Monday, August 29, 2011

kharkiv/XT3 Letter 10

This past week has flown by. I can't believe how fast the weeks have been going. Just too darn fast. It's crazy being here at Internet and then going throughout the week and then finding myself  back here in front of a computer writing emails. Life is moving by pretty darn quick. 
Last Monday we went to the zoo park and saw some animals. It was a really pathetic zoo park because there wasn't much there. If I can remember right they had some buffalo, elephants, bears, an alligator, falcons, a zebra, some camels, some asses, some pigs, and some fish. It was a pathetic little place but yet a lot of fun going there because it's just a bunch of boys in a zoo. We had some fun. We saw the bears pacing back and forth just like Chris said. Some bears would just sit there and do nothing. It was boring to see. The elephants were pretty cool to see because they are so big and seeing them eat was pretty cool. They are pretty smart, they had some special way of eating. They would grab some food with their trunk then move it up and then eventually put it in their mouth. Another funny thing about the zoo was that some people would bring apples or other fruits and give them to the animals. We were all like "yeah that wouldn't fly back home." It's funny how different the places are in the world. Eventually we got bored of the zoo and came back home and did some shopping.
A couple of days ago I went on a split with Elder S. I've mention him before. We wasn't feeling too good and so I kind of did a mercy split so his companion could go out and work and not be stuck inside all day. It was nice and relaxing. They have a piano inside of their apartment and when I wasn't talking to him or making something to eat I was playing the piano. They had some music there and I just grabbed some and tried to play. It was a lot of fun. The piano wasn't in the best of tune but it provided the necessary relaxation that was needed. It reminded me of being home and playing for some hours on end. How I miss those times when I could just sit down and play. I'm thankful for my teachers that taught me how to play, the piano is awesome. Then eventually the split ended and we came back home.
Sunday was really good. I got to share the opportunity of translating for the Burr's. It's a lot harder than it looks. I can translate pretty good for myself but then when I have to talk out loud and still listen and then keep going it gets to be hard. The ears and mouth are doing different things and the brain is just getting fried. If I have more chances to translate I think that I could get better...hopefully. After Sacrament meeting some guy walked in. I thought that it was some guy from Denmark that Elder K. has been trying to meet with but come to find out it was some Ukrainian guy who wanted to know more about the church. He said that he did some research online and then he found us and had some questions. He stayed for Sunday School and for Priesthood and then we met and talked some more. He was asking about membership into the church and what has to be done. He said that he isn't sure if he wants to be a member of our church...yet, because there is still more that he needs to know. He said the word YET. That leaves hope. When we got  back home we couldn't stop talking about it and how golden it was. It was the best thing in the world. I've never had that happen before. Something that every Elder dreams of. I hope that we are able to meet with him and help him out with his questions and eventually get him baptised.
Today we are going to hit up some museums that are around. That should be fun. I'm sorry if this email seems so short, this past week was so quick and I can't remember all that really happened...actually I left my planner back home and I can't remember all that happened.....actually that is was happened. We did some contacting and what not. We are missionaries. Yes.
Love Elder Frank

