What an amazing week, as always, here in the beautiful city of Uzhhorod! This email is a little later getting to you all because we spent the day today at a castle in the town of Mikatcheva? Yup, that is how I am going to spell it. It was really fun, it was Sister Echols, Anna, Sasha, Yeva, Elder Tribett, Elder Ward, Elder Terrry and I. It was really quite the cool castle, I think that we have about 300 pictures total, between the 5 of us missionaries. The city is a little over an hour away on the bus, but it is a beautiful city, and we got to drive through some beautiful Ukrainian countryside to get there. It was so funny, when we showed up at the bus station today we, as missionaries, all wore normal clothes and Sasha had gotten all dressed up in his church clothes for the event, Sasha is just the best! Don't worry, I will send some pictures.
You will also notice that Elder Millard was not in our little group today, he left on Wednesday for L'viv. The assistants came in Tuesday night and took him with them on Wednesday. That was a sad event at the Train Station when we all went to say goodbye. Olya, Sasha and Yeva all came to say goodbye. Elder Millard is such a good little missionary though, he will be great! Now Uzhhorod has some connections at the top!
So, we have had the ultimate Tri Companion ship here is Uzhhorod with us all week. We have been book table-ing up a storm! I met this guy who spoke better english than I do, I mean that as a complement. (If we are being honest, my english is slowly slipping away from me.) But really, his english was so great! He was a very interesting fellow!
Also, on Wednesday we had to say good bye to Olya! She left for University on Thursday, that was a hard one. We tried to have a lesson with her, but it just turned into testimony and tears. She is such an amazing girl, and I did not want to have to say goodbye. I told her one day I am going to say "Hi" to her in L'viv, who knows, maybe I will even serve there. I don't know, but I didn't wan to say good bye. Olya, is just the best!
Unfortunately, Svetlana is not in town this week, so we were unable to teach her. She will be gone through the end of the month, next month though, I will be sure to call her. On Friday though we met this great little old lady on the street and she just made me laugh! It was a 100% pure Russian conversation, but she was great! Nothing beats a blessing from a babooshka! She made me feel really great to, I spoke to her in Ukrainian and she thought that I was the native! Elder Tribett must be right, my accent is pretty good! She was a funny lady, and we got to pray with her as well, she took a Book of Mormon! We got her number as well, I can't wait to set up a time to meet with her.
Friday was a rough day as well with goodbyes, Yeva had us all over for dinner. She just loves all the missionaries SO much! She knew that transfers were coming up and didn't want any of us to leave. We already kind of had an idea of who was going, but we didn't have the heart to tell her. Elder Ward though, wow! I have such an admiration for him after watching him teach that night. It was truely amazing! He is a wonderful missionary and truely loves and cares for these people.
Now that I have made you wait through the whole email, I will give you the transfer email lowdown! I am staying here in Uzhhorod and training... scary! Elder Terry and Elder Tribett are staying here as well, Elder Terry is taking over as "Branch President" and Elder Tribett is District Leader with two new Elders coming in, that I can't remember their names, and then.... Sister Echols is going to Rivna, and will be Sister Training Leader there! I am so happy for her, she will be opening that area up for sisters, training and being the Sister Training Leader! What a missionary!!! She is the best! I am a little sad, she will be in the other Zone so I probably will not get to see her again before she heads home in October! That is really going to be hard! Elder Ward is also being transferred... to L'viv! It is sad to have him leave here, he has been here for 7 months and basically been here for the baptisms of all the members, but he needs to be in L'viv. If he is L'viv as well, he will be with Olya, ah! Elder Ward needs to baptize Olya and keep an eye on her until she is baptized, and I know that he will.
Sunday was a rough one as well, thank heavens we didn't sing God Be With You or we all would have been crying harder. Elder Ward had asked Sister Echols to speak as well, which was fine. She cried through the whole thing, she was not happy with him after that; jokingly of course, he did make sure that he wasn't speaking that Sunday though. Elder Ward and Sister Echols will be missed here that is for sure. Weekly planning will not be the same, neither will the Ward.
I also get to become acting Relief Society President in Sister Echols absense and the chorister, that will be fun! Good thing that we are still pretty small!
Things are definately changing around here, it is all so scary and exciting! We are taking a night train on Tuesday into L'viv and we meet our trainees on Thursday. It will for sure be some crazy times! I can't wait to meet my little trainee though, poor little thing doesn't know what she is getting herself into with me! :)
Standing on the castle wall... we would make the coolest band!
I think that we are pretty cool! Elder Ward thinks that he is the coolest!
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