It’s Been Awhile

Holy Cow,
This week was INSANE. I’m so sorry you guys worried so much!!!!!!!! I feel really bad. The spinal tap thing was honestly awful. Honestly the most physical pain I have ever been in. I know a lot of the miracles but I’m sure there are ones I haven’t heard. It is so good to be home again.  I love Zap and the people here. IGuess what?  ANDREI’S PAPERS ARE GOING IN TOMORROW. And MIKE IS GETTING BAPTIZED THIS WEEK. Been out for a year, and I will finally see a baptism. Worth it. Worth all the sickness and the Spinal headache sent from hell. All worth it.  I forgot to bring my camera again. I have tons of pics tho I’ll send them all next week!!!. Things are good!!!!! Sorry this is short not a ton happened this week. I was just trying not to die. I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!! Tell everyone thanks for the prayers and fasting. Talk to you later.
Elder Larkin
That letter was from today.  Here is the letter from last week after he felt better and was able to email a little.  
Hey dad!!!!

Just letting you know that I’m feeling TONS better. Sister Sullivan is letting me get on for a little. Things are super good, my headache from the virus is pretty much gone, now I just gotta get rid of this spinal tap stuff. Things are super good though!!!!! I just sleep and eat delicious food haha it’s quite the life style. The mission home isn’t even a home it’s seriously a palace. I’m so lucky. I’m going to make Sister Sullivan some brownies when I get back to Zap. So ya things are good!!!! I love you!!!! Tell everyone I’m grateful for their prayers and that I love them!!!! Talk to you soon
Elder Larkin
And a few pictures from Sister Sullivan
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Saturday waiting for CT scan
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Finally feeling a little better
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Heading back out to Zaporozhye

Small World

I’m so glad that Kirtland was fun!!!! I bet grandpa and grandma are ballin. The way they do missionary work in the states sounds SOOOOOO different from here. Here we’re told to do whatever it takes to get in with people, which means LOTS of ball and LOTS of going to university and trying to talk to people on the campus. Sometimes it doesn’t really feel like I’m on a mission. Haha for example this last week Zaporozhye threw one of those huge color fests, and we went with like 12 investigators and some members. It was SOOOOOOOOO LITTTTTTTTTTT.  I had a members son on my shoulders the whole time, and we would go into the mosh pit and just TURN UP.

Dad apparently got a bunch of pics from Sister Shulga but wow it was so much fun.  The things is too, IT WORKS. We have found SO many investigators every week. Like as a district we get like 8 to 10 new ones a week which is completely unheard of here in Eastern Europe. President Sullivan loves how we do work down here.

Michael is still on date, but we took an L with Yevgenei. We had a super good lesson with him, and we were going to move his date up so he could be baptized THIS SATURDAY. He was down, but then he got a call from his boss. His boss told him he needed to leave Zaporozhye, go to Odessa, then go to Kiev, and then go to China. Freaking china. He was about to be baptized. He left to Odessa right after our last lesson. And now he’s in China. For 9 freaking months. So yeah we took an L. He was so down to be baptized too.

We still got Michael tho so we are really looking forward to that. So this next week we have zone conference and today we have our interviews with President. So yeah those will be fun. THE CRAZIEST THING HAPPENED. So my boy Vlad was in L’viv all week on vacation. And guess who he ran into on the street?? Mark Abraham. No lie. Vlad saw the missionaries walking and he went and stopped them. It’s a small world, Vlad sent me a pic of them together so I will attach that.

I am having the time of my life….I hope you are too!  Have a great week!

Elder Larkin

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Color Fun
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Sister Shulga and her son
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My friend Elder Abraham in Lviv with my Zap friend Vlad. Amazing!

 

Cossacks

We got to Skype this morning with Elder Larkin and he told us some amazing things.  Mostly it was just wonderful to be able to see him (kind of, really fuzzy connection) and hear his voice.  He is very happy and working hard and just generally having the time of his life.

He did tell us that he has two investigators who have set a date to be baptized.  Both in June, so we will be hoping that all goes well there.

Last P Day they went with a couple of investigators to the island Hortitsa that he has written about a lot.  This island used to be a Cossack fort and now they have demonstrations and re-enactments etc.

He sent us a video of one demonstration where he was called out of the audience.  They are trying to slice a cucumber while he is holding it.  The second video was later that night at the branch presidents house.  I am not sure what is going on, but they think it is funny.

One of our favorite parts of Skyping was listening as he received a phone call from a member of their branch.  I have no idea what they said because it was in Russian but it was amazing to listen to.  It was a miracle to be able to listen to them converse and to hear him laugh.

Enjoy the videos!

 

 

Zaporozhye!

Hello Everybody!

Transfers were this week and I was transferred BACK TO ZAP!  I was so stoked.  I arrived in Zaporozhye on Monday evening and I immediately went to a branch youth party on the beach at Hortitsa. It was awesome, it was SOOOOOOO good to see Andrei, Sergei, Lena, Arina, Rita and all the other homies again.

