Week #19 Ukraine Saltivka

Written by clambert on April 24th, 2012
hello mom! sorry this is short… i have to tell the truth i spent the whole time writting wesley…….
but this week was alright. really hard still! but we are pushing through! so dev told me that janessa is getting married? CRAZY lol
life back home is just a big joke/dreeam lol. but how is the fam????? i hope colling and sis are doing good!!! hang in there guys!
I got the box that has pics and stuff today!!! THANKSSS SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!
i made lots of videos for devyn and you guys this week! they are really lame and weird but hope you like them!1
i love you guys sooo much! im so thankful for all that you have gave me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My mission is SOOOOOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!! ahhhhhh i love it here!!!!!!!!!!!!!
we did a service proj on sat it was way cool! we just cleaned LOTS OF TRASH!!!!! here are some pics!!
welll i got no time! hope you like my vids.
i found hunger games in russian btw!!! ill be sending it home soon!!
LOVE YA

Ukraine Week #18/Saltivka

Written by clambert on April 15th, 2012

The movie i sent is how i feel about writting home……….. its the hardest time of the week. please send to everyone i should be writting.

Life has been great! our 15 yr old moved to italy the night i wrote you the email about him. he will be back in 2 months i think.
we had a good turn out at church this week! one of our investigators even put on a white shirt and tie! it was way cool.
zone conf was REALY good like always. the interviews with pres were great and hard core like always! but dont worry he said i could stay ;D
easter here is soo weird. they dont really do much its not super big but they have eggs and all that but mostly they bless these sticks and you buy them and put them in your house or something. i really dont know to tell the truth. i think they have a big party at one of the temples. but we got to watch the SAT morning sesh and it was AWESEOM!!!!!!!!! the prophets onpening words were way cool when he was talking about how the gosple is being listened to all around the world! i say this because i had russians (of course) chinese and french and english alll in the same room watching it in different languages! it was really good.
we get to see the rest of it this sunday so I CANT WAIT!
this week was pretty nuts we just tought and found people! to be honest the work is going super slow. Im filled with SOOOOOOO much energy and im so pumped everyday to get out and work but yeah…. nothing is happening. its okay though i still have that fire lol! zone conf helped a ton!!!!
so all those ?s you asked!!!
1- yeah we have a stove and oven so we can cook whatevvv whenevvv!!!
2- our new aprt has 0 bugs!!!! its sooo great!!!!
3- to tell the truth the food is not way weird here so i would say nothing so far lol i did have a chicken ball that was filled with butter the other week lol.
4-there are so many weird things you have to do here! you cant wistle! EVER. you have to wear slippers when your in a house. there are NO lines here you just push your way up. it sucks HARD CORE! when the metro comes in its fine to just stand in front of the door even if everyone is coming out.
for real i really do thing people are crazy here. if you shake someones hand you take your glove off. ALLLLL dogs have sweaters and shoes here. yes i said shoes. im not kidding around about that one. never bring up the “old days” to a old person they will talk your ear off.
they like there food to rot before they eat it.  its 100% cool to throw trash on the ground but it is against the law to pick it up.
inside the buses there is a sign that says you can fit 20 in the bus but there is about 50. “you always can fit one more” they say.
5-family is about the same! very important! but there is a lot ore broken familes here.
6- most people are pretty poor and get all their money from the govrn.
7-the silliest thing i have done?  stole a chirstmas tree out of the trash.

8-nothing has changed about what i want to do or be other than get married and have a family lol (of course) i want to study russian fosho!!!
but idk….. of course music is all i got right now and i still have the music virus so ill be writting music as soon as i step off the plane.
9- the weather here is the same as utah! winter is a little buit worse but so far i feel like im in utah!!!
well there ya go!!!! lol i hope you liked that lol i got 2 boxes this weeek!!!!!!!!!!!
the dear elder one and the BIG one!!! THANKS SOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! its the best thing in the worldf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it did get broken into lol but they did nothing. thanks sooo much! it was the best ever!!!!! i eat so much peanut butter now lol!
well thats all this week! i forgot to make a list of things to write home about this week so ill do it this week so i can give more infop! i love you all opeace out.

