It was a pretty chaotic week, especially the first few days. Elder Norton and I, with the help of the Zone Leaders, got the old apartment all cleaned out and got moved into our new apartment. Took a lot of time but it had to be done! We only moved a couple buildings away and now we live in the same building as the Taylors which is great because we can help them out when they need it!
Laterwe had 'Train the Trainers' in the Mission Office. Neither Elder Norton or I have ever trained but we discussed with President Miner and the trainers about our experience as trainees including the good and the not so good. We have some solid volunteers that are training our new volunteers that arrived this past week!
Then on New Year's the streets are dead but we still had a pretty good turnout to Church, the faithful members of Rostov did not let the New Year festivities prevent them from being at Church and partaking of the Sacrament. We only had a two hour block and inSchool we talked about Christmas which will be here and discussed the Savior and his birth. It was probably my last time teaching the School class as I will be getting a new calling soon but I have sure loved seeing those kids grow and they have taught me so much!
After Church, the Matekina family invited us over and we had a discussion about how we can keep our prayers and scripture study sincere when we do it so often, something Elder Norton and I have been discussing recently. We came to the conclusion that we can pray for help to do so, that we need to remember that Heavenly Father is listening every time we pray, and that although we should not do it out of repetition, it is better to do it out of habit than to not do it at all. The Matekina family is so awesome and treats us so well, I love them so much!
We were in by 5 last night as well and will be inas well! Setting goals for the year and getting caught up in my journal during all the time being in our apartment!
I am loving serving with Elder Norton and we should have a great week ahead of us! Thanks for all the love, support and prayers
-Elder Tucker//Старейшина Такер
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P.S. Side note - December was the highest baptizing month in the mission since Pres. and Sister Miner arrived in July 2015. 7 Baptisms with a number of people being prepared for January. 2016 surpassed the baptisms in 2015. At our peak we had 67 volunteers we are now at 48.
Pictures: Happy New Year, Me and departing missionaries/volunteers, tree in center Rostov, It is a tradition that the Assistants cook blinis for Orientation Breakfast