I don't have much time today because we now have three sisters in Artyom, and that means trying to figure out how to let five missionaries write home from one computer. Sister Payne is staying with us until the end of her mission... I mean, our mission. All three of us go home together.
We were just working and hosting all week because of zone conference. I really can't explain the tiny miracles that happened. We also visiting a Russian Orthodox temple and had a long chat with one of their leaders and learned more about their religion. I hope the pictures speak more than I do.
I can hardly write about zone conference without crying. It was my last one. I felt like I learned so much about learning. The Kachers (from our area presidency) are such nice people. I also loved seeing everybody at the Sunday meeting, especially the people from Nakhodka whom I haven't seen for almost a whole year. That was a tender mercy. Artyom didn't have high attendance there, but the people who came are definitely strong.
I also can't express how wonderful I think Sisters Hall, Cox, Robb, and Jossie are. This mission is blessed to have some truly incredible sisters. Their examples are inspiring. I was blessed to serve with them this week. Even though I want to be so much better than I am, thankfully I'm better than I was.
Basically, I love missionary work and love being here!!!
Dear Brother and Sister Springer
We have been blessed this week to be edified by President and Sister Kacher, General Authority of the church and Area Presidency of our mission.
We have been encouraged to be urgent and use time wisely! We have been instructed to increase our ability to be led by the Spirit! We were reminded to teach Repentance and Baptize Converts, those truly converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
We were asked to have faith in Jesus Christ to overcome any mindsets that we may have. We were asked to learn to seek answers to questions of the soul thru the Book of Mormon and then teach this in our missionary work. We were asked to teach repentance as a blessing in our lives and that the atonement is for all people, no matter their past. We were asked to really work with less actives and seek to be led by the spirit.
Vladivostok Russia Mission Statement
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of Him to declare His word among his people, that they might have everlasting life. (3 Nephi 5:13)
We are a Preach My Gospel Mission!
We live by consecration.
We sow exact obedience.
We grow mighty faith.
We harvest precious souls.
We expect and facilitate daily miracles.
We talk with everyone.
We find with faith.
We teach repentance and baptize converts.
We are happy, dignified and hard working!
We Love God and show charity for all His children.
We are the Vladivostok Russia Missionaries!
We have a desire to live the Mission Statement that we recite daily in our studies and when we gather in District meetings and Zone Conferences.
These two sisters have been an amazing companionship in Artyom! Their love for the people will be missed! They both gave such sweet departing testimonies.
We are very grateful for Sister Springer's talents on the piano! She brings the spirit into each meeting with her talent!
We love sharing the gospel with your daughter and we are grateful for your prayers in behalf of our Vladivostok Missionaries!
President and Sister Perkinson
Vladivostok Russia Mission