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Central Eurasian Mission: Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan


November 13, 2017

Week 90

*Got package two weeks ago!
*One of the best preparation days in the whole mission today! "With zone conference coming up tomorrow, all of the volunteers came in from Izmir and Ankara last night. This morning we all got to play football and have a Turkey Bowl. Since we have an Argentine and an Italian, we also played a little soccer. Playing football today with all of the volunteers was probably the most fun I've ever had playing football. We all just laughed the entire time and it never got competitive. We then got showered and headed over to the mission home and had sooooo much good food."
*Made cheese spaghetti--Volunteer Grover helped and it turned out pretty good!
*Tonight will be a pre-zone conference devotional about Joseph Smith, given by E. Christinson, s senior volunteer in Ankara. Tomorrow- zone conference!
*"President Davis gave us a few really good and loving thoughts before we ate our Thanksgiving feast.. I was super sad to be gone for Thanksgiving, but I know that next year will be awesome with everybody."
*I'm so grateful for my Savior, not only the saving power that comes from His Atonement, but for the enabling power that comes as well (Alma 7:11-13) "And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people, and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me."
*Grateful to be on a mission, especially in Turkey and for all of the people
*"One of the greatest gifts we can receive is more light and knowledge, and I've been able to receive those from so many people I've met here."
*About President Davis: "He is very loving about anything he tells us, even when he's telling us when we need to do better--he does it in a very Christ-like way."
*"I love 2Timothy 1:7! For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  And I also love your challenge. Fearing God over people is one of the hardest things to do, but it's because we (natural man) make it that way. Overcoming weakness is a huge step toward becoming like Christ."
*Tender mercies--keep on noticing and writing down!
*Love you, grateful for all!
The cheese spaghetti! :)

The gang playing football (real football)


November 7, 2017

Week 89

*"Please give Micky a hundred thank you's and tell him that I love him also. Will keep (family members) in my prayers."
*This past week was able to work with Volunteers Rasmussen and Johnson!  They are in a trio with Volunteer Nattress (Istanbul zone leader). Volunteer Grover did an exchange with him~ "We went to see a yogurt maker that an American family in the branch met, and told us to visit. He's really a nice guy but not as interested as we hoped, but we'll still go back and talk to his co-worker :)"
*"Volunteer Johnson is one of my best friends, and I got to work with Volunteer Kanongata'a again--I love that guy too! He's got one of those smiles that is so big it forces his eyes shut, he's a big teddy bear."
*With being in Izmir for preparation day, wanted to see if tickets could be changed in order to go to Ephesus, but it didn't work, maybe some other time.
*MLC was "great" Volunteers Nattress and Earl joined for the first time as zone leaders "and we were all inspired and uplifted by President Davis, I"m usually the scribe, and that's okay. haha"
*Will keep looking for and writing down tender mercies!
*Sure do love and appreciate, thank you so much for being you!
I can make a good breakfast every morning now!

Our view flying from Izmir a few hours ago

Cig Kofte

With Yasli Kanongata'a


October 30, 2017

Week 88

* Looking for tender mercies again this week
* "Being able to look at people the way Christ and God see them is definitely  something you need to ask for sometimes.  I have a firm testimony that God does love every single being on this planet and we have no right to treat anyone below ourselves."
*Sooo cool about Alli and her poems--she's sent me two that she's written
*Personal study: Alma 50
*"Yasli Grover and I got to meet with quite a few friends this wee, including the one that brought his friend, and we also met with the friend the day before!"
*Back to Gaziantep again for the weekend!, this time Yasli Nattress went. "We were expecting a lot of friends to come to church, so Yasli Grover stayed back for them. (unfortunately none of them came)...but our trip has been great. We actually don't fly back for another four hours so we'll spend preparation day here!"
*This upcoming week: MLC(which should be great), and going to Izmir Sunday night -Tuesday morning,
*The duties of an AP are to 1.Carry out the vision of President Davis throughout the mission, by working with other volunteers, mostly other leaders; we see what we are doing well and not so well.2. Plan zone conferences 3.Make a lot of flight plans for traveling volunteers 4. Discuss transfers with President 5. Do kind of boring stuff, like keep track of reports and key indicators (how many people everyone teaches, etc.)
*Love you so much!
A really old cami (mosque) with the moon shot
The Antep castle!