Monday, August 22, 2011


kharkiv/XT3 Letter 9

My dearest family, and those who may read the blog!!!
Oh my joy I'm so glad that this week is over. Baptism weeks are just so stressful because you hope that all goes well and that the people show up. Luckily all that happened and all is well.  So with that news I'll start there, with yesterday...actually I'll start with Saturday.
So on Friday night, you thought that I was going to start with Saturday huh??? Friday night. I'm on a split with Elder демьянов, sorry I don't know how to spell it in English...maybe it's Elder Demyawnov. Something like that. So yeah I'm with him on a split we have some good lessons and the we come home and go to bed. The next day is the big day, baptism day. We do the studies and then for lunch he makes the best pizza that I have ever had in my life. Instead of a sauce he took two tomatoes and skinned them and then cut them super thin and layered them on the dough and sprinkled some salt. Oh my word that was good. Then he added some chicken, cheese, onion, and shredded potato. Oh so yes after lunch we make our way to the church, but first we make a pit stop at a copy place to print some programs. That took a while because the printer or someone wasn't printing them right. Eventually it got figured out and we went to the church. There the font was being filled up..but it was super slow. There was probably about three inches...if that...of water in there and the baptism started in about three hours and the water has been going for about two hours. So that was a bit stressful. So while we are waiting Elder Demyawnov and I start filling up buckets of water and transporting them to the font and dumping in the water. We do that for about an hour and then stop and hope that the font will do the rest. Then Elder D. starts working with the programs and then realizes that the printer didn't print them right and so he leaves with his companion and then I'm left with Elder K. So we look at the font and realize that there is still not enough water. So we start filling up more buckets and do that for about two hours or an hour and half until the baptism. It was a bit stressful because we didn't know if there was going to be enough water for baptizing everyone. So with faith and hope we changed into the baptism clothes and started the meeting. When it came time to go and baptize the kids we left. The water came up to a little bit past my knee. Yeah...hardly any water. The baptism was good and then I waited for the kids sister to come out. She was a bit smaller and so it was easier for her. There was enough water for the kids. Then it was time for the other Elder to go and baptize. She is a bit handicapped and so it took them about three times to get her fully baptized. I didn't watch but I heard that she had to sit down and then lean back and then it was good. The rest of the program went well and the treats afterwards were amazing. Then we all left and Elder K and I went home and did some more contacting and walking around.
Sunday...The day when the baptized people get the Holy Ghost. I gave a tie to the boy-kid and it looked better on him than me. I played the piano again and then finally the kids went up and got the Holy Ghost. It was so cool. I was super happy that it all happened and it all worked out. That is why I'm here to help people get baptized. That feeling of satisfaction felt so good and I want to feel that feeling even more and now I just have to find more people to teach and get them baptized. Church was all good, after church we had a meeting with the Branch President about missionary work. That took a while but it was a good meeting. Then we went home and got something quick to eat and then we went out and gave the Sacrament to a older sister and then we went to the Clueev family. Just a wonderful family. When they took us home I was thinking that I felt that I was home. They have a mom and a dad and a little brother age kid. It felt just like home, which was nice. Just a chill family that knows and applies the Gospel.
The rest of the week was really busy. I went through a member list and then we went searching for them to see if they still live there and if they are active. We found the places but people weren't home or they were. The last guy that we tried was home and he let us in and we talked for a while. I think he forgot all about the church or he really wasn't active. So that will be fun to talk with him and reteach him and hopefully bring him back to activity. We also found another investigator that Elder P. taught when he was here in the area. So that was fun teaching him. He knows English better than I do. He was using some words that I had no clue what they meant such as ramification and then he used the word snarff up the food. It was crazy! That is my plan for the rest of the time that I'm here, go and find more less actives and hopefully meet with them and bring them back to activity because there should hopefully be a stake here in Kharkiv in about two years. They just need some active members and then they should be able to get it.
Oh on the split with the Russian Elder D. I made a good kind of curry sauce. I made a white sauce but only but in some curry powder. The other elders have been talking about a curry they made and it got me in a curry mood and so I wanted to make a curry. It was kind of like the yellow curry from Thai Ruby...but not really. Instead of rice we had noodles and instead of having it like a soup it was more like a sauce....either way to me it was like a yellow curry from Thai Ruby. I miss that place, way good food.
I have found some really pretty places here. I took a big panoramic photo of a landscape, it's about 14 photos long. It's awesome. If you look for the good places in this country you'll be able to find them. This place is actually quite good looking once you get past the garbage and tall apartment buildings. I have come to like this place. The apartment is a bit of a challenge because anything that touches the floor is dirty and we finally got hot water back! YAY!!! Living in Ukraine is a fun time and you learn a lot about yourself and what you can handle.
Just so you know: I love you all.
Love Elder Frank

