Monday, August 27, 2012

Another Week Gone By!

Hey everyone! So this week turned out to be pretty interesting as it was pretty cooled down at the start of the week, now the temperature has gone back up a bit but things are still more mild which is better for us, here the temperature seems to stay pretty consistent through the day and night, it reminds of me of summer nights back home, and how much I loved the summers before I left. So the news for this week, we have 5 people we are working with 2 of which are a couple, Andrei and Eva we see them about once a week and they are way cool, a random lady who showed up at church, a man named Yuri from Ukraine, he's a stud and comes to English club and is reading the book of Mormon, and a Serbian named Lubomeer. So we have to see what happens as we continue to work with them! That's about all the news from this week though, we are doing pretty good and continuing to do missionary work as usual. In your personal emails I tried to update you more on what's new so you'll have to take a look at those to see how the mission is progressing. I forgot that Dad's birthday is next week, not this one haha, but I'll be sending you guys a Christmas package, hopefully that will make up for all the holidays I'm missing, one question for all you though, I don't know what happened to my HDMI cables when I left, they all just turned up in different parts of the house, they are all grey and one is orange and black, let me know if you see them around outside of my room haha. That's about it for this week, I love you guys, stay safe and have an awesome week!

-Elder Skene

Monday, August 20, 2012

A quick email this week!

Hey so still no picture capabilities, we went to a different internet club, but it's still not possible, they don't use windows operating system in these clubs and the comps are pretty restricted compared to what we had in Novo, but we'll see what happens I guess. I say this is a quick letter because I've been able to talk to you guys through email and I'd rather do that. This week we just worked a lot, had a lot of fun, and got to meet some cool people, we play ping pong once or twice a week at the branch building which is cool, and I still get to play piano sometimes which is awesome. We are around other missionaries about twice a week generally, and we get to be in on the action of service projects and parties at the President's house, which is good. The transfer is over now but I'm staying another with Elder Gill in Severny, the transfer call was last Friday, so this week was pretty good and we were able to work with investigators and members and it was just a pretty fun week all around. I gotta go but I love you guys. Thanks for everything! I'll talk to you more in my main emails, have a great week, and stay safe!

-Elder Skene

Monday, August 13, 2012

Still No Photos!

Hey! So as the title says I still won't be sending photos due to the conditions of the internet club here, we need to go to a different one, but for us that's a far away trip, maybe an hour or so by a bus, because we live the northern area of Rostov, it's a concrete jungle to be honest, but we'll see what we can do. But like I was saying last week, we are better now and pretty normal, we are working and moving forward, it was an odd transfer mostly because we were both pretty much bed ridden for at least half of it, but time moves forward and we are doing better. The apartment here is better and things are good. There isn't much to report this week but we did have a good work schedule and we were able to meet with some people and teach on the streets. We also had splits with zone leaders and that was a good time. Ha, ha these letters are probably pretty boring lately, it's just haven't had many major events happen yet, but we are having good times and getting work done. I can't wait till I can tell you guys all about this when I'm home, ha, ha only 14 months left right? Well I'll have to get to your personal emails, but I hope you guys have an awesome week! Stay safe! I love you!

-Elder Skene

Monday, August 6, 2012

Getting Better!

Hey everyone! So I guess there isn't much to say other than what you guys already know from what the Mission President emailed you. I'm getting better though and pretty normal now, the cool aspect of all of this though is I haven't had to shave so I have an awesome beard right now and I have permission for it haha, I gotta take a picture before I shave again, and if we go to Center Rostov to write home next P-Day I'll try to send some photos if I can. Going to the hospital/clinic here was crazy but thankfully all went well and we were able to get everything resolved but I'll say this much, socialized medicine is vastly different than what we have in America, I'll have to tell you more about it when I get home when I have more time to talk/write.

But as far as living conditions here, they are better apartment wise than they were in Novo, thankfully we have water on a pretty consistent basis, even hot and cold at the same time haha, showers are normal again. Other than that we had a pretty good work week for the time we were able to work, we got a lot of lessons on the street and all in all it was a pretty good week looking back. But other than that there isn't much to say in the main email, Rostov is just really interesting, we see other missionaries pretty often, have good times, and things feel more fast paced here, hopefully things just keep speeding up more and more in a good way so before I know it, time will have flown by, the mission is great and I've had some great times, all along though, it's really hard not to miss things about life back home, there really isn't any way to put it into words, I just can only imagine how good home will feel to me and how much I think I'll be able to appreciate it. Well all in all things are looking up and next week should entail some good times. I love you guys, stay safe, and have a great week!

-Elder Skene