Thursday, June 5, 2014

Ivano-Frankivs'k- Week 10!-- March 3, 2014

Well this week has been interesting to say the least. 
Although I think that you all may have more information about exactly what is happening than I do. 
At times it feels like we are playing some sort of giant game of telephone. Frustrating but also hilariously funny as well. So... here is my week.

Well Monday was a normal day Email shopping and all of that fun stuff. Tuesday was still normal with regards to country related things. Wednesday was weird, but not bad. For some reason all of the Elders in our district ended up having a lesson with our investigator. It was hilariously funny because we got a call from one of the Elders and he said, "Hey we're having a lesson with your investigator today, is there anything specific that we should know before we go?...Oh...that's okay right?" Our Response, "Um...nothing really...and I guess that you the way we also have a meeting with her tonight........" "Okay thanks, bye" "Um....Bye???" We were sooooo confused after we got off of that phone call. I guess that they just in the neighborhood and were going to stop by. Also one of the Elders needed a haircut and she knew a good place to go. So...that was Wednesday. Also she wasn't able to meet with us that night. Who knows why? 

Thursday was when things got strange. Normal day in the morning: Studies, Food, Contacting, Planning for English, Home again for dinner. And this is where things get strange. We had just had Dinner and were heading back out to have a lesson and then English, when we get a call from the District Leader. "Where are you right now?" "Home" "Do you have enough food for about a week?" "Um...Yes, Why" "Well we all need to stay in our apartments for the rest of the night." "Um...okay...Anything else?" "I think that things will be back to normal tomorrow around one" "Okay...bye" So that's what we did for the rest of the night Thursday. Stayed inside occupied ourselves. Friday came...Weekly Planning! which was good because it gave us something to do while we were inside. One o'clock came and went with us not sure if we would be allowed out. The District Leader kept us posted with all that they knew, and as it turned out we were still required to stay inside. We were told that our Mission President and the other Mission Presidents of Ukraine were in contact with the Area Presidency who was counseling with the First Presidency as to our situation here in Ukraine, and how best to keep us, the missionaries, safe. We were told that Elder Nelson had called President Lattin and told him to do what he felt was best for his mission and the missionaries therein. Well since we are in the L'viv Ukraine mission (the one that is farthest west in Ukraine) and nothing crazy has happened in any of our cities we have been allowed back on the streets! Yay! And told to be careful in our contacting and to be wise. Our Sister Training leader, my old trainer Sister Olds told us her interpretation of that, "Just don't end up dead in a ditch" Don't worry! I wasn't planning on that happening any time soon. But Saturday and Sunday we were back on the streets and as always being cautious. 

With so many crazy things happening I have defiantly learned to follow and obey my leaders. Not that I haven't, but simply a new found appreciation of exact obedience. They are our leaders for a reason, and as such they are entitled to receive revelation for all those under their leadership. So...listen to them!! They know what they are doing. "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." (Hebrews 5:4) God has given them this right and as they exercise it properly they will know what to do. 

I love you all and want you to know that I am safe. 
Сестра Граф

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