Sunday, May 4

February 17, 2014

So, this week was good.  Long, but good. It was a stressful week, but mostly just because it is a new area, new problems, and new responsibilities. To top it all off, I had a 24 hour cold that struck Saturday night and ended yesterday. I feel much better now, and I'm looking forward to this week.

So, to describe the title of my email, I'll start with answering questions. :)

What differences do you see in the area there. Is it a smaller city? more rural?
-So, differences with Liepaja. It is a smaller city. I would still call it city, but it doesn't have sky scrapers and stuff. It is pretty good size. The branch is much smaller here. In center 100 people attended regularly, and here it is only 50. The number of priesthood holders is small here. There are only 4 active priesthood holders. It is hard, but it is something that we are working on.

I would also like to hear more about your responsibilities as a sister training leader. You said that you will be traveling but you really didn't explain why.
-Well, we are responsible to help the sisters with the work. We are examples to them and help them learn. We do exchanges with them once a transfer (we serve with them for 24 hours). We are just supposed to be a support system for them to turn to and we look out for the physical and spiritual well being. I'll travel a lot for leadership meetings which are in Rīga, as well as traveling for exchanges with the different sisters. We try to keep the travel to a minimum, but we do travel several times a transfer. This week for example. We have a three day long meeting in Rīga. It will be fun. I'm running low on time, but here is what I wrote to President Boswell about our week.

"So, this week we got two new investigators! One of them is progressing. Her name is Ai. The story of finding her is a good example of the Lord leading his work, as well as it was a miracle. Sister Scott and I were dropping by a less active and after we left there unsuccessfully, we just felt a pull to the area and we couldn't leave yet. There was this really long apartment next to the one we were just in that just pulled us like a magnet. At the same time, Sister Scott and I said that we needed to go in the second door. We went in and started going up. We usually go to the top and starting teaching from door to door to the bottom, but as we were walking up, we just felt a pull to two doors. We knocked on one, and we had a really weird "talk" with a Russian old lady, and ended up leaving because she got frustrated. We knew though that we NEEDED to come back and teach someone in that second door. Well, a few days later, we go back and knock on the other door. This older lady opens up and welcomes us right in. We didn't even get to say who we were or why we were here to talk to her. Well, this lady, Ai, is our progressing investigators. We've taught two lessons and she has started to read the Book of Mormon. She is going to be harder to teach, because she REALLY LIKES to talk! :) But we already found a great member who has helped us teach her and who has been and will be an incredible friend. And the great thing is, this is a less active, so we are hoping that through this we can help her feel the desire to have the church more in her life again as she sees the changes it can make in Ai's life. Ai also will be harder as she is having intense hip surgery in a few weeks and will be laid up for quite a while from that, but I know that we were led to her for a reason! The Lord needed us to find her at this time and it needed to be us."

"Our other new investigator is Jā. He is an older man we taught on the street. He is also going to be harder to meet with as he is having surgery today, but he is happy to have the elders come teach him and give him a blessing on Wednesday. We will be on our way to Riga, and won't be able to join them, but the elders will do a good job teaching him."

Well, my time is lower now with emailing with all my responsibilities, but I love you tons! I hope you know that I know this church is true. Joseph Smith restored Christ's earth here on earth and we once again have its fullness. Come and see what we have and come more fully enjoy it.

Ar mīlestību,
Māsa Klauvarda

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