Monday, March 23, 2015

In Russia!

Sorry I haven't written in so long I just found out that my email from last time didnt actually go through. So I'm gonna go ahead and take some time to explain everything that has happened over the last 2 weeks!! and don't worry, we have pretty reliable internet (so I've been told) so my emails will hopefully all go though.

 SOOOOO I'm in Russia now!!!!! And I think I may be going crazy from that little fact! I landed here on Wednesday night after more than a day-and-a-half flying basically, and for the first time ever, the jet lag I had was EXTREMELY BAD!! haha I feel like I'm tired 24/7 and I have no idea whats going on. I got to St. Petersburg and we all stayed at the Mission President's home for the night because it was so late at night already. When we got back to the apartment, we had some introductions and found out where in the mission we would all be. I also found out that I would be in KALININGRAD!!! Woot it's actually not even in mainland Russia. Its more south and indents in to Poland actually. We finished up the night with dinner ( Russian dinner of course) and had some interviews with the Mission President. Then it was off to bed!

In the morning, we got to meet our companions!!! I'm gonna miss Elder Manning. I'm now companion with Elder Niu!!! He's a great guy and he's a great trainer. After getting some final paper work finished. We and got something called Chuda and had to leave for the airport right away 'cause our mission field is actually an hour-and-a-half away by flight. Yeah more planes......... I did a lot more sleeping. While I was at the airport I actually met this woman and her child and got their phone numbers and they said we could come over when we were back in St. Petersburg! It was a huge blessing and I'm just so very happy for that has happened already.

So as soon as we got here, we got a call from our mission president that he needed us to throw together a last minute fireside! Elder Marchinka of the Seventy was coming to visit and it was actually really cool. We had it at the meetinghouse. Kaliningrad is one the only areas in our entire mission that actually has a church house! It's actually really cool. The fireside went over well and I got to meet a lot of the ward members. We're a little small here but the members are so strong and faithful. At first being here was really stressful, what with the language and the culture shock. And I'm still stressing out a little bit. But its better by just taking a moment to pray.

Gotta go bye.

Elder Shaw

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Count Down Begins

AHHHH! SO MUCH IS HAPPENING!!! I leave for Russia in only 12 DAYS!!!!! AHHH!! :D We are going to be getting our travel plans sometime this week and I am just freaking out! Its also been a very crazy week! SOOOO let's go ahead and start at the beginning!

Wednesday: Its P-day and also the introduction of a new district!! This new district will be the last ones before we leave to the field! They're super great and nice new missionaries that I feel are going to really excel in their respective areas! They are in the same place we were in when we first entered the MTC, with us being the oldest district now. I've introduced myself to them and let them know that the rest of the district here is here to help them. Tonight we had TRC again and we got to teach a husband and wife who actually got to serve in RUSSIA!  All in all, the day went pretty well!

Thursday: So the day started off to kind of a rough start because we had forgotten to turn on the alarm clock so we kinda slept in a little bit. We all got up and started headed to breakfast. From there forward, the entire day was just kinda hazy. Elder Hess had a doctors appointment for hurting his should so he went to go have a few x-rays done. When he got back he said that his Librium was almost torn so they just need to figure out what he's going to do and make a choice.

Friday: During class today, we were just reviewing complex sentences when the door started to open. Our teacher, Brat Frolick did a little 180 and started talking in English and sounded a little shocked. Then walked in PRESIDENT BURGESS and he basically just asked us if we would read a few scriptures and then give our input and talk in front of the entire MTC at the MISSIONARY CONFERENCE on fast Sunday! Needless to say we were freaking out just a little bit. We accepted and he left, leaving us in an awkward silence. Finally it was just a "Did that just happen?" Hahaha

Saturday: Skip to Sunday

Sunday: SOOOO today was the big day!!! We all got up and I honestly couldnt control myself. I was just over the moon about being able to speak in the conference. We all went in and got front row seats that had been reserved for us!! You know youve made it big when seats are reserved for you at the MTC! Hahaha so the time came and basically they had us move to a bunch of seats just beneath the podium so everyone could see. We all then just started bearing all testimonies and what our missionary purpose meant to us. When I got the mic, I just talked about why Im here on my mission and how I want to share that infinite love of Christ with just everyone. Everyone deserves that chance. Everyone deserves to be forgiven. Everyone.

Monday: We said goodbye to some of the Elders today, Elder Lord and Elder Wride, who had to have their departure date postpone due to circumstances. They left at 3 am today and they stopped by and said bye to all us elders. I also ran into Elder Rylie Corbin today! He is headed to the New York North mission. I got to talk to him for a while and just catch up. We also entered the exactly two weeks till our departure date!!!!