I can't believe you guys are in Cambodia! What the heck? I thought Ukraine was cool. Man I was going to complain about how hot is was this week, but I'm sure it's way worse in Cambodia and Thailand! the biggest news of this week is we got a new mission president! President Lochhead and his wife arrived on Saturday and the Camperos left on Sunday. It was definitely sad to see the camperos go, but we're so excited to meet the Lochheads. We are having a Zone Conference on Saturday in Donetsk so we get to meet them! We're going to Donetsk on Friday, having interviews with president and then we get to have a sleepover with sister rohrbaugh and her companion friday night before conference on saturday! I'm so excited to see sister rohrbaugh again!!!!! it's gonna be the best. we've heard super good things about the Lochheads already. The Assistants texted everyone and said that they went out contacting with the Lochheads and got 4 solid contacts which is pretty amazing here and then they went and visited some less actives and got them all to commit to getting to the temple within 30 days! that's insane! They said that Lochheads want to be out working with the missionaries as much as possible and that President will go on splits with the elders and Sister Lochhead will go on splits with us!!!! I'm so excited! They sound awesome. They speak pretty simple basic Russian (just like me!) because they lived in Moscow for some time. I can't wait to meet them!
Other big news, the bun is back! I put my hair up to exercise and didn't even think about it but then i looked in a mirror and realized that my hair was in a bun on top of my head! it was magical. It took 4 months, but the bun is back!!!!
We watched the missionary broadcast this week...it was so good! we actually watched it twice because we watched it in english as a district and then in Russian in church for the 2nd and 3rd hours. that was good language practice for me because i had already heard it in english so i could guess what was going on. I hate that they say iPads "sometime next year" because i come home "sometime next year!!!!" i bet our mission will get iPads the transfer after i leave. haha oh well. The funniest thing was when we watched it in church we paused it and took a break and this super old babushka, Nina was sitting next to sister erekson and asked her if she knew what was going on, and sister erekson said yes but Nina was like, "i'll explain it to you anyways. they're saying you need to work more with the members because we're the best missionaries!" hahaha it's true! i'm glad at least one person in our branch was listening!
On Monday night I saw a bassett hound and i almost died of happiness. It was the cute kind too. Oh haha funny story Sister Erekson's siblings who are in the MTC wrote to her and told her that everyone in the MTC got food poisoning last week (except for the missionaries in the choir) and it was so bad! People were puking everywhere!!!! haha i wish i was there so bad! That's what you get for not going to choir!!!!
This week we met with Antonina who is a less active, but only because she's super old and can't come to church. We visited with her and found out that she can't read her scriptures anymore because her eyesight is so bad. She has an audio version of the Book of Mormon but she can't study by topic or look up a specific verse. Can you imagine how annoying that would be? You're stuck in the Isaiah chapters and just have to wait it out?!?! Haha anyways, we offered to come over every other week and study the scriptures with her. That way we get to practice our Russian and she can study what she wants to. I'm really excited. She is super sweet and loves us already.
We also met with a less active named Nina who hasn't been to church in 6 years. She says she knows the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is the true church, she just has no desire to come to church on sundays. Sister Erekson was awesome she goes, "do you believe that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet" and nina says yes, so sister erekson says "we were called by president monson, and God sent us here to tell you that He wants you to come back to church." haha her eyes got huge! She says she wants to meet with us and make steps toward coming back to church. Sister Erekson defintiely followed the spirit in that lesson because we had just planned to leave a Liahona with her and bear our testimonies, but we felt like we needed to stay. So she just pulled a scripture out of nowhere and improvised a whole lesson! When we first came in she didn't even really want to talk to us, and just let us in out of politeness, but by the end she wanted to meet with us again and eventually come back to church! It was so cool. I'm so grateful for sister erekson because I definitely could not have done that.
T-shirt of the week: a picture of minnie mouse and the words "I love my boys to football" hahaha
-oh p.s. p-day next week will be on wednesday because we have transfers!!!! we're 99% sure that we're getting a new greenie companion! i'm so excited!!!!
p.p.s shout out to all the bevans! paul says you actually read my letters! you are awesome!!!! have fun in nauvoo without me :)