December 24, 2008

CHRISTMAS IN UKRAINE

We celebrated Christmas with the missionaries in the Donetsk area on Sunday night with a fireside and a very nice dinner. After the talks that were given by the Senior Couples including President Fry and Sister Fry the missionaries were given gifts of handmade scarves that Sister Fry made. They were also given gifts that were donated by Sister Fry's daughters, mother, her neighbors, missionary moms, and ward members. Sister Fry made beautiful blankets for the Clark's and for us which will always be a special treasure.Then on Monday we spent the whole day together. We met at the church for a few hours to play some fun group games. You will see from the pictures that the missionaries had a great time. Then we had a great lunch and then boarded a very nice bus for a trip to Makeyevka to visit a Boarding School. The children live at this school. There were over 100 children of all ages who have been removed from their homes. They were not orphans they just did not have parents who were capable of taking care of them. The children were developmentally delayed. We divided the missionaries and the children into three groups and they were able to play together for an hour. We brought puzzles, board games, and balls that we played with and then left for the children. It was so much fun and the missionaries did such a wonderful job jumping right in and having a really good time with the children. In the one room with children who seemed to be between 4 and 10 years old where I spent most of my time they started out playing with puzzles and then balls and by the end of the hour there were about 20 children in a big circle playing duck duck goose. The director told us to "please come back anytime" she said, "you don't have to bring gifts the children just love the attention". I could tell it was so hard for the missionaries to say good-bye. It felt like the time just flew by. The Elders that live in Makeyevka are going to try to go back and visit on a regular basis. We encouraged the other missionaries to find orphanages, or boarding schools in their areas and do service there. We sang Christmas Carols on the way home. It was a very special Christmas one I am sure the missionaries will always remember. I know that I will.

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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

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