Monday, May 6, 2013

May 6, 2013 "Might be gettin the boot"

Dear Family

Another week has come and gone. Oh my goodness the time is flying. This last week has gone by so fast. We had Zone Leader Council on Tuesday and Thursday and then had splits with the assistants. It was just a jam packed week. I enjoy weeks like those. But it sounds like everyone had a great week. School is getting out and everyone is getting ready for summer. That's weird. Also Congratulations Greg with finishing the race. I am inspired. I really liked the poster that Anna was holding... Dont Poop Yourself... ha wouldn't that be awful on a bike or running, at least the spandex would help. hehe Good job Greg now you just have to start training for the Iron man in Hawaii.
So last tuesday we flew to Yekat. We fly on this little no name airline. The plane is really small. When we flew into Yekat there was really bad turbulince and the plane was getting pretty shaky. Well let's just say that this was the first time that I have been so thankful that there are little puke bags in the seats. Luckily we were landing so I was able to hold my breakfast down. Thank heavens that I didn't have to use the puke bag. It would have been terrible because the plane was quite small and also the woman sitting next to me was pretty cute. Would have been awful. Butttt we made it to Yekat and had a great Zone Leader Council.
So now around the world it is not called Zone leader council. It is now called Mission leadership council. With so many sisters entereing the mission field the Bretheren felt like sisters should be more involved. So now we will have sisters at the council. But here in Yekat mission we are loosing more sisters than we are recieving. We only have about 44 missionaries here. That is like a district in some missions ha. I honestly love how small this mission is. I have come to now pretty much every elder. We are all pretty close to one another. I love it.
We had our first English group class on thursday. We had about 15 people there. We were hoping for more but it was a good turn out. There was a kid that showed up, his name was Andrei and he was interested in the church. So we gave him a Book of Mormon and I talked to him for awhile about the Book of Mormon. I set up a meeting with him on Saturday and he said that he would be there. So saturday rolled along and we were waiting for him at the church. He came in the door and then asked us if he could return the book. I was devestated. He told us that he has his own faith and that he doesn't want to read it. I then begged him to just talk with us for 10 minutes and we would tell him how the book of mormon has changed our lives. He wouldn't agree to. He handed the book over and then walked out the door. Lately I have been thinking a lot what happened. I feel so sorry for that Andrei. I don't know why this has bugged me so much becuase it isn't the first time that someone has rejected to know more. This one hurt real bad. But I am so thankful that I was able to give this Andrei a shot to know more about his Heveanly Father. Who knows, maybe he will come back and be ready.
This next week is transfers... I am going to get the boot. I have been here in Ufa since Nov. and I just have that feeling. I hate that feeling ha. I am going to say it. I have grown closest to the members here in Ufa than any other city that I have served in. I want to stay here for the rest of my life haha. I wish I could end my mission here. I really have developed that "pure love of Christ" for these people. They hold such a special place in my heart. I think that this is one of the greatest feelings, blessings that I have recieved on my mission. To be able to get a small feel of that perfect love that God has for each and everyone ofus. I don't want to leave Ufa. Here is my friends that I would say have come so close to me that I would count them as family. I hope that President calls and says "Elder Flitton..... you got some more work to do in Ufa." I would be so happy but if the Lord wants me somewhere else than let it be.
I finally got your package!!! Let's just say that most of it has been consumed haha. Thank you so much for the contacts. I was worried that I was going to have to go blind for awhile. You are the best mom. Thank you so much for everything that you do.
Also Jen thanks for the package and letter. The music works ha:) thank you so much.
I love you all and am so thankful for everything you do for me. Good luck with everything this week and I will talk to you on Sunday!!! So I will call 9:00 am here. So that will be the evening for you. Make sure that skype is ready to go. I will be calling on the same account as last time. Be ready!!!!!! also have questions ready:) Love you
Elder Flitton

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