Date

December 3, 2017

Area

Irkutsk, Russia

Companion

Sister Melton

It's December?

Ok so wait what?

IT'S DECEMBER
AND IT DEFINITELY FEELS LIKE IT

There are Christmas trees everywhere! To find and meet new people, Sister Wilson and I have decided to find Christmas trees and have people take pictures of us in front of them and wow are there a lot of Christmas trees! Russian Christmas isn't for a while, like January 7th I think but I'm so happy the spirit of Christmas is here!!

So this week was good and WAY cold. And it's going to get colder? One day we were picking goals and it was to not complain but one of the sisters in out apartment made it very clear that it was impossible to not complain about the cold so here I am! IT'S TOO COLD. I have asked a lot of Russians what they think about they cold and they hate it also so that made me feel better.

We had dinner with one of our cute friends (potentials) and she was so adorable! Her name is Kacenya (just like my first fake investigator!) and she is easily one of the most beautiful people I have ever met (except for like my mom and sister) and she speaks English and wants to become a flight attendant and she loves culture and Instagram and we are sooooo friends now I love her so much! But she is moving to Moscow so we didn't get the opportunity to really teach her anything about out church but oh well! We ate at this posh restaurant and again I ate soup and man can Russians do soup! I am telling ya it's amazing!

Also this week we went to an opera concert! Ya I know! A lady in our church is an opera instructor (Don't sit in front of her at church if you like your eardrums) and we were allowed to go and we went into this old church that had this crazy cool organ and somehow Sister Wilson and I got front row seats so you can imagine the ringing in our ears after but it was so cool and haha the lady in our ward is known in Irkutsk because of her singing so we were so happy to go! Also pretty sure I think I could sing opera.

This week I have been thinking a lot about patience and faith. Those two go hand in hand. But let me tell ya, patience pays off! I have this little poster in my room that says "it'll all work out" and it's true. Life is not meant to be easy. So know that all hard things you might be going through are there to make you stronger. (Kelly Clarkson?)

There is a scripture in Alma 34 that I love that says:

And now my beloved brethren, I would exhort you to have patience, and that ye bear with all manner of afflictions... But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.

And like missions don't ever involve rest... unless you count falling asleep on the bus...

I would encourage all of you to hold on and have faith! Hope works! Also been thinking about a video I watched a while ago called "the perfect lie" go watch it! It's from a little Mormon Ted talk-type spiel. I love it! I feel like maybe I talked about it last time?? Oh well... it's great!

Hope everyone has a fantastic week! Listen to all the Christmas music you can for me!

Sister Wilcox




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