This week, like all weeks, has been incredible! I'll just start off with a couple of really awesome meetings we had!
Earlier in the week we went over to a less-active member that recently was really offended by another church member, and she decided that she wouldn't go to church anymore because of it, but wasn't against meeting with us. We've just been coming over and talking with her for a bit and letting her vent, and then sharing some points from Come Follow Me, or just a spiritual thought that would help her recognize that the church is true regardless of the imperfect people that it consists of. The first couple of times we met with her, she talked a LOT about how she was offended, and really just complained, but by the time we met with her this week, she made one brief mention of the other member in passing, and seems to have just gotten over it! We'll hopefully be able to get her to church this Sunday!
We were also able to go over to the Kirokosyani's home this week to follow up on some referrals they had mentioned. When we showed up, a bunch of their extended family was there, and they invited us to stay for dinner. While they prepared a few things, we helped the kids with an assignment for Sunday School, and shared a spiritual thought with them, and then ate dinner. We were able to answer a few basic questions for those that weren't members(it was all according to the law, don't worry, haha!), and then Pavel and Marina(the two members) started answering as well, and testifying of the truthfulness of the church. It was a really cool experience, and everyone there said they would come to church the next day to see what it was all about. Only a mother and her daughter showed up, but she seemed to really enjoy it, even though she slipped out before we were able to catch her and teach her a lesson.
Some more really exciting news this week! An old investigator of ours, Aleksander, from my time in Stavropol fell off the face of the earth when we left. He lives out way south east of here, and we met with him over skype, and when the area got whitewashed they just lost contact with him somehow. I'm not really sure how, but earlier this week he managed to get a hold of the elders serving in north Rostov and tell them that he wanted to meet with us and get baptized. They passed his information over to us today, and we'll be meeting with him throughout this week!
The Lord really is preparing people for us, just as He has in the past. I'm so humbled to play even a small role in this work, and rejoice in the fact that there are so many people here ready and willing to partake of our Savior's atoning sacrifice. I love you all, and hope you're all doing well!
Until next time,