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Week #22 Ukraine Saltivka

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Hello family!!!! skype was so awesome! i loved talking to all of you! you all looked so great!!!!! i still think skype is the most awkward thing in the world!!!!
this week was so so… so 2 days after skype me and elder koewn got jumped by some drunk guys in front of our home! :( they were way drunk and come up to us asking weird crazy drunk stuff about the BOM and we just started to walk past and 1 of them kicked me way hard as we were walking away and then he followed us to our door and he got in the middle of me and elder koewn and i got up to him and told him to get our of here and kinda pushed him away from us and he punched me in the chest then we ran inside and he punched elder koewn in the back! we got inside way fast and locked the door.
bleh. thats how my week was.

So after akbar missionary work as just got dowwnnnnnnnn. we have NO investigators! we have 2 but they are not going anywhere. so we spent the week out on the streets! we didnt really get much but maybe found a cool guy.
so idk if i told you this but we started up english group again :) its been going good! we had 1 person the first time then 3 then 6! so its getting bigger by the week!
we get transfer calls this friday! :( im fre4aking out!!! i dont wanna leave elder koewn! :….(
SO you asked if parents come pick up the missionaries here….. some do. but to tell you the truth save your money lol. ITs not a place to go walk around and see. haha but thats far off..
so happy birthday mom!!!! i hope you have the best day ever! i think its tomorrow but still know i lvoe you!!!!
thanks for sending all the boxes anbd stuff if you could put some PEPPER SPRAY in it i would be VERY glad. im freaked out.

I hope you all have a greatttttt week!!!! i love you sososososooooo much! please let devyn know that i am sending a box today or next monday so if she does not get any letters thats why! :) love you devy!

This week elder lawrence of the 70 come with his wife to talk to us… HOLY COW.
he wanted us to have a interview with him and whle we waited we got to sit with his wife and ask ANY questions we want… it was like sitting with the prophet and asking anything you could dream of….. i learned more in that hour than i ever have in m,y life!!!
remind me and ill tell you more about it next week! i am out of time but i love you all to death!! please send jer your love! he goes to lake powell today!!!!! i lvoe you and PLEASE EEEEEEMAIL LANDONS AND LOGANS LETTERS. dearelder is crap.

Joe i got you book and poster!! AHHHHH that is the best thing ever! my bible study just went up 50 hp points!!!!!  :D

LOVE YOU!!!

NOT kidding about sending me pepper spray! please send some if its possible i hear its not…’ but whatev just bake it iontpo a cake or something!!! make sure its a spray that can take someone DOWN to the floor. i dont care if its kinda big. just as long as it fits in my pocket.

Week #21 Ukraine Saltivka

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
-AKBAR DAVOODLOU

Akbar is 35 years old and was born in Iran. He was born into a great muslim family and spent his whole life in Iran. his dad was not very into the “god” stuff and was not very good example for akbar in his childhood but his mother was VERY muslim and she raised her son to be the same! akbar grew VERY close to his mother and they had a great love for god. after years of hard core muslim practise akbar wanted a change in his life! he was sick of all the crazy terrorists that were killing so many of his people. he does not think the whole muslim world is evil he just simply had enough of what he called “home” when  9/11 took place.  4 years ago he chose to come to ukraine to study russian!! he had no idea why ukraine but he just knew he wanted to get away from the muslims and he wanted to be free. he got here 4 years ago and has just been chilling here at school. he does not work right now but he is trying to find some work here in UA. his awesome  mother died 1 year ago and it was a VERY hard thing for him and he did a tail spin into the depths of ukraine…. drinking. he told us one time “i dont know why i came to study russian in UA i just felt there was something pulling me here and now my life is hell”
about 1 month ago the death of his mother got to him and he was hitting the booz HARD! he got wasted out of his mind and could not move at all! so he just sat on his desk in his bedroom.
he felt like the room was spinning and he felt like he was going to die from all the vodka! he went into his bed to sleep and he had a very touching dream he told us about while almost in tears..
“i was in my dream and i saw my mom! i was so happy i could see her when i was feeling so sick and i wanted to give her a hug but when she saw me she ran away to sit by god. she looked like she hated me. she said i was dead to her because i have been drinking! they both looked at me with sad eyes and walked away”
he woke up and he started to cry the rest of the night. he didnt know what to do other than pray to god and ask for help! he paryed many many times and then he does not know why but he chose to pray to christ this time and ask for help! he asked for some angles to save him from his life. he said he wanted to kill himslef  that night and that he was done with his  sad life life.
1 week later he saw the missionaries standing on the street handing out book of mormons! he RIGHT AWAY come over to talk to us!
me and elder koewn thought  it sounded like he just wanted to learn about america and english so we did not call him for about a week and 1/2 thinking he was not worth our time…
we called and met with him 2 weeks after to see if he wanted to practise english and when we met with him our worlds were rocked…
he is the most prepared person for the restored gospel on the planet. he opened his whole heart to us and he will be baptized by what he calls “his 2 angels” THIS saturday may 12th.
Akbar is our best friend! we talk with him everyday! he has come such a long way and he is doing so great! i cant WAIT for the baptism this saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
not to make this sound like a big deal but the stats of ukraine are 1 missionary for his whole mission will baptize .7 people. so a little more than half a person…  let alone a muslim!!!!!
ahh im sososo happy for him! i will tell you how it all goes over skype on monday!!!! and send pictures and off of course!
holyyyyyyy cow the thunder storms here are NUTS!!!!!!!!!!! last night the loudest thunder/lightning i have ever heard went down!!!! EVERY car alarm wnet of and the whole city woke up!!! soo crazy! no joke i thought we were being bombed!!!! for real!
I LOVE YOU
ps i forgot my camara today so sorry no pics or vids!

