April 2, 2018


Chernigov, Ukraine


Elder Daniel Neuffer

Week 21

Spring has finally come! Interestingly enough, though, there was no transition period. One week it was below freezing and the next was 15 degrees Celsius! So the snow has all melted and the grass is green.

Unfortunately, I won't be here long enough to see the trees blossom or see an explosion of greenery because I am getting transferred! This means that tomorrow I will be leaving Chernigov, where I have served about three months now, and I'll be going to a town in the middle of Ukraine called Bila Tserkva!

I will be serving with an Elder who has only been in Ukraine two months longer than I have, and we will be white-washing the town--which means that all the other missionaries who were previously serving there will be going elsewhere. It will be hard, and I would really appreciate it if you all prayed for us because we are only going to be able to do this through the power of God.

The last few days have been an emotional roller coaster. I'm saying goodbye to the first people I ever met in Ukraine, who have been so kind and loving towards me, and I'm getting ready for honestly the hardest challenge of my life so far--all of that combined with hearing big news from General Conference and from back home. Lots of stuff going on.

I have found comfort in many different ways, such as reading the scriptures, praying, and fasting. One scripture I really relate to right about now is found in the Book of Mormon. It says:

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

Another passage that I really like is the whole chapter of Hebrews 11 in the Bible. It is basically a discourse on faith and how it has helped people do great things. Almost half of the verses say something like "By faith, this guy did something super amazing that he definitely couldn't normally do by himself." This applies to me now more than ever and I know that if I work as if everything depends on me, and have faith as if everything depends on God, everything will go according to His will.


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