November 27, 2007

WE HAVE ARRIVED

This is going to be fun wearing all these clothes every time we go somewhere
At least the snow is pretty!
This is what the sidewalks look like
This is the alley that leads to our apartment just past the car on the right.
We have arrived. We feel like we are on another planet. We still don't have our computer hooked up yet and who knows how the phones work. We have been so lucky to have another couple here who have taken us out to shop and get our apt set up. It is nice but very small. The first order of business was finding warm coats and boots. Then getting supplies and groceries for the apt. We are very lucky to have the Ray's to take us out because we still don't have an interpreter and it seems like no one speaks English here. I have no idea how to do the money yet either. We are suppose to learn how to navigate public transportation but i have to tell you it seems very overwhelming at this point. The Ray's have had the office car so we have been very lucky to be able to stock up on supplies. Our mission President and his wife are great very very nice and helpful. The office missionaries who are young elders invited us to dinner the other night it was so nice. We woke up to snow today it is beautiful. I have to say though Donetsk is a very dark, and dreary city. The people seem so sad. I haven't seen much laughter or joy since we arrived. I told Bruce I miss the sound of laughter, seeing children play and music. The challenge here will be to see the positive side of things because there is much poverty and general apathy here. We went to church last week and the members of the church are so grateful for the presence of the missionaries in their country. There is a 9 hour time difference here. t took a few days for us to catch up on our sleep but we are feeling much better today. 3 things I am grateful for are:
WE HAVE OUR OWN HOT WATER HEATER IN OUR APT
WE HAVE A HEATER THAT KEEPS US WARM AND TOASTY
WE HAVE ALREADY MADE WONDERFUL FRIENDS AND LOVE THE PEOPLE WE WORK WITH. We love you all and miss you very much. Thanks for keeping in touch.

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Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

My music


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Armenia Trip

Our last Zone Conference

Some of the faces we will miss

Our trip to Mariupol

March Zone Conference in Donetsk(click on photo to view a larger version)

Missionaries helping the International Relief Development unload a container from America

Health Fair click on the photo to see what is coming up

To listen to this talk you will need to put the music on pause first

Sometimes we forget what divine gifts we have been given. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, 2nd Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thanksgiving

Look at the fun equipment we got to deliver to this internat for Special Needs children

Europe East Area District Meeting

I LOVE THESE MISSIONARIES

OUR APARTMENT (this is not an average missionary apartment)

THIS IS WHAT MISSIONARY APARTMENTS LOOK LIKE ON INSPECTION DAY

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LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE KALINSKY BUILDING

Click on photo to see more photos of the Open House at the Kalininsky blg