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July 17, 2011

So this week there are some funny stories.  First....the banana. 

So Elder Lisevich made a bet with Sister Alico, that he would continue this no-sugar thing for an entire year if she would eat an entire banana, peels and all.  He says now that he was joking, but she took it all kinds of seriously.  So she prepared, mentally, for about two weeks, and last Monday she was all geared up, and brought out the banana.  No one knew what to still kind of seemed like she was joking, but at the same time I kind of didn't think she was.  She cut off the stem, because when Elder Alico researched online he learned that the stems aren't the best thing to eat, (who'd of thunk?)  and forbade her from eating the woody parts of the banana.  So she cut off a chunk of banana, with the peels, and popped it into her mouth.  Said it wasn't that bad.  Elder Lisevich started crying/laughing/turned all red, and tried to take the banana from her.  Long story short she ate the whole thing, and the entire time she ate it she kept saying "mmmmm mmmm!" 

A few days later the Alicos decided that this whole no sugar thing had probably gotten a little out of hand and even a wee bit distracting, so they called us over for a special devotional, and released the ban, under the condition that Elder Lisevich deleted the videos from when she ate the banana.  So there's no more evidence, and it was sad because the video was super funny, but balance has been restored to our Nakhodka force.  Speaking of force...every Friday and Saturday, at this one spot of town, we see Darth Vader, a Storm Trooper, and all kinds of other people dressed up to take pictures with newlyweds.  Super cool.  We wanted to go see them, but it hasn't worked out yet...

We also set out to hike Sister Mountain this week.  It's the highest mountain around, not actually that big, but it's pretty steep, and going between rain storms was probably not the best of ideas, but what is a priesthood activity without danger, sausages, sweets, and the quorum president's wife? (Just to make sure we didn't die)  Way fun hike.  There were six of us there, including our investigator.  The hike started at the beach and then went up pretty steep through lots of brush.  Everything was muddy and slippery because of the rain that had been coming for the previous three days.  When we got to the top some fog rolled in and we could see it blowing between us, standing maybe 5 feet apart.  Kolya, who's in the Branch Presidency, said he's heard there is a bat cave not far from there, but no one really wanted to go find it with him.  Funny videos that I'll have to put up when I get home, of how Slava and his wife Yulia descended down the's funnier when you know Russian though...good times. 

Those are probably the most exciting things that happened this week.  Things are going fine and the work is going well too.  We've had lots of people to work with lately.  I really am enjoying my time in Nakhodka.  Sometimes it takes me a little while to get used to a new city, but I've come to love every city in which I've served.

Have a good time getting ready for pioneer day!  I don't think people really realize what it means here, but I'm supposed to talk about it at Sacrament Meeting next week.  Our heritage is super cool.  Ok, well have a great week! 

Elder Fife

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