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It has taken me awhile to decide what to do with the blog. I felt lost not posting pictures of the missionaries and I've felt lost with not having my missionary routine. We are starting to settle into a different routine and I have decided to start blogging again. It will take me a little while to get things squared away but we are rolling into the next phase of our journey in life - recovery from the best experience of our lives ( the mission), knee surgery( Tim's), physical therapy for my back, and the economy with our business. We look forward to continuing our growth spiritually and preparing for what comes next!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Olya's Batism

This was a special day where a young married couple experienced great joy in their lives. Vitally baptized his wife Olya. Vitally has been a member for a few years now but hasn't come as often to church as he did at first, however, he continued to attend English class. He noticed a young woman attending for some time and observed her and was drawn to her. After several months he showed up at her house with some flowers, introduced himself and proposed! Olya had been selected(months prior) to be the Kinghorns interrupter. The Kinghorns are the Humanitarian couple in the mission. She was being exposed to the church bit by bit. She was drawn to the church and enjoyed the company of many CES youth as well as the missionaries(couples, sisters & elders). Vitally had started attending Church more regularly and was especially interested in preparing to go to the Temple. He wanted an Eternal Marriage and Olya was the one he wanted to spend Eternity with. She was very surprised to see him and didn't really know him. Her answer was "maybe we should date first." Well they did date and they were married and Olya was indeed ready for Baptism. She was spiritually ready and it showed in her countenance. It was indeed a glorious day! Every day a new soul comes unto Christ through the waters of Baptism is a glorious day! I will never forget this day. I will never forget the love that was shown between a husband and wife on this day. Just after Olya came up from the baptismal waters - she kissed Vitally as if to say "Thank you! I love you!"


Hey it's Amy Shipp said...

That is the sweetest story! I am so happy for them. How wonderful. They both look very happy! Congratulations to Olya ♥

Melinda said...

It truly was a special day. Olga is an incredible woman. It was so special to see her new husband baptize her.

dixiewhitehead said...

I am so happy for Olga and her husband. What a wonderful story. Who wouldn't join the church after being around Sister Kinghorn for that many months? She and Elder Kinghorn are so inspiring! What a lovely end to winter in Ukraine.