Elder Buxton at the Kyiv Temple while on a visa trip

Monday, March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012

Privet!
So this week was another fantastic week of course. D~ and V~ are doing so well and progressing quite rapidly. They have both come to church for a month straight! They both love it. We are working with D~ on preparing him for baptism on the 14th of April. He is such a great kid. He accepts everything so well and is so humble. We taught him the Word of Wisdom. We bought him some tea that is okay to drink and some Postum type stuff. We are also trying to help him quit smoking. We made a little card with a scripture on each side that will remind him that he can do it. 1 Nephi 3:7 on one side and Ether 12:27 on the other. He loves it and is really trying to quit. We have a meeting with him tonight before we take off for Ufa tomorrow. This week is going to be really busy! Tuesday we are going to fly to Ufa for zone conference. (which answers your question, if we already had them. We had zone leader council last week. Maybe that's what you confused it with.) Then we are going to be there doing zone conference and stuff. Yes, I will get to see the J~'s and all my favorite people! :) Then Friday we fly back to Ekat and Saturday we have a lot of translating to do for district conference that will be taking place Saturday and Sunday. Next week is going to be just as busy with another zone conference that needs to be done. Whew! So busy and time is flying by. V~ is also doing really well. He is reading the Book of Mormon everyday, reading it, highlighting it and placing little book marks on things that he likes. Member work has been the key factor in the conversion of these two young men. I'll tell you that it has been phenomenal with the member side of things. He also loves the Liahonas and read a little about President Monson there. Now he wants to read his whole biography and also wants to read more about Joseph Smith and his biography as well. He already lives by the Word of Wisdom and really loves commandments. He is really interested in them and wants to know all about them and live them. He is a really great. He gets up at 6 a.m. and goes to bed at 9 p.m. He just believes everything and now needs to pray and get a spiritual witness. He is great and we are working with him. A~ did call us and really wants to meet. Unfortunately our schedules haven't lined up quite yet but it will happen in the near future. He works a lot and when he was free we were out of town or already busy. He is great though. I'm so excited about it. That's way cool that Hazel was blessed today! Give them all my love. Sounds like your week is going to be super busy. Good luck and make sure to pass my love on to all the fam. That story about Cohen is hilarious! I love that. You know that he is going to turn out to be a stud if he keeps following in those footsteps. ;) Make sure to pass on to V~ that I love him. He said that he went and taught with M~ and that he loved it. He is my brother. Really he and I became really tight on the mish. He will be my bro forever. He is also really appreciative to you all and wants me to pass on his love. Be sure to tell him that I love him and wish him good luck. Thank you soo much for all you do to support me. You do so much for me and I just wanted to thank you for that. I love you all so much!
Love,
Elder Buxton

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