Ukraine Week #17/Saltivka

Written by clambert on April 15th, 2012

HELLO!!!
This week was very great! we started teaching a 15yr old boy named roman and he is SOOOOO awesome! we set a goal to have him baptized this month! he fosho is into it! me and elder keown are doing great! the lord is blessing us SOOOO MUCH! our area is looking better than ever!!
this week we get to watch conference!!!!! and its zone conference and interviews!!!!!! its going to be a crazy week!
My very best chinese frined zhen was just called as institute pres!!!! its awesome! me and elder petersOn (if elder pete is reading this i did that on purpose)
found a chinese less active then helped him get back on track and now he is the institute pres!!!!! ahh he is doing so great. he shares the gospel alll the time with his friends!
Our investigators are all going good!! we have 2 that are looking WAY good! one said (fyodr) he knows he will be baptized just does not know when! he is Such s solid member already lol and now the 15yr old!!!! ahh we are being so blessed.
how is the fam doing???? i didnt get a letter this week! its okay though trust me i understand being to busy to write and all. I read landons email! sound like SOOOO much fun! it sounds like he is not even in america lol its funny! i will write him next week! im sure you understand lando!
let everyone know i love them! i hope you had a good time this week!!
OHHHH btw 2 things.
1-if you could send me like idk… something that describes where the Pearl of great price comes from that would be sweet!
like how did JS find it or whatever? i have no idea and its not anywhere in our home books. so if you could help my study out i would be pleased. its not in the BOM which is werid. i hear he bought some scrolls or something? i just dont know! and it seems like i should so yeah. just a email
2- If you could find something on the internet that is like….. the bible and the BOM chronologicly and comprehensive (dont think thats right) list of events.
understand??? like i list that showes   here is the tower of bable… thats when jared left for the promised land….   get it??
or just like those scripture mastery cards that kids have? they have a pic of like the history of the bible or bom on back??
but if they could be combined! that would be sick. idk if such a think is out there but yeah lol.
The spirit has been so great this week! i cant even tell you how much i love it out here!!! its SUCHHH a adventure! every stinking day! like this morning we had to pay rent and we didnt understand they land lady and she got way mad and just sat on our couch,…… we had no idea what to do lol
its just random stuff like that every hour of the day! haha btw my russian is going great! the lord is REALLYYY helping me! i found a new study pattern and its helping SOOO much! i LOVE to ready  its the best thing ever!
I have dont have that packege you hguys sent yet! mail is slow and low… haha I do have a dearelder pack but its in donestk…. like always.
elder keown told me if you sne dboxes through Roxolana.com they get here in lie a week!!!!!!  he said just type that into google and its really easy so you should try it out!!!
our missionary investigator lesson went really good lol he had some deep ?s but we have been studying way hard fr this week!!!
I got shars morrgans and grandma and granps letters this last week!!!! thanks sooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
well i g2g have a killer week! i love you all!  goodbye

