I tried to switch up the way I approach people this week on transport. One of my favorite was to pull out a pamphlet and ask people which picture of Jesus they like the best. They would then pick and we would discuss and then I would end up "Gifting" them the picture as long as the pamphlet. If nothing more, it brought some smiles.
I was on an exchange with Elder Young (my second companion from Alta that I served in Kyiv with) and it was great to serve with him again for a day. He helped me up my Organization as a missionary and really taught me a lot. He is one missionary that I know will get 100% out of his mission and helped me learn how to do the same for myself. The way he approached the language is that he wants to double-major in it when he gets home. He is looking at the big picture and that is why his Russian is incredible at this point. Great Friend/Missionary.
We had a lesson with the friend of a less-active this week and it was one of the lessons that I will not forget. She came to us completely open and knew that our Church helps with quitting smoking. I felt completely led the whole lesson and said things and went ways that I have never taught before. I felt that I was truly an instrument in God's hands for a solid 30 minutes and it was a great feeling. She said the closing prayer and started bawling, the Spirit filled the room and I felt as if someone lightly placed their hand on my shoulder. Hard to explain. I got the feeling of someone saying, "thanks for listening". It was incredible. Now it is up to her to act.
I learned how to work an abacus this last week from a less active. Whoo! It wasn't easy, and I think I will keep using my calculator when I get back :)
We had another ward picnic and received a call the night before saying that we need to make a lot of brownies.... my training has finally come into effect. I was ready for the call haha. With the Mikkelsen's recipe in hand (THANK YOU!!!) we cranked out 5 big batches of brownies in time for the next day and the branch really enjoyed them. We were heroes! The picnic was a blast and there was some 5 on 5 Bball and volleyball and all sorts of good food.
I was reading a scripture and it really hit me, especially for being on the mission during the Summer. Often, I hear "I am missing out" or "I wish I was there right now" and I found the perfect verses. I am reading the New Testament at the moment and found a verse in Mark 10: 28-30. I know that what I am doing here is totally worth it and I will receive blessings 100 fold and feel them daily. I hope everyone is having a great summer and doing fun things, but I am grateful to be here in Ukraine and do the Lord's work. Have a great week and stay safe!
Here are some of the scenery shots from this week. This place really is amazing!