Friday, January 13, 2012

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope that Дед Мороз brought you all some more gifts. Confused?......because of the Русский (Russian) or because I'm saying...typing..Merry Christmas again. Well this week was a good one. On Saturday it was old Christmas...the one that the Soviets tend to 'celebrate' because of their Orthodox religion. Why complain when you get two Christmas's? Not a lot of people celebrate it they just observe it. This past week has been a good one. It seemed long but it went quick at the same time. Last Pday you pretty much already know because we went to internet a bit late because we rearranged the furntiture and bought groceries and did everything else that we were supposed to do. Tuesday was supposed to be a good day but the whole day I had some stomach pains that were really uncomfortable. I didn't like having the pains one bit but I tried to endure. The pains would come sparatically and wouldn't really cease. We did go out that night to have a lesson and during that lesson they usually feed us but because I started my special diet again of eating Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast I wasn't able to eat what they fed. I felt bad but the hostess understood. She was asking me about my problems and everything else about the problem. It was pretty cool that I was able to talk about the problem as well as I did. I know that Heavnely Father has helped me and is blessing me with the gift of tongues because without his help I wouldn't be able to speak at all. Wednesday we had a zone conference and that was interesting. We learned more about using our brains and exercising our agency because the mission has a hard time of reading something in the handbook and interpreting it the other way. There was a time when some people were talking, I included, because we understood the principle they were talking about but yet there were some who didn't get it. It was simple, USE YOUR BRAIN! Then one of the AP's noticed all of the talking and asked us what was going on. That made us quiet but no one would answer the question. I then said that we all understand and we're bored and we've been talking about the same small little problem now for 15 minutes and we are bored and we understand. They were happy with the answer and we moved on. Oh zone conference... At zone conference we got a new schedule where we go outside right at 7:00 a.m. to find more men to teach. We have been trying out the new schedule since Wednesday and it really wears you out by the end of the night. We went out and found some people to talk to and one guy talked to us for about thirty minutes saying some interesting things. He was asking some "elementary" questions but in fact they weren't really "elementary" questions. Then we had some more lessons and we were busy for the rest of the night. We had a member present lesson with some of our investigator. It was great because what we planned on saying our member said it all. We wanted to express the need to come to church and that you really don't need to wear Sunday clothes. What is important is that you come to church....they didn't come to church. Friday we had district meeting and Elder Lewis talked about using the resources that we have to help further the work that we are doing and to be good missionaries. He talked about improving our teaching skills. It was a good lesson. Then afterwards we started a split. Elder Rooney came with me and we had a great time. We went to a less-active member and brought the branch president along with us. That was good because it hopefully helped the less-active know more and why it's important to come...she also didn't come. It's hard work out here but I love it everyday. I'm glad I'm here and not anywhere else. That night we had a great lesson under the direction of the Holy Ghost. He totally led the lesson. We wanted to talk more about repentance and how we can feel good but what came out of the lesson was that our investigator didn't really have a belief in Jesus Christ. We told him of the need for him in repentance and simply put it was one of the best lessons ever. At the end of the lesson you could tell the guy was thinking a lot and the Spirit was working on him. After that lesson we walked back home and found another guy. We talked to him underneath the only street light on the road, one of many miracles that we saw that day. He wanted to know why bad things happen to good people. We told him that we would research the question and get back to him. We got his address and went home. Saturday we studied out the question and came to a great conclusion. All because of agency is what happens in life. God gave us agency which means that we can choose what can happen. If someone chooses to do bad then something bad will happen and maybe that consequence will happen to someone who is good. It way crazy. We tried finding his address but he lived very far away and we tried riding some buses but to no avail. We then thought about it..we talked to the guy at 9:15 p.m. and we were trying to go to him at about 6 p.m. How was it that we found him if he was trying to get back home so late but his bus wasn't going to run. It was pretty crazy to think about and we know that it was and is a miracle that we found him. We weren't able to find his place that night and hopefully soon we'll be able to find his place. Church was good. Some people gave some very interesting testimonies. There is this old guy who gets very animated when he talks and he speaks really really loud. It was funny none the less and everybody was pretty much laughing. After church we sang our hymn that we are practicing for the next week. It's a bit crazy because the music lady is very intense but yet we take it as funny. We sang for a while and then came home. We got something to eat and then tried to find some one but they weren't home. With this new schedule we were very tired and we slept very well. Thanks for all that you have done more me whilst I've been away. I'm having a good time and enjoying life. I know that Heavenly Father watches over his children and His missionaries. It's crazy to think that I come home this year...that's weird but till then I'll be working hard. I love you all very very much!!! Elder Frank

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