Week #16 Ukraine Saltivka

Written by clambert on April 14th, 2012

sup.
SO your little scooby doo brain storm sure kicked my thoughts into gear!! i now feel i peace and comfort that fills me pday soul…. really thanks i LOVE the ideas everything is so cake sauce now!!
well our week was a big…..kinda…. awesome…. fail… success.  Its been a tuff few weeks! we have like no investigators and the ones we do have arnt doing so hot and creamy. BUT! there are still hints here and there for success! so we have been doing loads of finding the elect children of the lord on the warm spring streets of the kraine!! Russian is going good! slow and steady!!! somedays im rocking it some days i feel like a sprinkle…. small and useless.
BUT! me and elder keown didnt get a transfer call!!!!!!!!!!!! so that means i get to serve with him for another transfer (6weeks) its so swesh!
so thiss week i DID eat something that should go on the weirdest thing i have ate list!!!! okay so…. this is a direct translattion… Fermented pickled mushroom drink.  yes….. it arrived into my pallet.  ANNDDD it was pretty good to tell the truth! believe it or not i have grown a huge LOVING for mushrooms on the mish! ( jer would be proud i know ;D) but it was crazy! we were at a members house and i saw these jars filled with a poop like cream and i simply asked whats this?>?
and that my friends was one of the worst questions on my mission. next thing i knew i was drinking it. :0
I LOVED conf!!! we had to watch it on a ipad with like 20 missionaries lol it was great. they were all good talks… DAD i though of you durring the talk in the 2nd sesh on sunday about free choice and DC121!!! i dont remember his name… he was from the 70….
but i dont know how i didnt soak up GConf when i was home!!! ahhhh its the best day of my life!!!
SO we were teaching a lesson to this guy (one time this guy hit his wife durring one of our lessons….yeah… right?) and somehow IDK but their dog fell off the roof!!!!!! HAHA!! i never laughed so hard in my life! it was a pretty far drop! it was so funny cuz we saw it through the window!!! it landed in a pile of trash then ran away… sad… but maybe one of the best moments of my life.
SO i have been making all our bread for the weeks and DANNNG i can whip up some mean loaf! but i was woundering if you maybe could send some good bread mixtures??? idk i need to branch out a bit.
SO MOM! im sending you a Mothers day pack soon! i hope it will get home in time! so if you get it DONT OPEN TILL MOTHERS DAY!!
nothing other than the above really happend this week…. just LOTSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS of getting yelled at on the streets and over the phone. keepin on chugin!!! lifes so great!!! must of all cuz the sun is out and about!!
SO I LOVEEEE everysingle one of ya! once again thanks so much for the ideas about writting the ddevvbot shmot! i Sent a letter last week and today so you should be expecting soon! yeah dev you should email me thats tots okay and ill just follow those ideas you sent!!
I LOVEEEEEEE you all! send me some pics!!!!!!! i wanna see you and make sure your still real!
im alost done with the BOM for the 2nd time!!! then im starting the old test!!! with my new bible thatnk you very much1!!!!! we have been eating all the food you send left and right!!!!!!!!! AHHHHH its so good i cant thank you enough! TOday i have to buy some new pants cuz all mine that are not suit pants are rpped…. so yeah.

LOVEs

Ukraine Week #15/Saltivka

Written by clambert on April 13th, 2012

-The Worst week with the best spirit-

I was on a week long split with a russian while my comp was on a visa trip. the split sucked we will leave it at that. not because of russian (which i going great btw) it was just a clash of lifes.   we had 2 lessons……………………..  ugh
but i cant tell you how blessed we have been!!!!!!! we have a whopping 12 investigators right now!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on satuday we had a church open house and just walked around all day asking people to come!
i stopped and talked to some random guy and they way he answered back sounded soooooo weird!!!! he was speaking russian but i could not tell where he was from! he said “you speak english?” in russian and then he was like…… hey im kode… HE IS FROM AMERICA!!! lol its soo nuts! he is a missionary/something here in ukraine i dont really know how to explain it ( neither does he) but we took his to the church and showed him around! he said he knows nothing about mormons but really wants to meet!!!! we think he just came with a group of random missionaries for a change of pace in his life not really for preachig the word.
so we get to meet with him this week!!!! ahhh its sooo awesome! i cant wait to teach him!! its pretty great!
me and the new comp are loving live! russian is going tonz better!!! still hard but kode siad he has been here for 9 months and to tell the truth his russian SUCKS! lol soo the gift of tounges is soo real! i just never could see it!
something funny!!!! we are going to teach 2 brothers this week we found their names……..    Gods power and Brother laundry!!!!
no joke!!!! those are their real life names!!!!!!!! its sOOOOOO crazy talking to them on the phone!
im SOOO pumoped to hear about drew!!! thats sooooo good for him! he will eat it up! ahh im sooo pumped i love how everyone is out serving!
the only thing that is crappy is i cant write like anyone!!!! i have SOOO many people who i need to write but there is no time!! its sad! idk what to do with it all lol! just want to let everyone know i love them and i try hard to write when we have free time but ass a missionary thats not real. but!! haha ( its funny to bring this up now right after i said i have no free time) we are playing bball today1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant wait!
but let jerryt know im working hard and thingking of what to write him! tell him its a taste of his own med!!!! :D
i love you all and everything is going awesoe here!!!i cant believe i live in ukraine,,,,,,, so weird

If there is any questions you have just let me know!!! i never really know what to write about so ask away1!!!
Love you have a good week!!! peaace.
ELder lambert
I dont know how to explain my week. ill i can really do is bare my tetimony.
This week i received a actual knowledge of the savior jesus christ. The moment i have been waiting for my whole life, my testimony has turned into a knowlege.
I just want to say that just as sure as i live i know he lives. the feelings that came over me this week are indiscribable. i would give everything I am and everything i hope to be to have that spirit again and feel his love.