Some good ole Gaziantep home made food!

October 23, 2017

Week 87

Fight the Good Fight

*"Definitely enjoying the time I have left out here."
* Making plans to attend USU after the mission, getting things ready!!!!
* Not allergic to shrimp, but last week it was just raw and probably ruined
*President and Sister Davis were in Kazakhstan the whole week--no real AP type stuff to do, "we just did normal volunteer work and it was awesome! We taught a ton of lessons. A couple of them didn't go so great, but it was still such a blessing to be able to have a full week of nothing but teaching and talking to people."
*STUDYING!--"I have missed personal study a ton!
*Went to the univ**ersity that a friend attends and he gave a tour. 'It was SWEET and it honestly kind of pumped me up to go to school when I get back."
*People that are being taught in the area: *A guy who is married and has a baby girl, came to church this week! *a friend who is middle age, kinda different, but is really progressing and loves meeting!
*"So back in August, a married couple had a pool party and they are both amazing.  They were recently called as Gospel Principles class teachers. Yesterday in that class, we had our friend, who brought a friend (the middle age friend), and two very Muslim college students. The students are college students and they were there to study our religion for a report haha (this isn't the first time this situation has happened). The couple starts the class and the students asked how long it was going to take because they needed to do their afternoon namaz (five times a day ritual prayer). They had 35 minutes until the next one was supposed to happen.  It was suggested that they do it upstairs. I gave that person a very dirty look, because the members would not be okay with that if &they found out! So then the suggestion was for them to go to a nearby mosque and come back. They chose to miss that one. The lesson? it was on the pre-earth life and they did so well! I can't get into what all happened in full detail, but the students tried to do some debating, but our friend was so in tune with the lesson and loved everything being said. He told us, "today you guys answered all of the questions I've had, when can I join you guys?"(That will definitely be a Skype moment)
*Thanks for all uplifting and inspiring words, love you more than I can express!

This little kitty softened my heart toward his species


October 16, 2017

Week 86

I Puked on a Bus This Week!

*Exchanges in Izmir went alright. "We have to be extremely careful down there, since we've had three volunteers deported from there and out of Turkey. The volunteers don't even have apartments down there. Every single week for a day and a half, they fly to Istanbul, stay at the apartment way out west, then when in Izmir they stay at hotels and they do this at different times during the week so there is always a companionship down there."
*Good visit with Volunteer Konongata'a as well as with Volunteer Earl!  
*Turkey now has two zones--Istanbul and Anadolu (consists of Ankara and Izmir) Each zone has one zone leader--Volunteer Nattress in Istanbul and Volunteer in Anadolu. Zone conferences with still be with both zones and the zone leaders will run them. There are also (still) four districts and district leaders in each of them.
*"I have a new title, but still do a lot of the same things.
*The title of the email this week: "Last Monday night we were invited to eat at a "Japanese" restaurant by an older couple who served a mission in Izmir over ten years ago. I ordered yakisoba ;) but it wasn't that great. It had a ton of shrimp and I ate all of that, but found out quickly in the middle of the night that they did not cook the shrimp nearly enough. I had multiple trips to the bathroom and didn't get much sleep. In the morning, I told E. Grover what happened, and he asked if we should stay home that day, but we had an important meeting with President Davis about transfers. So, I decided to tough it out. I had puked once already and I felt a little better after that. We walk to the bus stop, get on the bus, and there is a ton of stop and go traffic, which makes me feel much worse, and I feel another spew coming.  I tell E. Grover to tell the bus driver to open the door because we were completely stopped in traffic. He couldn't bring himself to do that, but he remembered that he had a bag. That would not have been pretty at all. But as soon as I puked, I felt like a million bucks (even though I probably made everybody else on the bus want to puke), haha. We got off the bus, continued our trip to the mission home, and had a great meeting with President!"
*Tender mercy this week: A promising friend from last year disappeared just before the departure to Germany. "One day this past week, I had thought about him and later that day, I saw him about to get on his moped to deliver food for his restaurant! He sees me just as I see him and we have a quick conversation. I gave him my number and I committed him to meet with us one day."
*General Conference--Elder Rasband's talk!!! "It related so much to things that have happened to me out here! TANRI BUYUKTUR  (God is great)
*"Thank you for everything and more!  LOVE"
Working with E. Topham, working in Kazakhstan. He came for a medical exam and he speaks good Russian!