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

kharkiv/XT3 Letter 8

Hey family! I hope that all has been well the past few days. Sounds like Wyoming was fun and that life is returning back to normal. Dad said that the dogs are doing well because they are on the metal leash. Geeze I can't believe that school/university is about to start again. That means that I've been out for a long time, almost a year for those that are counting. Also I got a phone call this week from one of the AP's and we talked about my release date. President Compero a week or so ago asked the question to the missionaries if they are cool with their release date. When I first got in to country I was told that my release date was September 25th, but then I've heard other things which has pushed all missionaries release dates back another week or two. So if you do the math the release date would be probably sometime in October or since I asked to go home a transfer early it is now AUGUST 9th. So there you go family, there is some new news. The reason for the release being early is because I would like to be home for school to start so hopefully school doesn't start a couple days before that. Hopefully you like the new news and that it works for all of you, but till then I have another year over here and I'll be working hard. So this week has been crazy. I'll start from Sunday because that is what I remember most.
Sunday.......We got there a bit early and I started playing the piano to play some prelude and because it's relaxing. So I was playing some music and then some sister came up and asked if I could play some music for her while she sings. So I'm trying to play some music and I'm not that great and sometimes I can with both hands, also keep in mind that I just started playing and my hands aren't warmed up yet. So she asks me to play a hymn and I try my hardest to play. After figuring out that I can't play the left hand as well I play the right hand. She then was like "you know, it's more better if you play both hands then I can sing better" I just took the 'compliment' and tried to keep on playing. Then during Sacrament meeting and every other meeting the leaders are saying that we need to open our mouths as members and share the Gospel with everyone. So...yeah. During Priesthood meeting the branch president was telling us that President Compero has a goal to get a stake here in Kharkiv in about two years and in order to do that we have to have some good numbers and in order to do that we need open our mouths and talk and share the Gospel with everyone. It's something that is a bit hard for members to do. We'll keep working. Then after church, this is when the "party" starts. The two kids that we are trying to baptize had to get their interviews done. The dad is against in some ways with the church, yet he's active and he comes to church and does everything. He just doesn't want his kids to be baptized, however he gave permission to us that we can baptize them. So after church they almost got home but I managed to grab them and tell them they needed to do an interview for baptism. That happened and during the craziness of trying to get the kids interviewed the other Elders wanted me to do an interview for their investigator for baptism as well. It was a bit hectic. Then eventually everything was figured out and the kids got interviewed and I interviewed the other Elder's investigator. That was my first doing that, wasn't too weird. Then after everything was figured out we just sat down and caught our breaths because it was really crazy. Then we came home and made some dough and then went to an old member and gave her the Sacrament then came home and made some calzones. They turned out to be pretty good. About the size of a two month old baby. They were huge! Calzone you may ask?? Yes because on Friday I was able to meet with the mission doctor.
So on Friday I met with the mission doctor. He asked me to keep a diary about how often I go and when I go and what the consistency is like. So I showed him my diary and he went through that. Then he sat there for a while and not knowing what quite to do. He said that I could start incorporating more foods into my diet so I don't have to eat so many nasty bland foods. He said that I should try that for two weeks and see if that is helping and to keep my diary going. I was a bit heart broken about that because he essentially said that I should continue to have diarrhea for another two weeks. Yay.....woot.....yipee......
Skipping around and back to Saturday, that was an interesting day. Friday night Elder K received a letter from his baby girl. I was on the phone with someone but when I looked over at him, he was looking not the greatest. So was kind of like a 'dear john' but more. Long story short: he spent a summer in England and he found a girl, she was a bit inactive and he brought her back to activity. Her family isn't the strongest in the faith and so that made it a bit hard for her to stay active. Then in the letter she said that she doesn't think that the church is for her and that she doesn't think that they are going to work out any more. So he was super depressed. He didn't really want to do anything and so I told him that he had all the time to think things over because I could tell that something was really wrong happened. So on Saturday we sat around the house whilst E. Kluestrop tried to figure out things. Around 5-ish we went for a walk and he told me what had just happened. Super sad. Hopefully he will be able to figure things out all will be well.
On Tuesday we had district meeting with President and the AP's. That was a bit scary but then it all worked out and we learned some new things. During the meeting I wasn't feeling to good and had to leave twice to go potty. We talked about teaching people and not lessons and asking inspired questions. That night we had a good lesson with the Kluev family. I've mentioned them before, they are just a great family. She was asking questions about the family and it was surprising all that I was able to say. I told her that you were all up in Wyoming having a family reunion and about Grandma and Grandpa Wright. She was asking about Chris, so Chris if you are reading this you gotta email me because everytime she asks about you. We talked about other stuff and then she was asking me about my health. She gave me some grass to boil because she said that it would make me better. Then we had a lesson. We took with us some colored pencils and drew on paper our blessings. It was a fun lesson. I drew my family, the temple, the gift of tongues and a soccer ball. It was fun to draw. Sister Kluev drew her family and the church. She loves the church with all of her heart.
The rest of the days were complied of doing misisonary work and calling people to try and set up more lessons so we aren't walking the streets so much. Life is coming along. We are working hard and doing the right things. This week I'll be going on a split with a Russian, that should be pretty fun. Speaking....err typing about Russian I feel like my Russian is coming along. I know with dilligent study and heartfelt prayers Heavenly Father is helping me out. Being out here is a blast. I love being out here working with other Elders. I'm trying to eat good and healthy. I have a banana or two everyday. Thanks for all that you have done for me family throughout my life. I love you all!!!
Love Elder Frank

