Date

June 18, 2018

Area

Odessa

Companion

Elder Charles Schaumann

Week 32

So we had an American party this week! The planning and preparation for it was not my favorite thing, but Elder Schaumann and I spent most of the party outside cooking hotdogs on a tiny little tailgate and that was fun! We had about 50 people show up and they all really enjoyed it.

In other news, we're going to have to move apartments which means we have to pack tons of stuff and do some deep-cleaning. My last week with Elder Schaumann will probably consist of a bunch of that lame stuff--so not too excited for that. I want to do missionary work, not move apartments. Oh well.

Today has been a super long P-day because we woke up at 5:00 a.m. to wish our senior couple goodbye. We then did tons of stuff with all the Elders, because we won't see half of them after the mission change.

The World Cup started in Russia! Russia won the opening game by a landslide, but no one in Ukraine cared because they're indifferent towards Russian soccer here. Ha ha! I hope you all send me highlights and news on the games.

It's been super hot lately. And humid. This is new for me, and I definitely like dry summers better.

So while we were doing a book table in another area with some other Elders, a babushka came up to me and asked what we were handing out. I told her we were handing out copies of the Book of Mormon. After this she simply asked me if I was here to find a beautiful Ukrainian wife. I said no, I'm just handing out these Books of Mormon. When she asked me if I liked Odessa, I said of course. She then recited to me a poem that she had written about Odessa, and after this started singing to me a song about Odessa that she had written--all while we were standing in the middle of the park. Not gonna lie, the song was actually pretty catchy, and I may have been tapping my foot to it. ;) Gotta love babushkas!

As for more spiritual things, I was super tired during a few personal study sessions this week. That's not really a problem I've ever had before, but I had it a few times this week. There were times where I could not keep my eyes open, no matter how hard I was trying. So, when this happened, I decided to pray to God to help me stay awake. At first I thought it might be a silly thing to pray for, but I went ahead. After praying, I was wide awake and was able to study effectively in order to be prepared for the day. These experiences helped me learn that we can pray to God over anything, even if it's small. And if we pray with faith and humility and ask for that which is in line with the will of God, it will be given to us.

Love you all and hope you're doing well.




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