E. Grover and I are on our way to Izmir

We helped move an Azerbaijan member family to Izmir. They're an awesome family and they fed us a ton of food.

Look at this tiny shopping cart! haha


The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints
Central Eurasian Mission
Kanyon Ofis Binasi Kat 6
Buyukdere Cad No 185
Turkey 34394

October 16, 2017

Dear Parents:
Congratulations to you and your son on his new calling as Assistant to the President in the Central Eurasian Mission.  This is an important calling and comes because of his diligence in studying, learning and understanding the missionary lessons and doctrines of the Church. His overall growth and development as a faithful servant of the Lord is evident.
Elder Muncy will need to rely on the Spirit for inspiration on how to conduct the missionary work for which he will be responsible.  Remember the words of the Lord given to the saints in Missouri found in D&C 58:27-28, "Men should be anxiously engaged in a good cause, and do many things of their own free will, and bring to pass much righteousness; for the power is in them..." As his mission president, I have a great trust in him and know that he is capable and has the power to lead his area in this marvelous work.
I congratulate you for having a son who has prepared himself to receive such an assignment.  I extend my sincere love and appreciation to you and your family for your efforts in rearing such a fine young man.  Although I have been here for a short time, I have already come to love him greatly.
Stephen R. Davis, President
Central Eurasian Mission

October 9, 2017

Week 85

*Don't trust Google Translate- it messes everything up and isn't even close! haha
* Here, when something is going by so fast, they compare it to water-- that's what last week's subject like meant
* Trying to have a positive outlook during hard times
*"Shea wrote to me during the week on Thursday, saying that she felt a prompting to write to me about being a leader--I shouldn't let Satan get to me with negative thoughts. It was definitely something I needed at exactly the right time. That is a HUGE tender mercy!"
*"God has us go through tough times to be there for those that need someone to understand and relate to. I think that every volunteer who serves a mission honorably goes through their own Gethsemane, but it's nothing compared to what the Savior went through."
*Chance of snow? Missing the winters of Colorado a little bit
* D&C Section 135-- "I'll definitely read!"
*During this week: watched priesthood session of general conference, had zone conference, and went to Gaziantep. Couldn't do much personal study, but for now it's Alma 39. 'Being zone leader, it's usual not having much time to study for yourself."
*Zone conference was great! Elder Huntington, a senior volunteer, gave a presentation on Islam. "Yasli Grover and I then related it to our work and how we can teach those with a Muslim background. We based it on Alma 18, when Ammon taught the king. The actual them was the Book of Mormon and how to get it spread through the whole land. It was very inspiring." "Yasli Grover and I gave a talk about technology and how to use it more effectively. We also motivated each other to work more in unity and act more like servants of the Lord and not a fraternity."
*The trip to "Antep" was great. "President Dogan told us of a couple who lives outside of the city, who wants to learn, so we actually got permission from President Davis to travel just a little bit north to a city called "Adiyaman" to meet them. They are so nice, have huge potential, and fed us a ton!"
*Istanbul Asia side, the area is called "Umraniye." "Our apartment is too nice for volunteers and the neighbors are never a problem--Turks are the nicest people on the planet. We have quite a few friends, and hopefully we can meet with them."
*This week, going on exchanges to Izmir, that will be interesting (can't talk about the details)
*Much love!

