Another good week! The sun was out a lot more this week and that really helped my mood. I'm very excited for spring and summer, haha!
So this week started off on a great note because we got fed sooo well by members on Monday and Tuesday. Бабушка food is way better than missionary food, and we're decent cooks! But, yeah, good news is that it is totally culturally acceptable to ask for seconds, and, in all honesty, they only ask you if you'd like more as a means to let you know that it's on its way. Don't worry, we also did missionary work during these meals. I got to meet the members and learn about their lives, conversion stories, etc, and we got a few contacts too.
On Tuesday, a man with amazing English came to English practice and asked for a bible in English so he could practice reading. We didn't have one, so we gave him an English Book of Mormon and bore our testimonies about it. The next English practice, he came and asked for a Book of Mormon in Russian because he had read a bit of it in English and had recognized how important it was. We then taught him the restoration, and at the end of the lesson he said, "I completely agree with all of this!" We're really excited to help Андрей (Andre) come unto Christ! He has truly been prepared by God to hear the restored gospel.
We had a zone conference in Kyiv on Friday and that was pretty cool. We focused on the Book of Mormon and how it pertains to missionary work. I got to meet a lot of new people. I am glad to see that we're all different because we need all the talents, skills, and gifts we can take if we're going to make a real difference.
Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes! The members of our branch (congregation) were also very excited for me and gave me the love that my family would have given had they been here. I celebrated by being at church from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and not understanding anything! Woohoo! Lol. It wasn't as bad as it sounds; it's just very tiring for my brain. That evening, Elder Neuffer and I ate some cake and ice cream which was pretty amazing after 9 hours of being at church without food, haha!
I don't feel older, but yesterday I was a lot more introspective than I normally am. I was reflecting on 20 years of life. Like everyone, I've had great moments and terrible ones. I'm thankful for every bit because they've made me who I am today. Of course, I want to become far better than I am now, but I am so thankful for where I am now and that I'm making the right choices. I didn't figure it out until near the end of my first 20 years, but I now know who I am and who I want to become, and I'm so thankful that I can head into the next 20 years with this knowledge.
Thank you again for the birthday wishes. I love you all!