On New Year’s Eve day we went out with the Elders to a village in the countryside to visit a less active family. It was such a great visit, and there was a wonderful spirit in their home. The Elders first had us all read the Christmas story in Luke interspersed with Christmas carols. Elder and Sister Reed then talked about four important gifts our Heavenly Father has given us. Afterward we gave them the little gifts we had brought for the family. Svetlana, the mother, wanted us to stay for dinner, so we enjoyed a delicious Ukrainian meal with the family. After the meal we played a game with the kids which got us all laughing. What a perfect day this was to ring in the New Year!

May your New Year be filled with joy, sacred moments, peace, laughter, and with giving your love away to others.
Welcome, 2011!

The Christmas tree in the living room - in our lesson we presented the family with this picture of the Savior which they put in their tree.

We gathered at the piano and sang some carols while Svetlana was getting the dinner table ready.

The kids at the table - Alina, Maria, Masha, Sergei, Andre, and Sasha. This is a typical Ukrainian meal - lots of side dishes. Fish, a potato salad, a salted fish cut in pieces, a beet and fish dish, carrot dishes, cheese and sausage slices, cold soup. Usually the soup (borshch) is warm, but this was pretty tasty, too.

All of us at the dinner table

They have a little kitten who was quite interested in the shoes.

Playing a game with the kids

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2 Responses to A VISIT ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

  1. Wendi Jagerson says:

    I love that last picture. Happy new year! :)

  2. kirsten says:

    What a cute family! This is the family that lives too far away to get to church all the time, right?

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