What a week!We had a lot happen this last week, so I'll see if I can do it all justice. Starting last P-Day, we got to the Mission office at where we met our area 70 and mission driver, Elder Gushin, who drove us an hour out to the Novosibirsk Airport. How often do you get to get to be in a car for an hour with a member of the 70. It was great. We talked the whole way and he told us about his conversion and how he came into the church. Back in 1996 on the coldest day of the year here in Novosibirsk, the Missionaries who were advised to stay inside because of the weather prayed and felt that they should get outside for a bit. In the dark -40 degree weather they went proselyting and ran into Yuri Gushin and his wife. It all went from there. Diligence.
Some Notes from Elder Callister's talk.The Atonement: There are 4 obstacles that we may overcome because of Christ's Atonement.
Alma 36: 19-20: 19And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more. 20And oh, what joy , and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
The pain and guilt of our transgressions are swept away, and replaced with a Joy. Alma said he was Harrowed up no more by the memory of his sins. This doesn't mean that he didn't remember them or the guilt that came because of them, but that he was freed from that through Christ. We retain a remembrance of our sins as a blessing and a shield to protect us from making the same mistakes.
So That was Sunday. We had sacrament meeting with them in the morning and a fireside with them in the evening. Monday we had a Missionary Zone Conference with them here in Novosibirsk. All the cities came in except for Omsk, Krasnoyarsk and Novokuznetsk who participated by video. They got us all pumped up to be missionaries. :)
So that was our week! There were more meetings and time proselyting on the street that filled in all the cracks.
I pray that you all are safe and warm, working hard, and being nice to everyone. :)
Elder Benjamin Moore
Elder Benjamin Moore
Elder Wilkinson holding our sign board so it doesn't blow away!
Dinner on Exchanges with Elder Lewis
Got Comp Ties with Elder Jacobsen
Elder Lewis and I in front of the impressive Omsk map
Tomsk members at the member conference
Omsk branch presidency at the member conference
Elder Batson and his 2nd trainee Elder Idso. I've got a brother!
In front of our Apartment building this morning!