Monday, July 22, 2013

July 22, 2013

You are making a Hobbs for Calvin!! And pipe looks perfect! What a week! Sounds like you 2 just go party all the time. Hikes and work parties and what not. And way cool that everything is ok with uncle franks account. This week we were in Kazan. It was the last 2 days of the Universidad so there was a lot of people and a lot of police! Kazan is beautiful. We got stuck in a huge rain storm and got soaked! Which is fine except when you are traveling and you only bring enough clothes for the time you are there.  We talked to a family form Yekaterinburg while we were chalking. We drew a picture of the tree of life and were talking to them about it. They took a Book of Mormon and were excited to look at the websites. They were headed back home that night. We had a lesson with a less active member who is like 75-80 and she told us the story of how she met her husband and I felt like I was trying to iron out the wrinkles on her face as I saw her reminisce. In short Kazan was great! I worked with Sister Larsen for the most part but I did have some time to work with Sister Erickson. It was her first week in Russia so it was really cool to get to know her. Crazy story though! (As I tell you this story keep in mind that about a month ago Chris told me he was getting married to a girl that was in his mission named Christina and that he is from St. George Utah.) We went out contacting and I was just talking to her and getting to know her and she said. My sister is getting married this weekend:( she was excited but sad she couldn't be there. She then told me about her family. Her older sister served a mission in Novosibirsk, her other sister is in Ukraine Russian speaking and her brother is in the Baltics mission and she is here in samara. Way cool family right. I asked her if she knew the guy her sister was marrying and she said "I met him a couple times but they had only gone on a few dates before I left. They got engaged after my first week in the MTC and now they are getting married in the St. George temple. It was way fast! And they served in the same mission." do you see it? I froze, and then asked her what her sister's name was. She said "Christina." with a confused look on her face. I explained to her why I felt like my brain was exploding. So yes Chris is marrying her sister! And when she showed me a picture of her family I realized I was in the MTC with her other sister.

It was crazy! I really enjoyed not knowing what was going on. Knowing it was over and just getting lost in the work. I actually felt really good about it. I felt the most present in my mission than ever before. And then I didn't really know how to think about it because, really, it doesn't matter. Nothing changes but now I just feel like I know too much. I know a lot about the family he is marrying into and 2 of his sisters-in law and what she looks like. by the way, Sister Erickson, bless her heart, was like, "look you look so much like my sister too!" belch. Anyway, now it is just an incredibly ironic story. Everything is good but for about a day I was thrown for a little bit of a loop.

Crazy right? I turned into a little bit of a spazz but what are the odds?

Anyway, while we were in Kazan I called Sasha and he answered!!! He said he was coming to church and that he had been reading the Book of Mormon. AND he came to church! We had a lesson with him and everything is good. He had to go open a new McDonalds. Apparently that takes around a month. But everything is ok with him and he should be getting baptized in august. He is way cool! He already wants to serve a mission.

This next week we will be going to Orenburg! It will be strange seeing without snow or wet, melty snow. I am excited though. Everyone said that Orenburg is the prettiest in the summer.

Speaking of summer, you always ask what we are eating and summer time in Russia has the best fruit and vegetables I have ever eaten. My favorite thing to eat currently is cucumber, tomato and dill sandwiches with mayo. I know you are thinking that I don't like even one of those things. Why do I like them all together? I don't know but it is so good! I’ll enjoy it while I can. It won't be the same in America...

Love you lots!

Cectpa Pearce

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