Tuesday, May 8, 2012

April 30th Letter

Every week seems so quick and I can't believe that I'm writing yet again another email. If you find where this past week went that would be nice to know. Maybe with the following information you'll be able to find where it went. 

Monday was a great day. Like you know it was our Pday. Skipping the day activities and going straight to the evening, because that is where stuff actually happens. We had a lesson with the second counselor in the Branch Presidency and his wife. We haven't gone out there and we only talk for a little while whilst at church. We rode out there on a trolley car and then walked the rest of the way there. On our walk to the apartment building some guy stopped and talked to us for a while, well we didn't stop, we walked and talked for a while. He asked a good question at the beginning. He asked about paradise and where it is. His question was really about the three kingdoms. He said that he knew a little bit about us, the church, and he was actually a religion student. He knew a lot of things and was interested in what we had to say. We have been praying to find the elect and for the elect to find us. So I guess you could say that it's an answer to a prayer. We got his phone number and then gave him a Plan of Salvation pamphlet and talked some more with him. Then we got to our lesson and when we first walked in it felt so comfortable. It was a clean tidy apartment meaning that the Spirit could easily abide there. It was super nice. We talked for a while about how they were converted and then that time actually went by really quick. After hearing their conversion story we didn't have that much time left. So we went into the kitchen and had some cake and talked some more and then tried making our way out. Before we left through the door we gave a Preisthood blessing to the husband and the son. It was a good moment and I felt loved there in the apartment. We got out of the apartment a bit late and the husband said that the trolley cars probably wouldn't be running right now...so we had to walk home. Good thing we have a map and the Holy Ghost because that is what we did. We pulled out the map and found out where we were and then started making our pathway home. We walked for probably about 40 minutes until we were about another 10 minutes from home. It was a good walk and I was glad that people called in so we had someone to talk to on the walk home. The path was a bit dark in some spots but it all worked out and I'm still alive. 

Tuesday we found ourselves walking back on the same path that we walked on last night because we walked past a hospital and in that hospital is where one of our investigators is. That was a bit coincedential that we walked back that way. Our investigator had her appendix taken out and she was recovering from that. Pretty much you never want to have go to a hospital here becuase it would be like having surgery in an abondaned school. They are pretty sketchy and not safe and sanitary. We got some shoe booties and had to wear this cloak. My cloak was pretty sad looking because the sleeves were open, so basically there was no need to wear it. Anyways...so we walk down the hall and find our friend. The room is a small room shared with two other people. So in total, three people all laying there. It's a Russian hospital. It would be like a hospital in Romania but then a bit worse. The windows are open and the nurses are outside smoking cigarettes and not really enjoying their jobs, meaning that they are a bit grumpy with people. So if you get sick here....good luck. Anyways we talked to our friend for a while. It was a bit awkward because thought that others weren't going to be there but they were there and so we just had to talk to her and help her feel better. My guess is that the surgery was a bit medevil and probably not that great. She was grimmecing every now and then because of the pain. Then we finally made our way out and went to a member lesson. We set up some plans so she could come on some lessons and then went to another member and helped her take down her blinds because she is old and she wants to clean the windows. Then we made our way to the church. We were standing on the bus stop for a while and then some taxi driver pulls up and yells out his window 10 grieven for a ride to where we needed to go. So we hopped in and some other guy did too and we made our way over to the church fairly quicker. We had English Group at the church and had a party with that. We just started last week and this week there were already more people than last week. It was a great time. The group that I was in, one of people were asking some crazy questions about choosing prophets and other stuff. We answered his questions and helped him try and understand our beliefs. There are quite a bit of people here that want to learn some English and so since it's free why not??! We are hoping that some of the people turn into investigators and then members. We'll see. 

