I just got out of zone conference about two hours ago and I’m very excited for my trip to Helsinki coming up tomorrow morning. I’ll be in Moscow tomorrow from 12-5, and get to Helsinki that evening at 6. Then I leave Helsinki the next day also at 6 pm. It’s a short trip, but I’m very excited to see missionaries I haven’t seen in 3 months and to go to the temple in Helsinki.
I’m really excited for things after I get back from this visa trip. In Tomsk people are saying it’ll be my last transfer. So I’ve got a ton of work to do. We’re excited to try a few new crazy ideas this transfer. I’m planning on setting up a “free portraits by an american” stand in a park and see how many people we can talk to and meet. We’ve also got some great energy in our zone, especially after this zone conference to get down to work and do everything we can to allow the Lord to work through us and to allow us to feel like we’ve done our absolute best to serve him while he has given us this precious time. I love that no matter what religion, people generally agree that life is something we need to take advantage of. We can do so many awesome things in our life, so the most important thing is to not have regrets about using time poorly.
Parker, thanks for the wish for the snow and ice to melt… but it didnt help. Yesterday and today it’s just been snowing like crazy. It’s wild. I don’t know what to think about weather anymore. Hopefully it’ll become somewhat stable this transfer so we can sort of figure out and plan various activities that we want to do outside that depend on sun.
Taegan, it was great to hear from you. I’m glad to hear that everythings going well. I should be getting a letter out to you soon.
Caitlin, I’m working on a couple letters to you too. I’m sad that you didn’t get anything I sent you… 😦
Nick– BARCELONA. I’m so jealous. I want to go back there so badly– it’s such a tight city. There’s a famous building there called the Barcelona Pavilion. Make sure you check it out. It’s HUGE in the world of architecture. Dang, you’re lucky.
Well, I love you all– thanks for letters and emails (like always).
I’ll be in Helsinki on the 14th of May– or that weekend, whenever it works out to be (for Erika Larsen to send her brother, for family to forward to my relative serving in Finland, and for Roman Ignatyev– I, elder Wheeler and many other elders will be there in my group. it’d be awesome if you could somehow be there too 🙂 )
Elder Lambson left– he’s on the plane right now going home! Wow! If he ever stumbles upon this blog: scan in the music that you wrote out to the robe, please! 😀
Transfers! They’re happening!For the next six weeks I will stay zone leader in Tomsk. They’re giving me a new companion to be co-zone leader with me– Elder Whitchurch. From what I know of him he’s a cool guy, so I’m excited to serve with him. Elder Brightwell is leaving to Krasnoyarsk and so is Sister Boggs. This transfer we’ll have Sister Degtyaryova (a Russian) with Sister Rivas (a Californian) and Elder Eborn will be serving with Elder Hansen. It’s a bummer that we lost so many missionaries this transfer, especially because the members here started getting really used to them, but i’m excited for the change and I’m sure we’ll see some great progress this transfer– in part because of the fact that:
THERE IS HARDLY ANY SNOW LEFT!!! Yester day was HOT! It was SO AMAZING! EVERYONE was outside walking around, enjoying the amazing weather. We’ll be able to start talking to people in parks and having some great english club attendance…. the next few months in Tomsk should be very happenin’.
There’s this thing in Siberia called “led-a-hod” which is when it starts to get warm enough that the ice in the river starts to melt. The water in the river increases exponentially and there is a period of about a day or so when everyone goes to the river to watch this crazy glacier-rapids phenomenon. It’s been described to me that there are huuuuge pieces of ice that knock up against each other and then tumble and splash into the river– it looks like whales breaching. This should happen in the next day or so– hopefully i’ll be able to be there and i’ll send some sweet pictures.
This week has been really exciting for me– I’ve seen a lot of really great progress with those we’re working with and also with the missionaries here in Tomsk… annnnd it looks like i’m out of time to tell you more about it. But things are going great here.
Hayley! Wow! Thanks for the email! We’ve got to find time to hang out after I get back– i feel like we totally got jipped as far as having enough time together growing up. Good luck with everything going on at home! Love you!
Heather Leake– thanks for the recepes :)Amber– thanks for the email– i’ll be waiting for the letter
Andrew– those webcomics are keeping me in a very good mood on a mission.
All– I heard sandstorm in a taxi yesterday. B-)
Bradley Weber– your members here in tomsk want you to write something! (especially roman diev)
I love you all so much! Good luck with everything going on over there in America! 😀
enjoy the pics