Monday, August 8, 2011

kharkiv/XT3 Letter 7

Monday was a crazy day. I dropped off some more poop for the doctors to test again because the doctor in Kiev wanted me to give the doctors some more. I just hope that they'll be able to find what is wrong. We did the normal pday activities such as windsurfing, sandcastle building, and suntanning. It's really cool because we have a beach in our area and we get to go - NOT, we sent emails home and went shopping. Nothing too crazy happened. It was Elder B. and I last pday together. Later that night we were going to the family with the kids who are going to be baptized but before we left we got a phone call saying that we were gonna meet up with someone and go to the hospital and drop off some food to a бабущка, Russian grandma, that took a while and then eventually we made it to the family. We taught them, the kids, the first lesson just to start the lessons. They know everything but we just had to make sure. The next time we go over it will be about the Plan of Salvation. It's kind of hard to teach them because they are kids and their attention span is about the length of, Hey look a ball!!! Yeah, it's a bit challenging. They gave us some food but I told them that I couldn't eat and was on the diet. So E. Brimley ate. The offered me some juice and I thought that it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if I drank a glass of that. Oh boy was I wrong. 

On Tuesday I was told to go and get some medicine that the Ukrainian doctor prescribed. I got three different kinds of pills. I had to take them three times a day. That was bummer, but hey, I got to take some medicine. Later that day we went to a lesson with Brother A. and that was pretty good. I like going to him, he's just a funny old active man. He was talking about running and how great it is because it's free and you can go anywhere. He says that he's gone skiing and that he's done a lot of things. So we had a last lesson with him because Elder B. was leaving. Then later that night we had another lesson. We met with Sister K. that was a good lesson and we talked about love. She too made some food thanks to the diet I wasn't able to eat any of it. It looked so tasty. She always makes some good food. It was some potato, onion, egg thing that just looked and smelled amazing. She was nice enough to make me some rice. The diet really is getting in the way sometimes. 
Wednesday was a good day. We had district meeting and that was pretty interesting. Elder E. has some different opinions about the gospel and we tried to help him out but he wouldn't accept our answers. It got a little intense at times. Hopefully he'll be able to understand everything. After district meeting we went to print off some photos close by and we had a lesson with I. He is doing pretty good. He wants me to teach him music. So I got a piece of chalk and drew on the board the notes and the clefs and what not. I don't know why he want me to teach him music, what ever. Then we came home and Elder B. packed because he was going down to Donetsk the next day. 
Thursday was transfer day, usually it's on Friday but because so many elders went home this transfer President C. didn't want any areas to be without missionaries and so they were a day early. That was pretty fun. We got up early and took a taxi to the Center Branch and then waited for the transfer bus to come and take people down. If I can remember right about 6 or 8 people went down. I went with Elder K., guess where he is from? If you guessed Iceland, you guessed wrong. If you guessed South Africa, you're a bit closer. Now if you guessed Denmark, you guessed right. If you can remember right, he was in my district when I was in Makeevka. So we know each other and it's not awkward. So we were with some other elders as they were waiting for their new companions. Eventually transfer meeting happened and then we found out who was going where with whom. I was going to be serving with Elder K.! and I was going to be senior companion and district leader. I was a bit surprised about the last one. So here I am as senior comp and district leader. In the district is two native Russians and the Zone Leaders. It should be a fun district and nothing too crazy should happen. I know that I'll be having to interview someone for baptism in a couple of weeks because the Russians have some one on date. That should be fun. So after we found out everything, we went back to Elder K. apartment to get his luggage and then we took a taxi to XT3 and he unpacked. I showed him around the area and then we went to welcome the transfer bus. We thought that we were gonna get some mail, but we didn't because they didn't send it up. I got some new planners and some Liahona's in English. Then we came back.