SKYPE: so it will be the same thing as last time! we are going to start at 9am so i think it will be like 12 sunday night for you yeah?? same thing as last time!
if you want to connect joe go for it but i dont want to waste time at the start getting everything all set up and what not ya know? soo if you know whats going down before hand go for it! i would LOVEEEEEEE to have him join in! and yes diaper rash dev CAN COME again if she would like!!
SO for you! be ready sunday night at like 12! i will call at 9am. CANT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we will have 1 baptism by then!!! :D go akbar!!
i might wanna do the same thing as lasdt time… like talk to everyone then 1 on1  ya know? but idk yet! so get ready!!!

VERY URGENT:
i washed my socks and garments togetther and now my g’s are all blue…. i need some new ones STAT!!!!!!!
- “AX MESS UP” hair stuff its in the little black jars
- we have a new music rule and we only can listen to motab or russian classical! SO if you have the time and could burn some RUSSIAN CLASSICAL not traditional. i have no idea what that means just like composers like bock and stuff !

thanks for all you do for me!!! i know im a pain :/ think of some stuff you all want to talk about over skyp yeah?? i cant wait to see you all!!! have a awesome week and kick some butt! please send the following to the boys on missions! BTW WHY DONT YOU SEND THEIR EMAILS TO ME ANYMORE???? I GOTTA HEAR HOW THEY ARE DOING??? :D

