March, 2012

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Week #13 Ukraine/Saltivka

Monday, March 12th, 2012

I MISS ELDER PETERSEN!!!!!!!!!!!! lol
well this will be a crazy letter.
well frist off my new comp is elder keown! he is suuper awesome!!!!! we both kind knew we would be comps!!! we are loving it! we are both super young in the mission so we dont know russian good at all! he is 2 trsf ahead of me so im thinking we will both grow soooooooo much these next few months!!!! he is such a hoot!

so we had like no lessons this week. it was really hard. but on the up side i did buy a SICK russian bible and some russian swag!!! we took a trip to some of the temples and it was super awesome! my debt card would not work however…. but we are moving into a new aprt today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhohohosdhfoasidfho i am soo pumped!! cuz its wayyy nice and going to be way fun! we are still in the same area and they are just cloing our old aprt down cuz it has so many issues. (mold)
we have a new investigator we tought on sunday!!! his name is vitali. we just found him on the street durring the new year i think and we just met up! he is way solid and pretty into it. i had no idea. elder petersen would be pumped! we tought him the first and asked if he would like to be baptized and he said “ehh im pretty into this it feels good but i wanna study more” it was siiiick!!  and we got him to pray at the end!!! it was a really great lesson! and it was nuts cuz now its just me and keown and we dont know russian so its a trip trying to teach lol! we got back to the aprt after the lesson to eat some din din but when i walked in there was a WAYYYY hard smell! it was like hitting a wall! i RAN to open the window and a alarm started to go off and a robot girls voice came on saying “warning….warning… carbon monoxide” and i started seeing sparkles in my vision and we ran out ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!! we did get the window open and we just stood out in the hall and our neigbor came out and asked what the smell was and we told her “gas” and she was just like eh….okay. and left lol it was funny. but i left the stove top on durring lunch…… and it was on for 2 hours……
i had to call the pres and tell him what happened cuz we had NO idea what to do! he told us to sleep at the other elders aprt and said “well elder lambert… did you have any good lessons today?  yes.   well then i guess your only punishmen is you have to sleep on the floor tonight lol” it was way funny i wish you knew him! he reminds me SOOO much of papa john! but spanish. so yes i did end up sleeping on the floor cuz the word got out and no elders would let me have a bed… ;( lol so my sleep sucked last night! but we are all safe now!!! some crazy crazy crazy stuff has gone down this week. i cant say it all but my testimony of the lords hand in our lifes is stronger then ever!!!! he is always reaching out to keep us safe.
oh yeah the new bom translation is out now!!! its huge and funny because the bom we have now is SOOO bad it says “the book of mormon. new opinions of jesus christ”   ugh no wounder people think we are crazy ;)
well im about out of time!! send my love to everyone! im doing great!!!
lvoe elder lamb.

-my pack!
so if you could send
bible.
BIG thing of peanut butter.
hot salsa.
this might be weird but if you can send a Recorder (flute) from like stows music or somethin.
I realllllly need i photo album just one the you flip open with normal size pictures you know? and have like pics of my at greybears concerts and lake powell and me as a baby and what not to show memebers. just like the poster you sent me but in a flip book.
just american stuuff!!!!!!!! FOODDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!! oh! i neeeeeeD NEED conferance cupcakes!!!!!! i prolly wont get them in time but you never know! lol
im just in need for a love pack from home!!!!!! i need to knbow you guys are still real!!!!!

thanks!! just the peanut butter is important! you cant get it here!!! :( its crazy how much peanut butter means to you when you dont have it.

BUT the church just came out with a new russian translation of the BOM. THis is HUGE! cuz the first one is VERRRYYYY BAD!!! on the front it says
“the book of mormon. new opinions of jesus christ.”     ugh… so bad and inside there is tonz of changes! but i need to order my self and 3 other elders some!
they are 20 each. is that okay??? they will pay me back in hriven today! i will try my debt card but it has not been working,,, sooo yeah!

