Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving from Elder Paul

Daily Miracles

Dear Mom and others. Tell Jeff Harbach how much i love and appreciate him. His example greatly influences my actions. He is an angel. also, really great news that i faioled to mention last week for whatever reason, Vitaly got his mission call and he is going to saint petersburg!! we were there to see him open it and after i congratulated and he thanked me for helping him that time a year ago and that that helped him to make the decision to serve a mission. Words can not describe the joy that i feel. He is one of my favorite people here in moscow. So this week has been crazy. I wish i had more time to write but i dont. we got a new investigator this week and he is agnostic, awesome kid who speaks great english and on tuesday we are meeting with diego and his wife again. I have very little time cuz the landlady is coming to get rent at noon and my time is running out. also we had zone conference this week and it was a sucess and it was on companionship unity. i have a lot to tell you, miracles are happening daily and I am continually more and more grateful for my saviour Jesus Christ. I love the scriptures.
Love Elder Paul

Monday, November 7, 2011

New Companion and Gettin Cold

So my new companion, elder Palmer, is from Layton Utah, for those of you who are unfamiliar, it is just north of salt lake city. He is a really nice guy and has been on his mission for 9 months now. He has two brothers and two sisters if i can remeber correctly and his older brother served in brasil. I am his third companion. he was actually in the MTC with elder Foster if that gives you a better idea. I am excited to serve with him and already we are seeing great things happening.
Vitaly Donosov should be getting his mission call any week now, so heads up for that. I love that guy. I recently realized that quite soon i will have been going to rechnoy branch for an entire year. I dont think i will ever get out of the central building, but thats okay because i love it there.
This past week we had one new investigator and next week we have a lot of potential. About two weeks ago we were singing at rechnoy vokzal metro station with elder hamp and roberts. after that we had 15 minutes so we went on a split and went contacti9ng in the park. we talked to a man named mihail and invited him to church and he said he would come when he has time. I called him a week ago and he appologized for not being at church and he wanted to meet with us. He just seemes more promising than the usual contaccts and i will let you know how it goes when we meet with him this week.
we have been singing contacting as a district lately and it proves to be effective. Its getting very cold though. already -8celc.
today was a parade on red square and we with district members went down to it and somehow, unintentionally i swear, surpassed security near st. basils. we got some great pictures of tanks and stuff and all of these pictures i can not yet send you because i an technologically un advanced.
Well guys, The work is moving forward and it is getting more and more obvious that patience is the most important Christlike Attribute for me right now. People just need to repent im sick of them just loafin around doin nothin with their lives.
Love you guys!
Elder Paul

Sunday, November 6, 2011

7 - 12 - 2012 (execution date)

Hey, so i realized that last week i failed to wish zanna a happy birthday, so hope you had a good birthday. You are getting reall really old.
Your story about the disrespectful kids at the sacrament meeting has distraughtened me. Its really sad what is happening with the youth of the world today and what will happen to the next generation because of them. I see it a lot here in Moscow. Parents do not know how to raise their children and they become losers at such a young age. I see really young kids drinking and smoking all the time and i think that if the law wasnt the way that it is in the US, that it would be just the same there. Satan is doing his job really well. At least we already know hes gonna lose, but that cant keep us from fighting our hardest.
This week a few significant things happened. We found out our transfers that will be in effect as of thursday at 13oclock Russian Standard Time. I will be staying in this area as zone leader with elder Palmer. Elder Palmer has spent his whole mission in Z-grad and has most recently been training and district leading. I am really excited to serve with him and to remain in this area and see people progress, probably for the next two transfers. I will let you know more about elder Palmer next week after i get to know him better.
Other big news, i asked President when my execution date is (only not in those words) and i will end on july 12 2012. The end is within view and i really wish it wasnt. It is scary to think that it will all be over within the time that it takes a baby to be born. In a way it is good because i know that i need to work harder, as in a race, when the finish line is within sight, you sprint.
A funny thing happened on the metro this week. I was sitting on the middle of a bench and the metro was full of people. A healthy sized man was sitting opposite of me and he say my tag. he started freaking out and asking me if i knew what it meant and how pal means fall and saying "God Fell!" I leaned forward to explain it to him but when he kept freaking out i decided not to bother with him. I told him that i didnt want to argue. he said "what you cant argue?" and i sat back in my seat and smiled. he pointed me out to the whole metro cart and everyone, hearing the guy freaking out, stared at me for a good time. all the time Elder White was standing behind the guy laughing. I would have laughed but i figured the guy would have reacted negatively to that. On one of the stops he got out with his friend (who seemed somewhat emarassed of him) and right after that the lady next to me started asking about my tag and another older lady came over and was interested as well. Elder White talked to the babushka while i talked to the other lady, who said that she would love to come to english club. Its funny how when people oppose us they dont realize that most of the time they are actually helping us.
I dont have too much more time, but i think thats most of what i wanted to say. Our investigators are progressing, and, as always, we are making a greater push to find new investigators. I love you all and wish you a happy halloween. I almost forgot it was Halloween.
You Know, Love,
Elder Paul