July 7, 2008

THE FLAG STILL STANDS FOR FREEDOM

God bless the USA. What an incredible experience. I came outside and found the Elders all saluting the flag and reciting the pledge of allegiance. Elder Fedotov in the light blue t-shirt is from Ukraine and you can see from his reaction that he didn't quite know how to react. It was very moving. It was a great way to end our day. I think all of us have really come to appreciate the freedoms that our country has offered us. The missionaries see everyday how the many years of Soviet rule have affected the people of this country and have developed such an appreciation for the men and women who have fought for our freedom and for all that it means in our lives. I don't think I have ever felt such gratitude for being an American on the 4th of July as I did today.

I love Elder Pearson's "last words" which were printed in our recent newsletter, "see you in the land of the free and the home of the brave."

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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