Eight weeks from today we enter the MTC (Missionary Training Center). Wow. That isn't very far away. We have been busy learning Russian. We have a wonderful tutor named Brother Monson who tutors us on Skype for one hour 3 times a week. So far we have learned the alphabet. It is a bit confusing because their characters are different for some of the letters, some letters we have arn't existent in Russian and in some, like the letter P is an R ( a rrrrolling r), a B is a V, a 3 is a Z, like that. We have gone over and over it and I think we have the alphabet down pat. YAY. Now on to our letters one to ten. Number 4 is the hardest to pronounce. We have also learned a few key phrases (such as where is the bathroom) Pretty crucial, don't you think?
We are following Moscow weather and so far they are very similar to what we have here in Thorndike MA. We hear they are having a milder winter thus far. Hmmm. I wonder if that means that next winter when we are there for the whole winter, will be severe? HOPE NOT.
We have been in contact w/ the missionaries in the mission office where we will be working and whom we will be replacing. We have also been in touch with others who have spent time in Russia or are there now and we have heard nothing but wonderful things about the Russian people.
We are SO excited for our journey to begin. So much to still do and we are chipping away a little each day. Dos vidonya, friends. That is goodbye in Russian. Until next week. boods da rove (bless you!)