Hello! this was a really really great week! first of all our president, pres gibbons and his wife are incredible! i love them so much! and he is so strong and meant to be here. he has a new plan for the mission that will change it forever and will get a stake here with in 2 years! no one except missionaries and the general authorities know right now so i can't tell details but i will later! its so awesome!
So you know how last week i was telling you how Heavenly Father was able to speak to me through the scriptures? well i think He is trying to show me all the different ways he can talk to me! its incredible! We have had some awesome miracle contacts on the street that have all come from just listening to the spirit. sometimes i look back and i realize that it was the spirit and i hadn't realized it at the time but it was! and just thinking about others and wanting to do not what i want to do but what God wants, the spirit comes and i know what to do! its so great. so i will tell you my best story of the week! So we were sitting in the metro on the platform waitng for a new investigator to meet us there and there was a cute red head girl in a green coat who reminded me of whitney. so of course i had to talk to her. so i did, just asked her about english but then we started talking about why i was here and everything. she is religious and thought it was great that there were other religious young people too. but then her boyfriend came and she left before i could really give her anything or do anything great! and then our investigator didn't show up so we went to the branch to seeif she had gone straight there and she didn't so we went to the office to copy some stuff for our english group that night and then we went back on the metro down 4 metro stops and went out to catch a bus to sniggery (its a different city ish..or area i guess) and our bus pulled up and it was REALLY FULL!!! and we almost got on it and then we saw another bus that would go our way and sis djurich had almost gotten in and i said "wait lets go on that one" and she looked at me strange and i just shrugged and she said ok. and we got to that bus and it was even more full and ithought! great! that was a wrong feeling. and we were being squished for like 10 minutes and i felt this tug on my sleeve and i looked over and it was the girl that i had met! she pulled me through the crowd- which seriously is like trying to squeeze through a human wall and she just started talking to me. we talked about everything! about what she believed about what i belive. her family. my family. her fiancee her dreams waht she liked to do etc etc. seriously it was way long because we were in traffic and i felt like we were friends after! we exchanged numbers and she said she would like to come do something with us some time. it was crazy because i already felt like we were best friends and i already love her. we hugged when i left even! haha it was crazy! but ya thats my story! we are going to invite her to something this week. not sure what yet.
I forgot to tell you! the cheese grater is an example of how to find simple pleasure and happiness in every day life! we were SEARCHING for one and couldn't find it! it was crazy! wanted one sooo sooo soo bad! and we just could find it! and then we saw a random store and walaaaa!! (magical sound) it was there! and it made both of us so so happy! and then we made zucchini bread! it was good but just not as good as audrey's....unfortunately.
and our district is focusing on LOVE this week! and trying to apply it in all aspects of the work and just life in general! its pretty incredible the power that love has and the affect that it has when we use it and apply it. I have been reading up on it and essentially i think (WARNING: doctrine of sister trottier coming up!! don't quote me infront of apostles) so God is love- we read that in 1 john 4 and He sent His son to earth to save us because he loves us (john 3: 16) and christ suffered for us because he loves us (ether 12:33- 34) right? so its all about love. that love is the same power that made the atonement possible and the possibilty of the salvation of souls. its the same power that brings us back to our heavenly father and allows us to be perfect. That is an incredible power! if we all had love think of all that we could do and affect. So remember to love people! love everyone on the street and i the store and especially those close to you. Feel it in your heart. Tell them you love them. and then show them that you love them! and then the world with be a better place. if the power of love can bring about the salvation and eternal life of man, what other miracles can it help bring about? so just remember "all you need is love...da da da da da...all you need is love, love.....love is all you need"!!! :)
So there is this family that are members. we were talking with the mom and she was talking about their family scripture study. her kids are not inactive ans she was talking about how she missed their study tother. she said that with all of them together with their brains, experiences thoughts and feelings they were able to dig deep into the scriptures and learn soooo so much! and now she feels as though she doesnt have that any more. i thought that was interesting and so true. i think that i failed at that before...but think of all that we can learn and do if we work together!
I love you! i love the savior and i love this work and i love life and russia!
Love Sister Trottier