What a wild week! The weather's been warming up, and we've been
having fun scraping the mud off of our shoes. That's what we get when
all the snow melts, and it's just as slippery as ice, which makes for
some adventures when we climb up this hill to visit one of our member
babooshkee. Missionary life is so fun!
We have two baptismal dates! We've been going through a dry spell
after the Goldens were baptized, but the hard times make the good
times even sweeter. One of the baptismal dates is with Owl. She's a
babooshka, and we've been going pretty slowly with her because she
understands slowly, but we finally finished the Restoration, and we
asked her to be baptized, and she it sounds like that's what she
should do. Her date is for the 28th of March, and she's come to
church the past two weeks. She's been late both times, but she met
one of the other babooshkee yesterday, and they seemed to become
friends. The other date is with a girl Sister Watts met on the bus.
(Her nickname shall be *drumroll*... Comet.) She was interested in
English practice, and Sister Watts gave her a pamphlet to remind her.
Sister Watts also mentioned that we have church on Sunday, and the
girl asked what time and then said she would come, and she did! The
Lithuanian girl who was baptized last month sat with her during church
and also helped on our lesson afterward. We talked about the
Restoration, and then we asked Comet if, when she feels that she's
received an answer that this church is true, she'll be baptized, and
she said yes! Her date is for the 14th of March, and although we've
only had one lesson with her and she's still a little tentative, we're
very excited for her to start reading the Book of Mormon and gain a
testimony. We're going to follow-up with her tomorrow at English
practice, and we can't wait to see her!
Golden Wife received a calling yesterday to be the librarian, and
she's in charge of organized all of our church reading material and
then ordering more of what we need. Her husband, who received the
Aaronic priesthood yesterday, helped pass the sacrament. They are
both awesome members, and they are so willing to serve and help at
church. In our lessons, they always have great questions about things
they read in the Book of Mormon. They're concerned for their son
who's nineteen because he smokes and drinks, but we're still hoping to
meet with him soon and help him out.
Had a tender mercy from the Lord this week. One day it was my turn to
be in charge of planning, and we didn't know what we were going to do
after dinner because all of our lessons cancelled. While Sister Watts
was making dinner, I went into the room where our whiteboard is where
we've listed all the names of people we're working with, and I said a
prayer to know with whom we should meet, and when I looked at the
board, one of the names stuck out to me, almost like it was circled.
We had tried visiting the name before, but we had never been able to
meet with her. We decided to try again that night after dinner, and
she was home! It really was a mini-miracle, especially because I was
so nervous about doing a good job with planning and leading us that
day, I know I can always rely on the Holy Ghost to guide us.
We're working hard in good ol' Russia, praying for miracles, praying
for everyone at home, and helping to bring souls unto Christ. I wish
I could tell about all that we do, but time's gone! Have a great