Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them;
and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain,
and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. Jeremiah 16:16

Monday, June 4, 2018

Dylan: Gotta Love Russia

Well hello again brethren and sisters of the vineyard, 

First, Happy Birthday to my Dad today! My Aunt Lisa yesterday! And my twin, the better Elder VanBuskirk, in the great land of the D.R., tomorrow! You have all been such great examples to me and I love you all so much! 

So remember that video I sent last week of us going insane and cracking eggs on our heads and stuff to get us stoked for this week? Well this was probably one of the most disappointing weeks with a lot of heartbreaks, but I don't really feal like talking about any of that stuff so I will just say the funny things that happened! So we were going finding and I see a bunch of teens playing cards under a shelter in the rain, and my companion was like “you won't ask to play with them”, so of course I did and I asked if I can play, and there was like 8 of them, and they all just started cussing me out in English and German. They were just saying the wackest stuff. I thought it was so funny.

We also took a stop by good ole Yurie, an inactive that was branch president like 10 years ago, and you can watch the video on the link it pretty much sums up my mission! But for those who doesn't speak Russian he says that he won't see us for 2 months because apparently I made him feel unworthy and than he says he will do anything he can to avoid me. Hahaha. Good ole jolly banter.

My favorite part of the week is when Ivan the Legend sang the national Anthem with me because, for some reason, he knew all of the words. It's true comedy (that's also on the link). 

Saturday was way sick. We did service all day, which I love because service is the best! So we moved 2 gigantic piles of dirt and we cut down branches off a tree.  But in Russia they do things with no health or safety in mind, so I would be holding the bottom of the ladder, also holding the cord for the chainsaw, and I would unplug it whenever to turn it on or off because it that's the only way to do it, while the legend Ganadie would be on the very tip top of the ladder and he would just cut the branches and the would fall straight on us, so we would also have to try to catch or move them out of the way. I just love how they do things here!

We also helped my fave babooshka tear down her old wallpaper and her 40 year old son who doesn't have a job and moved into her tiny apartment was helping also. He started yelling at her and he wouldn't stop, going off on how this wasn't going to work and so on. I wanted so badly to tell the guy off but we were all carrying big knives and I didn't trust this guys mental stability, and my comp and I both looked at each other and just knew that we shouldn't do anything at the moment. So we just comforted her while he went out to take a smoke. That just made me so mad. I hate when people don't respect their moms or wives and raise their voices at them. 

Anyways, practically everyone in this mission is depressed and I’m getting annoyed by it because they are all superstar missionaries. I'm tired of everyone making excuses and complaining, like that's going to do anything. If God wanted to take out the law he would today, but maybe it's also because he knows that it could be a blessing for us and that we can be more effective with those restrictions if we have the right attitude for it and try to use it for our good. This isn't your average mission, and it's sad that it's not the mission that you imagined, because it's definitly not what I imagined. But it's not about us. And we should be grateful that God trusted us with this challenge and unique mission and not just feel sorry for ourselves because it's harder than we thought or not what we were expecting. Anyways, I went on a rant, but it's my 7 month mark this week, and my birthday, and there is nothing I want more than to go harder than I have before!

1. Bomb shelter/ or man cave

2. cute pic for mom

3. cute pic for the ladies ;)

4. With bae on PDay

-Elder VanBuskirk

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Dylan: Jolly Banter and Chuffing Miracles

"Have a good week and keep the pictures coming, no matter how gross!" -Grandma Signs 

Sorry grandma you asked for it...
The only pics I took this week was Jerry, a dog that used to follow us around. I took a picture of it a few weeks ago and than we saw it dead on the road and here are the pics of it decaying throughout the week. 

Seriously crazy week; a bunch jolly banter and chuffing miracles. Elder Whitaker and I are going harder and want to go insane for these last 4 weeks, you can listen to my video recording of the stories this week (there were too many I wasn't going to be able to type down) and a vid of us going insane!

Elder VanBuskirk

Snails are good for your skin, apparently. It's something some people do here and you know I won't miss out on a cultural experience! ;) The dead dog was like the only pics I had this week, and grandma asked for it. I posted it for her!

I'm doing great. Did you see the link? It tells more about this week. It was insane! We are going to go so hard this transfer.

Hey does your dropbox have more storage? I won't have time to put it on this week. It's a struggle but we are committed to change this mission around. I can't wait to read your letter. Hey can you give me McKee's missionary email and Aubrey Franks too? I love you so much. Have an awesome week!

