June 20, 2016
Hello everyone! Another incredible week over here in Russia! This week we had zone conference in Rostov, and then I had a few things to get done up there, so by the time all was said and done we ended up getting back into Stavropol on around Saturday! All is well though, zone conference was awesome! We focused a lot on improving our teaching skills, and making better use of the scriptures. We'll be applying a lot of what we learned throughout the next few weeks and we're hoping it's just what our investigators need!
Even though we spent a lot of our time up in Rostov, we were still able to get a lot of stuff done back here in Stav. We were still able to have 4 lessons, and they were all pretty awesome! Ilgar is still doing everything he can to find out that our church is true. While we don't always understand why God holds back and waits to give people their answers, we know that He has a plan for each and every one of His children, and we just need to be still and know that He knows better.
Church was pretty awesome this Sunday as well. We ended up having 17 people there, which is a lot for our small branch! It's exciting to finally see some growth, and see members coming back from inactivity! We're currently looking for a new building, because we only had 4 free seats during sacrament meeting, and it just doesn't leave that much room for growth!
There just seems to be a bit more life in our ward than usual, and we're hoping to keep that going! Every day over here really is such a blessing, and I know that this truly is the Lord's work. It is only from Him that we see these miracles every day, and the change that this gospel makes in the lives of these people!
Not much else has really happened this week, so that will probably be all for this week! I'd just like to bear my testimony again, that I know that this church is true. I know that God knows us all individually, and knows exactly what we need. He will never place before us a challenge we cannot overcome, a trial that we cannot survive. He knows our potential, and will do all that is in His power to help us achieve that. We need only trust in Him, and His plan, following the advice given us to "be still, and know that [He] is God"(D&C 101:16). I love you all and pray for you every day! Hope all is well!
Until next time,