Thank you for all of the Birthday wishes! 🙂 And Happy birthday to my little Layna girl! Can’t wait to meet you!
Well it’s been a crazy week full of running around. This transfer has been somewhat of a blur. Transfer calls are tomorrow so I don’t actually know where I will be until tomorrow, but I’ll let you know next week! 🙂
Lets see, I don’t know where to start.
Let’s start with something awkward shall we? Inara and Oskars and Zaiga… well Inara is still as busy as ever but we are going to try and just come to her work or to her school or whatever we can but she won’t make her baptism date (june 7th) and right now she doesn’t have one anymore… thanks to oskars… I’ll explain.
Inara and Oskars met at FHE. Zaiga (member–and SO awesome! Love her to death!) and Oskars were kind of dating but he broke it off with Zaiga to go for Inara and Zaiga is devastated. So we FINALLY get a lesson with Inara and she ends up bringing Oskars along and who wanted to help with the lesson? Zaiga. So all three were in one room. And Inara knows that because she drunk coffee that morning she has to wait 3 weeks. And she doesn’t really want to live the Word of Wisdom anyways. So she was about to pick a new date and Oskars said, “we want to get baptized together. But we don’t need to pick a date. We’ll let you know 2 weeks in advanced if/when we want to” And Inara went along with it. Oskars!!!!
SO the funny thing is that Oskars is more sincere about really knowing and once he makes a choice he really will do it because he is really religious. But it will take him a while to make that choice. Whereas Inara is kind of wishy-washy and doesn’t really care about finding out she just thinks we’re “good people” so she wants to join. I am really trying to help her have a spiritual experience so she can feel the truthfulness of this and not just “oh it’s nice”. Well see.
Elder Bland (current district leader) just cracks up when I tell him my investigator stories when he calls to check up on them at night. He and I both can’t figure out why my whole mission I have had very interesting investigators and none of them have been easy. His exact words, “hahah I love to hear your stories about your investigators… they are always so interesting and funny! I don’t know why you always get the hard ones” I don’t know either, but it’s sure an adventure and I do love them so much.
The FHE activity was lots of fun! Unfortunately the members didn’t really bring any friends which was the whole point of it, but a lot of members showed up and really liked it and some want to start having a monthly FHE all together. We’ll see how that goes.
Here’s how it went:
Started out with a talk in Russian about FHE– what it is and how to hold it.
Then had a musical number by missionaries (families can be together forever)
Then we were supposed to have a talk by Gatis Senkans in Latvian about FHE but he forgot and didn’t show up so President Boswell saved the day and gave a nice little talk.
Then we all split into 4 groups (2 Russian and 2 Latvian) and had our own little FHE’s together.
Then we all joined back together and Elder Viremontes (CES couple) gave a talk about the 7 habits of a celestial family (about family prayer, scriptures study, fhe…etc) and handed out nice, laminated bookmarks to everyone with the 7 steps and then a little schedule for them to mark everyday. They LOVED that.
And then we had packets at the end with FHE ideas, a talk, the family proclamation, and a little paper with the steps of FHE
Then we had LOTS and LOTS of desserts! Latvians love the refreshments I tell you!
On the back of the programs we had a little survey with things like “do you want to learn more about God’s plan for families?” or “do you want to learn how to strengthen your marriage?” Well Aivars Bite is the bachelor of the Riga branch and kind of all the branches. All the girls like him, but he won’t commit to anyone. You know the type… well he gave back his survey and on the back he had marked the “how to strengthen my marriage” box. hahah oh man we all got a good laugh out of that one.
So Simon the guy from France hung up when we called, Kristofers canceled his lesson and hasn’t responded since. But Liga and Ivo the 2 who showed up at church last week came again and this time brought 2 friends! They are all super cool. I found out that they are all studying theology… so who knows what their real intent for coming to church is, but they said after this week (they have finals) they want to meet.
I need some advice. We have a recent convert here who I love to death, but she goes up and down with her testimony ALL the time. She doesn’t like hearing about how she has to DO anything. She doesn’t like that word. “DO” and so therefore if you teach anyone anything it usually requires them to DO something… so unless we just talk about God’s love (and not talking about what we can do to feel God’s love mind you) she isn’t happy. We are good friends and we love her so much and want to help her and have her really gain a testimony, but I am at the end of my ideas.
Well that about sums up the week. We are excited for transfers tomorrow and we meet all the new sisters tomorrow!!! Hurray!
Have the most wonderful week my beautiful family and know that I love and miss you so much!