January 16, 2010

Thank you for your emails this week, it was very enjoyable to hear from all of you 🙂
This week has been interesting.  Very cold. Except for the past two days it’s been close to 40 for almost an entire week.  With all the proud talk from the Russians about how cold Siberia is, they are such wimps about it sometimes.  It’s hard to convince people to walk out of their houses and meet you at a church building to talk about God when its -40.  But nevertheless we worked very hard and had what is probably my all time record so far of 17 meetings in a week. We’ve been meeting with a few new people, including Vladimir, a man who is a sucker for learning English, is a massage therapist, is very wealthy, and LOVES Frank Sinatra.  He doesn’t have the most burning desire for religion, but he did ask some very deep questions about why the Earth was created and what the Creator was thinking when He did so.
Another investigator, Alexe (alex – aye… i can’t think of how to spell that in english at the moment)… well.  We called him up and met with him.  He met with the missionaries 2 years ago.  He said that when we called him on the phone it was an answer to his prayers and that he saw a dream that told him that he needed to meet with us.  We met with him once, invited him to church, then met with him again on Sunday.  In that meeting he told us that he has decided to be baptized, but doen’st konw when yet.  We set up a meeting with him on Tuesday at his house to meet his family (wife and two teenage daughters) so that we could discuss with them the whole baptism thing and set a date.  This man is ready for baptism.  He understands so much about God and how we are meant to have more light in our lives than what we can find on our own.  He showed us how just in the last few days so many of his concerns have been answered by the Book of Mormon and he says that he is a kind of guy that doesn’t need solid proof– he already believes that Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ and that he restorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   After that meeting we went downstairs where we introduced him to a member, Brother Boris.  Those two talked for about an hour about families and how this church can have such a positive effect on unifying families and how this church can change a man’s life so much for the better.
Then on Monday night we received a strange text saying that the meeting set on Tuesday was cancelled forever and that we should not come to see him or try to communicate with him again.  We called him up and he was very confrontational saying that we were charlatans and that he has his Russian church and it is enough for him and that he never again needs to meet with us.  It was one of the most frustrating things I have ever heard in my life.  He was simply not being honest to himself. It was obvious to me that he was simply repeating a lecture that he had just gotten from someone else– probably a family member who freaked out when he said the mormons are coming over tomorrow.  So needless to say, that whole event was pretty earth-shattering.  We’re thinking we might have one more shot with him– we’re going to talk with Brother Boris today and see if he will call and try to talk to him about things.  But if any of you are going to send some prayers my way this week– please play for Alexe– so that he will realize that he cannot base his beliefs in God on things that his friends and family says– he has to be honest to himself and God and find that answer for himself through prayer.
This week is essentially ended.  We’re going to Novosibirsk tomorrow for Zone Conference, coming home Friday night, and then on Saturday I’m leaving with Elder Zabrodin to Kemerovo, for the first church meeting in their new building! 😀 😀 😀
So, while I’m excited beyond words to be able to see all my friends in Kemerovo again, it’s frustrating because missionary work is so restricted this week.  We essentially have to wait until Monday to get things going again, which is hard when we have to think about all the investigators who really should be meeting with us this week to keep them on track…. but oh well. cest la vive.
Well that’s about it on my end.  We might try to go rollerskating today for p-day 🙂
Sorry for not having pictures recently– I can’t figure out how to get this computer to send them…
Justin– thanks for the newsletter– how’s life? are you back in school yet?
Chris– i’m glad you got my letter. I listened to like half of your song last night– it was WAY awesome.  the piano part especially sounds nice and clean.  I can tell you’re making progress on the piano.   I’ll try to listen to the rest of it later (when i was listening to it it was in a noisy room and stuff, so it was kind of frustrating)
Hadley– keep the art going.  see if you can find the weezer song “Hey Domingo!” It’s way cool.
Parker– are you stil playing roller hockey? how’s that going? i might be able to roller skate today, which would be WILD!
Amber– thanks.  i miss you too
Dad and Mom– thanks for the encouraging/spiritual emails. It’s great. as a missionary the conference talks and spiritual thoughts are like candy
As far as food that i might want… uhm alfredo and pasta sauce mixes are great.  brownie mixes and stuff would be great too. Oh– the soup mixes you sent me look really tasty but there are no instructions on how to make them.  It’s quite frustrating.  I’ve got enough gravy mix… although, how about some of that white breakfast gravy mix (biscuits and gravy).  But I’m really doing quite fine as far as food goes in general.  I like cooking Russian food more anyway.  But no, i haven’t gotten a package since dad’s package with the socks in it.  But we’ll see tomorrow when I get to Novo.
Thank you to the Roth Family!  I got your package. The tie is beautiful. I love it.  And I have no idea what to say about the hedgehog massage balls…. possibly the most random thing I’ve ever gotten in the mail 🙂
Oh! Andrew! You can’t mention Google Wave and not tell me what it is! What are you thinking!?
Love you all– have a great week!,
Elder Froelich