Week #20 Ukraine Saltivka

Sunday, May 27th, 2012
well….well…..well………. here is a tittle nid bit of joy  for ya!!
so last sunday we met with a muslem we met on the street while handing out old BOMS. his name is Ahbar and he sounded like he just wanted english….
we met with him last sunday and just got to know him and about his life. he was muslim for 8 years then after all the crazy stuff that went down ( he is from Iran) he said he wants nothing to do with it. Yes he still respects the muslems but he said there was always something pulling him to christ in his life. his mom just dad last year and he has been in UA for 4 years now. his first language is persian. he is 35. no kids or girlfriend live all alone.
he is just studing here so he has lots of time to meet with us! on the 2nd lesson with him we tought him about the life and purpose of jesus christ (had to switch the lesson orders around o lot for a muslem) and i cant tell you how strong the spirit and how humbled i was. to sum up i 2 hour lesson on christ he said he never really knew why he came to UA. there is nothing here for him he just felt like he was being pulled here by something and he knows that the church is why god sent him here. we testified that this is what he has been looking for and that its what god wants for him at this time of his life and put him on date for 19 may!!
. the next big task was the BOM….. he is good at russian but cant read and knows english good but still cant read….. hmmm how about this…
okay so the chances of this happening are just as crazy as it sounds… in OUR branch we found a persian BOM on the top shelf of books. :0
so. ahbar has been led here to the church and some how along the way the lord has placed a RANDO:M!!!!!!!!!!! persian BOM in  OURRRR exact branch just for him. he just finished 1 nephi and loves every second of it. yesterday was his first day of church and we put a lot of effort into getting the members ready for him!
the members did SOOOOOOO great! everyone just love him and like 5 times he said to me “lambert i feel like this is a big family!”
and another thing that god has put in our path is there is a baptism this sat that he can go watch!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D he has no school this week so we are set up to meet with him everyday this week. i gained a hard testimony that the elect ARE there and god WILL lead them to us as long as we are doing whats right.
we took him to institute on sat and he loved it all!!!! we went and got some drinks after and sat in the park just talking about life! ahhhhh!! life is so good my friends!
he is praying every night in the name of christ!!  he LOVES america lol the first thing he said to us on the street when we met him was “HEY!! dont worry i dont want to kill you i love america!!! dey are the best! terrorists are just the crazy people lol!!!” it was great ! lol he was WAY pumped that you can write all over and mark scrips in the BOM cuz you cant do that in the koran ( like you said ) so that was funny!
ahhh life is just great! i cant believe that april is gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was yesterday when me and elder keown said man march went by so fast…. haha
sounds like like is pretty crazy back home! mom i hope your health stays good and im SOOOOOO glad my box made it home lol!! dad just hang in there wuith pops!! always remember he is a child of god and this is just a test of the great faith you have!!!
alyssa hang in there with your main man gone! know he is a hero in my eyes and the boys and you will be blessed forever cuz of the love you have for god!
so other than ahbar nothing is really going on! WE GET TO SKYPE HOME 2 P DAYS FROM NOW! so i think it will be like 11pm at night ON MOTHERS DAY for you! ill give more deets as it grows sooner! im reading the old test and its nuts…. nuff said,
This weeek we did LOTSSSSSSSSSS of service!!! on tues we went and worked in the fields that i took pics of just diggin and tilling the dirt all day! wheww it was tuff! but soooo beautiful! our luch was juts picking food out of the earth and sittin under a tree…. so great!!
me and elder keown just about got mugged/ in a fight on the way here! we were at a atm getting money to pay for enet and a guy came up while elder keown was putting his card in and kinda reached in saying “hey your servents of christ can i have some money????” i iron gripped his arm and pushed him aside and he got up in my face saying ” why did you touch me???? who are you huh????” i just shook my head and said ” go away.” lol thats it haha and me and elder keown walked away and he just stood there like a punk! lol we have had lots of trouble this week! we ran into a group of guys in the night on the way back from service and they wanted to fight as but we had sisters with us so we got away lol! and on another day these guys called us over and talked to us for a vbit then sai ” well im from ukraine… your not… *curse you * your free!” lol it was such a joke. im so sick of all the punks here!! alllllllllllllll the time you walk down the street and the “cool guy with darkshades”  flips his glasses down and just gives you a glare…… then me and elder keown give them a wave like 2 nerds lol! its so much fun!!!
ahhhhhh wellll im SOOOOOOO glad devy is getting all my letters so fast i know when the post office here sends stuff out so i know JUSt the right time to slip it in lol! life is great here! time like always is going siososososososososososososooooo fast! i love elder keown to DEATH! we pretty much pee our pants everynight just talking! its so gr4eat!
this will prolly be my last tr4asfer in saltovka so by the end of may i will prolly be in a new world!!! aggg so nuts! i dont want to leave3!
OH YEAH!!! so the box you sent with devs letter and all the pics !!!!!! ahhhh thanks soososososososososo much1!!!! its the best thing i have ever seen!!! your the bomb!!!!! BUTTTTTT what in the WORLD is this little music thingy?? what the heck do i do with it?? lol i have tried everything! so… please let me know on that one.
on friday we had a bbq/ service!! ahhhhh soooo great! it was just like summer nights back home with the gang! we worked in the field all day then sat around the fire and talked about our investigators!! lol so much fun! ukraine is SOOOOO beautiful right now its bl;owing my mind!!! and it sSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
hot. lol i love it! im VERY burnt haha but you know if i put on sunscreen ill die! or should i say CANCERscreen!!!
so get this little nibby bit! i had SUPER bad allergies when spring hit…. oh crap…….
and a sister told me that if you eat the honey from where you are living that they will go away…. and so i bought some hunny and BAM!@!!!!! nothing.. not one thing! soo… try and find some utah made huney and you will feel great!! i also found a current bush and made some home made tea! it was very great! lol well… thats all! i love you!!!!! mom, dad, joe,alyssa,collin, ru, jax, dev. jer, wes, tanner, droubays!
PEACE OUT!
oh ps….. before i left on the mish you (mom) emailed a elder smith to ask about the mission!! lol he told me this the other day! me and him are pals! how weird is that???