Thank you all for your emails and love, it sounds like things are good at home, and warm which is good. It's starting to get cold here and dark around 5 pm because of Daylight Savings Time. (We set the clocks back an hour last week already) So enjoy the warmth while you have it! Daky is doing good, the work is moving forward. I'll start off with investigator progress:
Ruslan- He is the 22 year old lawyer with great English. We met with him this week and talked about the Book of Mormon with another lady on the lesson (we only have one room to teach in and the other elders showed up at the same time so we taught a combined lesson.) Unfortunately the lady was super anti-Mormon and was asking tons of crazy questions and ended up walking out and never wanting to meet again. We basically just all shared our testimonies about how we know the Book of Mormon is true and her main concern was 'how can you believe in something you can't see?' Ruslan says he will try and read but we have a feeling he just wants English practice. We'll keep working with him
Irina- She is the older lady who stopped us on the street. She is super nice but literally crazy. We don't think she's all there. Even the member we met with said the same thing. So basically we don't know what to do with her. She will listen for like five minutes and then start talking about the most random things ever. Elder Harrison and I invited her to a branch concert for Center Donetsk on friday and she came with us, enjoyed it, met President and Sister Campero, and hasn't answered her phone since then. Hopefully we figure out something for her this week.
Valentina- We've only had one lesson with her. She works for a week straight and then has one off so this week she's free everyday and wants to meet. It's hard teaching someone who's been investigating for a while, 2 years, and has heard all the lessons. We're praying to figure out her main concern and help her set a goal for baptism.
Bonaventure- He isn't our investigator but he's for sure getting baptized this Saturday!
Sergei, Vera, Yaroslav, Dima Heyleak- We had our second lesson with the Heyleak family. It was awesome, we taught plan of salvation and met Dima. It was a new experience teaching someone deaf and having our words translated into sign language. Vera knows perfect sign language, Yaroslav knows a little, and Sergei knows very little because he wants him to read lips. During the lesson, Dima asked "If God loves me so much then why did he make me deaf?" We read Ether 12:27 and told him that in the next life he will have a perfect body and will hear again. He just gave a big smile! We then asked the family to be baptized. They want to keep reading and come to church to really know if it's true or not and then they'll decide. They didn't have any objections to the plan of salvation though and we have a really good relationship with them. This week we're hoping to make even more progress.
Well that's about all my time! Tell everyone I love them and have a great week!!!
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