So as the title says, Elder Harrison and I are staying seven more weeks in Daky (next transfer is a seven weeker to make up for this one). I'm happy to be staying longer, we still have a lot of work to get done here and need to baptize a few people. This past week has been pretty good for the most part. I don't know if you track the weather here but the first snowfall came last Wednesday and it snowed on and off until Saturday. The coldest it's been so far is like -15 C which is 2 F. It's supposed to get colder this week but don't worry I'm staying very warm. I've decided that I love Ukrainian winter. It is beautiful in it's own way. This is the time of the year that I imagined when I first opened up my call- snow is everywhere, you try to talk with people but they blow you off because its freezing, all of the apartment buildings just glow at night with lights, stray dogs running around in packs (oh wait that always happens haha) babushki shoveling the sidewalks and roads, people getting stuck everywhere because they dont have four wheel drive so we help them out, people wearing the big Russian hats (called shopka) freezing cold hands holding a Kniga Mormona, tracting lots of apartment buildings because it's a frozen wasteland outside- This is Ukrainian winter!
Here's some investigator progress for you.
Suzanna- We met with her Tuesday and had a member with us, Sister Yana, the RS Pres. It was a good lesson, we taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and drew a picture of all the steps. She is reading and has been investigating for 4 years. She doesn't want to get baptized or choose a date because she doesn't feel ready yet so our next lesson we will teach about the Spirit and getting answers to prayers.
Valentina- We had a lesson about quitting smoking but it didn't go over very well. She has a date to quit at Christmas (january 7th) but it's super hard. We decided from now on that we will just teach good spiritual lessons and not talk about smoking anymore.
Sergei- We're meeting them tonight and will be teaching about prayer. I talk to him a few times throughout the week and he's doing good, just really busy. Hopefully the lesson is successful. We can definitely see him getting baptized in this next transfer.
Now for some comments/tidbits. At Church yesterday the whole Syhotyoplaya family as well as Valentina! Miracles! We're hoping to meet with Valeria this week and put her on a date, she's been getting her family active and she's not baptized yet. Two elders in our district are getting transferred, Elders Packard and Fish. This means next transfer there will be a new district leader and we'll have two new elders. We find out Thursday all the details. Also last week Elders Groothuyzen and Packard moved in with us. It's been fun so far, it's basically like The Best Two Years movie, four elders in one apartment. SKYPE!!!! How does next Monday at 9 AM sound to you? This is 6 pm Tuesday (Christmas night) for me. Hopefully this works for you. I can't wait to see you all and talk, it's going to be amazing!!
I love you all and wish you an excellent week. The weather outside is frightful but the warm message of the restored gospel keeps me going everyday. I love this work, my Savior, and am so grateful to be here at this time. See you next week!!
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