He's riding a donkey!


October 2, 2017

Week 84

Burda Vaktim Su Gibi  Geciyor

(My Time Here is Passing Like Water)
Week 84

*Tomorrow morning (Tuesday) all of the Istanbul volunteers are meeting at President Davis's house.  First, there will be breakfast then the priesthood session of general conference!  All volunteers are watching it with their respective districts. "A lot of people said conference was really good, so I'm very excited to watch it!" (It's the last one of his mission!)
*Email from Shea! "your notes from conference resemble hers, I can tell you two are sisters."
* Heard of Elder Hales' passing
*Thinking about humility! "That's why Alma 26:12 is one of my favorite scriptures. "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak, therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
*The move to Umraniye (Istanbul Asia side) went well. "I like it a lot better than I thought I would!" The area has quite a few investigators. There is one who has a lot of potential and one who is kind of "tricky" "but he's still very special!  Working with Yasli Grover is way nice! He is hard-working and is a great person." 
* Heading into a very busy week: zone conference,( going to Gaziantep. and helping to train a sister from the branch who is going on her mission in Turkey! (visa issues)
*Did an exchange with Yasli Nattress, the Istanbul Asia district leader. "he is a great elder and I love him a ton!"
*"I was also able to go to Ankara and I worked with Yasli Earl, who took my place as district leader there. I also got to the see young man who Yasli Kanongata'a and I taught and who had a pool party right after I left. He is doing so well and wants to go on a mission next year!"
* The half hour difference in the schedule is working out very well, it's actually a huge benefit for the whole mission. "We'll see how the rest of the zone feels about it at zone conference."
*Love you! thanks for all of the support 
Some more food :) A fat Turkish version of a tortilla called lavas (lavash), and of course Ayran 

Vapours are my favorite part of Istanbul!

The mall!
Landing in Ankara!


September 25, 2017

Week 83

*The email rules have changed-- emails throughout the week are allowed to be read, but must be read at the end of the day instead of the beginning of the day. It's an awesome way to show support!
* "Yasli Puff and I found some new potential friends who seem so solid! Although---President thought it would be best if Yasli Grover and I are companions...that means I won't continue working with the people Yasli Puff and I have been teaching as well as the recent converts (who are all soooo amazing!) He and Yasli Copia will take good care of them."
*Yasli Muncy and Yasli Grover have so much to prepare and to do and it makes perfect sense that they are companions now. "I'm packing today and moving to the Asia side of Istanbul! I'm assuming that this may be my last area before the end of my mission.?"
*Going to Ankara soon and going on exchanges!!!!
*Also going back to Antep soon (don't know if Mom wants to know that one because of the location) "so grateful for the approval to go back there!"
*MLC was this past Friday and it was "amazing." It was an hour late because Skype wasn't working, but finally got hold of the Kazakhs. "It ended up being very spiritual."
*The schedules are pushing back a half hour, just to see if it works out better. It will be better to wake up at 7 now! "We'll see how it goes for a couple of weeks."
*Thinking about schooling and what to do with life.
*"Got the Gatorade and I"m only having a couple of scoops a day. :)"
* Five months and counting!!!!!
Some of the best kabap on the planet

Exchanges with Yasli Rasmussen--this pic is especially for his momma!

