Dear family, friends,
We were in Vlad with the WHOLE mission and I finally got to meet everybody. It was good to see some old companions and reminiscence about good old times. 10 volunteers gave departing testimonies and I don't know if there was a dry eye in the whole room. Now 3 of my companions are home; Berrios, Lyman and Crabb. Conference was so good, Elders and Sisters shared stories of miracles, baptisms and reactivation's. There was a good feeling in the room.
I should start writing better letters considering multiple people told me that before they came in, they read my blog. Apparently it is the first one that comes up when you search for the Russian Vladivostok Mission blogs. I didn't even know "Many Are Called But Few Are Frozen" was the name of it, that's genius.
We were blessed to go to the Korean temple after zone conference with about half of the mission. I was on the flight that all the missionaries returning home were on. I think I told them like 10 goodbyes before that just thinking that it would be the last time I saw them, but we just kept on seeing them.
Elder Lawrence and Sister Kapralova just entered the team on Sakhalin and we are glad to have them! Sister Kapralova is from somewhere in the west in Russia. I have always wanted to have a Russian companion but since we don't have any Russian elders I am getting the next best thing. And Elder Lawrence is incredible! He may be the funniest person I have ever met! He has only been in the field for 3 months and speaks like he has been out for well over a year. It motivates me to be better.
In the Korean airport we saw this little Asian girl maybe the age of 5 or 6 just standing by herself and Sister Kapralova wanted to see if she could talk to her. She knew a total of 4 words "I'm sorry", "Bye" and......... "cooked meat" :). And she was yelling those at her "I'm sorry, I'm sorry, bye bye bye, cooked meat cooked meat" haha!!! I can't even imagine what the poor girl was thinking haha.
On the plane back to Russia, I talked to a woman named Roma (a man's name in Russia) who had a tattoo in Arabic but the skill color that made me think she was from Africa. Turns out she is from the Philippines. Anyways she spoke perfect English and married a Russian man that she met when he was traveling in the Philippines. Really nice lady, I got her email and gave it to the Vlad sisters, she wanted help learning Russian.
Well, that will do it this week! It was a good one!