Tuesday, July 29, 2008

A typical day In the life of a Mormon Missionary in Russia...

17 Wherefore, I the Lord, knowing the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth, called upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and spake unto him from heaven, and gave him commandments;
18 And also gave commandments to others, that they should proclaim these things unto the world; and all this that it might be fulfilled, which was written by the prophets—
19 The
weak things of the world shall come forth and break down the mighty and strong ones, that man should not counsel his fellow man, neither trust in the arm of flesh—
20 But that every man might
speak in the name of God the Lord, even the Savior of the world;
21 That faith also might increase in the earth;
22 That mine everlasting
covenant might be established;
23 That the
fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world, and before kings and rulers.
24 Behold, I am God and have spoken it; these
commandments are of me, and were given unto my servants in their weakness, after the manner of their language, that they might come to understanding.

Hey Everyone,

How is it going in HOT Arizona now that it is almost August? It rained here in Russia and cooled down for a few days, but its back to hot and humid.
I am sorry I haven’t emailed any pictures home, I have misplaced my cord for my camera that attaches to the computer. As soon as I find it or buy a new one, I will email the few pictures I have. I haven’t taken many, you’re not allowed to take pictures unless you have special permission. (Dang all these freakin rules) The few pictures I have are from inside our apartment, which are boring, but I will email as soon as I get things figured out.
We have English Club every Tuesday and Thursday. Just a note… it is not an English Class it is an “English Club” and only a club. My companion and I teach the Advanced English, which is WAY cool because they can speak great English. We have two English teachers that participate, one is an Olympic coach.
* Side note…we are in an Internet cafe and one of my favorite songs is playing on the radio...yes, this is awesome! I do miss my Music!
Anyway, besides the two teachers, we have random people come every now and then. It’s a lot of fun. Last time we talked about our favorite books. They actually knew about mine, but not my companions. Maybe it’s because my book is the best book ever!! ** note from mom…We would love to know the name of your favorite book.
Mom, you asked about Riviel…he is out of town a lot on business so it is difficult to get a hold of him. My companion wants to give up on him, but I totally want to keep trying. I mean, what could it hurt, or at least try until he tells us not to call anymore. Right?...Right!
Some of you have asked me to describe one of my” typical missionary days”...haha! OR do you mean a “typical missionary day” here in Russia? Sooo, here goes…
We wake up at 6:30 am and we have our ever so tasty Gretchka, which is nasty grain junk that horses back in the US eat. We study until 11:00 am, and then we go finding, which either consists of walking around on the streets talking to people and handing out Book of Mormons or we have meetings with inactives, new members or investigators (we haven’t had many of those). We head back to our apartment around 2:00 to eat lunch, I drink a lot of juice because it is soooo good here. I actually haven’t been able to eat very much lately and have been losing a lot of weight. After lunch, we go back out finding, to appointments, English Club, or FHE, depending on the day. Just another day in the life of a Mormon Missionary in Russia.
I’ve had a few of you ask me if I’ve had any scary experienceshmmmmI would rather not share those for the sake of my mom…duh!! Just know I am alive and surviving. BUT… I will share one my most recent awkward moments with you… The other day we did an advertising “Blitz” AND...so yeah.. I just happened to be... "THE BLITZ”. I had to wear this ridiculous HUGE GOOFY looking blue shirt that says “FREE ENGLISH” . We then went to a very busy part of town and handed out flyer's. So yeah, there I was as a GOOFY looking ‘HUMAN SIGN” trying to explain to pepole (with the my limited Russian vocabulary) about our English club. So AWKWARD!! BUT… then the police came and put a STOP to my BLITZINESS. I then had to walk around Ufa with this crazy goofy shirt and people staring at me weird…oh well…people stare at me rather I am in a goofy huge blue shirt or in my navy blue suit. So...go on I say...STARE AWAY!!! As long as you come to our English Club! Haah! Just another day in the life of a Mormon missionary in Russia.
The favorite part of my week
here in Ufa happened a few days ago when we had a great time talking with people. We were able to talk to a bunch of really cool people right in a row. When you have an experience like that, it helps to boost your moral. Although we haven't seen any real great moments like that since, it unfortunately didn’t last. Lately, it has rained a lot and we haven’t met too many receptive people who have been interested or willing in talking with us. Just another day in the life of a Mormon Missionary in Russia.
Hopefully this next week will bring us better success.
The language is still a struggle. It’s difficult when your companion doesn’t want to do SLY, which is when you and your companion only speak 100% Russian. He say’s he doesn’t need it. Oh well. Also, it looks like I will be with him for another six weeks. The members here that I am friends with are great though and they continue to be a lot of help and support, especially Gulnaz. She continues to call us, and still talks a mile a minute, which continues to be helpful for my ability to translate much faster. I always love to talk with people about the gospel and hopefully I will have the opportunity to do more of it.
We have “Sports” every Saturday at noon for the investigators. This Saturday we had one investigator show up who was from Mexico. So, there was one investigator to ten missionaries. Some of what goes on here seems so pointless I just feel there is so much more that can be done if more effort was put forth. There seems to be some things that are really lacking. I have shared a few ideas with my companion and ZL, but their unenthusiastic response was that I need to sit back and take the junior companion roll and just follow along… New kid…New Ideas…don’t always agree with some. I guess I better just mind my post as the “junior companion”. Just another day in the life of a mormon missionary here in Russia.
Honestly, this past week has been a tough one emotionally, but I am hanging in there and hoping this week will bring better success and happier moments. I really do love it.

I would like to close this email with the following scriptures from Alma 29: 1-3

1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!

2 Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.

3 But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.
Elder Dewey
P.S. I hope to write a better email to you next week. Take care and tell everyone I love them.

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