Date

November 1, 2016

Area

Khabarovsk

Companion

Elder Gee

Week 16: New Greenie, Splits, and Still no Snow!

On Sunday, October 30, 2016 9:37 PM, Gavin Lawrence wrote:

Hey everyone!
This week has been great! Tuesday was a little bittersweet, because we had to say goodbye to Elder Sumner. He's been an awesome influence these last few weeks and I'm sad to see him go, but he's going to do great things in Irkutsk!
Elder Gee had his Korea trip to renew his Visa this week, so I got to spend most of the week with Elder Perry. It was a ton of fun! Also a TON of work. The sisters had a sister's conference, so Elder Perry and I had to take over for all three pairs of missionaries that are normally here. We had a ton of lessons and we were always moving, and it was great.
Elder Gee got back on Saturday, and he brought Elder Perry's new trainee with him! His name is Elder Ingram, and he's way cool. He's a hard worker and he's gonna be a great addition to the Khabarovsk squad.
We had the most amazing thing happen this week! We were having a lesson with Bogdan, one of Elder Perry's investigators. We were showing him the Restoration video, and the disc started to freeze up. We found another disc, but we were worried that he might get bored or lose interest while we tried to get the video back in Russian and to the spot where we left off. But as soon as we put the new disc in, the video automatically went right to where we left off, Russian and everything. It might have just been a feature of the DVD player, but it was a crazy coincidence and it helped our lesson. I know the Lord is with us always out here, and he helps us in every way he can as long as we're working hard (even in the little things, like DVD players!)
In other news, we're the last city in the mission without snow! Which in some ways is good, and in some ways is bad (namely that I don't get to wear my shopka yet). We're hovering around 20 Degrees Fahrenheit right now, which has been a new experience. We've still got around 40 more degrees to drop, so I've got that to look forward too :) The nice thing is that the colder it gets, the more cool winter gear I get to wear. I've decided that I just really like to be draped in ridiculous amounts of clothing all the time.
Update on Denis: He is doing really well! But Satan definitely tries his hardest when people are getting close to baptism. Denis's work schedule has been brutal these last few weeks, and between that and his family we've barely been able to meet with him. But every opportunity he gets he makes time, even if it's just to stop in at the church for 15 minutes or meet us at the airport to say goodbye to one of our departing Elders. He's been doing his best to schedule work around sacrament meeting, and he comes straight from work every sunday he can. We still have a lot to teach him, so we had to move his baptismal date back to the 12th of November. We've seen some of the results of investigators who are rushed through too quickly and not prepared for baptism in our mission, so we want to make sure that he is totally ready to go. But he is doing really good! We've got multiple lessons scheduled with him this week, and we try our best to at least send him a text daily. I'll keep you updated!
I think that's everything for this week! Also, if I could give one piece of advice to everyone based on my experiences this week, it would be to advocate memorizing scriptures. I've started doing one a day, and I can feel a palpable difference in my attitude and focus. It's an easy thing to do and it has an amazing effect!
Pictures:
1. Elder Ingram!
2. Elder Perry and I did some arts and crafts this week, and we made a cover for my planner. I really like how it turned out!
3. Elder Sumner holding the t-shirt the Sisters made for him! We've all gotten really close this past transfer and it was an awesome way to send him off.
4. A text we received from Denis: He is making amazing progress as he learns english, but we still get some funny slip-ups like this from him every once in a while.
Have a great week!
Elder Lawrence​




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