Week #13 Ukraine/Saltivka

Written by clambert on 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

Written by clambert on 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

Written by clambert on 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

Week #10 Ukraine/Saltivka

Written by clambert on February 20th, 2012

Part 1

So pretty much… i cant keep a journal… i suck sooo bad at it lol! i am trying a video log right now so that might be cool! but if you could make sure you save all my letters to you (im sure you are) that would be great! cuz that will prolly be my #1 thing to look back on lol! Its already been 5 months!!!!!! ahhhh thats so nuts! almost half a year i have been gone! i miss and love you all soo much!!! tell ruru and jax i love them!! i think about hem alllll the time when we play with the kids in our branch!!! MAn music music music…….why do i get so much insperation while i cant write or even listen??? lol its killing me! im going to explode with new songs someday! it will be insane! lol but anyways…..ill get back to work! my health is GREAT! dont worry i have SO many great people looking after me! :) i am loving it here!! its gonna be a big change when my trainer leaves!!!! :0!!!! but i have made so many friends and have grown soooomuch!!! too much maybe?? haha i love this gosple and this life!!! love you!!! keep writting me!!! and tell the droubays i LOVE them very very much and miss their family!! tell lindsay not to get married to taylor palmer while me and landon are gone! lol tell tanner i miss fishing at 4 am and i miss Dube and all his girlfriends! ;) and above all of course is….. Jojo’s food. amen.

OHH!!!!!!! how is wiskers???????? i would LOVE i picture if you could???  keep her healthy!!! :D
GOSH food is so good here. im loving it! i eat so much bread lol! borsh is suuuuuupppeerrrr good!!
okay….im done wasting time… good bye i love you.

Part 2

hmmmm okay so this last week was nuts. promise not to freak out or anything but ill let ya know why i didnt write this last week!

I woke up last saturday with a killer head and back ache! SO BAD! i kinda shook it off and thought i just slept bad that night. We walked over to institute at 12 and when we got there a hard fever set in and i was shaking suuuuupperrrr bad and my head was pounding!
we left right away and some how walked all the way home without falling on the sidewalk dead!
We got home and i jumped in bed and was asleep DEAD ASLEEP till the next day.
There was a point at about 12 at night i wanted to ask if elder petersen would give me a blessing but my fever was heavy and it was soooo hard to get the words out of my mouth but i got them out! i asked him for a blessing that night and he sat on the side of my bed and gave me a wounderful blessing.
I woke up the next morning feeling the same. i slept all day and no meds were working. we called the senior couple who takes care of sick missionaries and after awhile everyone said that i might have spinal meningitis. all the symptoms were there and everyone started to kinda freak out. We called the mission pres. and he drove down with all his helpers and they rushed me to the hostpital……In ukraine….. oh boy..
We pulled up to this so called “hospital” and it looked like a prison! there was no light or anything! we walked in and they asked if i could get some help…they just looked at us and said “you have to go talk so someone else….” and just sat there…haha
so long story short we got a doctor who was kinda mad at us kuz we were speaking english, spanish and crappy russian! it was okay though kuz we had a native with us!
the doctor layed me down on the table and stared looking for trama signs….nothing.  he poked me around a bit with a relfex hammer and that was it. No bp or temp and some good old pokes.  he said in his doctor voice “hmmmm yup yup…i see…yeah…..Well it looks like his neck froze.”  we all just stood there….lol! he said that my shoes were not good enough and the cold energy moved from my feet to my neck.
AGUH. no joke this is what every doctor says here if your sick “do you drink cold water?” if you do its VERY BAD here! and do you drink? smoke? wear shoes in your house??? cuz we all know you have to do these to stay healthy right?? ugh.
we got them to give me a blood test to check for white bloodcells or somehting and it was sooo sketch!!! the place was sooo dirty and blechhh! i though i would get aids. The doctor just wanted our money and was throwing a fit cuz we didnt want to stay the night.