Derek: Captain's Log Week 29: Las Caobitas

"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)

 So, this week happened. We spent one whole day in the capital this week, for a residence thing so we didn't have time to do everything that day because we are 3 hours from the capital. Also not much happened this week, except one of our baptisms backed out for this week. He is super cool and I know he will make the decision in time. But as of right now he doesn’t feel ready. So we will have 3 to 4 baptisms this Thursday, because one of them needs permission from her dad first. So 4 baptisms is still a really good number, but when you plan for ten and only get 4, well.... that’s kinda how it works. So they are 3 sisters and a cousin, and will be able to help each other though this journey. And we get to have it at the beach!!!

Also I have a funny rash and i have no clue what it is. 

Pics from the internet of the beach we will have the baptism at. (And it's from the internet so the real thing might be a little uglier)

No way.  You’re watching Solo!
I’m going to ignore you until you are out so you can enjoy it. For reals. Don’t text me until its done.
I should get the package this Saturday.
I’m good, but the comp thing is the same.
So he is 25 and I found out he has never told anyone he loves them. Not even his mom!!!
Has he felt love from me? All the time
Something like that – like he feels too vunerable
and he is the district leader so he always tries calling me to repentance in district meeting, but not by name, of course
but I think he will be gone next week
Hey, can I get the family beach photo please?

I gotta go. Love you. Thanks

Monday, May 21, 2018

Dylan: 6 More Weeks

Have no time to talk, crazy week! I'm staying in Severny for another transfer, so I will be in this area for over 6 months. And I'm serving with Elder Whitaker!! He is only a transfer ahead of me and we are the youngest companionship on the mission, but we are killing it!!! I'm so stoked to serve with him! We are going so hard. He is also from the great city of Leeds, United Kingdom! 

Caleb is huge!!!!!! And who is that Asian girl wearing my hat?

he gave no explaination

Derek: Captain´s log Week 28: Milagros

"And if there were miracles wrought then, why has God ceased to be a God of miracles and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles." (Mormon 9:19)

So a lot of meetings, and exchanges. First off, this week we had 2 zone conferences, a future trainer meeting(I’ll get to that), and a stake conference.  I also went on 3 exchanges.

So the zone meetings where really good. This time they where done one zone at a time, so we were a lot more involved. We talked a lot about the Spirit, faith, the Book of Mormon. And the senior couple had a great talk on miracles. They said as missionaries we seem to not notice the miracles that happen because we see them every day. They gave stories of things that happened this past month, such as the marriage and baptisms of our investigators, and other stories. And now looking back at it I realize that and many other small things that I missed ARE miracles.

I also went to a future training meeting, with 4 other elders there from the zones next to mine. The president said that there is a good chance that we will be training. I believe it’s about a 50% chance. Now I am so ready to train a Latin comp, but it would be hard to train a gringo. But my zone leader, who I live with, say that they think I could. It would really force me to learn Spanish. I was also the youngest non-Spanish speaker who might train this transfer, so.... But we'll see. It might not even happen. 

Also I have been on 3 exchanges this week, with a Columbian, my zone leader, and one of the APs. I learned a lot from them. And I got permission to have the beach baptism! We will have it the next Thursday and I’m super excited.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Dylan: Pics;)

 Love you All. No time to talk. Here's some pics. Crazy week.

Rostov zone at the parade.

We had a barbecue at the mission home for the YSA to celebrate Victory Day. We had people from Russia, Vietnam, Ecuador, Kenya, Moldova and America. This is a picture of a few of the people. By the end of the event nine non-members had attended!

Thanks mom! Love you! It made me so happy to finally see the family. I hope you ha

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Derek: Captain's Log Week 27: Dia de Madre

 ¨ Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them.¨(Alma 57:21)

So this week was super good. Except for our expected baptisms for the 26th dropped from 10 to 5. So yeah. But I got to talk to the family yesterday, so that was really good. I also got to go to the capital and got to share a root beer with Elder Vigil. Things are going good, super hot though. It turns out the 20 baptism thing for the beach was a joke. So we will either have it at the beach or the whole zone will have it together.

video of me burning a tie for 6 months

Mormon mafia

just us being dope

Love u too Mom, and do you have the pic of my baptism? Try to get that pic for me for next week please. Love you.

And Winder has a Spanish Book of Mormon book case he wants to send home soon for me.