In primary, there is a window that opens up to this little ledge that the kids like to play on so sometmes the kids get away and "jump out the window" onto the little ledge and then scoot on their bums down to the ground and it happened a few weeks ago when Sister Kennard first got to primary. She said she wrote an email home entitled "it is all fun and games until someone jumps out of a window" anticipating writing about primary... and she forgot to write about it!!!! hahahah man I thought that was so funny hahah ANYWAY
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This week was great! On Monday we had our last P-day hoorah as a district so we played some sick volleyball and then went and ate at subway together! It was fun but also so sad hahah. I loved that district and I was with Elder Tolokonikov and Elder Tucker and Sister Moore for SIX MONTHS OF MY MISSION! It is just crazy and hard to see people leave! But I am excited for the new district:) they are already awesome!
Uhh I don't have a lot of time so I will just share a few experiences from this week.
First off this week was super hard for Sister Greenwood and I. Like super hahaha. BUT I read the general conference talk "Beware of Pride" and it was definitely humbling (ba dum tsssss) and we are working hard together to idk be better! hahahah I just really feel like I am in the refiners fire right now and I am feeling the heat:) But it is so awesome to see and feel myself changing. The Lord is teaching me some great lessons right now- I just don't really know what or why or how it will help me hahaha;) But we had a good old talk and things are just dandy now and I think it can only go up from here:)
We met with Nxxxxx two different times this week. He is just so incredibly awesome and just wow oh wow. Here is the thing about teaching Nxxxxx-- we don't understand a word he says hahahahahaha. Seriously we have such a hard time! He talks so fast and goes off on these rants and he has this weird russian accent thing where all of his "g's" are "h's" and a little bit of a stutter and I think he is very poetic hahaha so all around we just sit there and nod our heads and just pray our guts out haha. It is gets a little bit easier with every lesson but wow. Still hard hhahaha. But we taught him the Plan of Salvation and the gospel of Jesus Christ. Member Dxxxxx helped us on both and he is just awesome. But the last lesson we had, Nxxxxx was telling about a time when he was on a mountain or something and how he just felt free and it must have been quite the experience because his arms were flailing and just going at it and then Dxxxxx shared an experience he had when he had a dream where he was in Hell. and then it was so funny because Dxxxxxx goes off on this whole dream about when he was in hell and everything and doesn't really testify of anything and then closes in the name of Jesus Christ. Sister Greenwood and I both kind of looked at each other.. did some solid testifying and THEN closed in the name of Jesus Christ haha. Also that lesson was an hour and a half. Man that was a good lesson but also terrible hahahaha. But Nxxxxxx wants to be baptized! he has something with documents and work that is making it so he can't commit to a date.. he also might be leaving on the 18th to Moscow or Tuapse so we might have a baptism with him not this saturday but the next... We aren't really sure but he wants to be baptized! he also came to church and brought his daughter (who is probably like 14) and she is so cute! and a trooper. She went to Sunday school and Young Womens. She is just so cool.
The youth are going to Helsinki this weekend for their temple trip! it is so neat! They have been talking about the trip since like Christmas! SO COOL! pray everything will go well and that they will be safe:)
We met an old man Sxxxxxx last week in botanical gardens (my favorite place in Krasnodar I think) and we went back and had a lesson with him! We tried to have the restoration, but after the question, "what does God need from us?" we launched into the plan of salvation. It was a bit scattered too hahah but it was good! He doesn't really have a desire to come to church or pray, but he really listens and I think he is really looking for truth. Also he has met with missionaries before ( I don't know if just on the street or like met met) and so he asked us, "Why do mormons like to eat so much??" haha idk he is just a cute old man that likes to play chess. I told him Jared likes to play and he was like, "what?? what ranking is he? has he played in competitions??" haha so cute.
We had a HUGE rain on Wednesday. We were at the branch after teaching Nxxxxxx and having english club and it was just CRAZY. The only thing we could do was run home haha so we BOOKED it out and caught a tramby and we were soaked! Then when we were running home there were puddles in the road that went up to our knees hahah it was crazy! but everyone is ok.
Also on Thursday we went to a park to contact. It was also rainy that day so not a lot of people were at the park. We were about to go home when we saw an old man on a bench listening to old american music. so we danced over haha and talked with him. He was nice but not super interested but as we were takling this other old man came over and wanted to talk but man he was crazy hahha. He pulled out a token on a string and was swinging it around and telling us that we were from the devil because we were Jehovah's Witnesses and so our other old friend said, "they aren't Jehovahs Witnesses!" and then he stopped waving the token around haha. Then he started talking to me about his beliefs about how the second Christ lives in Chicago and is selling self healing books there. He was also telling me abou thow he sends his soul out and brings it back in order to heal people. And then about how his granddaughter was born withought any hips. All in all it was just one of the weirdest conversations I have ever had haha. So while I was talking to old mr crazy and sister Greenwood was talking to old mr gentleman ANOTHER old lady comes over and asks, "what are you guys talking about over here??" hjahahaha so i say, "well.. we are talking about all of our different beliefs!" hahah so she stayed there and listenend to the crazy guy talking to me some more and then started to leave so I went with her and asked her more about herself. She was honestly one of the nicest people I have met in Russia. The skin around her lips were wrinkled like she has been mad her whole life and she just told me about all of her friends that have tried to convert here and then shared a couple of parables with me. She ended up not really wanting to give us her information or anything, but we had a great conversation and even hugged at the end:) she is so cute!!!! After, Mr old crazy left and mr old gentleman showed us a tree and then invited us to play basketball with him-- He's 80!!!! hahaha so funny and cute. ( he is the man in the picture by the carosel!)
On friday we had an appointment with less active Axxxxx and we walked to her house and we see her and a non-member who comes to church but isn't interested Txxxxxxxx outside her building. Turns out she got locked out and then Txxxxxxxx walked by and then she called member Vxxxxxx to come and help. He finally showed up after sassy Axxxxx and Txxxxxxx and us were talking hahahaha and then in the end, Vadim ended up opening up the door with a crow bar haha. We all went in and had tea (well hot water and jam for the sisters haha) and they were just talking and talking and talking. And they just sound like they are fighting haha every russian conversation just sounds like a big fight hahaha. But they were talking about how a rich person could never marry a bum and they just went on and on and on and on about it haha. We shared some scriptures with them in the end and that is how we had a lesson with a less active, active, and non member all in one meeting hahaha. It was so fun! I love the people here so much:)
I think that is pretty much it!!! this week was hard but so good.
I am working on being better every day:)
It sounds like you had a good vacation!!! I love you all
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С большой любовью,сестра Price