Last Saturday we had Teacher Training for all the Seminary and Institute teachers in the Donetsk and Dnipropetrovsk Mission areas. About 40 attended the conference at the Donetsk Institute Building. It was a full day of training which started at 9:00 and continued until 6:30 in the evening. During the day the teachers each shared their class successes and challenges and goals. It was beneficial for the teachers to hear the comments of others, and it helped all us to realize that success can come, even from very small classes. A change of heart of even one student causes the heavens to rejoice. Yury, our S&I coordinator, started out the day teaching us about Zion, followed by the teachers sharing their experiences with their respective classes. The surprise speaker and main event of the day was hearing from our Kiev Temple President Galbraith and his wife. Elder and Sister Reed taught most of the afternoon on the topic of understanding and applying the scriptures. The day ended with a couple of scripture mastery games which Sister Reed had prepared.
It is very heart-warming to witness the dedication of these teachers of our youth. It is not an easy calling here in Ukraine, and there are many obstacles involved in the work. But their faith is strong, they love the Lord, and they are committed and dedicated to serve with all their might, mind, and strength. What a blessing it is for us, as instruments in the Lord’s hands, to be a part of this great work of teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.