A lot happened this week, so hopefully I can remember.
To start off, on Thursday we were going to our gym time and there was an announcement for all of the sisters to drop what they were doing and go to the gym. We started freaking out. What if we were about to hear from a General Authority? What if they were sending all the sisters home? You can imagine that there were a lot of crazy theories going around. Then the announcement: "We are about to change your life... There have been reports of bats in 17m. We will be moving all of the sisters in 17m to 3 and 5m." So, not as crazy as we thought it would be! I guess some sister woke up with a bat on top of her so everyone had to move so the bats could be removed. We moved from the new building into a really old one so hopefully in the next 7 weeks we get to move back.
We also had a really good lesson with our investigator, Lena. We were kind of struggling to have the spirit in the beginning, but once we started to talk to her and not just say what we wrote the spirit was brought. We had a really hard time speaking and were looking up a lot of words in the dictionary and sounded like caveman, but we were able to communicate all the same. Then... we found out that Lena is really our teacher! Her name is Sister Hyde and went to the Russia Samara mission. It was kind of weird at first, but we really love her. She is so sweet and is such a great teacher. So now we have Sister Thomas who went to Kiev, Ukraine and Brother (brat in Russian) Clark who went to Vladivostok.
On Friday we were able to meet our mission president! My companion and I and the other sisters in our district met him kind of early though. The new mission presidents were here last week and would practice teaching with us a couple of times (prep for conferences?). We had a couple who are going to Canada Winnipeg who were really great. After we were done, we went to the restroom and figured out that our mission president was still with another Russia district. So we were stalkers and waited for them. We also got to meet Elder Jorg Klebingat and his wife. Later that night everyone going to Vladivostok (so my district and 4 others in the other zone) got together and were able to talk to President and Sister Perkinson for a couple hours. They are so cool and really want to help great things happen in Vladivostok. Ahhh.....they are just so great and I'm so excited to one of their missionaries! And no, I didn't flash them a Mountain View H.S. Toro sign ;) (This was Bryan's question as Whitney's mission president comes from the area where Bryan and Nicolle went to high school)
On Sunday Elder Allen spoke and of course was amazing. When he first started he brought up an elder from the congregation. Then he told us that this elder was the son of his first convert. Crazy! Later he told the story about how when he first got to El Salvador (I think) he wanted to go home. He, instead, pushed through and worked hard and a couple days later would meet this elders family. A lot about what he talked about was the feelings that we will have as missionaries and how it will be hard sometimes. We must serve and remember that great things are always hard. One thing I really liked that he said was that there is always a barrier before you meet your next convert.
After feeling like I was starting to get the hang of Russian, we learned about cases and started to practice street contacting. In English there are 2 cases and in Russian there are 6. We just practice street contacting with our teachers and they will be our investigators for the rest of the time. It was really hard to street contact! We really didn't know what was going on and they had made up new personalities to act as. I have no idea who Sister Thomas was pretending to be, but Brat (Elder) Clark was a Buddhist, who wants to learn English. Learning a new language definitely makes you feel like your a little kid again. The way to keep moving forward and not give up is to remember that there is no other way to teach and accomplish our purpose.
Tonight we start TRC were we practice teaching RM's and later we will Skype with people from Vladivostok.
Thank you sooooooooo much for the package!!!!! I can not tell you how much I appreciate it! Every time a letter or when I got package I pretty much freak out because I'm so excited.
I love you guys so much! Have a good week! Cecpta Merrill