Friday we did our normal planning session and then we went grocery shopping because we had no food. I bought three loaves of bread and some more rice. While Elder K. bought some pasta and chicken and some juice. I'll be honest I was a bit jealous that he could eat something besides bread and rice and what not. Funny story, on the street market I bought some bananas because they were cheaper. I said that I wanted a kilogram of bananas and the lady was like Whoa, you speak so good you can communicate. Where are you from? America? What do they speak there? It was kind of sad but cool at the same time because all I said was "One kilogram of banana, please". Whatever, I'll let her think that I'm super duper awesome. Then we went to Brother Anatolie for a lesson and then walked around the area for a while. Found more of the area and then walked through a park. We found a bench and sat down and had a good heart-to-heart. That was good because now we'll be able to understand each other more and serving won't be awkward.
Saturday was a pretty busy day for us. We went to the metro to meet some other missionaries because they are getting whitewashed into a new apartment but they moved into the wrong apartment and they needed the keys that Elder K. had because we thought that Sister's were gonna be in there and they didn't come up on the transfer bus. So confusing story made short we gave the keys to the Elders and then we went to another lesson. We tried teaching the first lesson just as a refresher for the member but he was like thanks for coming after I asked him one question about God as our loving Heavenly Father. So that was a bit confusing and awkward and then we left. We went to the park and saw I. and talked with him for a while. It's really hard to understand him because he says some really different words than other people say. He tries to use poetic long words and then his accent is a bit hard to understand. So after trying to understand him we came home for some lunch. After lunch we had a lesson with Brother K. He's a special guy. He says that he's handicapped, maybe I wrote about him earlier, he has a problem with smoking and he really wants a laptop. My goal for him is to help him stop smoking. I like meeting with him, there is something about him that I like, he's just a bit crazy but I like working with him. Other Elders have given up and don't want to meet with him. During the lesson I could feel the Spirit directing me and telling me what to say. And then all of a sudden I asked Brother K for his pack of cigarettes. He picked them up, looked inside and then looked at me and then tossed them to me. I told him that my goal for him is to quit smoking and to have 100% Priesthood. It was cool to see him go along with it. I think that he realized that I'm here to help him. When we left I had him promise me that he wouldn't buy any more cigarettes. If he did I'll just ask for them again. I want to help him. After that lesson we did some contacting and we talked to one guy for a really long time. He was really nice and he was interested why we were over here. He was asking a lot of random questions like why don't we have a beard? why are you wearing ties and black coats (it was cold), and just random things. It was pretty cool to have a conversation with him and I was leading the conversation because I am now senior comp. It's a bit scary but I know with the Lord all things are possible. I've been praying for His help because I can't do it alone. I'm a bit scared of being senior comp, because I've always been junior and now to be senior finally it's a bit scary. I have to talk on the phone, set up lessons, and plan the day. It should all be well though.
Sunday was Sunday. Church was better and I payed attention because it was open mic Sunday. That always provides for some interesting testimonies. After church we came home and when we got home I called Sister B. asking her if I could go off the BRAT diet because I've been starting to feel a bit better. She said that since I was feeling better I could go off and eat regular food. I was so thrilled and I went to the fridge and got some leftover lasagna and warmed it up and ate it. It tasted so good to have food. Then we went out to give the Sacrament to a бабущка then we came back home and made some more food. I made a white-sauce with some chicken and pasta.
Today we played some basketball. Hopefully today I will feel pretty good. I'm still taking the medicine and the doctor is coming to meet with me and some other elders on Friday. That it could possible be a parasite and my body is freaking out and blah blah blah. Hopefully something will be done because eating bananas, rice, and toast all day isn't fun.
I'm thankful for all that I have and all that I have learned whilst being out here. Today is my 11 month mark. I can't believe that time is flying by so darn quick. Almost one year down and then only one more year left. Till then I'll be working hard and having fun. Remember that I love you all!!!
Love Elder Frank

