March 5, 2008

WOMEN'S DAY CELEBRATION (part 1)

Yesterday we were invited by a Women's Organization we have visited to attend a celebration. When Olga called to tell us she said it was a "performance" and a "Woman of the Year"ceremony. Valentina, the President of the organization invited us to bring anyone we wanted, she said she had 5 tickets. So we brought Sister Clark, the office missionary. We approached this much like most things here with an open mind. Sometimes we just know that we should go. When we approached the Cultural Palace, Valentina was waiting and quickly ushered us in. This was great except we hadn't met up with Olga yet (our interpreter) and didn't think we would be able to communicate. But not only was Valentina waving at us when we approached but there was my friend Masha from church who is one of the few people we know who speaks English. What a relief, she and her two friends joined us and she instantly became our "stand in" for Olga. We were amazed as we walked through the doors to see two lines of men dressed in white uniforms at the entrance. We were to walk between the lines as we entered. It seemed most of the women were dressed in their best attire. We were now getting the impression this was a huge thing. We felt like we were attending the Academy Awards. The hall was packed. I was worried that were were over our limit of the 5 Valentina had invited as we now had Masha and her two friends with us and Olga who had joined us. Valentina led us to a section that apparently had been reserved for her organization and there appeared to be room for all of us. I recognized some of the women we had met at the organization when we had previously visited. We were greeted with warm smiles and handshakes. It turned out this event which lasted about 2 1/2 hours was honoring women from all backgrounds. Women were nominated, called up on stage in groups of 6-8 and a winner was announced. I mean, beautiful girls in long flowing gowns came out with the awards, a platter with the "envelope" and scissors to cut it open was handed to a gentlemen who made the presentation to the winner and she gave a little "thank-you" acceptance.

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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