Monday, August 17, 2015

President Rizley's Race-car

Hi everyone!

It's been a good week.  We had a lot of things that needed to get done, and not a lot of time to do them (like, you know, every week).  One of those big things that we had to get done was preparing for the departure of President Steinagel, because the new full-time mission President was coming in on Friday.  The mission office has never been so clean... ever.  It's spotless.  Not to mention that we had a bunch of new equipment put in, and we had NO training on how to use any of it...  it's been an adventure to say the least.

Volodymyr is still getting baptized next week!  We're stoked!  He's a good guy, and will make a wonderful addition to the branch.  He's good friends with the Branch President, Roman Lisniy, so it's been good to have that direct member help. 

President Rizley came in on friday, and he's honestly one of the coolest people that I've ever met.  As we were in his office talking about the plans for the mission, he turns to us and says, 
"You're going to need to speak up/ I actually have really bad hearing.  It's because of fast cars, loud music and machinery, and guns."  
"Fast cars?" 
"Yeah, I used to have a race-car"
"You had a race-car?"
And then he kept talking about whatever he was more interested in.  Still don't know a whole lot about him, but I know one thing for sure -- He owned a race-car.

He's actually a very successful businessman, a rancher, and a well known church leader.  His wife is a FIREBALL.  She's a professional teacher, and one of the most positive people ever!  She hiked the grand canyon not long before coming out here... 
So, needless to say that they are impressive people.

He's said a lot of good things to us about what the Apostles are saying about our mission, and he's super excited to be working here.  I was asked to translate his talk on Sunday without much warning, and despite my struggle, everyone understood and felt the spirit! :)

Most of the week beside that has been just planning for the conference this coming week, and running around in an attempt to get everything else under control.  I'm loving how busy it is here!  Busy days with lots of success make for happy missionaries :)

I love you all!
Remember to always live worthy of the spirit in order to follow his promptings.  Those promptings will be what puts our lives in line with God's will, and will make us the most happy!

Have a great week!

-- Elder LeBaron

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