They continued walking and were up the street a little when the same ambulance pulled up to them, the driver got out and asked if he could have a copy of the Book of Mormon; not for him he quickly explained. When the doctor got back into the ambulance, he asked who those young men were and what they wanted. The driver just brushed it off with - they just wanted to give me a religious book. The doctor became disturbed - And you didn't take it? So he insisted the driver find them and get the book.
The doctor and his wife showed up at church the next Sunday, having already started reading, Elder Plettig and his companion taught them a couple of lessons, then Elder Plettig was transferred. But they continued with the lessons, became good friends with the branch president and his wife who are about their age, were baptized a couple of weeks ago, and already have jobs in the church. Amazing stories from wherever missionaries are about those who are ready for the gospel
We went to the football (soccer) game again on Saturday - the district has a tournament between the branches. They play on a smaller field, each team has six players plus the goalie. Most of them have played throughout their lives and it is fun to watch. The young man in the red is a recent convert, there were pictures of him before, about 20 years old and very good. His little brother is the goalie - don't let his size fool you - we were all surprised. Nothing got past him.
The one next to me is the one who paints the Matroshka dolls. Just to keep a little warmer, they got a soccer ball we all kicked it back and forth to each other in the area behind one of the goals. Fortunately, I have enough coordination that I can still kick a slow ball rolling on the ground.
We were finally there when those that run the stands weren't so we were able to take some pictures. These are the stands they use to sell their produce -- pretty creative
Mike made a very young friend on the bus as we were coming from church last Sunday. He is a month older than Craig and Krishelle's Stephen Michael. He had been kind of resting cuddled up on his mom's lap, but when Mike sat down, he perked right up and began to take notice. It was fun.
A week ago Friday, a young couple (in their mid-thirties) and "eternal investigators" were at the office (Institute) when we went down and were headed to an outdoor concert of traditional Russian music. He speaks fair English and they asked us if we wanted to go. It was very enjoyable - singing and dancing and lots of accordions, different ages, groups large and small and some individual numbers. The music was traditional, they want to make sure the music is passed down through the generations. It was a good crowd, a family crowd made up of babushkas (grandmas) and dedushkas (grandfathers) down through young marrieds with babies carried or in buggies, teenagers and children. They all had a good time and we really enjoyed it. It was over by 9:00 p.m. so you know it couldn't have been very rowdy.
Along with other Auxiliary Callings, President Reshetnikov has served as a Branch President, twice as the District President, as an area Seventy and a counselor in the mission. Through the years his wife has served in every position in Primary, YW and Relief Society, sometimes in District callings. They were one of the original ten families in this area who joined in those first couple of years. All ten families went to the temple in Stockholm the summer of 1995 to be sealed, two days going, five days there and two days coming home. Some have remained active, some not.
The forty-five minutes from our door to the St. George temple has never seemed long and when we hear their stories, especially those when they are going to the Ukraine Kiev Temple and have trouble at the border, it seems even shorter. Can you imagine being stopped by armed guards as we go from Nevada to Arizona or from Arizona to Utah ..
Our Mission President has given us a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in 65 days:
Professor John W. Welch of Brigham Young University stated: "One of the most amazing facts about the Book of Mormon is that it took Joseph Smith only about sixty-five working days to translate a book that, in the current edition, is 531 pages long." The fact that Joseph did so with almost no formal education is all the more remarkable when compared to the fact that it took 54 hand-picked scholars seven years to translate the King James version of the Bible! Even just making a hand-written copy of the Book of Mormon in 65 days would have been a difficult task! Of course, all such evidences are insignificant compared to the confirming witness of the Holy Ghost.
Anyone who wants to read with us, you are invited and welcomed, it is only a little more than eight pages a day. Wonder how far this cat has gotten since we took this picture some months ago. It is a true book and a life changing book, very well worth the reading and re-reading
Closing with a great thought from President Uchtdorf:
In ancient Greece, runners competed in a relay race called a In the race, runners held a torch in their hand and passed it on to the next runner until the final member of the team crossed the finish line.