Coming Home July 2011


Working on new material for the blog!

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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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Kyiv Temple Dedication August 29, 2010

The Kyiv Temple Dedication on August 29, 2010. They came by the bus loads!!!

They walked and walked and walked.

They came to listen to a Prophet's voice and hear the word of God.

They came to feel the spirit and witness this choice event.
This was a great gathering. The cultural event the night before was spactacular! Many of the members went and participated and it was exciting to see them do so.
The youth enjoyed the Dedication also. It has been a great experience to get to know these young women.
Elder Richardson taking a picture of Elder Clarkstone, Elder Lott and some members in their branch that came to the Dedication.
It was so wonderful to see the faces of the Saints as they came out of the first session of the Dedication. They are so happy to have a Temple here in Ukraine!! Their lives are being so blessed! We really love the people and it was so touching to be with them on this happy occasion!

August Missionaries Return Home

From left to right: Elder Kearsley, Elder Duffy, Elder Jones, Elder Valverde, Elder Howard. We love you and will miss you! Thanks for a mission well served!
Elder Duffy and Elder Jones.

Elder Valverde and Elder Kearsley.

Last meal in Ukraine!!!

Elder Howard eating the yummy ice cream they make here.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Zone Conferences August 2010

Baptism in Petrosky - Elder Mueller and Elder Johnson with a member, Evaugh baptising Sergey on August 7th.

NEW EMPHASIS FROM PREACH MY GOSPEL!!! We have been given 8 lessons from Preach My Gospel to teach the missionaries in leadership training sessions. For zone conference we began lesson 1. "THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST - THE MISSIONARY PURPOSE." President Fry presented this in Zone Leaders Council and he did a great job in zone conference too. These are some points he stressed using the scriptures. The true doctrine of Christ is: faith in Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. He instructed the missionaries to teach with: boldness, plainness, by their language and understanding, be on their level, follow the Son with full purpose of heart, authority and power. We are working with other's eternal salvation. The Holy Ghost is a gift - obtain it, teach with it, and maintain it. Love for the work - have a desire - love for those we teach. Love the Lord - love thy neighbor. We must have love in order to teach the people. Forget your inadequacies - love the people - they will feel your love for them! Five things to remember when teaching: 1. Teach people not lessons 2. Ask inspired questions - thought provoking 3. LISTEN 4. Discern what the spirit tells you 5. Teach doctrine. We did our skills practicing and the assistants, zone leaders, President and I went around and helped out. Since this was presented in Zone Leaders Council (4 weeks ago) the zone leaders have been busy teaching in the districts and the results have been amazing! The missionaries seem to really enjoy this and they are having great success. Four weeks ago, we had 7 on date for baptism and now we have 39!!!! People are very excited and the missionaries are very busy teaching them and getting them ready to be baptised!! President had a dream a few weeks ago that he didn't have enough baptismal clothing to go around and he was frantically hunting some down! Maybe his dream will come true.

Friday, August 13, 2010

New Missionaries Arrive July 2010

Elder Zsembery, Elder Duffy(an assistant) Elder Solin and Elder Pulsipher. We are so grateful they are here in our mission!!
Elder Solin is from St. Petersburg Russia. He likes swimming , Kayaking and he is learning to play the piano(he plays by ear). His Trainer is Elder Ryser and they are serving in Alexsavka.

Elder Pulsipher is from Denver, Co. He likes playing tennis and and was a tennis instructor. He is the oldest in his family. His trainer is Elder Jahnert and they are serving in Alexsavka.

Elder Zsembery is from New York. He likes to work on cars and bicycles. He is 1 of 12 children and four of his siblings were adopted from Latvia. His trainer is Elder McCallson and they are serving in Novia Doma.

Missionaries Departed in July

Sister Ward - We love you and miss you! Thank you for your awesome service!!!!!
Elder Waldsworth - One Terrific Missionary!! We love and miss you!

Elder Beus - We are barely surviving without you!!! We love you and miss you!

Hard working successful Missionaries. Good luck in all you do. Thank you for your service!!