Monday, August 1, 2011

Kharkiv/XT3 Letter 6

Oh my word I can't belive that it's August. That is just weird. That means that this year is almost over! Man time sure is a flying by. This week looking back just looks like a blur, it was so quick. After our Pday activities we went to a family that lives a bit away and it takes about 45 minutes to walk to them. The last time that we walked there some guy gave us a ride over there and guess what? Yes the same guy gave us a ride over there when we were walking over there. He is a cool guy and really nice. Hopefully tonight when we go over to the family he'll be driving by and we'll be able to get his contact information and start teaching him because he seems really nice. So yes we taught a family, they are part member but soon to be all members! It's a grandparents, daughter and husband and two kid family. The kids aren't baptized but coming up in about two weeks they will be. That will be pretty cool to be a part of. They pretty much know all the lessons so we wont' have to do too much teaching but we will have to do some teaching.
Tuesday we had our cleaning checks for the apartment. Let me tell you a little bit about the apartment. Dirt and dust collect like no one's business and can be found everywhere. You can sweep in the morning and collect a huge pile and then at night you can sweep again and get about the same amount as in the morning. If you mop it only moves around the dirt and doesn't make it too much better. So when the B.'s came and did checks, we were told that we could have done better. The apartment isn't one of the nicest ones in the mission and it takes a lot of work to get it in tip-top shape. This coming clean checks it will look better and cleaner. After the cleaning check we met up with some other Elders and went to a Дача, do you know what that is? Well it's a dacha in English. What it is is a small little house on the outskirts of town and they have a garden. They really followed what Prophet Benson or McKay said when he said "plant a garden." So there are a lot of these dacha's that people have. People here are self-relient and don't go to the stores too much because they grow the vegetables that they need. So we went to the dacha and did some service and had a small little lesson with them and they made some food for us and then we came back home. It was a lot of fun. We cut wood for them so they could be warm for the winter. It reminded me of the fall when we order wood and we have to cut and stack it in the shed. I have been craving some hard manual labor. I sure do miss working on the grounds crew at UVU. That was a lot of fun working on the dacha and I hope that I will have the opporuntity to go back and work on some more dacha's.
Wednesday we had a split. I went with Elder B., he is my zone leader, the other one. He is going home in two days. Yesterday we said goodbye to him and some other Elders at the train station, more on that later. So he and I had a split. He said that it was one of his most favorite splits that he has had on his mission. We got together and then did some contacting and then went to a members house for a lesson. I forgot how long or how short it takes to get to their house so we were a bit early. Luckily a member of the family was out and invited us in so we didn't have to cook in the sun. We sat inside for a while and chatted. The husband came in and said that he was working on the fridge because it was broken and that his wife was working and wouldn't be home till about 9 p.m. We were in a pickle and didn't know what to do. We sat there for a while and then took note of our situation and then decided to go home and make some burritos/tacos. That was really good. We had some ground beef, beans, corn, rice, onion, and seasonings. They were so good that my stomach didn't want to keep them in and that night I had to go the bathroom a bit often. I think so because on Sunday I was done taking the pills and the medicine wore off. So yeah...I'm kind of back to where I was before. FUN!!!
