Monday, January 23, 2017

Return to Krasnodar

Hey everyone! 

It has been an exciting week in both Rostov and Krasnodar! 

We had some great, powerful lessons this week! We met with Grigori and we were able to teach him the Plan of Salvation! He already had a really good understanding of it from his Christian background and accepted it quickly. At the end, we asked him to pray and afterwards it was visible that he was feeling something so we asked how he felt and he said, "good and peaceful." He then said that those feelings were telling him that he is in the right place. It was powerful to see him feel and recognize the Spirit for himself! 

We have been re-teaching Zhenya the missionary lessons and that is going really well. He says he knows the Church is true but has not received an answer quite yet about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. He is reading the Book of Mormon daily though and feels the Spirit when we meet, he is still making great progress and has become a great friend of ours! 

Wednesday night we got on a train to Krasnodar and I felt like a kid on an airplane to Disneyland I was so excited to get back to the area I lived in,  exactly one year ago! Krasnodar still has and always will have a very special place in my heart and I am thankful for the opportunity we had to go down there for splits with the Krasnodar Zone Leaders! 
All of Thursday I was in Krasnodar with Elder Prescott from my MTC group and we had a great day. We met with some less active members and had powerful lessons about Church attendance and they both commited to come to Church on Sunday
Thursday evening we were in the Krasnodar branch and I got to see some members that were so surprised to see me and it was just so great to see them! My Russian brother Vitya called and was sick with a high temperature so we got to go to his home and give him a blessing. It was so great to see him and his wonderful mom, I missed them so much! 
We then got to see Yegor who I worked with a lot while I served there and he was all grown up and has a deep voice! He told me he missed me so much and told me all about the temple trip the youth went on last summer and how it changed his life. He is such a good kid and it was awesome to reunite with him! 

Friday we attended District Meeting in Krasnodar where we continued to re-watch last year's worldwide missionary broadcast in preparation for this week's worldwide broadcast. I loved the reminder from Sister Oscarson on the importance of personal study. The Spirit of course brings things to our memory right when it is needed, but He needs somewhere to draw from and we fill the treasure chest that He draws from during our daily personal study, the best time of the day. Elder Oaks also talked about the sacredness of our callings, that we are literally saving families and individuals and gathering for the Celestial kingdom, something that only we can do as the representatives of the only true Church that has the fullness of the truth and the Priesthood authority! 

Friday night we were on a train back to Rostov and it was great to get back and get to work in our area. We met with Zhenya again on Saturday and then went with him to the big Rostov District Concert in the Don Expo Center. It was a big activity and there was a good turnout. There were all sorts of talents shared and it all went well!!

Sunday we had the Severny branch with us once again so we had a full hall but unfortunately most all the people that committed to coming this week were not able to make it! Most of our lessons scheduled for Sunday also fell through but we did get to meet with our investigator Zita. She told us after, when Elder Norton read a verse and when we meet and read she feels something come to her heart but she said she is struggling to let it in. She is going to Moldova soon for a couple weeks and said she will have time to read the whole Book of Mormon and pray about it. She said when she gets back she will call us and will be more ready to be baptized! 

That is about it for my week! I love you all!  Thanks for all the love, prayers and support!

-Elder Tucker//Старейшина Такер
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Pictures - The District, Train to K-dar, K-dar Branch, Train Home, District Concert

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