Sounds great about the plane ride home! I can't believe that it will be so soon! AH! I haven't invited anyone to be at the airport, and I wasn't going to. It will also be really late at night. I will be happy to see our family!! Most of all I will just be happy to be home! :)
Be sure to go to Booth's homecoming and say a BIG PRIVYET from Elder Blake Larsen! So weird. I remember the morning I went to the temple was when he went to the MTC, and we ate breakfast together earlier that day. Tell him sorry that it was so hard to stay in touch with him on the mission, but we tried, and Chile and Russia are far away, and he understands that it's hard to stay in contact with people on the mission... So weird to think that he is home, because that also means soon so will BP, and then Cody and me....
So many have gone home! Tell hi to all the former missionaries on FB. Tell Chris Anthony Privyet, too! ha ha. I haven't seen Grisha since Shoovalovo, but hopefully I will before I leave be able to. We have to go to Peter sometime so maybe I can go on a split and say hi to Grisha and Faik there.
The weather is starting to get COLD here, but still no snow. The rivers in some parts of the city are starting to freeze over, and we have to walk with scarves and earmuffs/ hats. They keep saying it will start snowing anyday now, and when it does, it won't stop! Usually gets about -25 or colder. I'm excited. :) ha ha.
Well what can I tell you about the week?...Well, this week we plugged in and started really getting to know the area and diving into the area books during weekly planning and companionship study. Elder Rasmussen told me yesterday that he is really grateful to be working like this and was happy that the only time we would stop for a break everyday was lunch time. He said that he comes home tired and feels like he is serving the way the Lord wanted him to. Made me feel like we are doing something right, so we'll keep going and get some successes here in Petrozavodsk.
We have one pretty potential investigator. In the area book, it says that he DOESN'T TALK AT ALL. We set up a meeting with him, and decided to focus the meeting just on him and show him that we have an interest in his life, as we do. He talked a lot at our meeting, and Elder Rasmussen said he probalby talked more this meeting that all the other times combinded. The Spirit was there, and we committed him to read the Book of Mormon after tying the first lesson in with his needs and his personal opinions and stories. Really cool guy!
Also had a lot of success with a less active family, as we talked with a man who is having problems with the Word of Wisdom, and this week, he has done great and told us that he is following it. Lots of stopping by less actives houses to try to make contact with them.
We had a great meeting with the branch president and his recently baptized wife, starting to go over the lessons again and teaching them about temples and other ordinances in the church. They set a goal to go through the temple in a year, and his wife is excited to participate in baptisms for the dead. The Lord is helping us! I'm really glad to be serving with the Elders in my district. All of them are really humble and hard working, and we are going to see a lot of success here. Glad to still be able to work with Elder Ash, even if we aren't companions any more. Elder Rasmussen is a great missionary too. Full of love for others and very inviting. It's a great way to end my mission. :)
Tell everyone hi from me! Meleea! You're still in my prayers, just keep plugging along! Tell Kiddo hi for me and give her a big hug. Say hi to Cole and tell him that he would like Petro, lots of places around the city to go fishing and stuff. I miss you Mom and Dad, but I appreciate all that you do for me!
Keep on Smiling. Be of Good Cheer. See you soon!