Life goes on, summer's still hot, miracles keep happening—just the usual over here in Siberia.
We found a man while tracting who let us in, and we talked to him and his neighbor about the Restoration. They were so humble (although we're not sure if the woman was 100% sober), and the Spirit was way strong. Unfortunately, the next time we visited, the man was drunk, so that was a bummer, but then he came to church on Sunday on his own (also a little drunk). So tracting works, sort of!
We also had a mini-adventure when our carbon monoxide alarm went off at night. We found the alarm and called the district leader, chilled outside while he called the zone leaders, and then went back in, opened all the windows, and aired it out. We don't have any gas appliances, and we didn't die during the night, so we're pretty sure it was a false alarm (although I do have some not-so-pleasant laundry, so maybe that's what set it off).
We were able to see the Name Tag Family after a week and a half, and they're still fine. The two oldest kids went to youth conference with the branch, and all the youth testified during sacrament meeting. You could just tell that they were all on a spiritual high and wanted to go back. I totally remember that feeling from my EFY and youth days.
There was also a baptism on Saturday!!! The elders taught him, and the rest of his family are less-active right now, so we're hoping he's the start of their return to activity in the church.
I took lots of time replying to personal emails, so sorry this one's short. I promise we see miracles! Hope you do too!
The bottom four photos were sent to us from Ashlin's new mission president's wife with this message:
I just want to share some sweet photos of your wonderful daughter as well as let you know how grateful that we are for her willingness to serve The Lord and what that means to this mission!
As new mission President and wife, we have been instructed to be careful in how we communicate to the families. One of our MTC Skype Russian Language guides was a previous missionary that was transferred out of the country for taking pictures of places that caused alarm unknowingly, therefore we are doing our best to follow the guidelines given, which are quite vague. We hope to get clarification at our Area Presidency Conference in two weeks. But until then, please know that we love your daughter and we are very grateful for her service!