August 22, 2008


I wanted to post a few of the pictures we took while at the Kieve Temple. It was really exciting to stand on the temple grounds and imagine how beautiful it will be when the temple is completed. There is a Chapel that is located across from the Temple and a little way down the street you can see another building that is being built that is the Patrons Housing. This is a Hotel that will provide affordable short-term housing to out of town visitors.

The church members in Donetsk are currently going to Freiburg Germany when they want to attend the Temple. It is a long train or bus ride from Donetsk. The last group of members that left from our Branch were delayed at the border for over 48 hours in the bus. Needless to say, they were a little exhausted when they arrived back in Donetsk but so grateful. It is so amazing to see the planning and preparation that these members currently go through to attend the temple. It takes much sacrifice. When we first arrived in Ukraine I met a woman named Sister Vera who had been waiting for her husband to join the church so that they could attend the temple together. She finally decided that she didn't want to wait any longer and was able to go with the last group from our Branch. She had to really trust the Lord to help her make this trip possible. She has a brother who is very ill and she is his primary caretaker, as well as a young daughter with a baby that she helps care for. She was given the support the needed and was so grateful for the opportunity to go to the temple. A few weeks ago her husband started attending church with her. I am so happy for them. I recently met a woman who has been a member of the Church for a year. She is single and has many animals. She is planning to attend the temple soon and is just trusting that she will find someone to help her care for her animals while she is away. She is really looking forward to the trip. Considering the very low wages that the people of Donetsk earn I know that they make alot of personal sacrifices to take a trip to the temple many of them save for years. I hope I never take temple worship for granted again. We are so fortunate in the USA to have so many temples close by.

Once again, another lesson in gratitude.

If you want to learn more about the Kieve temple construction and see some more pictures go just click on KIEVE TEMPLE

6 messages from friends and family:

Hizzeather said...

I'm so excited for this! I plan on going to visit Ukraine for the dedication! Thanks for the update.

ps...Kiev doesn't have an 'e' at the end. You can spell it Kyiv or Kiev, as far as I know. :)

Melinda Kinghorn said...

Thanks Heather

dixiewhitehead said...

I'll bet you got goosebumps while you were visiting. It looks just wonderful and we're so happy for the dedicated saints in Ukraine to have a temple close by. What a blessing it will be. President Hinckley was very inspired. I'm glad you got to travel there.

Mary Ann said...

Oh the joy that awaits the completion! Thanks for sharing.

Jane Anne said...

It's so exciting. Too bad it won't be finished just a few months sooner :) !

Jane Anne said...

p.s. I love the photos you took of the site!

Saints in Ukraine (put music on pause)

My music

click on the photo to see the captions

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


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

Europe East Area District Meeting


OUR APARTMENT (this is not an average missionary apartment)




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