how have i been here for 4 weeks! i honestly don't know. the russian is coming along i guess....at least that's what people are saying. yesterday we did SYL (speak your language) ALL DAY. it was rough but helped so much. so a lot of big news this week. first, on friday brother o told us that he might be leaving next week! OUTRAGE. he got a job offer in colorado and he only has 3 classes left before he graduates so he could just take those online and leave provo forever!!! but we can't let that happen because operation teachers getting married is back on!!!! well we told brother o that sister v has a boyfriend and he runs over and shuts our door....we thought he was going to give us a 'we need to focus on missionary work' lecture be he goes "what what is this guy's name? where is he from?? did he even serve a mission?" hahahahaha and then we told him that he doesn't even speak russian and brother o goes "he can't even appreciate how special she is!" so so so adorable. so he admits to us that he 'invited her to do something' already and she was busy so techinically she didn't say no and we admitted that we have a picture of said exchange because we could see it from the window! he was majorly creeped out by that but secretly proud of us. so anyways he admits to us that's he's passive agressive when it comes to girls so monday night when they were teaching together, as they walked out the door sister rohrbaugh goes "remember brother o, don't be passive agressive!" and he got the biggest smile on his face. also i wouldn't share my hymn book with sister v so that she had to share with brother okoren. don't worry it's gonna happen.anyways, in the world of missionary work things are going pretty well. Anatoli has a baptism date and so far so good, except on monday we taught about the word of wisdom and he kept asking about hot chocolate! we had no idea how to explain ourselves so we handed him a pamphlet and we're gonna try to explain that better next time. Natasha wants to be baptized but is scared to talk to her husband about it, so she's gonna bring her husband to watch Anatoli's baptism! i wish these were actually real people because when we're teaching it definitely feels real. Anatoli is such a sweet heart and he is so excited to see us whenever we come teach. Natasha is so strong and has such amazing faith. She was asking us why Jesus Christ had to suffer for our sins because it doesn't seem fair to her. She explained that when her daughter does something wrong she has to have a punishment otherwise she'll never learn right from wrong. We tried to explain this on the fly, i read D&C 19 but we'll definitely go more in depth next time about the Atonement. What I really wanted to explain to her is that Christ chose to suffer for us, He did it out of love for us and for our Heavenly Father. I have so much to say in English but in russian all i can say is "Christ loves you" which is what it all really comes down to i guess.