Well a LOOOOOOOng crazy night wasted at the hospital over, i went back home and went to bed. wake up the next day and went to the clinic.
this place was a LOT better!! but……..turns out they did the same “frozen” test and said thats whats wrong. “the wind must be blowing on your neck….its killing a lot of kids your age”  its so stuupppidddd!!! lol its not even that cold right now.

they said the only people who could help us was the viral doctors soooo we took one more trip!
we walked into another jail sel and sat down waiting for ever!!!!!!!!!!!!! they said they wanted to take a katscan and check if it was that sinus thing i had last year remember??? so we went over to this weird looking “katscan” looking thing and i didnt know how to talk to the doctors so they just yelled at me and pushed me around til i was in the right spot! they took the pictures then after awhile we found out everything was good in my head.
UGHHH i wish i could just film this whole trip. it was crazy being in hospitals here. NEVER AGAIN. the native guy who was with us said “Its against the rules to get sick in ukraine. if you do you sit at home and hope you dont die.” lol its nuts!

By this time (Tues) i was just starting to feel a lot better!!! we still dont know what it was but i got better and thats all that matters!!!
everyone was saying “hmmm maybe it was just a bug” but i was talking with the mission pres. and elder petersen gave me a priesthood blessing and we had the whole zone praying for me. I thought of joseph smith history where christ says “they have a form of godliness but deny the power thereof.” i feel like we do that to much in our lifes. we get very sick. we pray. we get blessed. then if we get better we say “oh looks like it was not that bad! maybe it was just a bug.”
I AM SURE that the priesthood blessing that i asked for that night healed me. i verywell could have had something very bad (meningitis) and the lord knew i could not be healed in the hospitals of ukraine. I felt the hand of the lord in my life so strong this week as he watched over me in my bed. we should all keep a sharp eye out for the lords hand in our own lifes. sometimes its impossible to see but i have a firm testimony he is with us more than we think.

all of our teaching is going great!!! we have had to push Raimes date back a little more cuz he is not ready but we teach a lot!
My russian is getting a ton better! i can make phone calls in russian to the members and our contacts now!!! thats pretty cool.
Elder petersen leaves in 2 weeks!!!! IDK what ill do without my trainer!!!! im helping him finish strong!! he is sO awesome! i was so blessed to have him as my trainer!!!

we hung out with a big group of muslims last night!!! lol we thought just one would be home so we could teach but he had like 4 friends over so,,,, we got to know all of them really good! it was so sick!!!! we sat on the floor and ate pizza and this weird chai (w.o.w. okay)
So we sat on the floor like indians eating pizza talking about life! it was SICKKKKKKKKKK!!!! they have the whole plan of salvation! its the SAME as ours! they for sure have some great truthes to their faith!!  they told us all about their home and whats going on!
its weird i know more about the middle east and nigeria politics and whats going on them america! itts really awesome!
they are having lots of hard time with the revelution going on and stuff with their families! they showed us pictures of their family members being beat and taken to jail!!! its SO bad over there.
that night just made my love for muslims go even higher!!! its tuff though cuz they are pretty much impossible to convert. If we did get one though he would be the best memeber on the planet!!!!!!!

Sorry i didnt write last week! thanks SOOOOOOO much for all your letters!!!! DAD! my asian friend keeps telling me about jeremy ling??
he is some super star or somethin lol!
NOTE FOR MOM ONLY….and here I thought I was being so efficient! ;-) OH and PLEASEEEE DO NOT SEND ME ANY DUPLICATE INFORMATION IN DEARELDERS!!! (FAMILY) DONT COPY THINGS OR ANYTHING.  If i need something i can print it out!! i just dont wanna get all these letters on mail day that i have already read ya nkow??? lol

THANKS I LOVE YOU!

Tell jer i got his email and printed it out! im SOOOOOOO pumped!!!! im witting him a big letter and will send it soon!! love you jerry!! and a elder told me that smal black has a new ablum!!!!!!!! guahagsjfdsgadkfjyhagdfjkl!~!!!!!!!!  my letter will get to you soon

Tell devy i sent her letters and i hope they are on the way!!!! lol I love you and thanks for being so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Week #8 Ukraine/Saltivka

Written by clambert on February 6th, 2012

From Mom:  Change of plans.  From here on out, I am leaving his letters as they come, warts and all.  I have noticed his English getting worse, and I think he will “enjoy” seeing the transition as he speaks only Russian for 2 years. :-)

Like always as a missionary……”such a great week!!!!” haha!!

