Monday, November 18, 2013

An Adventure Every Day

It's been a couple weeks since I've written everyone together! How are you all doing on your half of the world? 

Here in Siberia, things are getting colder, darker, and harder. The sun rises just in time for lunch and goes down only a few hours later.. okay maybe not that bad but it always seems to be dark when we go outside. I guess that's what you get for being in the northernmost city of a Siberian mission.

Elder Bergmann and I have been working hard on finding people to teach!... or finding anyone at all really. The other day we picked out 5 apartments in our area where less-active members were listed to live. They were all over the area which means lots of walking. We left at 6 and went to about the southern boundary of our area to find what wasn't even an apartment building, strange, then we worked our way north hitting up the other places, nobody home, moved away, angry people answering the apartment buzzers. The last apartment was literally the farthest corner of our area. We got there! Exhausted, in the dark, almost time to go in for the night anyway, and nobody answered. :P So we worked our way home, going through places of the area I've never been but having a general sense of where we were. Climbed a snow covered hill to take a short cut, made it to a tram stop and waited for a bit, then bailed on that idea and got to a bigger road and caught a bus that took us closer to our apartment. Got home finally, exhausted. Elder Bergmann and I call it dome hunting.

This week is a soccer game here in Tomsk, on Saturday, and my district is going to it for our Culture night. It is Tom Tomsk, against Kazan...should be good? Who knows. 

So it was another week! It went so fast that I can't really even remember all that happened.

Our mission is getting closer and closer to our goal of 100 baptisms every week! We are at 85, with 17 investigators scheduled for baptism before the end of the year! I'll be in Tomsk at least into the last half of January.

Russia is still as crazy of a place as it was when I came in 15 weeks ago. Crazy drivers are still crazy, I've just gotten used to it. It's interesting to see how Elder Bergmann reacts to things that I have just gotten used to. Like all the sketchy things and places and people we come across as missionaries. :) 

It's an adventure every day. 

Hope you are all doing well and having fun! 

Lots of love, 

Elder Benjamin Moore

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