Wednesday was a more slower day compared to others. We had our senior sister member lesson and had a good time with her. She made some holodets. That was probably a poor Russian-English translation. Anyways what that is is jello-ed chicken fat. Yes...that's right....jello-ed chicken fat. Wanna know if we ate it? The answer is NO. Good thing I was standing there when she pulled it out of the fridge because when she cut it, it wasn't settled all the way and still watery. I told her that it wasn't ready and that we shouldn't eat it. Thank goodness she agreed because we didn't eat it. I don't know if I could have eaten it because I've heard that it's nasty. We had our normal food and then had a lesson. Sitting on a comfortable couch after eating quite a bit of food is a challenge to stay awake. I will admit that my eyes closed for a while. It's hard staying awake. After the lesson we came home and planned for the rest of the evening of what we were gonna do. We didn't have any lessons and were free. We made a list of people that needed to knock their door and so off we went. We were able to knock pretty much every door. On our way to another door some people stopped us. They were by an outside bar and drinking a bit of beer. I kept on walking because I talking to drunk people isn't very good and it takes for ever to get away. My comp stopped and talked to them so I had to turn back around and take the five paces back and stay there. It was okay, they were a bit drunk, but it's whatever. We got a phone number and hopefully an investigator from that little moment. 

Thursday, probably one of the most busiest days ever. We had district meeting at noon, then a lesson at 3, then at 5, and then at 7. That doesn't even account for the travel that had to take place and all that was talked about during those meetings. Basically we woke up and then left our apartment and didn't return until late that night. District meeting was good, we talked about attitude and actions for a while and then had some food. Then we quickly made our way to our lesson. Which was with the former mission president of the St. Petersburg mission and right now he's the first counselor in the mission presidency. So the guy is a pretty much a head hauncho. His family is a great family. They have two sons who are about the same age and their mom is like any other missionary mom. Super loving and awesome. We were there for a while and had a good lesson. They love to talk and so trying to get out of the door of their apartment is like ripping off a scab from your elbow, hard. Eventually we got out and made it to our next lesson. After than lesson we had to quickly hop on a bus and then transfer to another bus and ride down. It was a ride, but we eventually got there with some time to spare. There that lesson was pretty good. We talked with them and talked about doing missionary work and talking to others about the Gospel. The members understand and they are always getting hassled by missionaries for more people to teach and so they are a bit hesitant and don't like it so much. They got the picture and said that they would try and then we made the walk back home. Today was so long and so crazy. If everyday was like this, I'd be dead upon coming home. 

Friday morning I woke up with a hurt stomach, probably because of all the food that I ate the day before and because of the carrot that wasn't that healthy and/or fresh. I took my time that morning and hoped that my stomach would feel better. Eventually it did and we did our thing. We did some weekly planning and then went to the older lady who asked us to take down her blinds. We put them back up this time. After eating the food and sharing a quick spiritual thought we made our way to the church for youth night. There we had a good time and played with the youth and helped them feel good. I love youth night because it's a lot like mutual back home and it is just a great time to be alive and do good things. 

Saturday was much like Thursday, crazy busy. We went to another city in our zone and did a special meeting with them from what we learned a couple of weeks ago at Zone Leaders Council. After that we made our way to a grocery store to buy some ingredients for tacos because we were going to a members place to make some tacos with them. That all worked out great and we had a great time. That family has been members for a very very long time and it's so great to hear their conversion story and their strong faith. The church is so cool. Then we made our way pretty much across our area to another lesson. That lesson was interesting because we were way thirsty and they didn't have any water. So they sent their son to go fetch us some water....some gas water. That's club soda. Nothing quenches a thirst better than some bubbly cold water! We drank some of that and then had a lesson. They have a large German Shepherd puppy and I had to do some Dog Whispher tricks for it so we could actually have a lesson. Then afterwards we made our way home. We made that walk again, the same one as on Monday. It was a great time for walk because the weather was great. 

Sunday...was a great day. After church we had two lessons. We went to the first and found out that some other members were there. That was a bit crazy but great to see because they were doing the home teaching. So we tagged teamed that and then made our way to the one lady that made some pray-needing-food. There we gave her the Sacrament and then ate some more food...which also needed some praying. She's a great lady and just trying to do the right thing. This past week was crazy busy and the rest of the mission should be busy. 

I love you all very much!! 

Love Elder Frank

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