So there have been some changes in security for Eastern Europe so my emails are going to look a little different. I wont' be writing names, just initials. :) Just to protect people's security here.
Here is what I wrote my mission president about my week. :)
"We have had some problems come up with J. He has been having family problems and has canceled all of our lessons since Thursday and was also not able to come to church. So, because of that we don't currently have a baptismal date because he won't be ready by the 28th of September. We are hoping to be able to meet with him today to help get all of this figured out. We know he still believes the Book of Mormon, he just keeps have to cancel because of family obligations.With H (our investigator who had a baptismal date, but failed his interview), he still hasn't been answering our calls. The Elders got ahold of him and invited him to church and he said he would come, but then didn't show up. We are working on hopefully getting a hold of him today. We hope he answers our phone calls. We don't know his address so we can do a drop by, but we do know the general area where his business his so we are hoping to be able to find that. For now, our plans for him are to do some really spiritual lessons with members and really just have him feel that spirit and desire to feel it more.
With A (investigator that we are meeting with who contacted Sister B on a bus), it is getting better and better. He really is interested in what we believe, and has started to read the Book of Mormon. He also came to church yesterday and stayed for two hours. He didn't want to stay for priesthood. He has his understanding of the bible and when we teach him he is just really trying to align what we teach with what he already knows. WE are trying to help him see that all answers truly come from God and he needs to gain a testimony of the things we teach him for himself. We invite him a lot of read the Book of Mormon and pray about it to find out if it is true. We did challenge him to baptism, and he didn't say no. He wouldn't pick a date. He said he knows how serious baptism is and there are somethings that he will have to change before he can be baptized. He also knows that he won't get baptized until he believes what we are telling him is true. We are just going to keep working on him and doing as much as we can to help him see that the Book of Mormon is the most important thing if we want a testimony about this church and it helps to explain the bible and that the Book of Mormon and the Bible really work together."
So that is who we are working with in the way of investigators right now. With J, we met him for the first time just two weeks ago. He is from England. He is married to a Latvian, but doesn't speak a ton of Latvian so we teach in English. It is different to teach in English, but definitely a ton of fun!! He is progressing really well and really wants to be baptized! He has just run into a few small family problems, but we are hoping to get them figured out soon! In our second meeting with him (which was this last Tuesday) he had read quite a bit of the Book of Mormon and had a ton of awesome questions! It was great! He also said that he believed in was true and that he definitely thought that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It was so cool to hear! We told him then that if he thought that this was all true, the next step was to keep learning about these things and be baptized. He said, "Well, of course my answer is yes. I was actually going to ask you about that because I read a little bit about it on Mormon.org." AHH! It was so cool! He has really been prepared to hear this gospel and it made me so happy to hear! He is so awesome! The awesome thing as well, is he only started meeting with us when he met me for a second time on the street. HE ran into us again and said, "this is twice that I have seen you Sister C. I think I need to meet with you and find out more about what you believe." It was so cool to hear! He is wonderful and I hope we can get past the family issues soon so that he can get baptized soon.
Well, that was the most exciting thing that happened this last week. I am about out of time, but I hope you all know that I love you! Also, this work is true. Something I have learned a lot about in the last week is the atonement and how much it really applies in our lives. It applies in every aspect of our lives. I am learning that the atonement can help us overcome all sorts of things. Whatever we need help with the atonement can help with. Even more importantly whatever guilt or sorrow that we feel doesn't have to be felt. The savior felt that already and we can turn to him and use his atonment in our lives to have those feelings taken away. What a special gift from our father in heaven that we have. I feel so grateful that we have these blessings! I know this church is true and I know that Christ is our Savior. He loves us and wants what is best for us. We can truly learn about him by studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible. Study those books and come unto him. The blessings for that are undescribable and uncountable.
with lots of love,