September 18, 2017

Week 82

* Trying the email on the phone for now (Volunteer Puff likes to do it that way). Glad to get the emails through the week! "I still have the hardest time waking up and it helps if I have something to read and it gives me the energy I need to wake up and work out."
*Perspective of when people get upset and have feel like they have to blame somebody, but it doesn't have to be that way. Turn it inward and try to understand instead of attack!
*Testimony of the Holy Ghost has been strengthened! Something that wasn't even expressed was known at home!
*"Antep is definitely a special place to be.  The food that was in the picture was: meat, peppers and spices, chick peas (served almost every meal), more peppers, and part of the lamb they "sacrificed" the week before."
*Enjoyed learning a little bit about the history of Nauvoo and the temple there, the temple then and now! Really cool quote by Brigham Young!
*"Yasli Puff and I spent a lot of time together this week--to be honest, it will probably be the most time we spend together the whole transfer."
*Thinking about the challenge given to him, still hasn't done it, maybe waiting until later, but has an idea about it. (The challenge is to tell somebody that he wouldn't normally tell how much he cares about them, it's my challenge too!)
*"Appreciate and love more than you know!"


September 11, 2017

Week 81

Antep Benim Ikinci Memleketim Oluyor (Antep is my Second Home)

* Talked about personal things that happened while in the MTC
*Concerned about the hurricanes and especially since they happened back to back.
*"Thank you for that verse in D&C!" (D&C 75:3-4 "Behold, I say unto you that it is my will that you should go forth and not tarry, neither be idle but labor with your might--Lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, proclaiming the truth according to the revelations and commandments which I have given you."
*Personal study is in Alma 26 "one of the best chapters in the Book of Mormon!"
*Personal challenge between E. Muncy and mom-he accepted it!
*Two very eventful things happened this week-- trip to Gaziantep and trip to the airport to meet new volunteers! "We weren't prepared for the way they were dressed--we almost missed them, this new group is a solid one!"
* Only worked with E. Puff one full day because of all the demands of being a ZL and the trip to "Antep." 
*"Gaziantep ("Antep") was awesome!  We taught 8 lessons, each of those with a member present! Also, the member plans to go on a mission in a couple of years!;) One of the friends we met with is a referral from the website and he is way chosen! He has so much potential and is such a nice guy!" The members don't have to meet at a hotel anymore, they have their own building! "it was also nice seeing the couple who had a pool party back in May, but unfortunately their daughter wasn't with them, she had moved away."
*Love and appreciation--Yasli Muncy
Yasli Muncy and Yasli Puff (Poof)
Turkish Delight overdose~ (picture courtesy of Yasli Johnson)

President and Sister Dogan--Antep food is literally the best food in the world!

The sacrament meeting room in Antep--very nice


September 4, 2017

Week 80

Dogru Yola giden Hep Yokustur (Stay on the Straight and Narrow Road)

*Punch cousins  so that they will write; other members of the family are looking good after seeing some pictures (Gran). Always love getting pictures!
*Pretty slow week in terms of teaching.  Everyone went out of town for the holidays (sacrifice)
*"We had our first mission 'Harvest Day'. We save a day every transfer for just finding people to talk to; we set goals. We were all so excited!  We would put a phone number in our group chat when we got one. Although at the end of the day we only got about half of our goal, every single volunteer's testimony was strengthened, and we saw so many miracles!"
*Was not able to witness any of the sacrifices during the holiday, but some in another country were able to. One in particular was watching a lamb get its head chopped off and he fell straight to the ground, stiff as a board. "I most definitely would have puked or passed out if that would have been me."
* The Turkish Eye or "Nazar" is very popular here and they are everywhere. It is both decorative and superstitious. 
*New transfer coming up this Wednesday! "This time it was basically E. Grover and I choosing who goes where because President still doesn't know everyone that well except us."
*No longer companions with E. Heck, he is going to Izmir with E. Johnson and E. Muncy's new companion is E. Puff (Poof), still in the Florya area! He's from northern Italy.
*"Thanks for the song lyrics!  now it's stuck in my head-(I Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ.) I appreciate the insight!"
*Starting to think about the future, what schools to apply to. Thankful that E. Nahle gave some good tips!
*E. Grover and E. Muncy are going to Gazientep again this coming weekend! "So excited to seem them all again!"
*Sure do love you guys, have a great Labor Day!
Me and my super nice, brand new purple shirt. I bought it so that the Rox will make the playoffs!

