Hope everyone is doing great this week! It's starting to cool off a bit here in Siberia. We've been in suits more this last week. Mostly because of Mission conference in Novosibirsk. I wore my Дубланка out one night because it was pretty cool. That's like the only picture I have this week.
For mission conference we got to hear from President Lawrence and his wife. He is the Area Seventy for the Europe East Area. Both he and his wife spoke to us and gave us really good counsel and told us some fun stuff! The Novosibirsk Mission is the highest-baptizing mission in Russia and the 5th in the Russia East area. So even though it seems slow sometimes and we're not always having the most success we're still not doing too badly! Our mission has a goal of 100 baptisms in 2013 we were at 63 as of mission conference and have still got until the end of December. So it's definitely do-able.
Elder Batson and I finally had a real meeting with an investigator, with a member present. It was great. He's been investigating for a long time since his wife is a member. We are going to do all we can to help him with what he needs. It's great finally being able to plan and study for someone!
We still do a lot of contacting and a lot of getting rejected, but it's the little times when we have a good conversation with someone on the street that keep me going. I've never talked to so many different people in my life. It's incredible the stories and experiences you hear from people when you go out of your way to meet and get to know people.
The other Elders in Tomsk had a baptism this last week! Sergey has been meeting with them for a while now and got baptized.
Today we went grocery shopping and got a ton of food! We planned for the week but it'll probably get us throughbefore we eat it all.
One thing we do here in Tomsk to get to know people is offer a free English club! English club is one of the best times of the week. We have three groups for different levels of proficiency. The Russian accent is pretty funny. Not like the Russian accents in all the movies...at all. It's basically an hour of group conversation about different topics. This last week we did families and traditions. So I told them about our pancake breakfast tradition on Christmas morning. Some of them had cool traditions; some of them didn't have any. Then we played two truths and a lie with them which they really enjoyed. Russians are pretty funny sometimes.
Other than that, I still wake up atand go to bed at every day! I still wish for more sleep and I still wish my Russian was better.
Have a great week!!
Miss and love you all,