Hey there family!
Well it was good to hear from you once again, it feels like we never even got to talk! But it sounds like you had a good Christmas and that you all were able to enjoy a good time and keep up the good skiin traditions and everything...you'll have to pass along a little hello to Troy for me. It was was good to talk to all of you and see each of you, your all a lil different and things but your all the exact same. I woulda thought that I was talkin to you from the sweet dorm room out in Virginia. Crazy how fast time is flyin by. I can't believe it. And that 40 minutes was way too fast, but I agree with ya dad, it was good to have us all together. It sounds like things are goin well back at home. I appreciated your testimony about goin to church momma and it sounds like the ward back home is doin well. You'll have to tell everybody hi. That is cool that Janet and Brother Mcgill got my letter and I can't remember if I told you that we wrote Tyler a letter, but it turns out that Elder Broekhuijsen and I had a common friend, so we thought that would have been funny to send him. And that is a sweet lookin structure with the temple being put together, that sounds like a fun thing to watch there at work dad. Pretty cool stuff. Let's just transport that on over to samara here!
As far as the week goes, mine has got to be up there with probably the most crazy of my mission weeks. we had a lot of way good things happen and just a lot goin on. So after we talked on Tuesday, we had the next day on Wedensday getting all in for zone conference and for interviews. That made for a good day of makin sure people were getting in on time and everything to make sure that all had time to interview with president. He is such a good guy to take the time and interview with everybody. We then had the big conference the next day here in samara! it was a really good day and I learned a lot, besides the fact that the two dummies that had to order food (me and Elder Taylor) somehow undercounted and sent us sprinting out the door into the falling snow once lunch started to go find something for a couple of missionaries that we had missed. Ya baby. It then came time to get a couple of missionaries out the door, and so we had to step out and order them a taxi. there is really sparatic traffic and things here especially with snow, and russian customer service doesn't exactly get five stars, so with that we went to get them a taxi and all taxi services and any friend taxi drivers we have here would say "no we're not taking orders" or "we don't have anybody going to that area". So we got to spend the last couple of hours gettin that figured out, but hey people made their trains and it was a good conference. Phew. The next day we had a guy come meet us here in the office that had called up Elder Taylor and had been reading the Book of Mormon. Turns out, he's read pretty much the whole book and was pretty down for everything. He showed up to church yesterday and after the meeting we finished up the restoration and set a baptismal date with him! Sweet! Heavenly Father is lookin out for us. But after that meeting on Friday we ran out and went to catch a train down to Saratov. We made it and rolled on down to Saratov. The trains are definitely going to be a good memory for a long time. It was so darn fun to come rolling into Saratov as well, I haven't been back to a place I've served before and that was so fun. I felt like I was comin back home. We got in about midnight and then got up for round two of zone conference in Saratov. This one went a lot smoother and required a lot less logistics. and we were back in the ol Zavodskoy branch which made it even better. After the conference, we did a lil clean up and then I got to call my old buddy Sergei! He's doin good but his buddy Ivan, not so much. It turns out that just his last week the police from another city called up Sergei and wanted Ivan. He had done some crime in that city and basically ran outta there and has been basically not being honest to anybody. so, they came and picked him up from that member's house and took him to da clank. That was a little bit of a bummer to hear. But, it sounds like Sergei is doin well and actually progressing to baptism. Elder Taylor and I actually had some time to run by and drop by that member's house- Sergei's "mom" Galina. It was so good to see her and we just talked for a bit and prayed with her. It was really cool I love that place so darn much. We then ran outta there to catch our train back home to samara to get up and go to church and have a good day yesterday! Ya baby. So if you were wondering, that's what happened this week.
Well I sure love you all and again had such a good time seeing you all. It definitely motivates me to be a little bit better seeing what we can give somebody else. Have a good week and we will see you next week!