We have been in Kharkov for 9 months now, and it’s beginning to feel like home. We are quite comfortable here and seem to be able to get around fairly well. The Lord has watched over us and has always seemed to make someone appear by our side who speaks English when we need to communicate. Time is flying by, and we know the second half will probably “be shorter” than the first half. We love the young single adults and the youth with whom we are working; they feel like family. We worry about them, we pray for them, we revel with them in their successes and feel pain when they falter. We find that as a missionary your circle of love is very wide and encompassing. All the church members here are delightful, and the warm handshakes and the hugs are heart-felt from both sides. The people we meet on the street are also in that circle of love. We were told at the beginning of our mission that our example as a couple who has been married for 42 years and who love each other more each day would speak much louder than words. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has brought this great love into our marriage, and for that we are so thankful. We hope that in some small way we can help and be an influence to these good people.
The gospel is true, and Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. The storms of life can be met with calmness when our eye is on Him and our faith is in Him. God the Father wants all His children to be with Him in the eternities, and this is what we testify of day after day. The way is open for all of us if we learn of Him, have faith in Him, and make an earnest heartfelt effort to follow the commandments.
Thank you for taking the time to share our mission with us. It truly is a life-changing experience, and we thank our Heavenly Father each day for this wonderful opportunity to learn and to grow and to bring others to Christ.