Wednesday: So it my very first P- day and I have come to learn that they are awesome!!!! We started the day off by going to the temple which was super fun and then we got to eat in the Temple Cafeteria for the first time! Afterwards, got to come back and relax and read all of my emails and talk to some of you guys. I miss you all and I hope everything is going well on the outside. Later that night we had our final meeting with Casha (our investigator) and got him to commit to Baptism!
Thursday: We started off the day with a bit off a bumpy start. The alarm clock that elder Hess brought ( the SONIC BOMB....evil) would not stop going off. When we tried it just got angry and turned to a higher pitch! We had to unplug it and it still took a minute for it to stop! After that we meet with our new teacher, BRAT GILL!!!!! He is super smart and will only speak Russian, not even hinting English to us. I was able to talk with him some what but I was still pretty lost at what he was saying. Needless to say we got very good at charades. We also learned that we would have THREE new investigators!!!!! I'm super excited to start working to bring them the gospel.
|Left to Right: My companion Elder Manning, Elder Nielson, and Elder Hess|
Friday: So we learned that we were gonna be teaching Ola today. She is a fairly young investigator from Russia but has very little education. We found out that she cant read very well, but has a strong desire to learn about the gospel. It was hard at first because we normally had the investigator read the scriptures and some of the pamphlets to get a better understanding of what we were trying to say. It was hard and the lesson didn't go so well. That was really hard because I was the one who was leading the lesson! But I prayed about it and I'm making plans so that next time, I can be fully prepared to help her and get her to understand.
Saturday: I'M STARTING TO UNDERSTAND RUSSIAN!!!! Today while in class, we had a little "bus stop" training where we tried to get an invitation to teach in between a bus stops time ( usually 3 - 5 minutes) During the demonstration, I got called to be the example and I got carried away and started having a full on conversation with Brat Frolick about the gospel and what it was!!!! I was so happy 'cause I understood what was being said and what to respond with.
Sunday: It was a pretty chill day. Elder Manning wants me to let you guys know he says hi. I finally got to see MEET THE MORMONS and it was really good and super funny. I think that its kinda of funny what some people think about Mormons. The devotional tonight was also hilarious because the speaker kept making a few jokes but also left some great lessons. He said that we made a choice to go on our mission and that we all left stuff behind whether it be family, a girlfriend, or just the general chance to feel warm again! But truly I am happy to be here and I know my Father in Heaven will bless me. my family, and my friends when we do "what is expedient of us".
|Our Branch Photo!|
Monday: We met with our second investigator, Edward, and it went super great!!! We just talked about how we are the children of heavenly father and he loves us individually. He had a little hard time with that because he grew up in poverty and a really bad section of Russia. Well I decided to share 2nd Peter Chapter 5 I think where it reads about how through our struggle, if we endure to the end, our trials will be become our strength and Edward was really moved by it. We got him to pray about!
Tuesday: We had our devotional tonight and it was given by Elder Katcher of the Seventy and it was about how our missions can be either good or bad, but it's our decision, our choices that can make them so. So instead of writing the usual daily update I want to bear my testimony as I did that night. I may not be the strongest, I may not be the most compassionate or most in tuned with the spirit. I make so many mistakes and feel doubts and anger at so many. But I know in my heart, that this choice to serve a mission and, more importantly, serve the Lord was the right choice. I know that Christ, The Savior of the world did walk on this earth and that he did take on all of our sins and iniquities. He endured through our pain and sadness. Every aspect of our fear and doubts,he understand and he is there for us. There is a God, and he is our Heavenly Father. We are all of his children and he loves all of us. Every Single One of US. We have the chance to follow the Lord, thing is It HAS to be our decisions, our choice to follow. I know , my choice and I'm never going back. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.