Daughters of the Utah Pioneers and letters from Brian...
September 8, 2014
This has been a great week. While we were in L'viv for transfers, we contacted a man, who decided to get baptized the next day! Also in L'viv, I went with an old companion, to an old investigator's place and started teaching him again. I had not seen that investigator for 4 months. Then we went to Uzhorod and got to work! We have mainly been cleaning the apartment, but we also managed to get a couple lessons in with the 2 investigators that want to get baptised. We would really like some prayers so that their parents will allow them to be baptized. Also, one of the 2 members that came to church this week had not been to church for 2 months, but decided to come yesterday! What a miracle! The testimonies of the members and investigators has strengthened mine so much since I have been here. I know that there is a loving God that is the source of these miracles. I love this work, and cannot be happy without it. I also know and give thanks to the true source of these miracles, which is Jesus Christ, through whom we can reach the greatest miracle and happiness - eternal life with all of God's family.
Questions: How do you like your New area?
A: The people are so very receptive to our message, and Uzhorod is like Japan! There is a big river right in the middle, and in the spring, there are cherry blossoms on both sides of the river!
Q: How big is the branch there?
A: this last Sunday, 2 members came, one investigator, and 6 missionaries. My companion is the group leader, and I am the district leader. The 2 members that came were grandmas. We just taught our investigator during second hour, and he went home after that. Also, we had fast and testimony meeting, and everybody gave their testimony except for our investigator.
Q: Is the town big or small?
A:The town is medium-small, in Ukrainian sizes. It is probobly 3 miles in diameter. and there are probobly around 100,000 people living there.
Q: What is your apartment like?
A: Super fancy, but so so dirty, we spent the spare time in the last 2 days cleaning it, and it is probobly half way done. We just finished the dishes this morning. But really, it will be the greatest missionary apartment when were done. I'll send a package home with pictures.
Q: Where is your companion from?
A: Sacremento California.
Q: How is your new area?
A: Great! We live 40 minutes from the church, so we get a lot of contacting in! and there are 2 kids who are getting baptised in 2 weeks, and we have 2 investigators who want to get baptized.
Q: Does it feel more European?
A: Definetly does not look Russian. Here, there are really wide streets
Q: What is the unit like there, is it a ward or a branch?
Q: Is it cool to be with your companion from the MTC again?
A: YES! We have a ton of the same ideas about missionary work, so that is a great start.
I love all of you so much! Thank you for your love and support!
September 15, 2013
We had a very busy week this week! 2 boys were baptized! So, this Sunday was a little bit better than last Sunday. 16 people came. At one point, my companion was teaching the 6 boys in the doorway of the young men's room, and I was sitting in the entrance of the sacrament hall (so that we could see each other) while translating for one of our investigators in the other class. One of my favorite moments during church, was right after the 2 boys were confirmed, they started walking over to the sacrament table and were asking what they should do to help administer the sacrament. I admire their example of how they were just looking for ways to magnify their calling. And through out the rest of the day they were trying to figure out what sins they could not do anymore, and how much they needed to read from the Book of Mormon everyday. They are an example to me of fulfilling the baptismal covenant.
Q: Where do you meet for church?
A: in an apartment office place right next to a restaurant.
Q: Where do you do finding?
A: Area book, contacting, and referrals.
Q: Are you able to still have English class and sports day?
A: English is like normal. About 20 boys go to sports day, and we just go crazy on the basketball court.Q: Do the members in Ukraine like doing family history?
A: Not very much.
Q: Are there many colleges in your current city?
A: Tons. Ukraine is a very collegy place.
Q: How is your health?
A: Doing amazing!
I love all of you! Thank you for your support!