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.