This week we were able to share the first vision twice and extend a baptismal commitment. I can't explain what a thrill it is to say those. I wish it happened more often. Another success of this week was return appointments. We met with two people a second time after our first initial contact. It was so great, and so miraculous. Everything is step by step. That was one of the topics I ended up studying today. God works line upon line, precept upon precept.
We talked with the primary teacher about how to make primary more interesting for the kids, and she really wants to help the kids gain a desire to come to church each week. She now is planning lessons from what she learns from the primary book instead of trying to just read the book with the kids. It really helps that she can teach with her own words. The singing part has also helped the kids pay attention. None of the members know any of the primary songs yet, so for a while, it will have to be the missionaries' responsibility to lead singing time. With time, I know the leaders will learn the songs for themselves. Like a member said, they haven't grown up in primary and have no idea how it's supposed to run.
We were able to donate the extra clothes hanging out in the branch to the hospice that we found. They really appreciated it and were so nice. I also called a woman from our potentials sheet who sounded SUPER excited to have Americans over as guests. We'll see if we can meet with her this week.
Today I had a wonderful talk with a man while on a bus. It was so refreshing, and so simple. I know that missionary conversations like that are not going to stop when my mission's over. In fact, they'll probably get better.
My mission has been such a journey, and I've learned so much. This last week, I'm excited to give it my all. I also want to share a part of my testimony.
I have gained a stronger testimony of Jesus Christ and of the reality of the Atonement. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of us, and I know that our personal light and our love for others grows through service. The scriptures are true. They are a source of comfort, answers, and knowledge. Everyone can learn, change, and progress, and weaknesses can be turned into strengths. There is an eternal plan, and God is just and merciful. God fulfills his promises. I'm grateful that I have been able to serve in Russia and experience the wonderful blessings that God has poured out here. God is a God of miracles, and miracles occur every day. I know that the Church is true.