We have spent the last four days at a Senior Couples Missionary Conference in Donetsk. We stayed with the Mission President. We have a new humanitarian couple in Kharkov, and the proselyting couple who were here are now the mission office couple in Donetsk. We had inspirational and uplifting meetings, great company, and delicious food.
President and Sister Fry were in Kharkov for our Missionary Zone Conference last week, so we rode down to Donetsk with them in the mission van. The countryside in the summertime is green and lush, and most of the homes have a vegetable garden growing close to the house. Much of the land is used for growing huge fields of sunflowers which are used for sunflower seed oil. The fields we saw by the road weren’t quite in bloom yet, but when they are, a sea of yellow is visible.
Along with the spiritual and informational part of the conference, we also had some fun – games in the evenings and a tour of Donetsk’s state-of-the-art soccer stadium. In the summer of 2012 the cities in the mission area will host the European Soccer Cup Games. All the cities involved have extensive remodeling and repairs going on this summer and next to prepare for this important event. The new stadium in Donetsk is in it’s first season of use. The designer of the complex wanted it built to be the best in Europe. Soccer (futbol, as it is called here) is the national sport, and each city is very proud of its team.
All of the missionary conferences we have attended are a wonderful part of missionary service. They fill our cups spiritually, we learn and grow, and they give us time to share insights and experiences with the other couples. Our Heavenly Father loves all of His sons and daughters and want us to return to Him. How wonderful it is to be a messenger for our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ!