Senior Missionary Conference

The senior missionaries in our mission had a conference last weekend here in Kharkov. The couples included President Fry and his wife, Elder and Sister Mead (humanitarian couple serving in Donetsk), Elder and Sister Salomonson (office couple in Donetsk), and Elder and Sister Reed. We had several meeting sessions together, we had a short tour of a few sights in Kharkov, and we attended the ball for the adults on Saturday night. Sunday we all attended different branches in the city and then came to our apartment for dinner and a testimony meeting. It was wonderful to be together for this short time. We were all spiritually uplifted by hearing each others’ experiences and testimonies. We all share the same feelings about the mission – it’s wonderful to serve our Lord in this way at this time in our lives.

Lunch at a restaurant - the man on the left is President Fry's driver, Vlademir

One of the monuments in a memorial park dedicated to fallen soldiers in WWII. Below are pictures of the statue of the Motherland in the same park. You hear the heartbeat of the soldiers by this monument.

A view of one of the beautiful churches in Kharkov

The above monument is beautifully shown on “Ukraine’s Got Talent”. Kseniya Simonova, 24, draws a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table. Her pictures depict how ordinary people were affected by the German NAZI invasion during WWII, known by Ukrainians as the The Great Patriotic War.

Kseniya begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting on a bench holding hands. The starry sky is interrupted by warplanes and the happy scene is obliterated. It is replaced by a woman crying and then smiling again as a baby arrives. The war returns and the woman’s face appears, then grows old, wrinkled and a widow. The face becomes a monument from within a house. The final scene shows a mother and child inside and a man outside with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War took 11 million lives, about 25% of the 42 million population


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2 Responses to Senior Missionary Conference

  1. Wendi Jagerson says:

    That’s great that you had the opportunity to spend time with other couples serving there. I’m sure that is very uplifting to share experiences and testimonies with each other like that.

    And I love her sand artistry. I’ve seen a couple of her other ones on YouTube. That’s so sad that so many people died during that war! It looks really cold there, but the dusting of snow on the pine trees sure does look pretty. :)

  2. Wendi Jagerson says:

    Oops! So, I just realized that the sand artist I’ve seen is Ilana Yahav. This is my favorite one:

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