This week was good. The Lord has been blessing us so much lately despite of our imperfections. We were able to set a baptismal date with V (babushka) for the 2nd of December at 6pm. She is such a prepared person and it is so great that she already has friends in the branch. She came to church yesterday on her own and loved all the meetings. The Branch members were really supportive of her especially since we could not be with her for Relief Society. After church on Sunday she has started to read more and try to understand more. She is also praying more. She told us that after we left her last night she prayed for our safe return home. So yeah she is amazing. She met with missionaries a really long time ago and she says this time everything is a lot more understandable. She knits really well and so Sis Denning and I decided we are going to buy some yarn and she said she will knit some mittens for us. Her life has been really hard she was an orphan and she grew up during the war and the depression and during the communist era, but all through this she has developed a huge faith in God. One of her legs is 5cms shorter than the other so she has to wear special shoes with one being taller than the other. She also plays the accordian at weddings. Isn't she so great?
Then we had a newer investigator T come to church again. She is about 18 years old and is studying religion at the university. She always has a lot of really deep questions. This week we talked to her about the trinity and that was kind of mind boggling to her. She had never ever thought about that maybe God and Jesus Christ are different people. Sometimes I just don't realize just what we do when we tell people restored truth. One problem is she has doubts about the existence of God because of all the things she is learning in school. Often times the teacher talks as if God is a made up concept. We keep telling her she needs to remember the experiences she has already had with the Holy Ghost and what she feels in her heart. She also was sad the last lesson because she said she didn't have very much faith. She is progressing though because she is reading and coming to church.
A came to church! She has been so busy, but this is the second week in a row that she came. It is a little hard with Anya because we can't really meet with her. She has been praying and reading a little bit, but until after she presents her project on the 12 of December its going to get harder and harder to meet with her. She is very studious.
V who plays basketball was kicked off his team. We aren't sure why yet but hopefully he will meet with us and we can find out. We have been praying for him and he said that he still prays every day, but has not started reading the Book of Mormon again yet.
One big miracle we saw this week was that our new member, N, who hasn't been to church since she was baptized came to church on Sunday! We were pretty busy so we weren't able to talk to her much, but she seemed really happy. Also we had Sister's Conference at President's house this week. All the sisters in the mission came into town. I got to see Sis Knol again. She is still in Ufa and is doing very well. I loved it so much!!! I learned a lot from it. I felt like I received revelation for my mission, for our investigators, and for my future life. President and Sis Rust talked to us a lot. They told us stories from their lives how they met and everything. Also the senior couple from Ufa The Jensens were there and The Hassells from the office came. So much fun! I am so lucky to be serving in Yekat.
Thank you all for your love and support! I love you all!
They don't have a baptismal font in Ufa because they are just renting part of a building. They said they might get a portable baptismal font sometime. That is why Zaharova's brother Vitaly was baptized in a lake.