Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 32:

Happy thanksgiving errybody, hope you all had a good one.  We did. Started off rough, that morning we got a text saying that all elders now have to wear suits every day.  That was a slap to the face.  Nobody hates suits like elder holland hates suits.  It is the inverse of my nature to wear them.  But really it's not that huge of a deal, problem is I only got one left, that's a funny story.  Today I was running for the bus and I slipped on some ice and ripped my pants and messed up my knees. Some I'm sitting here in some revealing pants. Learned my lesson, gonna start wearing boots and stop running for any reason.  Anywho, we had a thanksgiving feast of chicken and other foods at the old people missionaries' house.  Was pretty fun, but besides that we did our usual running around trying to bring people some Jesus.  Yup.  I got called a spy more this week than usual.  Pretty funny chatting with those old russian men with the really thick glasses that are still pretty bummed about the ussr falling.  Antropov is still having a rough go of it.  This is going to be my last week with him no matter what, pres made that pretty clear.  Going to be a sad goodbye but I'm ready for a change.  I'm pooped.  I love the guy to death but too much drama for me to handle.  Also it will be nice to speak english sometimes.  Week was pretty dry as far as missionary work, except for at the end we got a referral from a member and had a sweet lesson.  Was pretty out of nowhere, but it was awesome.  Felt really good to have someone honestly listen to us.  Missions are pretty cool when you get to teach, just when there is a dry spell you start to forget what it's all about.  Anyway can't really remember that much from this week, kind of a blur.  Oh, saw my armenian brother.  Dang I love that guy.  He's doing work down in his city, done baptized 8 armenians down there in the past 2 months.  All kinds of cool.  Anyway, I'll let you guys know next week what I've got in the way of transfers, I don't think I'm aloud to name the area directly via email so I'll have to do it in binary code or something.  Gotta love them rules.  Til next week friends.  
Week 31:

Things are still pretty chilly out here.  Still not freezing but pretty nippy.  The russian darkness has settled.  Its about 9:15 here and the sun still isn't up yet.  It Gets dark around 5, and that is just the beginning, will be getting darker and darker.  People seem to be peaved at the weather and darkness making them less likely to talk to us.  It's funny because nobody lives in the cold like russians, but nobody hates the cold like russians.  They are babies about it sometimes, and if you don't dress right you are going to get yelled at by somebody.  This week was pretty decent, last monday had a lesson with a guy who we already knew was weird but now we are pretty sure he is in love with the taliban.  Which is bad.  Then the next day we met with a super cool guy who was awesome.  Young guy that dresses fresh as heck, builds furniture with his bare hands, likes camping, has a great understanding of God and stuff already; and most importantly... He's not crazy!!!  Cool guy, hope we can meet up with him again.  After that the lessons stopped, which was a bummer.  Happens though.  Antropov is doing aight, still not peachy.  This week the branch put on a sweet activity that was like a show  overview of the 50's through 80's and everyone dressed up accordingly.  My boy Вася cut his hair especially to look like the beatles and showed up in a velvet suit.  That man is too cool.  He then later sang hey jude with the branch pres. After the little program ended there was food and dancing, and I got to dance with my favorite russian gypsy бабушка.  She's like 70 something but she's still got some fire left.  Was cool to hang out with the members and get to know them better, unfortunately none of our investigators came, bumma.   We have an awesome branch here, will be sad to leave them.  Russian party food can be kinda scary, they had beet salad and bread with pickles and anchoves on them.  The bread anchoves thing was actually pretty good.  Man I wish I could send you guys pictures and videos, had some funny ones from this week.  I can't really think of anything else that happened super eventful.  Yeah that's about it I think.  Our area is doing awesome, well Me and Antropov's part is dead but our ward is doing great.  Our sisters are doing work and the other elders have got a solid guy who seems to be progressing well.  Cool when missionaries find people who are ready and need what we've got.  It's cool because I think the wards seen more new people coming to church than they have in a while.  We love new people, especially missionaries.  Sorry if sometimes I get on here and make life seem dark and depressing, sometimes russia just kinda gets to ya.  Missions is good, just got ups and downs is all.  Kind of a bipolar lifestyle.  Anyway that was  my week, can't think of anything else.  Oh its gonna be thanksgiving this week, they don't really have that here.  Everyone eat a lot of food for me, happy turkey day.  Send letters friends, they keep me alive, or emails, because then I can actually respond.  That is all.  Good day.  
Week 30:

It is starting to actually feel like Russia here.  It is getting cold, we had our first snow.  It still isn't russia cold, but in Moscow there is a lot of humidity so when it gets a little bit cold it feels really cold.  I started wearing a scarf.  If any of you back home just called me a hipster fruitcake under your breath, go put on one and then tell me how you feel.  Its super cozy. Plus I already had a man purse so I've pretty much given up on maintaining my dignity.  My child is determined to give me a heart attack every week it seems.  Antropov was getting way bummed this week and was starting to talk about going home.  It's rough being a 25 year old russian man living with a bunch of american 20 year olds whilst being hated on by your own countrymen.  People are pretty mean to antropov when they find out he is russian and mormon.  So yeah, my boy is having a rough go of it, but we talked it over throughout the week and met with pres, he has decided to stay and we are gonna do some things to make it better for us.  Problem is pres said we are only aloud to contact for 2 hours a day now and it is my job to plan the rest of our day.  We don't do anything else in our area.  We've already visited pretty much every member, called every number, looked for opportunities to do service everywhere.  Nothin.  I guess we can figure something out.  This week they told me I had to start making the arrangements to end our contract for our appartment and moving out, then after I started to get things moving I called the office to tell them and they were like, o never mind; you are going to keep living there.  So then we had to reverse all the work we had already done. FUN.  We took antropov to the doctor, he's going to hold off on surgery until he goes home or until it gets really really bad.  Also he got sick at the beginning of the week so we had to sit at home for a day.  I hate sitting at home.  It's boring and guilty.  Missions are like a mindfield of guilt, no matter what you do you can feel icky about something.  This week we went and played soccer with a would-be investigator and a bunch of other russian childrens, it was freezing.  Anyway after we had a really good lesson with this one guy and he gave us his soccerball as a gift.  Then later when we called him it became very apparent he was crazy.  One thing I've learned about crazy people, they can seem pretty normal at first, and then something snaps every once in a while and they go nuts.  Meeting with him again would be danger so we are gonna steer clear of that one.  It would be really really refreshing to meet with someone who isn't crazy and doesn't want money from us.  They are out there somewhere.  I still continue to be half asleep, I talk to people and they are all like, dude go home and go to bed.  Heh. This week I have fallen asleep on every modem of public transportation more than once.  Cool story, yesterday I fell asleep on a bus heading to Elena's, then I left my umbrella on it and I was super bummed.  That was gonna be the cherry on top of another rough week.  Then when we were going home we got on the same bus and I totally found my umbrella. YEAH.  That was a much needed nice little turn of events. So that is whats happening out here, thanks gma for the mail, made my week.  If any of you ever want to talk just drop me an email, that I can write back to you.  Talk to ya next week friends.