Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thank You to SH Ward!

So it turned out that nelson is actually getting baptized on the 28th, so we are really excited about that. as far as the housing thing, i dont know where the best place is. maybe katrina can do some research and figure it out, but if you can get ahold of some moms or something that would be real nice, i just dont wanna miss the chance and end up homeless.
so this week sasha and ed came to church. ed is the guy who lived in LA as a kid and he is the funniest guy ever. I would make a fantastic member. and sasha is excited about getting baptised, next meeting we are going to set a date with him. unfortunately he doesnt live in our area so a pass will be involving itself here soon.
In other news I found out transfer for next transfer. it will be on the 26th thursday and i will be AP with Elder Clawson from Spanish Fork i believe. he suffers from Chronic Sleep-walking and is known as the funniest elder in the mission. I am going to have a really good time serving with him. Its going to be really sad leaving Elder Palmer and our area as things are going so good. recently i have seen more success than ever before in my mission. also it will be sad to leave rechnoy finally.
By the way i got the package from you with the ties and vest and i also got the ward stocking, it was fantastic! tell everyone in the ward that i sorely miss them and cant wait to see them all, except for rondi, tell her i could wait a little longer to see her! and then give her a wink from me.
I also got a packie from sister watterson who hooked me up with just the right stuff! I am working on a package for her right now, hopefully i get it out soon. I will get one to you guys too asap, but i have a list of about 10 people to write letters to and only about an hour or two every pday of spare time. oh well, que sara sara.
Its been real good knowing you guys.

Tell Mark Taylor thanks for all his great ties, they are koshe! and tell a special thnk you to the morrisons for the cd and the Gublers for the Quaerters and the book. We sure have some nice people in our ward, dont we?

I love you guys and miss you. keep working hard!
Love Elder Paul
that last one is a picture of me and elder clawson at a dacha over the summer, he was my District leader when i went back to rechnoy

A Mild Winter and Nelson Entering the Waters of Baptism

Alright, so no i havent gotten any package from the ward, so that ill be soon i bet. You guys dont stand a chance learning the language cuz you procrastinated the day of your repentance...but try your best anyway! This week has been nuts and we have a lot of hard work ahead of us this year, some good goals to reach. I woke up today and cut my hair myself, im kinda partial to it, at least until i grow it out and braid it...but thats later. today we went ice skating on red square!! I am quite partial to the art of figure skating, and thats something im going to keep up when i get home. maybe go professional or something. so we have about 7 progressing investigators right now and success is nipping at our noses...unfortunately the ice cold wind isnt. this winter has been mega week we can still see grass in most places.

Also, I am growing very fond of rechnoy ward and ive been here a long long time. my whole mission. I only have four transfers left and in order to get in the swing of things when i get home i will need classes set up, if you cvould do that katrina, that would be prime. (Oh, my little brother, you are lucky I love you! – Kat)

also, tghis saturday NELSON is getting baptized!! in case i havent told you, Elder Palmer and i found him and taught him the first lesson and passed him to international. he is from cameroon, english speaker, came here to be a physics professor but it didnt work out he has the greatest smile ever and hes 30 years. so its gonna be way cool to see him get baptized, ill send you guys a pic next week. a few other that we are working with are close to baptism, but some of them are gonna take some time. workin hard, loving life, reppin the Lord. I miss you guys and am excited to see you...i was thinking of buying a new suit with the christmas money-about 90$ whatta ya think? mine are stanky.
love you guys and thanks for all that you do to me. My eyes have been opened by the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Love Elder Paul

Progressing Investigators

Holy cow, tell dad to keep up the good work with the russian. and thats awesome that Abe is home, I am going to have to do that hike with him in august, so make sure he knows its no joke, its happening.
So new years was really great, we went to the walkers(our district) and we ate great food and watched the fireworks, literally some were shooting off of every rooftop and some were really close to the windo of the apartment. also we watcherd a few movieds-Tron, Tangled, and kung fu panda 2. pretty good movies, but by the end i was way sick of watching movies.
also our investigators are progressing and we are seeing greaat success. I am currently reading the infinite atonement and i am deeply impressed. Earlier on my mission I began to understand the importance of the atonement, but i didnt specifically study it, and whilst reading this book i feel my eyes being opened, sometimes literally, to the magnitude of the infinite atonement. Taking the sacrament on sunday i thought about how important the sacred ordinance is for maybe the first time in my life. We cant even comprehend fully the absolute necessity of the atonement and the roles that we are playing right now in the last dispensation, and perhaps the roles that we played in the preexistence.
I made some new years resolutions and I have it in two categories, during mission and post mish. Its really crazy that i need to start seriously thinking about what will happen after my mission, while remaining focused on the work here.
Abe is a great guy and I cant wait to talk with him. He is a great example to all of how we should treat eachother and serve the Lord diligently. I sometimes tell my companions stories of when we went on those hikes together, and i remember his charisma and great example.
I have to get going but tell everyone i love tham and am loving my mission and those who i am serving. I am seeing all of the good that people have to offer, and it is great.
Love Elder Paul