This is a GOOD day on the metro bus

Sarma beyti!!! Turkish version of enchiladas

Some kids in our complex knocked on our door just to wish us happy holidays

We saw this cat just chillin' like this!


August 28, 2017

Week 79

(Kurban Bayram Kutlu Olsun!

(Happy Sacrifice Feast!)

*This week in the Muslim world is the sacrifice holiday. They remember Abraham and his almost sacrificed son, who they believe was named Ishmael. by slaughtering a bunch of animals. They eat the meat or give it to friends, family, or people in need. Pictures? Maybe, but no promises.
*"Today I got permission from President to start researching schools and start applying!"
*Another quick week!
*"Last Tuesday we went to a hamam (Turkish Bath) and it was soooo nice!
*Answering a question: Elder Martino is from Texas, full American
*Our area (Florya) is pretty way out west, at least an hour and a half away.  The very uncomfortable mode of transportation is the metrobus, "which is exactly what it sounds like: a metro and a bus having a baby, It goes along the highway and has at least 40-50 stops.  It runs from super far west Istanbul all the way to the Asian side. It's always super crowded, stinky, and very hard to talk to people on.  It is my LEAST favorite thing about this city by far! I'll show you guys when we all come back."
*Been trying to work on looking at trials as refining processes.
*Personal study is in Alma 18.
*"The other day a random young man on FB added ans messaged me. He had an English name so I was super confused, but I added *and messaged him back. He said that he had been looking for our group for over a year now, wants to meet us and get a blue book!. I'm glad that I listened to the Spirit and messaged him back--now I know why!
* Seeing so many miracles with all of this technology!!!!
*"i'm learning a ton from Yasli Heck! He is so dedicated!"
*Love and appreciation

The heart is softening--CATS!!!


August 22, 2017

Week 78

"While the Day Lasts"

*"It feels like yeatersay that I was emailing you all,these last 6 months are going to fly by, I know it.. :("
* Zone conference was great! "Elder Martino is an amazing teacher and is hilarious."  He focused on how we need to better at setting goals.  He didn't have to tell the volunteers to work harder because he knows that they all give everything they've got to the Lord; "we all need to work smarter, we need to be specific when we look for opportunities to find and teach."
*Elder Martino went out into the streets with one of the volunteers, and they went finding together, and the volunteer's companion went with President Davis.
*The Martinos also spoke at Church on Sunday and praised the members here and told them to be patient and diligent. "This land isn't quite ready yet, but once it is, it will grow as fast as it did in Brazil
* The apostles of old (including Paul) are waiting anxiously their best on the other side of the veil to further the work here."
*Volunteer Muncy:"It is very humbling to be in a land that is so chosen and beautiful."
*The volunteers sang their own version of "I Hope They Call me on a Mission" 
* "I hope they call me as a volunteer, where colored shirts are what we wear,
I think by then I will be ready, to ask the four different questions and hope that
they don't scare.
We like to walk through city parks, we make friends everywhere we go.
We try to keep our voices quiet, 'cause people might be listening, you know.
We spend a lot of time on buses, finding out way around the town, we split up
to talk people, but we always make sure to stay in sight and sound.
I hope that I can share the Gospel, after they ask me what I do. I love to work
as a volunteer, we meet with people in cafes and try to teach the truth." (written by Yasli Blair)
*Personal study is in Alma 13; "Elder Martino told us to read Alma 8-12 before zone conference, so I really took some time with that."
*HUGE tender mercy: My friend from Ankara who read the blue book in under a week, came to Istanbul to visit relatives. "He wanted to meet up. He came to the branch activity with the Martinos, came to church ANNNND he blessed the sacrament:) Also the other friend that go dunked back in January passed the sacrament! That was a huge tender sercy, seeing my two strongest from different cities become friends and share experiences together! Wow! that was awesome.
*Starring to feel the intensity of being zone leader. haha
*Love and appreciation!
*"What my subject means: Elder Martino opened up D&C 11:4 . It's just like one of the 7 verses in section 4 that we recite every day in Turkish, except in section 11 it adds the words "and reap while the day lasts." That really struck me.  Keep thrusting mi sicle and reaping while I have my time out here. I have to cherish it out here!"
Yasli Heck and I with the Dogan Family

Yasli Grover and me before zone conference

Stupid cat thinking he owns the place

My amazing friend from Ankara, who read the blue book in a week!


