Well good news, we had our first "baptism"! Our "investigator” who we've been teaching the last couple weeks agreed to get baptized. Even though she's just acting, it is still really great practice and I can always feel the Spirit while we teach. It’s fun to watch the quality of our lesson progress as our Russian vocabulary widens.
The scariest part of the week for me is on Sunday. Each Sunday we have sacrament, except it’s all in Russian. Each week we write a 2-3 minute talk in Russian and then at the beginning of the sacrament meeting they pick two random people to give the talk!! It’s honestly not that bad because it literally takes two minutes to read just one scripture (that's how good my Russian is) but I still get to nervous! But when people get up and give their talk it is amazing to see how much Russian they can actually speak even though we've all only been here a few weeks. It really reminds me that this is God's work and he will make miracles occur so others can hear his gospel.
So funny story. Our branch presidency made the rule that we can only listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir while in the MTC. We can only listen to them on their website while we are doing a language practice program, which is about thirty minutes a day. Now, I'm not the biggest fast of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but if you get on their website, they have a song that David Archuleta sings "Be Still My Soul." IT’S AMAZING. I can't tell if it’s the fact that I don't have any other options to listen to, or if its really that good. Let me know, I guess. But currently, I think I like David Archuleta more than Nick Jonas, and that's saying a lot.
Another one of my new hobbies at the MTC is eyebrow tweezing. My companion asked me to tweeze her eyebrows while she held a flashlight above her head so I could see. Apparently I did a fantastic job because I now have a waiting list of five girls. All the people at the MTC are awesome; you literally get to meet people from all over the country and hear their powerful testimonies. At times, I feel like I’m in a nunnery/sorority because I'm still not used to calling girls by the name "Sister", but I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.
I'm pretty sure me and the other Elder in my district are the only ones in the whole MTC going to Dnepropetrovsk. I literally haven't met anyone else going there! We are getting 40 new Russian speakers today, so hopefully that will change.
Quote of the week: "It's a big project to grow from were we are today to what we can become."
I love how this quotation uses the word "project." A project is something you continually work on and that takes a lot of effort. Don't settle for the lesser you.
I love you and miss you all!!