Week #12 Ukraine/Saltivka

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

new pictures and a video posted this week!

wow/ first off i just got done balling my eyes out.. MY LITTLE SISTER IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!! i had no idea!!! this is sooooo insane right now!!!! tell lindsay she NEEDS to wirte me ASAP and give me allllllll the details! ahhhh oh my gosh!!!  she married a great guy though thats for sure!!! this is by far the most insane (life is really moving on and we are not kids anymore) moment i have ever had. Send my love to lindsay and taylor!!! let my sis know i love her and i support her 500% and to WRITE ME!

Well my long days of being trained have come to a end… i am now a REAL missionary lol thats now true but its how i feel! i really feel like now i am alone and on my own for the first time its really crazy. i cant tell you how much i love elder petersen and i already miss him soooo much! i gave him your (mom) phone number because he wants to come by the house within the next 2 weeks and say hello! sooooo be ready for a call from my trainer!!! :D his email is *********

life is going great here. as always! i have learned soooo much the paswt months and i know these next i will learn even more now that im alone!!! alll of our investigators are kinda on the flop but we are keeping our heads up!!!! the lord is with us.
We had a very spiritual lesson with my good friend zhen from china!n this kid is amazing. he has no reason to have any faith in god but he is just soooo spiritual! i cant explain it. He does not even know what missionary work really is but he is talking to his family and all his friends giving them BOMS its sooo amazing. he talked about the holy ghost and how he feels when we teach him and we all ended up balling lol i love that man.

this week my companion is elder mos!!! AWESOME kid. its just for this week untill the new transfer starts then i will get my new companion. it sounds like home gets better and better!!! ALYSSA! i got your letter! thanks soooooo much! ill write you today!/

man…. i dont even know how to express myself anymore. the change in my heart has been so overpowering.
the church is true. Christ is real. so is god.  i can feel his love everday and he is helping me perfect my life to become a better man, brother, son, husband, and friend. i am SO thankful i was born into my family and have the best friends in the world.
mom and dad i feel like just saying “thanks” is not even close to what i need to do to pay you back. you have made my life the best life ever. you brought up a kid who had some hard times with his testimony but you did everything right to help me find faith in god and my savior. you have given me hope for mansions above!. I really do love you.

when you send my box Please inculde the following lol
-chips and salsa.
-peanut butter!!!!!!!!!!! i NEEEEEDDDD this.
-bible
- hot sauce!!!!!! random goodness,

well im about out of time! thanks for all your letters! let devy know im writting her! ill send again today! and i loveeee her soooooooo much! thanks for spending so much time with her! let jerry know i love him! i miss you all so much!
but i dont know if i can ever leave this mission…

Love Elder lamberto.

PS we do get the ensign.

Ten minutes later:    oh my gosh lindsay is married……. or going to be lol. im flipping out right now! haha tell that girl she need to write me! maybe they already did and i have not gotten it yet but still!!! man…. life is so insane… and real lol

Week #11 Ukraine/Saltivka

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

YO! im at elder and sister bailey’s house today cuz i got a buzz!!! i love it lol
i wont lie this week was pretty lame…. we had 3 lessons all week and only 2 with investigators! pretty slow week but the 2 lessons we had went great!!
last night the spirit was so strong when we were teaching our investigator vitalik lol idk how to spell not in russian anymore..
Russian is getting a TON better! still a pain in the but but i can get by. i THink when elder petersen leaves this sunday it will help my russian cuz ill be like a little bird being pushed out of the nest! i just hope i wont be like the dead baby birds we used to find in our garage :/
this week should be really crazy cuz elder petersen wants to say bye to everyone!!! im way pumped!
All of our investigators are kinda flopping…. its really tuff! alll the brothers from africa started to work at barabawoba again so we can never meet with them!!! RAIME! is being a punk and wont meet with us :( no one will keep commitments!  but we are keeping our head up and working hard!!!
this week something pretty cool happend i take it back!!