August 14, 2017

Week 77
Cagrilanlar Coktur, ama Secilenler Azdir
Many are Called, Few are Chosen

* E. Russell was dropped off at the mission home today, he's headed home tomorrow morning, so it's just E. Heck and E. Muncy in Florya "it was pretty rough saying good-bye to him, E. Havens, and E. Yazzie. I grew pretty close to them and hope to see them after my mission."
*A very interesting Saturday--it was the night of a pool party and the friend has been a friend for over two years and the party dates have changed a lot, and he didn't show up to the party right before the ship out to Germany last year. So, 30 minutes before this pool party was to begin, he hadn't shown up and E.Havens was crushed- he's been helping him the whole time he's been in Turkey. So, by a miracle, some of the volunteers were able to remember where he goes to think when he's down. Five of the volunteers went to look for him and he was there! He came back with the volunteers and the pool party happened!  Back at the pool while all of this was happening, President Davis explained what was happening and bore his testimony.  E. Muncy and E.Mattress were put on the spot to talk to the congregation and talk to and teach them, "on the spot, no warning, no prep. It was a very special night and a testimony builder."
*Exchanges in Izmir went really well--great to work with E. Johnson! "It was suuuuper hot, but I love Izmir!" This Thursday is the 18 month mark!
*Thanks for all of the love and support.
E. Muncy and E. Havens

E. Muncy and E. Grover--Colorado boys!

Your package came, mom!  Thank you so much!


August 8, 2017

Week 76

*This week FLEW by!, met with a ton of people, had an AWESOME "pool party" and sweated a TON, "It's sooooo humid here, holy cowwww!" 
*Yesterday(Monday) was a visit to the big island of the Asian side of Istanbul.  All volunteers went together.  "The actual island wasn't all that great, but we still had a ton of fun and got closer to each other." Went sight seeing, not to meet with people.
* Happy to hear about mission calls in home ward, also happy to know that friends on missions are letting those missions change them for the better
* In the works- to have a Turkish branch and an English branch--there are enough people to make it happen in Istanbul now.
* (if you can believe it) "I really enjoy eating cucumbers and tomatoes together--with a ton of salt and lemon, though."
* Personal study: Alma 5
* A suuuuper big tender mercy: "At Christmas time there was a guy I told you about, an investigator that E. Blair and I had back in the day; he was prepared but just dropped us and never told us why. We were at the church on Saturday preparing for a pool party and he just showed up! I was soooo taken back and I had never felt so happy to see someone since on my mission. He said that he lives outside of Istanbul now but was visiting and wanted to stop by and say hi while he was around. I'm so glad I was at the church at the time he decided to drop by! I thankfully took a picture with him and got his phone number.   I KNOW that wasn't a coincidence-God knows how much I love that guy and think about him every day, just seeing him made me so happy."
*Going to Izmir tomorrow for exchanges!  Will have the opportunity to work with E. Johnson for the first time since the MTC!
*Love you guys so much!
Alma 3:27
"For every man receiveth wages of him whom he listeth to obey, and this according to the words of the spirit of prophecy, therefore let it be according to the truth."

What a view!

Fun with all of the volunteers

Lesson in a Graveyard

"We have a friend who lives in another city, so we Skype him for lessons.  Our apartment has horrible service and the guy was ready for us to meet.We had no idea what to do! Then, E. Russell was like, "I know! There's a graveyard like two minutes away!" So, we headed over there, found a safe hidden spot and Skyped him. He asked us where we were and E. Russell said that we were in a park.haha. It also got dark so I had to use the flashlight on my phone so he could see us."