Monday, March 14, 2016

Women and Blini, What Can I Say More?

Привет всем,

We have had a ridiculously busy week. Combining two companionships is a lot of work. My companions moved from a different apartment across town to the apartment Sister Greenwood and I lived in, which wouldn't have been so bad except we had no boxes... or a car... But, hey, that's what Zone Leaders are for! Really, though, our Zone Leaders are wonderful. They helped us move, got us flowers on women's day (more about that wonderful holiday later), and made me a Star Wars scripture case. Honestly, they couldn't get better. 

Women's Day is a day that should be celebrated everywhere like they celebrate it here in Russia. People were just walking down the street, flowers in hand, telling every woman that they saw "Happy Women's Day!" and giving every cute old babushka a cute little flower. It was probably the best day ever, made better by the fact that it also happens during the 2nd best Russian holiday "Maclenitsa". Or as our tri-pan calls it, Blini Week. Blini are essentially like crepes (but better) and the week before the Russian Orthodox pre-Easter 40 day fast is the week where blini is celebrated. So, we ate a lot of blini this week, and it was totally worth it.

Speaking of things that are awesome, our investigator Galia is just wonderful. She's the investigator that just walked into the church one Saturday and asked if she could know more. She's so in tune with the Spirit. She comes into every lesson with some new spiritual experience she had since she saw us like 2 days ago. She's participating in the branch talent show on Saturday. And she can sing the cups song flawlessly. Being with her is a blessing. Teaching her is a miracle.

Our other investigators are doing well, but we have so many I'm worried we're not giving them the amount of time that they need. But, I know that when we're working our hardest, God makes up for the difference (2 Nephi 32:9). It all starts with us sincerely trying to do the most we can in the most effective way possible, and God concecrates our performance or makes miracles happen when we do the most we can.

Sister Nelson and Sister Montierth are wonderful teachers and companions. Sister Montierth is dedicated and always on top of things (but extremely silly) and Sister Nelson is so patient with everyone (but secretly sassy). I love being with them. We laugh ourselves to stitches all the time. It's kind of a problem. I think people on the street think there's something wrong with us we're so happy. But, hey, what to do.

All in all, it was a good first week of the transfer, and it's only going to get better!

С Празником!

Сестра Джарвис

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