Monday, July 22, 2013

President's Visit, Dog Bite

Tell Ben he did a great job with the testimony! That probably doesn't mean much coming from a greenie, but I love it! I'm saving that one for someone special. I'm glad you had fun at camp, but it's so lame that there weren't any pranks! What's the point of camp if there's no pranks?? But that battle does sound pretty awesome. You know I would have been all over that! I'm working on a list for things in the next package, I'll let you know when I think of everything.
Alright this week was awesome!!!! First of all, last monday night we played volleyball with Nastia and her friends again. Stanislov, the 9 year old kid who played with us the first time came back, and this time brought like 5 of his friends haha so they totally crashed the game and took over but it was hilarious. The kids here don't really get volleyball, but they sure love to try. Also Ukrainian girls LOVE to take pictures so we took a bunch of group pictures with us and the kids. I don't have any on my camera but maybe I can get them somehow.

Tuesday President and Sister Lochhead came which was so awesome!!! We got interviews with President Lochhead which is the greatest. We just get to talk about anything that's on our mind and ask any questions we have. My problem is I never have any problems or questions to talk about, but it was still good. Then we spent some time talking about Chapter 10 of Preach My Gospel (teaching skills) and it was so cool because President was teaching us about teaching skills by the way he was teaching, so it was like teaching-ception which was the greatest. Then Sister Lochhead came on a lesson with us and went contacting with us! It was so awesome!!!! Sister Lochhead is the epitome of being bold and loving at the same time. I don't know how she does it. Our lesson was with Albina and her husband who speak perfect English so that was in English and she helped a lot. It was so funny, she just kept saying "you two are going to make such good mormons someday" haha. They were a little suprised by that but I think they knew it was a compliment. Then we went contacting and Sister Lochhead marches straight up to this lady and starts talking to her in English so Sister Erekson translated and it was so cool. Sister Lochhead got this lady, Ivanka, to start talking about her family and she really opened up. They also found out that Ivanka reads the bible every day and Sister Lochhead promised her, "if you love the bible, you'll also love the Book of Mormon" which is totally true! I've never thought to say it like that before. Anyways, we gave her a Book of Mormon and a Liahona and she said she's definitely going to read it every day, and we actually got her phone number so it was a really good contact! Sister Lochhead was so excited! It was only her 3rd time going out with the sisters and she was loving it! Tuesday night we had youth night and we had 7 non-members there which is crazy! It was so fun. Youth Night is definitely my favorite night of the week. We play ping-pong, uno, phase 10, skip-bo, and group games like musical chairs, signs, etc. It's so much fun, and I don't even have to speak Russian to become friends with people. I love it.
Wednesday night we had a Family Night with a member couple in our branch which went really well until the commitment haha. We were talking about missionary work and we found out that this couple does a ton of missionary work already. All of their neighbors know that they're members and they are always reaching out to less actives. It was really funny though when Sister Campbell tried to extend the committment because she didn't explain herself very well and they defintiely misunderstood what we were trying to say. She promised them that if they prayed that night, a name would come to their minds of someone they could share the gospel with. What they thought she said was that every night at a specific time we pray for one name and we wanted them to pray at that same time too so that we would all be praying together. haha so they asked Sister Campbell what time they should pray and she was so confused. Then the wife was like, so we're going to pray for Tanya? and the husbands was like, no we'll pray for whoever the spirit tells us to pray for hahaha. We just let it go rather than trying to correct them.
This week the funniest/weirdest thing I've ever seen happened. We were walking to the church building and a guy and his little puppy walk by and it was actually a cute, well groomed dog which is definitely not common, so it was running around us and we were petting it and then it nipped sister campbell's skirt, but we didn't think anything of it. it didn't leave a mark or anything. then we were in a lesson in a park (several hours later) and this random crazy guy comes up and says to sister campbell, "you need to wash your skirt. i know a dog bit it. you need to wash that right away" it was so weird!!! how did he know? it creeped us out so much. there's a lot of crazies here.
The most exciting thing that happened this week was Antonina came to church! I think i wrote to you about her a couple of weeks ago. She's less-active and hasn't been to church in 6 years. We visited her a couple of weeks ago and sister erekson said "God sent us here to tell you that He wants you back at church." Well it worked because she came! All of the Relief Society sisters were so excited to see her, it was so cute. We had a lesson with her before sacrament meeting and we talked about the temple. She wasn't really into it at first, but I showed her our family picture with Grandma Tishie and told her that I was bapitzed for her and I know she accepted that ordinance. I told her that going to the temple not only blesses us, but it blesses our family members who died without those ordinances. She realized that she needs to do the work for her parents and grandparents and committed to get a temple reccommend by the end of August! We are so excited for her. We printed out a picture of the Kiev temple and gave it to her to hang up on her wall. She loved it! I think working with less-actives is my favorite part of missionary work. It gives me a lot of hope.

T-shirt of the week goes to Albina's mom, who has a shirt that says "Put on Make-Up, Radiance needs to Expression" hahaha
Okay that's it for this week. This Saturday the elders have a baptism so we're super excited for that! It's gonna be in river because we don't have a font, so we both get to see a baptism in a river this month! The lady is the sweetest lady every named Galina. She loves us. She asked sister erekson to write down my and sister campbell's name so that she could learn them. She has been practicing them all week and came up to us at church yesterday and said our names was the cutest thing ever! Her husband is also going to be baptized in a few weeks, he just isn't quite as prepared as Galina was. She's read the Book of Mormon 4 times. She is amazing. Okay well that's it for now. I love you and miss you! Have fun with Adam and Stevie! Don't melt in Nauvoo. Have fun without me!!!!

Wet Troika

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