On Tuesday it was raining/snowing pretty hard. We saw the trolleybus and started to run for it. We made it on, and sat down. A men entered the bus and said, "I think this is your phone." It was in three separate pieces. The battery, back case, and the rest of the phone. I thanked him and sat back down only to realize that it didn't have a sim-card. All of our contacts and everything. Without the sim-card the phone would also not work and we would have to get a different number. We got off at the next stop and ran back. It was already dark and the sim-card is the size of a penny and red. Said a little prayer in my head and was confident that we would find this card. 10 minutes went bye and we were now going to be late for our lesson. I didn't know why God didn't want me to find the card. I started to doubt that maybe we weren't going to find it. Prayed again and in about 10 minutes my companion found it. Another trolleybus instantly rolled up and we traveled to our appointment. The last miracle was that the person was still waiting for us by the church. This whole miracle started with the act of a person that had no reason to help us. Nothing in return. He saw what happened and acted. Help someone this week, see a miracle! After the lesson, walking outside about to get on another trolleybus, I realized that a light was still on. One that we hadn't turned on, but was visible from the street. Going back, we realized that we had somehow forgotten to lock the church... and that could have been horrible. God is good. Went home that night really thankful.
Had interviews with our President this last week. It was great to talk with him. Elder Breinholt will be leaving and it looks like I will be training again and staying in the area. I will have more details next week.
We have been praying for a mother of a member in our ward for 2 transfers now and for the daughter to have a chance to share the Gospel with her. We showed up and she was there at dinner! We didn't expect it and just happened to schedule right before she came into town. It was great to see.
For my birthday we took our lunch and dinner hour and combined them and ordered pizza and played ping-pong at the branch with some of the youth and some people from English.
Other than that, we had no lessons at all so the rest of the day we did a "traveling book table" and went to a lot of different locations. At one location a Priest from some other church came up to us and took a Book of Mormon, told us to repent, scolded me for not knowing Ukrainian, and said that he will show his congregation and tell them that this book is a lie. It all happened in about 45 seconds and after it was just something you had to laugh off. Maybe someone in his congregation will feel "disobedient" and read it haha who knows.
We had a Priest from the ward that was with us for a "mini-mission" for a couple of days and it was great to have his with us. He is the one in the middle smiling :)
We had the first big snow of the year!
A couple of Mondays ago we bought groceries and they put the wrong price tag on the tomatoes we bought. We didn't notice and they were bought for about 10x the price. We saw the total at cashier and had no idea how it added up so quickly and even argued a bit about who bought too much of what. At home we noticed the receipt and saw that we bought a huge fish? We went back and after a couple of trips to and from realized that the tomatoes were marked as fish and finally got our money back in the end. We talked to a security guard there and he helped us out and felt bad about what happened. These last few weeks he has continued to apologize and I told him not to worry about it. He was impressed that we didn't storm in the store and start yelling and now we are great friends. My first thoughts about the tomatoes were, "The lady at the cash register was out to get us" and "I am never going back to this place again" and "They knew we are Americans and think they could pull a fast one." I am so glad I didn't go back into the store with these thoughts. It was our fault for not checking the price tag and the receipt in the first place. Don't let yourself get caught up over overpriced tomatoes... never worth it. Take a second and figure out what really happened. Now we have a great friend named Cergei.
Thanks all for the Birthday wishes! I did have a great surprise from a friend I have here. He stopped by and brought me a wonderful Birthday Gift.... my good friend Zhenya.
Have a great week everyone.
Elder Devashrayee - the 20 yr old!!!
We were able to go ice skating today as a district. Some good times!
Obolon - went on an exchange there and found this sweet church.