March 8, 2009


yesterday was such a wonderful day

we got to see Olga baptized by her husband Vitaly

Olga has been our interpreter since January 2008. She is such a special young lady. I have written many times about how grateful we have been to have her as our assistant. What I haven't mentioned is how much she means to us. We love her so much. She is just a wonderful young woman. I was overwhelmed with emotions as I gave the talk on Baptism and looked into the faces of these two amazing people. When the talks were over and we had a testimony meeting one of the ladies who has been a member for several years said that it was a special baptism for her to attend because it was the first time she has seen a husband baptize his wife.There have been many brothers baptize siblings or parents. She has seen fathers baptize their children but she had never attended a baptism that was a husband baptizing his wife. The church here in Ukraine has so many families in which only one of the parents is a member. We feel very strongly that Olga and Vitaly will have the wonderful blessing of raising children with the Gospel as the center of their home. What a great blessing this will be for them. Elder Kinghorn confirmed Olga today and gave her a beautiful blessing. r the last year Olga has been involved in many church activities. She translated for the Strengthening Marriage Classes and attended some of the Branch Parties with us. She also translated talks we gave in church. She has been friends with many of the missionaries as well as the members of the Church. President and Sister Fry participated in some of the missionary discussions with her and they said that she really knew alot about the teachings of the church. The members of the Church love Olga too and I felt such a sweet reassurance that they will do all they can to support she and Vitaly as they strive to live the commandments. We wish that we could be here to see Olga and Vitaly embrace the Gospel but are so grateful for the members of this wonderful branch who we know will offer them the love and support they will need.

3 messages from friends and family:

:Jan the crazy lady: said...

Absolutely wonderful Melinda. So happy for her.

Carol said...

Way to go Olga! Not sure when you come home Melinda, but be sure to post when you and your husband will speak in church. I'd love to come hear you and meet you!
Carol Sorensen

dixiewhitehead said...

That is a pay day! You will remember that day for the rest of your lives. So sweet!

Your words made me think of Alma 32:41-43.

But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.

And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.

Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.

I wish Vitaly and Olga a long and happy life filled with joy in gospel service.

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


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