Sunday, July 20, 2014

Icebaths and the Irish Pub

Hello everyone!  

So, this past week, we went on an adventure.  I don't know if you know this about me, but I love nothing more in the world than going on adventures.  So, needless to say, I was way excited to get to go all the way to L'viv for Zone Conference last week.  This was an incredible experience for me, and I really enjoyed it!  President Lattin is a very wise man, and he has a great understanding of the scriptures.  It's admirable, to say the least.  I had a lot of questions answered by him, and felt that this was a much needed experience for me.
As part of this adventure, President and Sister Lattin had a surprise for us; A sports activity, some "american food" (a resturaunt called "Tex-Mex" [shout out to Hayden and Kenna]), and then we watched Ephraim's Rescue.  Our mission gets the chance to enjoy some free time like that twice a year, once and Christmas, and once around the 4th of July.  I really loved it, and felt a lot of unity with the other missionaries who are here serving in our mission.  I met and became friends with a lot of the other missionaries who are in our zone, and in turn, and very excited to see them find sucess throughout the mission.  
The focus of our Zone Conference was one four big subjects;  Temples,  The Holy Ghost, Planning, and Setting Goals.  I'm still processing all of the great things we learned, but one of those was just how much of a pinnacle thing the Temple is for all of the members of the Church, and everyone else on earth for that matter.  President talked about how our goal is not only to get people baptized as missionaries, but to set them up to make it all the way to the temple someday!

​Okay, email title.
Icebaths;  Our quadrant of the city is having the water pipes worked on.  We do not have hot water, and will not for a 15 day period.  It is rather chilly, but I'm coming to find it to be refreshing.  

Irish pub;  Yesterday (yes, sunday), we scheduled to meet with a friend of ours from english, so that we could talk with him.  We thought that this would be a stellar opportunity to see if we could get him to meet with us about the Gospel, and help him to start investigating the church.  We met him in front of the major centeral complex here in Lutsk (it's called ​ЦУМ (ts-oom)).  He was with a friend of his who also comes to english practice, and we started walking and talking.  Elder Hadfield was talking with our friend in english, and I was talking with his friend in ukrainian for about 30 minutes.  They took us to an irish pub... and in order to avoid an awkward situation, we explained the Word of Wisdom to them.  It was awesome!  They completely agreed with us, that drinking is bad, and that smoking should be avoided altogether.  Our friend's friend and I talked about how it's bad to have any sort of addiction in our lives, and how we should avoid those things.  They ended up buying us some banana juice (we also told them that we don't really buy stuff on sunday too.. but that was a whole completely different awkward 5 minutes), and we all sat and chatted a little while longer.  
We didn't get new investigators, but I finally got to teach a principle of the restored gospel after a very long dry-spell.  It was like a waterbottle in the middle of the desert.

Well, I love you all very much!  
Thank you for all of your support and love!

I'll be praying for you!

Elder LeBaron

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