Week #20 Ukraine SaltivkaWritten by clambert on May 27th, 2012
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 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!
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???