It's finally getting warm here in Chernigov! The snow is slowly melting and the people in town love to tell us how beautiful it will be in a few short weeks, so I'm super excited! We also have a lot going on in the next three weeks--like interviews with President, zone conference, zone leader exchanges, a training meeting in Kyiv, transfers, general conference, a baptism in our ward, and a few investigators and families to teach!
So this week we hosted an exchange in our town, Chernigov, and it just reaffirmed that the Lord will make weak things strong. I was paired up with Elder Beckett, who has only been out for about 5 months, and I was afraid we'd have a hard time surviving. But we had a great exchange, we had a great lesson with a member, and when we contacted, we gave out two copies of the Book of Mormon and got three numbers. It was exciting to see what two inexperienced elders could do if they were getting some divine help.
I also gave a 15-minute talk on Sunday! In Russian of course! I hadn't ever given a 15-minute talk in English, let alone speak that long in Russian, so I was pretty darn nervous about it. We also invited someone from English practice to come listen, and he actually came, so that made me feel even more pressure, haha! But, thankfully, I had prepared well for it, and I did well enough so that everyone listening understood the message I was trying to get across. The Holy Ghost filled in the rest. The man we invited from English practice then took a Book of Mormon and is willing to meet with us this week, so we're excited for that. My talk was on charity and how we can develop it.
I'm learning a lot out here--haha--and some of it is stuff that I didn't even know I needed to learn. In some aspects, I feel like I'm getting my butt kicked, and I'm surprised by how much more humbled I can still get. I'm thankful to my God that we have so many opportunities in this life to learn and become better, and I'm thankful for all the hard things in my life that've taught me the most. Because of this--to all the impending challenges--I say "Bring it on!"
Photo 1 (shown): Elder Neuffer and I with the Gorbachs and the Elders from Brovary
Photo 2: Food that was really just not that great (I have to add that I was the only one to eat my whole portion of the liver cake!)