November 11, 2007

Some of the other Humanitarian Missionaries
we went through the training with

Just wanted to send a quick note. It is Sunday and we have been at the MTC for a week now. We have been so blessed to have this experience. I have had so many experiences this week that have reminded me of Who I am, Why I am here and where I am going, and I don't mean Ukraine. I'm talking about being a Child of God, and living worthily to return to him as an eternal family. I know that Bruce and I are going to Ukraine to serve our Heavenly Fathers Children. One of the first things we were promised when we got here was that our children will be blessed as we are serving Heavenly Fathers Children. I believe this with all my heart. We have already experienced wonderful friends and family reaching out to support our children while we are away. Last e-mail I mentioned there are about 35 couples here this week, and more will be arriving today and tomorrow. Many of our group will depart tomorrow for their missions. We attended Sacrament Meeting here at the MTC and all the Missionaries were out going from classroom to classroom and it was the first time we were aware of just how many missionaries are here. I made a mistake last note about the number of young missionaries Bruce corrected me and said there are about 2,600 currently but they have accommodations for 3,200. It's amazing we met a young man from Russia who will be serving in Donetsk, Ukraine so that was fun to speak with him. We have met a couple from North Dakota who have a farm, they come from such a small area that there is no ward so they have Branch meetings in their home with their married daughter and her family. They will be Humanitarian missionaries in Moscow. We met another couple that we really like who are going to Durban, South Africa. They are leaving tomorrow. It's scary to think of leaving here where we have so much support and have felt so much love. Here we are surrounded by others who know what we are feeling, who have taken a giant leap of faith to serve the Lord. One couple here has been on 6 missions, a few others 2-3 missions.
I know this is the Lord's work and am so grateful to have this opportunity to serve him.

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Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

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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