Monday, December 8, 2014

December 1, 2014-- Khmel' nits' ky Week 1!

Hey all I hope that you all had a super Thanksgiving I know that I had one that I won't Forget. This week we were in L'viv to meet up with our new companions, and then out train to Khmel'nits'ky left the station at 9:45 am. The night before we had arranged with the Elder's to come and help us with our bags, because the Apartment where we were staying is on the 5th floor without an elevator. They said great and that they would be there at 9:00 to come and pick us up. The next day we are up and ready and waiting, it's 9:04 so we call the elders to make sure that they are still coming. Turns out they thought that we were meeting at the church. We said we started ferrying our bags down all of the stairs. We finally get to the bottom and the elders get there and throw them into the back of the van. We all take of and are driving like crazy down the cobblestone streets of L'viv dodging Marshchrutka's and Baba's to get to the Train Station across town. Also somehow we end up hitting every red light! We finally get there it's 9:40...So we take off running to find the right platform and car number. We're still running when the strap of the bag that I'm caring with All the Copies of the Book of Mormon in it breaks. Meanwhile we see that all of the conductors' are closing up the cars and getting ready to go. We literally jump onto the train and the Elders start throwing on our bags and as they chuck up the last one and say bye the train starts pulling out. It's exactly 9:45. We laterally made it just in time. Then of course we had the problem of getting to the right seats and storing our luggage. that's when the 3 Ukrainian Guys who were also late start making their way to wagon 6 from wagon 9. So the Conductor asked them if they could help us with our stuff. Luck for us they said yes. And then we both finally die and are able to rest for a few hours as the train does all of the work in getting us there. When we finally got into Khmel'nits'ky I started unpacking and moving in, which I was uber grateful for, and while that was going on we got cooking our Thanksgiving. Which consisted of us having French Apple Cobbler in addition to our potato's, gravy, rotissary chicken, corn, creamed spinach, and biscuits. So all in all not a bad meal. And I'm now all unpacked, And ready to get going for this final Hurrah with Sister Moffitt. And I must say it is looking to be a great last go. So have a great week and don't forget to be thankful for the things that you have and the miracles that He Sends your way. And try to look for the times when He is using you to perform a miracle for someone else. I love you all!
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Luts'k Week 18!-- November 24, 2014


I hope that you all had a wonderful week and are excited for the Holidays! Like Ashton's 11th Birthday! Such a big Girl now. For those of you that didn't know it was on the 22nd of November, but no worries if you forgot because in my family we believe in ones Birthday Month so...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I had a Crazy week and I found out that For My Last transfer I will be moving to the super fun City of Khmel'nits'ky! YAY And I will be with the fabulous Sister Moffitt YAY! So crazy to move one last time. But enough trunkiness from me. I am sad to leave Luts'k again but excited to see the last chapter of my Mission open up. There is no more wondering where the final battle will take place. Now there is simply following through and giving it my all.

I hope that you have a great Thanksgiving, I know that I will. I have so much to be grateful for! We all do.

Sister Lattin, our mission president's wife, sent us a wonderful letter this week, with some things she is grateful for about US! Some of my favorites-
You all have two arms and two legs
You all have great brains
You all have great potential to have a wonderful future
You are all missionaries in the greatest mission in the world [=D too true Sister Lattin]
You all have a knowledge of Heavenly Father’s Plan
You are all beautiful and handsome!
You all get to wear a nametag with the name of Jesus Christ on it.

I love you all so Much and don't forget to be Grateful!
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PS. Sorry no pictures this internet place has given people buggs before, so I 'll send them next week.