Thursday we had our final district meeting as a full district, remember Elder B. is leaving. That was a good district meeting. Our meetings are pretty fun. We meet at the church and have some snacks and then have a good spiritual discussion about something. We talked about teaching people not lessons. We talked about some good things and learned some new things. At the end of the meeting Elder B. gave some final remarks that he has learned whilst being here in Ukraine. He said some good things like being patient all around with companions and working on the street and all the time, he also said that it's good to have some good companion relationships. He said some good things which I wrote down and will start trying to apply them in my life as a missionary.
Friday morning/afternoon-ish we had a lesson with some inactivesBrimley because he is getting transferred. He is going down back to Donetsk. He's a bit bummed about it because he just got up here to Kharkiv and loves it up here. I am staying up here and I'm a bit nervous about what could happen. I could either train or have a younger companion and become senior companion. Eh, I'm not too scared, I've been working on having more faith in God and trusting in him that the best will work out. So what ever happens will be for the best. We then finished the lesson and then started our split. I was with Elder E. in his area. We had some lessons that night and then came home.
On Saturday we had some plans to go the big market and buy some things but my body told me otherwise. That morning I didn't feel like a million dollars. I went to the bathroom two times that morning and didn't have a good feeling in my stomach. I called others who were going and told them that I wasn't gonna be able to make it. Anytime I thought about going I just had a bad feeling and it didn't seem like a good idea. I'm glad that I didn't go because during studies that morning I think I went another two times. I eventually called Sister B. and let her know of how I was feeling. She then called the doctor, what the doctor said to do was go to the doctor today and have someone look at me and do another two poop tests. The doctor pushed/felt my stomach and then told me to take a blood test. She gave me a list of medicines to take as well. So I called Sister Burr and told her the news and then she relayed the news to the doctor. I was told not to get the medicine because what they did was not help me. One would slow down the digestion and another would speed up digestion and another would do the same if I just ate yogurt. So yeah...that is my situation. We had some more lessons that night and I didn't eat much so I felt alright but weak.
Sunday morning I felt really weak because I didn't eat anything the last night so I was drained of energy. I layed there in bed for a while trying to sum up some energy and get out but it took a long time for me to finally get up and going. I made it to church and sat through church with no problems. The Burrs came as well and they gave me some food because I'm now for reals on a diet. It's the BRAT diet. Banana, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. Fun huh? Yeah it sure is. For this whole week I have to try my hardest at eat only that. I tried it a couple of weeks ago but gave up because it was stupid and I didn't like eating just that. I paid the price for that. So after church we booked it to the train station and said goodbye to three Elders going down to Donetsk and then eventually home. It was a weird indescribable feeling that was felt. It's just weird seeing someone finish their mission. This is all that I know out here, missionary work. In the evening we gave the sacrament to a shut-in, but before we got there we ran in to a party. We turned a corner and outside was some guy in a doctor costume and when he saw us he got all of his friends out and out came some lady dressed up as a Soviet general and some guy in drag. It was very interesting. They were a bit drunk and they had some fun with us and then we said that we were in a hurry and they kindly let us go. It provided for some great laughs. Then made our way to another lesson after the Sacrament. Cool story. The last time I was here at this lady she asked if we could give her daughter a blessing. We gave her one because she was feeling a bit sick from being pregnant. The next day she gave birth to a healthy baby boy. It's pretty cool to see the hand of God out here. I have a strong firm testimony of the Priesthood and that it is the power of God here on earth and that we can work miracles through the Priesthood. We had a good lesson with her and then we came home to finish the day. I ate some more rice and toast and then went to bed.
Love Elder Frank