Monday, January 25, 2016

Visa trips and Baby Monkeys

Hello hello!

This week was a great week full of greatness! (do you ever feel like you say the same thing over and over and over again again?) ;) But really it was great! 

So on Tuesday we went to try and meet with the potential that we met at church.... but it didn't work out. We traveled for like 2 hours to get there and we were so ready and pumped but we got out at the house that she says was hers... but it was just a one story house and she told us she was on the fourth floor. I got this terrible gut feeling when we got to her apartment and it was a home and not an apartment building. So we called and talked to her and tried to meet at a bus stop BUT I was taking all the calls and I had this terrible feeling we were in the wrong place so I kept trying to explain but she was really impatient with me. We tried to meet at the stop and we both said we were at the same stop... but she wasn't there and she told us that we weren't there and that we stood her up and that my Russian sucks and that she doesn't want to meet.... yyyyyyeeeeeeaaaaaahhhhhh haha that was a hard day. I think that one was the hardest of my mission so far! So I cried a lot and missed my mom and dad a lot hahahaha and then later that day got on a train ride for Rostov! 

We made it into Rostov late that night at about 11:30. The sweet center Sisters welcomed us with open arms and gave us some sweet water and pears haha:) Then Sister McMurray left to her new apartment with Sister Mead. The rest of us, Sister Moore, the center Sisters Campbell and Robinson, and Sister Kennard and I, all crashed for the night. We woke up on Wednesday morning at 4 and left around 5 to go to the airport! Sister Jameson was on my visa trip so that was really fun! It was like an MTC reunion with a couple of older misisonaries too (like more time in the field) Which was SO nice. we couldn't have done it without them! there were 13 of us in a group We flew from Rostov to Armenia! it was great! We went to the Armenian airport and just had some down time there. 
Flying into Armenia was so beautiful! They have some really nice mountains there and it had snowed so everything was white and pretty:) On visa trips we aren't allowed to leave the airports so.. we did some great studying and catching up with each other. We also ate lunch in the Armenian airport and it was really yummy! they have a great airport and the bathrooms are really pretty, hahaha just in case you were wondering!  It was also pretty neat because they had a piano in the waiting area of the Armenian airport and so we all gathered around and sang Nearer my God to Thee in English and Russian. It was pretty neat and we had a lot of people's attention! I felt a little awkward too on this visa trip because we just stuck out SO much. but it was all good and people were very nice to us. From Armenia we flew to Moscow and hung out there for a long time, and then from there flew back to Rostov. We got back into Rostov at 2am on Thursday. This visa trip was fun! It's a little strange but the first 12 hours seemed a little more pleasant than the last 12! ;)

On Thursday I got to work with Sister Robinson and Campbell as Sister Moore worked with Sister Kennard and the new Russian sister! This transfer we only had two missionaries come in.. and we won't have any more until summer i think. We received a new Russian Sister and an Elder. so woo hoo! but anyway, we met with this sweet member named Marina (SHOUT OUT TO MARINA JOHNSON) and she is so cute! She is like moderately paralyzed and shouts everything that she says. She is super cute though and kept just yelling compliments at me. She loved my ring (hey thanks curt) and my necklace (hey thanks mom) and my skirt hahaha in Russian if you want to say "what is this?" you say "shto takoe?!" and it was like a big MTC joke and when I first got in and sat down she yelled and pointed at my ring "SHTO TAKOE?!?!" hahaha I loved it. 

Friday we had a really long district meeting because we got to see the new missionary broadcast! and then we tried to do stuff for our visas but they forgot the stamp so that didn't work out. We also did weekly planning that day. 

Saturday we did our visa things again! it took a little bit longer than expected.. but we had to get it done so is is good that we got it done! Nxxxxx is the lady in our ward that helps us and she is SSSOO pregnant. Like I think she was due last week. But the baby is turned the wrong way and it is a little bit worrying for her and her hubby.. please keep them in your prayers and if you could also put her name on the temple roll that would be awesome. Her husband's name is Sxxxxx.  
Saturday was also my day of tramby contacting! I talked to so many people on the tramby haha. and a lot of them talked to me first! One man saw my book of Mormon and I thought he said that he needed a book of Mormon so I was so excited and said, "oh yeah you need a book of Mormon?" and he was like "No it's not needed in general!" haha that sounds weird in English but it makes sense in Russian. So we had a nice little chat... hahah yyyeeaaahahhhhahahhaafda jhfakdjncvkajhn fkdnanfdkajflewmd/a  missionary work is awkward haha.  
We also met with a member named Bxxxxxx and she is so so so darling. :) it was a great meeting! Her husband isn't a member but drives the family to church every Sunday and is just such a cute cute dad. We talked to her about him too and she just said that she knows one day she will have an eternal marriage:) I felt the spirit so strongly. It was another testament to me that we can live with our families together forever! and how sweet and beautiful a promise that is:) 

Sunday we did some contacting and man oh man it is so so so dang cold!!! Yeah. SO COLD. 

Overall things are good here in Russia! we have a great week set up and i think a lot of really great things are going to happen:) I love serving here in Russia! 

So we were going through customs in the Moscow airport and there was an open suitcase and all of these security gaurds standing around the suitcase. There were also a whole bunch of these wicker baskets all around the floor. Well we were walking past and I saw two animals in this cage. I thought they were rats because I saw these tails but then they were like dark brown and then we saw these little fingers and ears!! MONKEYS!!!! someone was trying to smuggle in monkeys. So yeah I flew to Armenia in a day and also met some really cool monkey friends. Pretty good week if I do say so myself:) I love you all!! 

С большой любовью,сестра Price

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