Hello! I'm Elder Travis Skene. This is a blog created mainly from my letters while I'm on my mission for Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (The Mormon Church). I was called to serve in the Russia Rostov-Na-Donu Mission. This is so you can stay updated with what I'm doing.
I'll likely be gone from November 2011 to November 2013.
My mother and/or sister will manage this blog for me, if you want to contact me and don't know how you can send my mother an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, July 15, 2013
This week there was some changes made in how we do the work here. For
one thing, no activities for missionaries except for monthly events, at
least as far as I understand it, they are trying to shift the
responsibility to the members so we have to have full confidence that
they can make the changes they need to to take control of things.
Obviously it's a little tough because we just had like a big renaissance
in our branches over here where a lot of people were starting to come
back and participate, and we were getting a lot of investigators and
referrals, nearly all of them in fact. This is all being said though,
this is the new direction that President wants us to move in and even
though it's hard we just have to trust that we maybe can't understand
the full long and short term effects of it all and that we will be
blessed from it, we just need to try to work hard to adjust to it and
get another game plan in action. We also had a few audits this week that
I was able to participate and and translate and do MLS stuff. I worked
with Elder Bergerner, the chief Eastern Europe auditor, and it was a
good experience and I learned a lot about Church policy, finances, and a
bunch of other stuff even though it was just for a few days of doing it
all. Not a bunch of updates this week as far as investigators go, we
are still working with all the Russians but the Americans seemed to have
gotten derailed somehow, granted one of them told us that he read about
Mormonism on the Internet and you can imagine how that conversation
went but we just told him that he is entitled to his opinion and that we
are just here to invite people to read the Book of Mormon, pray about
its' message, and come unto Christ by being baptized by someone holding
the true Priesthood authority. On the bright side though we are having
some progress and moving forward and working with people that we never
really thought would be willing to hear our message. I hope you guys all
have an awesome week, thanks for everything you do for me. I love you!