July 25, 2016
Dear Family and Friends,
This week was one of those weeks where we didn't know what to do with ourselves. With the new law, we have a lot of time to fill that used to be filled with contacting, and now we are planning on doing a lot of service, but we're supposed to be lying low for a couple of weeks before we go out and search for service opportunities. So, we've tried doing service for members, both active and less active, cleaning our ward building, doing indexing, practicing piano, translating our record to Russian so that the members can start fulfilling their new responsibility of helping teach investigators. What's been really cool is throughout it all, our investigators (a man and a woman who are married and about middle aged) have a baptismal date! We're going to have to push it back a little bit, because they'll be out of town for a little bit and won't have been able to come to church before the current date, but they're so excited. Missionaries found them 6 months ago, and at first they were more interested in English, but just with time their intentions, and hearts, have changed. I'll keep you posted :).
This week I was reading in D&C 84:106 which reads: " 106 And if any man among you be strong in the Spirit, let him take with him him that is weak, that he may be edified in all meekness, that he may become strong also."
I love that verse! Go out and look for someone who needs help this week, and help them become strong also. And if you feel like you're weak, pray for help from the Lord, and try and see who He puts in your path in order to help you. I know the Lord answers our prayers and that He wants us to help others until we all become strong. As Sister Linda K. Burton in a recent General Conference address said "Thee lift me and I’ll lift thee, and we’ll ascend together."
I love you all and hope you have a great week!
|Christopher in St. Petersburg sight seeing with Elder Ward on Nevsky Prospekt. Church of Spilled Blood in background.|
|Christopher at Church of Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.|