings galore in her Breton patois.
Elder Higley charmed baptism permission out of soeur Menais’ husband
Baptized 7 Nov 1961
It’s still nip and tuck in the race to see if we can get Mme. Menais baptized..
Photo: Soeur Menais and her husband
I, greenie, couldn’t take much credit…
the mother and the daughter recognized the truth because of the testimony of the Spirit.
12-10 Came to Sunday School this morning, despite her advanced age, and we were very glad to see her.
Had put several anti-nausea pills in her purse, but she never had to take them.
Annette Panazol
We asked Sister Kiesling-Debussy to help us integrate Sister Panazol into the Paris branch.
She has been the most apt and the most ready to accept and live its principles.
Elder Anstead, baptized her this morning, and I confirmed her in the fast and testimony meeting.
She was eating her supper, but she shoved everything aside and ran to gather her neighbors.
Taught by Derr, Anstead, and me
Baptized 6 Oct 63 (the Church’s half-birthday) by Elder Anstead
Confirmed by me 6 Oct 63
Photo: Elder Ronald Anstead, Antoinette Panazol, happy self
Offered the loveliest prayer, thanking Him for making everything “so clear”.
Had been much impressed by a talk by Sister Kiesling-Debussy.
Asked Sister Kiesling-Debussy to help us integrate Sister Panazol into the Paris branch.
Her neighbors had been giving her trouble, so that we’d have to teach her here at the Mission Home.
Alfreda Perrot, daughter Dominique, & another daughter
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
“Qui aime les bêtes, aime les gens.”
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Sisters Renaud and Perrot helped Sister Leroy approve Josette’s baptism.
Alfreda Perrot suffers from a kidney condition. Higley and I administered to her
I was present and participated in all these settings-apart.
We’re invited to lunch at the Desquines’ today; tomorrow we go to the Perrots’ for gauffres.
Sister Philbois
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
“Qui aime les bêtes, aime les gens.”
Organized the branch genealogical committee, consisting of Brother Valton and Sister Philbois.
As we came out of Sister Philbois’ place, we saw a marching band.
The Poirier Family of Seraing
“Big Mike”
Marcel Renaud & wife &
Marie France (?) & Élisabeth
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
Soeur Renaud says we pay our “Bomber”too much. Spoils ’em, she says.
Élisabeth with Michel at Christmas fête
Elder Higley performing: Elisabeth Renaud and Michel Delétang at left.
At baptism at la Lande d’Ouée
These ten baptisms bring the Rennes branch to eighty members of the Church.
Brother Renaud is now become Brother President Renaud.
With branch members, at Christmas fête
Sisters Renaud and Perrot helped Sister Leroy approve Josette’s baptism.
Several weeks ago, I suggested to President Renaud that the branch members didn’t know enough about administering to the sick.
My first dinner in Rennes was at their home. I dutifully smacked my lips over the rabbit’s head.
The Rennes Branch in these days was very special, and much of the credit belongs to the Renaud family.
President Renaud has called me as his second counselor. There’s nothing I’d rather do.
Mission has given permission for my assignment as President Renaud’s second counselor.
Marie France (?) and Sister Renaud jumping rope.
President Marcel Renaud of the branch: Claude Leroy will be his first counselor.
Elisabeth performing at 1968 district conference
M. Molina came to the Sunday School meeting and asked for baptism.
President Renaud will need new counselor when I leave.
I feel the help of the Spirit. What makes this unexpected is that I have no Priesthood responsibility for either of them.
Yesterday, I found President Renaud in a terribly discouraged condition, having convinced himself that his duties are greater than his abilities.
Employed (as stonecutter) by Sister Fauchard…
He was moved at Brother Tani’s baptism.
Great photo: My “mamans” and the MJM, including Elisabeth Renaud
Elisabeth in adorable MJM group
Behind the haloed girl at his left (our right), you can just half-see Élisabeth Renaud
Élisabeth on stage at district conference
My first assignment to smooth out the missionary-member interface seems to have come in 1962.
I really did love those people.
Maryvonne Salomon
Maryvonne Salomon remarked that it was a pity that we didn’t have more people present.
Ten people were there, and some of them received our message well.
“Once I’ve finished reading the Book of Mormon, will I be permitted to ask for baptism?
She doesn’t yet understand everything she’s heard, and she has yet to hear it all, but already she expresses complete confidence.
She assures us that we can’t possibly understand “how much I am helped since you came.”
Wonderful investigator: always looking for ways to arrange group meetings for us
Wouldn’t take Livre de Mormon until she’d paid for it
Sister Salomon will be baptized tomorrow evening—and at her home! She has offered her kitchen as a place to set up the font.
The first day of Spring, and also the beginning of Sister Salomon’s life as a Latter-day Saint.
Baptized this day by Elder Robins; confirmed by yours truly.
Once she was baptized, though, she was radiant and joyful.
Her spirit is really amazing. Whenever we need to have our missionary spirit restored, we have only to visit with her.
Found harmonium-player for meetings
Wealthiest member of the Rennes branch, and perhaps of the Church in France.
Manages the family’s assets in Rennes and runs a real estate office.
Found us a person to play the harmonium for our branch meetings. He’s a 90-year-old kinsman of hers.
This marks the end of a long dry period.
Name Lehinaff Celtic, not French
Brother Tani
Soldier of Algerian heritage, curious about Yves Daviron’s baptism; approached by Pierre Desquines
Came with us to Priesthood conference in Angers the same day
Missed baptismal appointment 30 Jun 62
Baptized in Angers the next day, 1 July 62. Very impressive baptismal service in the River Maine.
Between the sessions, M Le Bras, one of the sisters’ investigators, expressed a desire to be baptized. Maybe sixty people came to his baptism in the Maine River.
Fernande Trumier
Came through with a baptismal commitment! We saw her for the first time day before yesterday!
Baptism came off perfectly, despite my uncoordination.
Baptized 30 Oct—my first as a missionary
Looks as if Soeur Trumier’s mother may well come through. She was very nice to us yesterday.
11-2 Soeur Trumier’s mother came through – will be baptized Sunday or Monday.
Soeur Trumier’s mother is having some trouble giving up her coffee.
Soeur Trumier is showing more and more a sweet, radiant, wonderful personality.
But one bright spot remains: her mother will be baptized Sunday.
Helped her mother with commitments
We met a very nice lady, who was hit with the Spirit’s testimony as we bore ours.
Had already received the message before we came: I, greenie, couldn’t take much credit…
It was my companion who taught these first converts
Daniel “Joseph Fielding” Valton
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
With branch members, in Hôtel de France courtyard
Impressive Gospel scholar: we call him “Joseph Fielding Valton”
Joseph Fielding Valton stole the show at Sunday School this morning.
Before his conversion, he was a chain-smoking wino.
The members of this branch amaze me more each day. Brother Valton is one of the most intelligent people I’ve ever met.
I was voice for the setting-apart of Brother Valton as counselor in the Sunday School Superintendency
Organized the branch genealogical committee, consisting of Brother Valton and Sister Philbois

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