Elder Buxton at the Kyiv Temple while on a visa trip

Monday, July 18, 2011

7/18/2011

This week was another great week here in Ufa. We have a golden new investigator A~. He is a great guy. He asked many great questions and in his prayer he said that he thinks he will have a new life from now on. He came to church yesterday and loved it. We will have another meeting with him tomorrow and commit him to baptism. Z~ is also doing well she did have a lot of questions last time. We explained to her the most important thing is what she feels as she reads the Book of Mormon, prays and comes to church. She is doing well and is a true seeker of truth but it might take awhile but she is progressing. Also E~, we weren't able to get into this week because his dad works all the time. But he is reading and praying and we have a meeting with him tonight. A~ is also doing well he is quitting smoking a little bit at a time. He prays in the time of temptation and is reading the Book of Mormon everyday.
This week we spent a lot of time with the J's and it was great! They are such a big help and we are really happy to be able to work with them and helping them get to know the city and the members. We had some amazing spiritual experiences with them. Getting to know the members conversion stories more in detail and just having great really spiritual meetings. Members testifying to family and wow it was just a great week. The J's helped us on just about every lesson and were a great asset and we love them so much. They are from Springville, Ut and are the new senior couple here in Ufa for two years. They are great.

So I want to tell you about some miracles and about something that has been on my mind for a bit. So as I said the J's are amazing and we have beening using them on alot of lessons. So we met with them and I~. I knew his conversion story before but he hadn't ever told it from the very beginning before. So here it is. It's amazing! Here in Ufa the Church is in a very visible place and to be honest a lot of people know about it but they are afraid of it and don't talk very well about it. He lives right by it and has known about it for awhile but always has seen the big elders that go in and out all the time (haha because really alot of the elders that serve here are really big) and he wasn't interested at all and thought it was scary and weird. So one day he is on the bus and he saw the sisters and noticed that they they were tired because it was late at night and they were on their way home but he also noticed that they had a light in their eyes. At first he didn't notice their name tags because it was winter and they had on dark coats but then he noticed and felt that they had something special about them and he got up the courage to talk to them on the last bus stop. They got out and changed numbers and gave him a restoration pamphlet and switched numbers. Then he looked at the address when he got home and found out that it was our church and he wasn't interested anymore. So the sisters called him to set up a meeting and he told them that he was out of town on a business trip for awhile and didn't know when he was going to come back thinking that that would make them forget about him. But the sisters were very persistent and called him everyday for a little over a week and asked him when he was coming back so finally he decided that they wouldn't forget him and he said okay I'll meet with you tomorrow. In his mind he was just going to go and listen and then say no I'm not interested this isn't for me. But he said he came and walked out of that meeting a new man. Now he is a very strong member and such a great example to me. It is a testimony to me that the Lord is preparing the hearts of the people even if they don't know it. Alma 13:24. Also he went on to say that the missionaries told him that he needed to invite his family to his baptism and he didn't want to so he just told them he would but didn't really do it. Then the same sister that talked to him on the bus told him that she knew that he didn't invite his family and that he needed to. haha. So he did and his mom and sister came and watched even though they had both heard bad things about the church. S~ told us the same thing that she came to watch his baptism just so she could say that this church wasn't for her. Now she is a strong member too and is going to the temple next month! it was cool because I was here when she was baptized. : I~ shared he was in shock that after his baptism that S~ wanted to take the lessons. He said that he thought she was just a girl that was interested in shoes and shopping. haha It turns out that the Lord had prepared her. Wow such a powerful meeting! I hope it makes sense to you it is kinda scattered but it was soo spiritual. I~ is a great member! I love him and S~ too. So there we learn that the Lord prepares his children even if we or they don't recognize it at first. :)

The Jensen's and Rusts are great!;) President Rust is a great man. Really he is awesome. He is so loving and a great example of love. It's quite interesting because we got all new senior couples in our mission and they match the mission president. They are so different they hug us and tell us that they love us so much its great. Our other leaders were great too!! We got handed off from the best to the best but I am also a hug guy myself. He is super nice and and his wife is great too. He kinda talks like Mike so the voice seems familiar. haha. We feel their love and love them back.
I love you so much.
Much love
Carson
Tell Candace thanks for her letter but that it cut off like half way through but I was really enjoying it and would like to hear the rest. :) haha I love my cousins and aunts and uncles. We had some great times and there will be more even better times. I'm not getting that old. ;) Tell Jamo that I love him and miss him and that I know that he will also love his mission. Well I love you all so much. I really really really enjoyed candy canes letter tell her I love them all so much. Keep up the good work and keep it real. ;)
Much love
Elder Buck

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