Ukraine Week #28 Last days in Saltovka

Written by clambert on July 5th, 2012

I got a transfer call! i will be serving down in the Donetsk area! i leave on Thursday! i CANT WAIT! i cant tell you how ready i am for this…
ohhh man… life.
i don’t even know what to think about it anymore. this mission. IS. CRAZY. when people give cute little examples at church and in primary about how we are like “the army of helaman” out just serving the lord with big smiles on our face, take the the ‘ARMY’ part of that to heart. you remember what those guys did???!!! haha.
I don’t wanna sound all dramatic but its war out here! i could go on for hours about random things that are going on but to put it short….
Nobody knows whats going on over here.   we have gone 1 whole transfer and had 3 lessons. that didn’t go anywhere. they turned more into fights than spiritual uplifting meetings. I am ready to try out a new branch and new EVERYTHING. i cant describe it to you. this place is crazy.
no news on akbar yet. same old stuff. he is doing good though. Today we had a huge zone soccer game so that was SICK!!! cuz as soon as i got here they made a NO SPORTS rule (meaning with the zone and other missionaries) so today was sooo fun!
this week is crazy i am leaving saltovka for good and starting over new!  and its very much needed.
I am pretty well convinced that this mission is just made to tare out every part of me that the lord does not see fit.
i was thinking about it and its weird… you can really see why i was sent here. i cant explain it but its like this place is a big wall the lord is training me to jump over.
I loved all your letters! you all are so lucky to be in the Gospel. no joke. really think about that. i LOVED what Landon was saying in his letter GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONES! “seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith” (Mosiah 23:21). this is a scripture that president sent me and its been helping a ton! all of us have huge walls that the lord is just training us to jump over. it can be anything. i challenge you all to sit back and really take a deep look at your life…. where are you going right now? how can we be better? AM. I. HAPPY.  not just “i had a good day!” i mean are you REAAAALLLYYY happy.
if not, drop everything and get on your knees and then start praying on your feet and make some changes. they hurt. really really bad. but one of the best lessons i have learned so far is that THE PAINS OF STAYING THE SAME ARE MUCH GREATER THAN CHANGE. where are you going? set some goals and do whatever the lord wants.
my testimony is insane right now! I’m with Landon when he said something like “when i look back at my old testimony i just smile”
its crazy how much i have learned. and how much i have to learn.
Thursday will be a new start! i cant tell you how pumped i am to leave! well idk what else to say! its been one heck of a transfer ill tell ya that much! pray for some lessons! and help with russian please! having no russians to talk to does not help russian that much..
I love you all so much! talk to ya later!

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