Thank you for your emails this week, it was very enjoyable to hear from all of you 🙂
This week has been interesting.  Very cold. Except for the past two days it’s been close to 40 for almost an entire week.  With all the proud talk from the Russians about how cold Siberia is, they are such wimps about it sometimes.  It’s hard to convince people to walk out of their houses and meet you at a church building to talk about God when its -40.  But nevertheless we worked very hard and had what is probably my all time record so far of 17 meetings in a week. We’ve been meeting with a few new people, including Vladimir, a man who is a sucker for learning English, is a massage therapist, is very wealthy, and LOVES Frank Sinatra.  He doesn’t have the most burning desire for religion, but he did ask some very deep questions about why the Earth was created and what the Creator was thinking when He did so.Another investigator, Alexe (alex – aye… i can’t think of how to spell that in english at the moment)… well.  We called him up and met with him.  He met with the missionaries 2 years ago.  He said that when we called him on the phone it was an answer to his prayers and that he saw a dream that told him that he needed to meet with us.  We met with him once, invited him to church, then met with him again on Sunday.  In that meeting he told us that he has decided to be baptized, but doen’st konw when yet.  We set up a meeting with him on Tuesday at his house to meet his family (wife and two teenage daughters) so that we could discuss with them the whole baptism thing and set a date.  This man is ready for baptism.  He understands so much about God and how we are meant to have more light in our lives than what we can find on our own.  He showed us how just in the last few days so many of his concerns have been answered by the Book of Mormon and he says that he is a kind of guy that doesn’t need solid proof– he already believes that Joseph Smith really did see God and Jesus Christ and that he restorted the Gospel of Jesus Christ.   After that meeting we went downstairs where we introduced him to a member, Brother Boris.  Those two talked for about an hour about families and how this church can have such a positive effect on unifying families and how this church can change a man’s life so much for the better.Then on Monday night we received a strange text saying that the meeting set on Tuesday was cancelled forever and that we should not come to see him or try to communicate with him again.  We called him up and he was very confrontational saying that we were charlatans and that he has his Russian church and it is enough for him and that he never again needs to meet with us.  It was one of the most frustrating things I have ever heard in my life.  He was simply not being honest to himself. It was obvious to me that he was simply repeating a lecture that he had just gotten from someone else– probably a family member who freaked out when he said the mormons are coming over tomorrow.  So needless to say, that whole event was pretty earth-shattering.  We’re thinking we might have one more shot with him– we’re going to talk with Brother Boris today and see if he will call and try to talk to him about things.  But if any of you are going to send some prayers my way this week– please play for Alexe– so that he will realize that he cannot base his beliefs in God on things that his friends and family says– he has to be honest to himself and God and find that answer for himself through prayer.
This week is essentially ended.  We’re going to Novosibirsk tomorrow for Zone Conference, coming home Friday night, and then on Saturday I’m leaving with Elder Zabrodin to Kemerovo, for the first church meeting in their new building! 😀 😀 😀
So, while I’m excited beyond words to be able to see all my friends in Kemerovo again, it’s frustrating because missionary work is so restricted this week.  We essentially have to wait until Monday to get things going again, which is hard when we have to think about all the investigators who really should be meeting with us this week to keep them on track…. but oh well. cest la vive.
Well that’s about it on my end.  We might try to go rollerskating today for p-day :)Sorry for not having pictures recently– I can’t figure out how to get this computer to send them…
Justin– thanks for the newsletter– how’s life? are you back in school yet?Chris– i’m glad you got my letter. I listened to like half of your song last night– it was WAY awesome.  the piano part especially sounds nice and clean.  I can tell you’re making progress on the piano.   I’ll try to listen to the rest of it later (when i was listening to it it was in a noisy room and stuff, so it was kind of frustrating)Hadley– keep the art going.  see if you can find the weezer song “Hey Domingo!” It’s way cool.Parker– are you stil playing roller hockey? how’s that going? i might be able to roller skate today, which would be WILD!Amber– thanks.  i miss you tooDad and Mom– thanks for the encouraging/spiritual emails. It’s great. as a missionary the conference talks and spiritual thoughts are like candyAs far as food that i might want… uhm alfredo and pasta sauce mixes are great.  brownie mixes and stuff would be great too. Oh– the soup mixes you sent me look really tasty but there are no instructions on how to make them.  It’s quite frustrating.  I’ve got enough gravy mix… although, how about some of that white breakfast gravy mix (biscuits and gravy).  But I’m really doing quite fine as far as food goes in general.  I like cooking Russian food more anyway.  But no, i haven’t gotten a package since dad’s package with the socks in it.  But we’ll see tomorrow when I get to Novo.Thank you to the Roth Family!  I got your package. The tie is beautiful. I love it.  And I have no idea what to say about the hedgehog massage balls…. possibly the most random thing I’ve ever gotten in the mail :)Oh! Andrew! You can’t mention Google Wave and not tell me what it is! What are you thinking!?
Love you all– have a great week!,
Elder Froelich

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