March 30, 2008

MINI ZONE CONFERENCE AT THE ZOO PARK



This was a really fun day. The Zone leaders, Elders Permenter and Crawford arranged a mini zone conference. We all boarded a bus and headed for a "zoo park" as Elder Permenter called it. We got off the bus after about a 40 minute ride and walked for about 10 minutes. We were quite a sight carrying blankets, plastic bags with our lunches, and all the necessary materials that were needed by the people who had been assigned talks. Even though we had a few sunny days it was really cold. But that didn't stop us. We found a nice spot to put some benches in a little cluster and all bundled up in blankets as we had some wonderful talks. The theme was "Improving Ukraine". We had lessons on Humanitarian work, Service, How to find young men, and Involving the Branch members in service projects. I was so impressed with all of the talks. Elders Permenter and Crawford also provided us with nice sack lunches. This activity was so well prepared. We were given a program with the opening and closing songs, we started with a song and a prayer, had very well prepared talks with handouts, or visual aids, and ended with a song and a prayer. We took a short break for lunch and relocated to a spot behind a building where we were hoping to find a little warmth. We had a little "skills practice" exercises and a few more missionaries shared some wonderful stories about awesome young people they have met in Ukraine. The best part of this whole experience was we had such a great day and we didn't have to plan any of it. We just had to show up and give a talk. I found myself thinking, "I can't believe these young men are only 19 and 20 years old. It is so amazing how they grow into such awesome young men on their missions and great leaders.

Oh by the way, it was called a "zoo park" because we were at a zoo. Our little meeting was held right next to the Llamas and small horses and we passed a cage with 2 beautiful bald eagles on our way in. I'm sure there were many more animals to be seen but we spent our lunch break trying to find a way to stay warm. Some of the missionaries were more adventurous than we were and wandered through the zoo during the break. We decided to come back on a P-day and see the animals.

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Xana said...

I love to read about your experiences, you two are amazing. Thank you for sharing and teaching us about serving and caring for those less fortunate throughout the world. - Shauna -

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

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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

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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