Luts'k Week 17!-- November 17, 2014

Hey everybody! So this week was fantastic We were working super hard but it seams as though almost all of our investigators fell of the face of the world! But that gave us lots of extra time and so we got to work and we were able to find two new families! It's so amazing how the lord is able to help when we put forth the effort!
I know that he is always there and wanting to help us if we will but turn to him. And I know that he is there waiting with open arms to receive us. I know that he loves and knows each and every one of us. Don't ever forget that!
I hope that you have a great week.
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We had to turn in pictures today for an end of mission video. 10 fun 10 serious These are the ones that I picked. =D

Luts'k Week 16!-- November 10, 2014

Hey everybody!
Hope that you all had a fantastic week, I know that I did. We were in L'viv for Mission Conference, Which was amazing. My favorite was when we talked about prayer. Seriously so amazing. I don't even know where to begin, but I challenge you all to do a study on prayer, because it is amazing. Also I learned again that it truly does work, when yesterday we got to church and Brother Kastuchuk came up to me and asked If I would be able to give a talk in church. My answer, Of course...when. His you'll speak first. Me um.............Heavenly But it was all great and I didn't stress too much, so that's good. what's even better is that it was in understandable Ukrainian. YAY! Hope that you have a great week
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Luts'k Week 15!-- November 3, 2014

Hey everybody!
Hope that you all had a wonderful week and a Happy Halloween!
So this week we started our new English program, which we are calling "English Gospel Discussions" And Unless you couldn't tell from the name, We are Discussing the Gospel in English! So fun and it was amazing! This first lesson that we had was based on the Preach My Gospel lesson "God is our Loving Heavenly Father" It was amazing and the people that came were amazing. When we explained that god looks like us One of them was like, "Wait...God looks like us!?" Our answer, "Yes. Lets turn to Genesis 1:26-27 in the Bible where we learn about this."
Honestly it was so amazing. And of course we were also having them read in Ukrainian and English to make sure that they understood the verses. SO GREAT! At the end we asked if they had any other questions and one man replied, "If I asked all my questions we would be here all night." We said that that's okay, because if he wants to he can meet with the elders and they can help to answer his questions outside of English!
I have to say that at first I was worried about the transition of the one program into the other, but things are going fantastic! So I'm happy! and The Gospel is literally wonderful!
I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
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1. Gota love the Book of Mormon
2. Happy "Helloween" Typos =D
3. ...

4. Halloween Party
5. Carving Squashes
6. Pumpkins in Ukraine

7. Happy Halloween
8. Ukraine
9. ...

October 27-- Luts'k Week 14!

Greetings everyone from Ukraine!
Well I must start this off by saying that it is still so crazy to be back! This week was somewhat slower, partially because I got a cold, but thanks to some sleep, and the Day quill, orange juice, and Chocolate that was smuggled to us by our district leader elder Newton, interspersed with calls asking if we had Herbal tea and how we were feeling, I was able to come off conqueror and win the battle against the runny nose. hahahaha So I was sick and got better and that's that. 
Luckily we were also able to still meet with some people and help them out. One of these service activities involves me fixing the rug of one of our members Baba Katya. Super fun. I'll send pictures next week, 'cause I forgot to take them yesterday.  But there is still lots of sewing to do so I'll get some next week. Other than that, not much happened. So I'll end this epistle by telling you all that I love you and that I hope that your Halloween is super exciting, and that I expect pictures of your fantastic costumes, and all of that jazz. And Don't forget to wish Meghan a Happy 23d Birthday!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Luts'k- Week 13 (Well, Week 1 again) October 20, 2014

So I'm back in Luts'k with Sister Fitts like I said last week! And I must say it is strange to be back, and I don't know if I am able to explain how crazy this is. And I must say first off that Sister Fitts is amazing. So far we did some service, My second day here we went over to a recent convert Alla. She had moved to Luts'k from Khmel'nits'ky back when I was here last time. They've been remonting since then, so we went over and helped her scrape off all the layers of old wallpaper. so that they can put a new layer down. It was actually super fun. And then on Saturday night we went over to an investigator's house, Raisa, and while we were there she invited over some of her church friends, and we were able to meet with them all and answer their questions. It was so amazing, to see their countanances change over the course of the lesson, as their hearts softened and they then started to listen to the message that we had to share. such an amazing experience.
I love you all and hope that you have a fantastic week!
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1. Me and Sister Fitts
2. It was dusty scraping
3. So...We got baba scarfs
4. yay
5. So...there was frost on the grass...winter is coming!
6. And...this is us trying to show you all our breath...behold our epic fail.