Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I bought a miniature dolphin ice globe when we went to that dolphin show with Elder Roosa and I brought it to Vlad to put it in storage but I forgot to take it out of my bag and on the way home it broke and the water inside destroyed my planner. What are you going to do?
Dear Brother and Sister Wilding,
We want to share with you a little bit about our East Zone Conference.
Let me start this email with a disclaimer: due to my allergies which have for some reason taken over me today I took a Benadryl which has weakened my capacity to think clear becasue of how tired I am now. Nevertheless I will strive to write you all a report of what has happened in this past week with as many details as I can remember.
Might as well start of with our amazing zone conference which was presided over by Elder Martino of the 70. What an outstanding teacher! He was if not the most powerful teacher I have ever witnessed in person, at least the second. We learned so much from his teachings on revelation and other important topics. He opened up the scriptures to us, he encouraged us to be more sincere and to think outside of the box so far that no one has ever tried the approach we choose to take. I was quite uplifted by his presence. I have noticed from the general authorities that have come and taught us that their remarks and their general conference talks usually are a part of what they teach to us. But I don't realize that until after they come when I read their talks.
We also experienced an amazing miracle while looking for service. We heard that other volunteers have had some success with talking with other churches and serving with them, so we decided to give it a try. We first went to the Russian Orthodox church and asked the nice lady in their store outside the temple if we could serve with them. She kindly told us that in order to serve with them we would need to be baptized in their faith and she even agreed to arrange the whole thing with one of their priests at no charge to us. Thanks but no. The next church we went to was the Bible church which was remarkably hard to get to and the entrance to the church was covered with overgrown grape vines and we even thought that maybe it wasn't a church anymore because we saw wet laundry drying on the grounds. We yelled "allo" and a very nice Korean lady came out and said that yes indeed they are still a church but no indeed they have no service. 2 strikes. We started our next task of finding the Korean church of the Peace Church. We asked around and were led down many wrong paths until a large man who we saw earlier that day told us where the Peace Church was. And this is when the miracle begins. We walked in and immediately comes a 25-30 year old man down the stairs of the upper building and asked if he could help us. We told what we wanted and he said follow me. We went to the back of the church and there was four tables covered with people eating plove (Russian dish with rice and pork) all laughing and enjoying themselves. We come in and he introduces us and sits us down and offers us food (which we turned down becasue we had just barely eaten) and started asking us a million questions and the whole time everyone was laughing and cracking jokes. They are the nicest people and as fate would have it they had service planned that exact day in 30 minutes. We talked to them for a little while longer and then a man who teaches karate to children came and picked us up (me and Staiger with a few members of their church) and we went and washed mats that his students play karate on. There were endless piles of these mats and we had to leave after about 3 hours and probably didn't even get halfway done. When people ask about the church and we can't tell them, it's sad because we know this message can change their life. Like for example the dude that took us to the back when we first got there asked us after learning that we were Mormons how we know that our church is true. I wanted to testify that moment about the Book of Mormon. So there are some challenges with the new law but we are actually making better friendships now and before the law there is no way we would have gone to those churches to look for service. There's good and bad.
I might take a nap until P-day is over. Word of advice, never take a Benadryl in the morning.
I love you all so much!
From President and Sister Perkinson:
The East Zone met together on Saturday August 27, 2016 with Our new Area Presidency member President and Sister Martino.
It is always exciting to come together and prepare to exchange ideas and be spiritually uplifted! The counseling comes to each of us especially from the spirit!
Our topic for this conference was on personal revelation and many were assigned to study and prepare to teach one another.
It was a wonderful day together with the Volunteers from Sakhalin, Khabarovsk, Ussuriysk, Nakhodka, Artyom and Vladivostok!
We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord and His children here. We are grateful for the power that come thru the many prayers in our behalf. We sincerely thank you for your support of love and faith!
President and Sister Perkinson