Happy P-Week Elder Adams

My companion, Elder Adams is going to Bulgaria to get a new visa. Lucky for him, and his group, the church travel office messed up their flight plans. Normally, you fly out early Tuesday morning, and get back late Thursday night. Well, they are flying to Kyiv tonight, staying in a hotel, flying to Bulgaria tomorrow, and on the way back, they will get to Kyiv Thursday afternoon, and their flight to Dnepr doesn’t leave until Friday at 5. That is two hotel rooms, and a lot more taxi rides, aka a lot of money for the mission.

President Nielsen told the Area Presidency that this bill won’t be paid without a reward: Elder Adams and his MTC district will be going to the temple in Kyiv all day on Friday.

This is something that President Nielsen has been trying to get worked out since the dedication, but it hasn’t happened. As it sits now, he did get it to where we go for a day on our way home, but not Bulgaria too. Hopefully this mistake keeps happening, or at least it does when I go to Bulgaria in the fall. Bulgaria isn’t just a P-Day, it is a P-Week. haha. I am excited to be with Elder Hagee this week on splits, we are going to have a great time. His companion is also going to Bulgaria with Adams, so we will be covering both of our areas.

Our area is doing well. Sadly, we have not been able to meet with Elena again, they woman we met with at the Pigulevitch’s. We were able to get a hold of her on Saturday, and she said she would be coming to church, but didn’t come yesterday. We think we are going to have Natasha give her a call and see what is going on. Yesterday, Alexander Boboshka, Zhenya’s dad, came to church and stayed all three hours. It was very good to see him come, and see the branch welcome him back. Everyone was talking to him as if he hadn’t missed a single week. It was very good to see. I do love the branch on Pobyeda. It feels a lot like a ward back home in that there are young, old, babies, kids, etc. You have the entire range of church members and they truly are like a family.

Yesterday we met again with Sergei, the man who has a million and a half questions for just about every sentence we say. He has a huge desire to learn, and yesterday we told him there would be a time for questions at the end of the lesson. That calmed him down a little, and we were able to make some head way with his understanding. We talked about prayer, and he asked us to pray for his family and friends so that the Holy Ghost would help them understand that they need to change their lives. He offered the most sincere prayer I have ever heard from an investigator on a lesson to end yesterday. He is going very slowly, but there is progress.

Crazy story about Sergei. Last week, he showed up to the branch at 4:30, when we had a lesson scheduled with someone else. He said he came because we called and told him to come at 4:30….except we didn’t have his correct phone number written down. We thought maybe we got two people mixed up, and actually scheduled an appointment with Sergei. We called the number of the contact we originally tried to meet with, and set up a lesson, and that guy is most definitely not Sergei. It was Grisha (who we thought it was) and he was absolutely hammered. But hey, maybe crazy Sergei is supposed to meet with us. After an hour and half, we made some progress (like I said) and he is starting to believe that there is no trinity, and that you don’t have to pray to an icon.

We also got a solid contact this week from a younger kid named George. He is 21 and lives on Sokol, across the street from Zhenya Boboshka, a member about the same age who is turning his papers in this month. George overheard us talking to someone else and chased us down afterwards to talk to us. We talked to Zhenya and he was pretty sure that he knew which George we were talking about. We are going to try to meet with him, and have Zhenya with us, and then get George to FHE at the Hardy’s (The Senior Couple in the Office) on Thursday. Elder Adams and I had a long discussion about the fellowshipping of the young adults in the city, and how amazing it is. No one goes left out, and it shows by the number of young investigators who turn into young people baptized. It is a great sight to see. Every week on Thursday night, they Hardy’s usually have 20 or so people at their apartment doing FHE. It is so much fun.

This week at English, we had 14 people in the advanced class. We told them if they brought 20 the following time, Adams and I would make them brownies. We also told them that if they wanted to make brownies, we would judge them and tell them how American they are 🙂

I had a great interview with President Nielsen this week, although the best part about it was talking to Sister Nielsen before and after. She told us a lot of stories about her mother in law, and hitch hiking across France, and how Chinese has absolutely zero grammar, etc. She is a funny lady. She also told us that gray and white hair feels the same as normal hair, so we didn’t need to worry about getting old.

This week I finished reading the Teachings of the President’s of the Church: Joseph Smith. It was an amazing book. There were so many inspiring quotes, especially pertaining to missionary work. It really strengthened my testimony of him being the prophet chosen to open the dispensation of the fulness of times. I’d like to share one quote that is now written on the front of my planner for this transfer:

"Love is one of the chief characteristics of diety and ought to be manifested by those who aspire to be the Sons of God. A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race. This has been your feling adn caused you to forego the pleasures of home, that you might be a blessing to others who are candidates for immortatily, but strangers to the truth."

That basically sums up my entire mission. Here are some pictures for you all!

Well I just got back from walking to the front desk of this internet club, and the worker said that the card reader isn’t working, so I can’t send pictures today. I know it has been like a month, I am sorry, but that’s what happens when you use internet and computers that a million other people use too.

I love you all, thank you for the support. I hope you are all having a wonderful spring. Please make today the hopskotch kind of day.

Elder McClintock

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