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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Couples Conference in Kharkov 2010

We began our conference on Friday January 15 in Kharkov. We had lunch and then each couple reported on the activities they were involved with over the last 6 months. Kharkov is still decorated with lots of festive lights because of all of the religious holidays throughout January. It is a beautiful site to see at night but oh so very cold!!!!!
On Saturday morning, after breakfast, we met and discussed the mission's goals for 2010. We also heard from each couple on an assigned topic such as: How to survive with the same companion without a transfer, How to keep the sun shinning when there ain't no sun. How to communicate when your companion doesn't speak your language and How to make companionship study fun. It was great fun to listen to all the new ideas and the great sense of humor each couple has. Saturday afternoon we took a tour of Kharkov and it's rich history.
Saturday Night we were invited to a "Ball" that the CES put on for the older generation. Everyone was dressed so nice! The youth performed a dance, then some of the older generation performed, then the ladies performed. We had other talent performed also. It was really nice and relaxing to get a taste of Ukrainian culture!!
Sunday we all attended a different branch. Then we met at the Reed's and they fed us a tasty dinner. We really enjoyed getting together and just talking. We closed with a testimony meeting that was very touching. We could not function without these wonderful couples! They each play an important role in helping the mission to progress and move forward. We are very grateful for our driver, Vladimir. He has helped all of us with our calling here in Ukraine and we could not do this without him.
Left to right: Sister & Elder Reed, President & Sister Fry, Sister & Elder Mead, Elder & Sister Salomonson. And Vladimir is taking the picture.

1 comment:

Bruce Robert Kinghorn said...

Oh I see a spot that I wish we were sitting in. We miss you all so much. Sounds like a great couples conference. Thanks for your hard work and great example. We love you.