October 19, 2008

DEDICATION OF THE KALININSKY BUILDING



Today was the dedication of the Kalininsky Building. President Mikulin of the Area Authority Seventy came to do the dedication.
It was so incredible. We arrived to find the whole building was packed. I mean there was standing room only for most of the missionaries. There were so many people it felt just like home. I saw children sitting on laps, heard babies crying. We had a few rows of Deacons in the front ready to pass the Sacrament. The music was beautiful. It was so moving to see that the Sacrament was being blessed by Alexander and Deema who are both recent converts. It is the first time I have seen so many Deacons pass the Sacrament they even had to go back because their trays were empty. There was a beautiful full choir that sang the most heavenly music. They asked the women to stand and sing "the errand of angels". I stood, but I couldn't stop the tears so I ended up sitting down. The spirit was so strong. President Tehemera (our District President) spoke as well as President Fry, who read his talk completely in Russian. The dedication was done by President Mikulin. When it was all over my friend Tanya who is not a member came over to me and said that she really enjoyed it and she was going home to tell her family what she felt today. When I asked her to tell me what she felt she explained that she felt the Holy Ghost. She said, she always knew about the Holy Ghost but could never imagine what it felt like. She said when the dedicatory prayer was given she really really felt the spirit. It must have been very moving because her parents live a 4 hour train ride away and she has to be back for school tomorrow. She is 19 years old. Once again, I am so grateful to see the work move forward here in Ukraine and to be a part of it. We were so blessed to be there today.

6 messages from friends and family:

McEwens said...

WHAT a wonderful day for you all!!!

Sweet blessing to watch and participate in the Lords work!

Melinda said...

Thanks jan, yes it was a sweet blessing for sure.

EarlGirl said...

Wow, that must have been amazing. It's so motivating to me to read about your mission! My oldest is just 13, but I'm going to start saving up, I hope we're able to go when our kiddos have flown the coop!

Melinda said...

Thanks for the help Heather. you are great.

Jane Anne said...

It sounds absolutely wonderful...How great is that that President Fry read all of his talk Russian...Unvelievable.

dixiewhitehead said...

What a great day. And the baptisms...how special. Thanks for keeping us in touch.

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

CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO SEE A MORE COMPLETE VIEW

LEADERSHIP TRAINING IN THE KALINSKY BUILDING

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