April 16, 2018


Bila Tserkva


Elder Ethan Hamilton

Week 23

This was another great week in Bila! The weather has been beautiful and Elder Hamilton and I woke up to all the trees blossoming this morning. Soon we'll go to the big park this town is famous for and just proselyte to our hearts' content.

Elder Hamilton and I try to talk to everyone we can because who knows who's interested? This week we got off a bus and walked past two 18ish-year-old boys. As we passed, they made a teasing remark, and I bet they were surprised when Elder Hamilton and I turned around and went right up to them to talk to them. Turns out they'd seen missionaries a lot, but we were the first to talk to them.

One of the kids came early to our next English practice saying that after we talked he was interested in knowing more about us, so he went onto and really liked everything he saw. He really appreciated the importance that the members of our church place on families and also was impressed that we are law-abiding citizens. Not every 18 year old cares about these things, so I think this kid has been prepared by God to hear what we have to tell him. We'll try to talk to him more at our next English practice which he promised to come to.

We also went out to a tiny village on Friday to do service for an American who lives on a farm with his Ukrainian wife. I can honestly tell you that I enjoyed every minute of the 5 hours we spent mucking out his barn! Ha ha. He is such a wise and experienced guy, and he treated us like his sons. It was a great experience, and we're lucky enough to get to do it often.

Life is good here! Tiring, but good. Elder Hamilton and I already love the people here which is a sign we're doing the right things.

Love you all!


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