Raime is doing SOOOO good!!! At the star of the week he got down on his knees and said a prayer to know if the BOM is true!!! we met with him the next day all ready to throw down! but his room mate (40yr old black fat guy who has been in Ukr for 16 years) came in and started saying all the classics “YOUR A CULT!” “You pray to joseph smith not jesus christ!!!” Everything you do is a LIE!!” and my favorite “YOUR REALLY THE CIA COMING TO KILL ALL OF US BLACKS”  as you could guess it got very heated and the spirit was sucked out like a vacume. :( he kinda had the floor for awhile not letting us talk but i saw the look on Raimes face and he looked SOOO upset.

i was crushed. we stood up and testified of the book of mormon as simply as he would let us. nothing would work on this man. We asked if he really thought we were CIA and he said “i am 567% 678% sure you are. i know you!!!. HAHA!!! i wish we could have it on camara this is what we said…. elder peet “im a farmer man…” Me” i just got done with high school!”  hahah it was so funny!! but after we got him to leave the room we asked Raime how he felt and he said” I feel as if the spirit of the lord is gone…”
HE IS SOO MONEY!! he is doing great!! :D

Our GREAT friend celestine just walked into the e-net club and he says hi! lol we have been working with him a ton!!!! he is a member but forgot everything! wword of wisdom problems and all! so our lats visit we said if he will give us all his chai and drinks right now we will come over this week and make tacos and brownies with him!!! haha so he did it and he took his stuff out to the trash!!!!!!! it was great! (he is the one teaching us peagon english) i can pretty much speak like a black man now.

As for our russian investigators we are SO blessed!!! we have a great teaching pool and get some good lessons!!! we tired to pout Bitalik on date last night but he is not ready but he is SUCH a good GUY!!!
we had 2 or our investigators show up at church (ivan and alexander) they loved it!!! alex brought us home made hunny and sdaid thanks for all you guys have been doing for me :D that was awesome!! so all of our investigators are going GREAT!!!!! everything is still good for raimes baptism! :D :D

ITS BEEN SOOOOOOO COLD!!! i just got a email from pres and it said that 122 people have died the past 2 weeks due to the cold!!! :0 its not all that bad i dont think… i mean yeah i hate it, but to die?….idk about that haha, but i cant deny that it happend i guess lol.  There was 1 of those 122 people who died right next to our house!!!!! we saw them praying and taking the body away!! but at least our nose doesnt run like a waterfall anymore….your whole sinus cavity freezes over instead ;D the pres also sent out a huge this of vit D….he is crazy about it. i thought you would like that mom lolo :D

The other night my testimony of the lord love for me was boosted SOOO much!! I have been praying for his help to know where to go on the streets as of late and the other night we were in a dark place by all the doms finding some less actives…. all of a sudden my heart stopped and i felt the most fear i have ever felt! it was like all the fear of watching paranormal 2 in a flash of 5 seconds. i had SUCH a strong feeling to not go up the street and turn around. i could see nothing up the street but of course i listened and said we need to leave…nothing cray happened after and thats a good thing!!! haha i dont know what would have happend but im thankful my father was watching over me.

SO after all my years of wanting a chinese friend…the day has come…..ZHEN! is a less active member we found who live way out of town! he grew up in china (of course) and is going to school here.  we hit it off like 2 school girls! he is SO awesome! he LOVES basketball and filled me in and some news! (im not sure he knows what he is talking about but its still nice) we meet with him like 2 times a week! he has such strong faith!!! and he is SOOO fun to talk to he is a hoot!!

(BTW dad i want a NBA update…its time…)

the work is going great! my love for the savior is so strong!! im soooooo glad to hear ty and cole are going to leave soon!!!

I LVOE YOU GUYS SOOOO MUCH!! PEACE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
btw im going to tell the truth…….you guys need to wirte me. meaning my family. i have no idea what your doing with life!! i never get any emails or letters! just short little blips. i miss you guys and love you!!! i wanna hear from ya!
much love Elder lambert