I call this “Contacting With Thomas”
we were walking home late at night in the rain and i saw this guy at the bus stop. He looked like all russians do. hardcore and scary.
i had a tiny push from the spirit to go talk to him so of course… I did.
He was soooooo nice so these questions he asked were not in a rude tone. He straight up said he doesnt want anything to do with us buT!!! he told us what people think of us when we talk to them and he pretty much told us how to contact people! here are all the steps i think every missionary or member should remember when talking to people about the gosple
These are the questions he asked.

1-I am 56. You are 20. How in the world can you teach me anything? i have gone through a whole life time almost so what in the world do you have to teach ME?

2-Okay so you say this message can change my life?….. how? and why in the world would it be interesting?

3-Okay so you have a book……. so what? even if its true what now?

those are just some things he told us we could work on and it helped me SOOOO nuch! just with russian and teaching!!! ahh i loved it!

Im healthy dont worry! lol there is no way i could get the blood test sorry! whats past is past! im good!
So when elder petersen leaves ill get to be compainions with elder mos! im sooo pumped! it will only be for a week till the new elders come in but we have big big plans for next week!!!
we found a place where you can buy horse meat!! lol so we are gonna buy us some good ol horse jerky! and pickled watermellon! it will be sooo cash money!

We had a big branch activity we put together!! it was a big pancake night!!! it was SICK! in Russia they have a “Mans Day” and a Womans Day” so this week was mans day lol!
So we had tons of pancakes for all the men lol! they pretty much sang songs to us and said thanks for all the men who serve in our army! it was a little akward being american……
seeing in a way they are against us… lol  Last sunday there was a BIG comi party marching on the streets. they pretty much were just yelling at everyone telling them how great stallin was and we need to go back! everyone here eats stallin up. they all think he is god. i dont understand. the government is SO jacked here!!!! lol all the comi guys on the streed had THE MOST EVIL look i have ever seen in their eyes! its so bad.

well thats about all the time i have! sister bailey made me pancakes! oooooo!!! today will be a fun day! we are going to go to this sick temple then try out some russian sushi! i know…. i know…. dont miss me too much.   its good to see how well good ol lando is doing!!! its funny to hear about the mtc again! it seams like only yesterday! i need to write all my mission bros….i have been slacking off….. but they understand im busy lol!  sooo yeah sorry nothing way cool to report this week other than vodka beef and bread!! im loving life here!!!!
im learning SOOOOOO much i cant even keep it all in!! i started a video journal and its crazy weird….. i feel like a tool.  OH our Dom is leaking WAYYYYYY bad lol i took some killer pics! we have water dripping in frm every wall! and a huge bubble of water on the roof! its about to pop!!!! and on top of all this the cockroaches have beed breeding like rabbits!
two days ago no joke we found the ultra rare albino roach! it was pure white! it was tight!!!!  but i would say in the past week we have killed 30 roaches from our kitchen…
thanks so much for the picture of wiskers!!!! i miss my baby girl so much lol! keep her safe and feed her!

the snow is about to melt and that means…. BASKETBALL!!!!!! im so pumped!!! me and zhen are so pumped to get out and play!!
on the sad note…. our good friend celistine from africa has been drinking…. GUHGHSDGASHDGHASDFI it sucks so bad. he is SUCHHHH a good guy! you can just see the light of christ in him it kils me!! so we are working with him a ton! he is a member already so we just need him to come to church!
alright! sorry im done now…. the family sounds like its doing great!!!!!!!!!! im happy for all! i love you all so much!!
have a killer week!

MOM: tell devy i love her! lol and jer!!!! and everyone! and that i am writting!!! tell paige im SOOOO glad she wrote me!!!!!!!! peace out!

OHHH!!!!!!  if you could get me a new bible i would love it!! just a dark red one with tanbs and eveything with gold paper. i REALLY need it so that would be great!
and i need chips and salsa….or tons f hot juice!!!!! love you uys lol peace