On Sunday, Christy and I were talking about how Keaton always mentions how the work is "exploding" in Kurgan right now. Lo and behold, he puts it as the subject of his latest email. It made us both laugh.
Elder Flitton has quite the week ahead of him!!
Here is the family email:
This last week was a great week. We were able to have a lot of lessons with investigators, Less Actives, and recent converts. We were able to baptize Igor on Saturday. I got to talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost. His baptism went very smooth. Our branch president showed up for it so that was nice. Elder Hronek baptized him and it was just a great service. Yesterday we were going to give him the Holy Ghost and the Aarronic priesthood. But our branch president didnt come to church so Elder Hronek and I confirmed Igor and we are going to wait till next week to give him the priesthood becuase he has to be interviewed before he recieves it in priesthood. Sometimes it is really frustrating when President of the branch doesnt come to things. We missionaries always have to be prepared to preside and to give talks if he doesnt come. Being here in Kurgan has really taught me a lot. Kurgan is the smallest branch in the mission of Yekaterinburg. There are only about 5 melchizadek priesthood holders and that is the missionaries and Branch president. The branch is slowly growing but it is growing and that is all that matters.
One of our investigators, her name is Galena and she is an older lady. She got eye surgery last month and we have been helping her and buying her groceries. We also have been teaching her lessons. Our first lesson she told us that she knew that the Book of Mormon was true. We were really suprised to hear that because that was our first meeting with her. But we have met with her like 5 times and she wants to be baptized. We still have a lot of work to do with her but she is definately progressing. She told us that she wants to be baptized but she wont be baptized in cold water... made me chuckle and she picked her own date because the month of March is when the symphony comes into Kurgan. We decided that we would set the date for the 24th of March. I love Galena, she is so kind. She reminds me a lot of my Grandma Chris. She loves Egypt. She has been to Egypt three times and she wears shirts that are from Egypt. It is awesome. She has also been to Jerusalem. It is really fun to talk to her about her experiences.
This week I am going to Finland to get my new Visa. We will fly into Moscow, I am way pumped. I will definatley be taking a ton of pictures. We have training in Yekaterinburg tommorow so this week will be very busy. We fly to Moscow on Wednesday and then to Finland. Hopefully I will be able to attend the temple in Finland. I really miss the temple. I will find out this week also if I will be staying in Kurgan or leaving. I will be also finding out who my new companion is. This will be a fun filled week. Im excited.
Being here in Kurgan has taught me so much. I have met so many great people. I hope that the Lord has more work for me to do in Kurgan. I love it here. I have made so many great friendships here. The joy that you have on your mission and the love that you devolp for people is so awesome. I have learned so much being on a mission.
Oh yah one thing..... It is finally getting warmer!!!!!!
|Gotta love that fur hat and bluesteel face!|
Happy 5 months, Elder! Crazy to think he is almost to the quarter mark of his mission! Is anyone else sort of surprised that it has already been 5 whole months?? No complaints here...
"If we diligently keep the commandments and ask in faith, answers will come in the Lord's own way and in His name."