I'm sitting here with Sister Cavaness trying to figure out what happened this week. We've been so busy and so much has gone on. (Unfortunately, because we've been so busy, my journal writing has gotten behind, so I don't have that to go off of.) One of the fun projects we're working on is cleaning our apartment. Our apartment was so dirty when I moved in, and we've been working on deep-cleaning and fung-shwaying so that we have a nice apartment to work out of, but it's taking a really long time (and time is one resource we're short on). We love that we're so busy! It's a huge blessing.
I had a visa trip this week, so that took us out of our city for three days, but I got to see Sister Brayton again! I love that we get to see each other every three months if not sooner. I also got to see Elder Lyman and ask about all the goings-on in Nakhodka. (He's still there.) It's really exciting to hear about what's happening there. One of the less-actives has been to church for the past 3 weeks, and they had a baptism on Saturday.
Speaking of baptisms, we also had a baptism in Ulan-Ude! A wonderful girl that the elders met on Victory Day (May 9th) was baptized. She has totally taken the Gospel to heart and is a wonderful new member. Her testimony is so strong even though she said she was teased by her friends for going to church and even though her mom is so mean to her. (She said her mom prayed so that she died. I know that's probably not how to say it in English, but I can't think of how to say it properly right now.)
We also had a taxi driver investigator come to church yesterday in the middle of his work schedule. He didn't stay for very long, but he said he really really liked it. Also, we had 3 members give us referrals yesterday. We're seeing miracles all over, and this is only the start! (Thus the title which was inspired by the rousing rendition of "The Morning Breaks" we had during companionship study today. The cracking voices and lack of actually knowing how the melody goes works wonders on bringing the Spirit in.)
One more funny tidbit. Last week after we finished emailing, we were about to leave the internet cafe when we saw in a display case a missionary planner. Those are very unique looking, and we asked the store owners what it was, and they said somebody left it here and they're waiting for someone to find it. We asked if we could have it, and turns out it was our district leader's planner. He lost it at the beginning of April, and we found it two months later sitting in plain sight in the internet cafe. It was so funny.
The Brintons officially started their last month in the field today. Weird and sad to think they're going home in 30 days. We also heard about the death of Elder Perry. He was a great man and we're grateful for his wonderful life of service. The apostles are amazing examples and witnesses of Christ, and we hope and pray that everything is okay with them and their families.
'Til next week (when we'll know about transfers)!