Sunday, April 30, 2017

Well, at least we thought it was spring...


So for that past month it has steadily been getting warmer and warmer. But these past several days have just been filled with cold, wet misery. Right now we are at one of the coldest parts of the year. In the Spring when it's still cold and they turn off the heaters, and in the Fall right before they turn the heaters on. And the electic a/c machines in the branch building that can also act as heaters don't work as well. So no matter where we are it's cold. But today it started getting warmer again! But that doesn't excuse the fact that I had to do my personal studay this morning with my winter coat on.
Yesterday was Palm Sunday, apparently. We don't really get informed on Holidays. But we figured something was happening that day when we saw a huge line of people waiting to get blessed by some Provoslovny Priests across the street. The line was way to big to get blessed in time for Church, so we decided to wait untill afterwards. But when we got out, they were already gone. I guess we'll have to wait until next year to get blessed ;)
We haven't had the opportunity to watch all of General onferene yet but what we have seen was just fantastic!
Easter is coming up. And you know what that means! Yes! painting eggs and taking them with your Easter cakes to get them blessed by the Provoslovny Priests! Hurray! I'm not sure how Easter works exactly here or if it is different than Russia, but I can imagine that they are pretty similar. But we finally got our awesome "Prince of Peace" pass along cards to give out. And in preparation for Elder Holland coming to our Mission, he has ask that we all read though the Four Gospels in the New Testament. It has been a wonderful expeience to have Spring here, happier people aroung us, and reading about the Saviours life and teahings before Easter and Elder Holland.
We gave lots of service this week similar to last week. And it was a great companionship unity building activity beeing on the other end of a two-man-saw with Elder Merrell. That day we not only found out that a saw horse is a luxery, but that Honey Locusts are EVIL! I don't care what kind of fruit they have if any or how pretty they an look. They must burn! We helped one of our branch members with her very over grown gard/yard an did some heavy pruning. And the thorns on that thing just evil looking and felt like it to! I am pretty sure that they were what the Romans used to make the crown of thorns that they out on Jesus. And I an under stand a little bit more of how painful it must have been.
Besides that we helped soe other members lean up their yards and cart away lots of trash for them.
We tried to meet with Genna, our wonderful Investigator, but we found out that he was in the Hospital! We called and alled and tried to contact him but havn't been able to get through to him. We really hope he is okay. And even more that he can still meet and learn what is need to prepare for baptism.
Elder Merrell is just great and is a wonderful missionary.

I am very thankful to be here in the service of my God and to have the support of a ll of you. I can feel your prayers each day for me and for those whom God is preparing to receive Hios holy ordinances and preogress down the path to Eternal Life.
Старейшина Класон / Elder Clawson

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