I love it here. Zaporozhye’s branch is the best branch in Ukraine. By far. It has to be.  They are so fun and so energetic and their testimonies of the gospel are so strong.  So yeah Monday was awesome and then on Tuesday we went and did English contacting with Elder Litchfield and Elder Felt. It was good to see them again too, they are great friends.

That night we had English which you already know was incredible. And after we met with Michael!!!!!!! Do you remember me telling you about him before?  He is the guy from Africa.  It was so good to see him again, he’s got a flat top now hahahaha and he taught me a dance called the Shakhiti Bobo lolllllll. It was so funny.

We actually had a super good lesson with him. Yo dad, we showed him the talk you sent me, the one about Dresden being destroyed and rebuilt. The spirit was SOOO strong in that lesson. We all came out of it crying and Michael said he would pray about a baptismal date and we’d talk about it with him next time!!!!

The same thing happened with Vlad, we took him to Hortitsa and went biking and we stopped at this super super beautiful spot and had a lesson with him. He said he’d pray about a date and we’d talk about it next time!! So this next week we could have two guys on date. Pray for them, they need it!!!!

This weekend we went to Dnepr for district conference and Michael and Vlad were able to come up with us. The bus ride up was soooooooooooooooooo much fun, we played tons of games and turned up to some one direction the bus driver was playing. It was the dream. Michael is so funny because he dresses like a G and acts like a G but he loveessssss one direction and katy perry hahahahaha it’s so funny. He’s a homie. Oh man, Zap is the dream.

Last night we ate dinner with a member named Alina who is about 20 years old but she can’t walk so she uses a wheel chair. She is absolutely AWESOME. She is always so happy despite her trials, and she is super self reliant. I think she even lives by herself but I’m not sure. She’s so awesome. It’s so good to see all the people here I love, it was pretty lit.

Oh yeah, hahahaha we found an actual burger restaurant here that is absolutely DELICIOUS. It’s almost american. They gave us like food service gloves to eat the burgers haha it was pretty funny.  So my other glasses uh kinda broke haha. I found a place here that makes prescriptioned glasses for 300 griven which is like 15 bucks. so I bought some new glasses haha. I love em!!!
Ohhhhh I forgot to tell you, I translated for Sister Sullivan at the conference in Dnepr yesterday hahahaha. My head has never hurt so bad in my life lolllll. AND I had to translate for Michael for the rest of the meeting. There was a point where I didn’t understand a dang thing except for the word health, so I just told mike “health” haha the elders and mike died laughing it was so funny.
Have a great week!  I will be on Skype at 9 am your time next Sunday!  I can’t wait!  Love you all!
Elder Larkin
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Hortitsa Island
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American Burgers with gloves!
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Zap Distruct
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Hortitsa Island
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Vlad on Hortitsa
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Elder Peterson on Hortitsa
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Hortitsa
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On the Marshrutka headed for Conference
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KFC in Dnepr

Two Weeks in One

This is not on Elder Larkin, it is on me….I failed to post last weeks so I will post that one first, then this weeks, then a few pictures.

Hey Everybody!
OK so I’ve been hearing that Trump is sending a fleet to North Korea???? We don’t get like any news out here, I heard this from Andrei. What’s going on out there? I’m not worried or anything I’m just curious. This last week was crazy, here’s what went down.
We found soooooooooo many new people to work with,  we got so many people now. We are going to convert the whole Topol district of Dnepr. I met this super sick dude who’s from Israel and he is RIPPED. He’s hugeeee. He boxed for a long time in Israel and he lived in the states for a while but now he’s pursuing a medical career here in Ukraine. Dudes a baller. His name is Fetty hahahahahaha like Fetty wap.
What a time fam what a time. So we met with Stas this last week and we had a very interesting meeting with him. He asked us if we ever did drugs and we were like Nah bro we aren’t about that life.  We started to give him a spiritual thought and thats the thing… the spiritual thought went WAYYY good. Like Stas is a good guy he’s really successful at work and has a lot of money, he’s spriitual and reads the Book of Mormon,,,, but I think he likes to smoke drugs. My heck. We gotta get him off of that stuff.
So we met with Andrei’s family again this week, they are SO SO SO AWESOME. They went and got us pizza and stuff, man I haven’t tasted anything so good. We taught them the Plan of Salvation and it went pretty well. President Sullivan wants to meet with them and talk to them so yeahhhhh that’ll be cool. Things are great, I am loving it, KEEP IT REAL.
Elder Larkin
Hello!
This last week was pretty sick but pretty boring at the same time. We didn’t have too much going on until the weekends but then literally everything went down on Friday and Saturday.
The family that we are working is still doing pretty good, but we’re making a big plan to find out their real intent. And by a big plan I mean we are gonna ask them straight up lol. Our guy Stas is doing pretty well too, we went with him to some baptist concert so yeah that was pretty interesting.
It was actually way funny, there were a bunch of Americans there from the baptist church and they were so surprised to see Mormons in Ukraine. Guys, Mormons are everywhere we are in just about every country on this planet.
We have a bunch of new people to teach who we’re going to try and teach this next week so we are still ballin. Life is good everyone. Do it for the land.
Elder Larkin
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Elders in my district
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All of the missionaries in the four Dnepr branches