Monday, February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011

Dear Family,

Wow those pictures are way awesome. I'm really on a Russia loving spree right now because I just love it here so much (I know I'm not in Russia but basically) It sounds like all of you are having a really great time and that makes me really happy. Things are all good over here I'm having a lot of fun we got 3 new people with baptismal dates this week so I'm way happy because the work is really moving a long and making people really happy over here. We had a cool miracle this week were a member that has been less active for about 5 years started coming back to church a few weeks ago when, and he also brought his friend named Evgeni that he's living with him. We started teaching him and he instantly felt the truth of our message and wants to change his life. He's getting baptized next month on March twelve it will be a very good day. Working with members really is the most effective work because they can form friendships with these people that can bring so many blessings into these people's lives that we can't do as missionaries. We haven't been able to meet with the guy who we found following the bird yet because he's just way super busy, but he actually has been calling us before we even had the chance to call him. I have a feeling that it's going to be a good lesson when we are finally able to meet with him. That's way cool that Sean Miller is home you should tell him hi for me, and congratulations for making it all the way to the end. Today me and Elder McNerney went and served a lady that was moving so I don't have a ton of time to write but I have some picture that I want to send so I'll try to get those sent to you while I still have time. I hope that all of you have a great week. It's always great to get your letters.

-Elder Pack

January 31, 2011


Well I just realized that you're probably going to be upset... but I forgot my cable. I remembered my camera but the cable is all ready to go at my apartment. I'm way sorry but I'll just send you extra pictures next week and everything will be ok right? Wow it sounds like you all had a really good week. Things were really good over here in Daugavpils also. Missionary work is just a whole lot of fun. We're teaching a lot of really cool people. A few families that are really coming along, and it's really fun seeing them progress and see how the gospel is changing and blessing their lives. Yes I did get a couple of Russian books I got one called Idiot, another called Two Captians, and I also got The Road by Cormac Mcarthy in Russian I'm way excited to read them when I get home. Especially idiot because everyone says that it is a classic and way good. Elder Mcnerny is a really good companion and we're having a lot of fun working together. He knows a lot about the area and the language so it really is helping me a lot to learn and grow. This week we had a crazy experience because an investigator was at church and it came out that she thought that a lot of the members were very self centered. It started a very heated discussion with a lot of the members but everything was ok in the end and it actually helped the members a lot I think. It made them start thinking about different ways that they can improve and be better. Me and Elder McNerny had a cool experience this week: we were planning and for some reason I just really felt like we needed to get out on the street in the morning and start talking to people (during the time that we usually study) so we went out and we actually started following this bird (I know sounds way weird) because it was just jumping right in front of us and not flying away and we had no idea where we needed to go. After following the bird for a while and winding around a few blocks we ran into a way awesome guy. We talked to him for a while, and by the end he was actually just begging us to meet. It was way awesome. He's a way busy guy that we would have probably never found if we wouldn't have gone out early. I'm really grateful that the lord can lead through impressions and I guess even through birds sometimes haha. I hope all of you have a great week. Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write because we're heading out today to go to Riga for a zone conference. I love all of you and I'm excited to hear from you again.

-Elder Pack