We arrived on Monday at 1:00 pm to find out that an updated version for reporting was sent to our former telephone number after we had moved. Late the very first day. Luckily no instruction goes on Monday morning only logistics and a brief review of the upcoming schedule.
The afternoon was full, assignments were given and our adventure started for real. Our accomodations are adequant though small, the food is as good as you’ve heard. Tuesday we continued in “Preach My Gospel” and we did practice teaching. This was a lot more intimidating then we thought it would be, particularly Karen. Pres. Hinckley’s son Richard and his wife provided a wonderful fireside Tuesday evening. Wednesday we began our language training – two hours every evening after 8 hrs of classes. The Lord gave us the energy we needed to stay alert and we are grateful. Its Saturday and we are able to bear a simple testimony in Russian, we have identified a few key words and I am sure the Ukrainians will get a kick from our language skills.
Today we attended the Provo temple and met old friends from Longmont, CO, Arnie and Cheri Garr. We had lunch with Paula Sparks and we are having dinner with Kirsten tonight. We also took the time to do our laundry.
This experience is unbelievable. The Spirit is so strong and all the people are good people on their best behavior. When the Elders sang at the fireside tears were in most eyes. We have learned the importance of testimony while teaching. We are enjoying our time together and feel the Lord’s hand in our efforts. It is truly inspiring to see the young elders and sisters working so hard and trying so hard that it makes us want to try harder and be better.
Next week we received CES training for three days and then we leave for Kharkov, Ukraine on Thursday morning and we will enjoy about 36 hours of traveling to our destination. Technically, we are 10 time zone difference; however, Kharkov is on the edge of the zone and therefor stay with the rest of the Ukraine making us 9 time zones away.
We know the Church is true. We know that God lives. Jesus is the Christ, our savior. We are grateful for the prophet Joseph Smith and his important role in the restoration of the true and living Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today and receives revelation for us. The Book of Mormon will get us closer to God than any other book on the earth. We so testify In the name of Jesus Christ amen.