New years is hard. It took me until the 7th to write the correct year in my journal.
Leaving Chernigov was hard. We dealt with our feelings by eating. Everyone fed us so much. I had no complaints.
I was really worried about coming here. President gave me a pep talk at transfers. I needed it.
My companion is adorable and I love her. She's from a little city in central Ukraine. She's been a member for 4 years, and is the only member in her family. She's an incredible missionary. Our first day together, she put a ton of sriracha on her food thinking it was ketchup. Ukrainians hate spicy food. It was both pathetic and endearing.
We spent a lot of time on the streets the past few days. It's pretty cold, but there still isn't really snow, so that is a blessing. We're working hard though. I am happy.
This ward is incredible. The first person baptized in Ukraine is in my ward. The oldest living member is in my ward. An area 70 is in my ward. This ward is full of the people who really built the church in this country from the beginning and they are simply stunning. I am so lucky to be here.
All the love,