Sunday, October 12, 2008
We went to Sochi this weekend and had reservations at a hotel we stayed at last time. we only had copies of our passports and visas, as the originals were up at the office in Rostov being organized so we can get visas renewed in a 3 day trip, later. long story how it is being done. anyway they had to have our orignials. so we get there, and they won't let us check in without the original, cause our copy was too lite, and they said no even if we had a better one faxed down. so we stayed with the 2 elders, another experience. but it was nice, and i was able to make them a couple of meals as they are so busy. made us really appreciate more, what the missionaries have to put up with, it's amazing!!!!
We met a lady on the train, and had fun trying to talk with her, and she lives here in Krasnodar, gave us her phone # and we will get the missionaries to translate for us. She seemed kind of sad when she was telling us abt. her son and wife, and 1 grandson. then she told us her husband died 9 years ago, so she works 2 jobs to keep busy. It will be great to visit with her and a translator.
We came in abt. 10:30 last night and wanted to catch a tramvi to get back to our place. we were on the way to a stop for it, and one was coming behind us, so grandpa starts running and pulling it, and i had a large purse on one shoulder, and a heavy bag with computer on the other. We RAN, and my sandals kept slipping and the bag was heavy so i unloaded the water bottles, threw them in a trash can, but missed, and kept running, and we jumped on as the doors were closing. THAT probably didn't look like a refined missionary couple!!!!!!! Ya, who ever said we were.
English Club went well, and we met some really neat people. Will have it on Thurs. evenings. We are supposed to LISTEN to the advanced students, and just have them talk about any subject they want too, and help them. But, when they found out we didn't speak Russian, they all voted to be in the medium class, wonder why????? 2 were there who are just learning and they have a class. so will be fun to be in with the missionaries, not so scarry!!
This is from grandpa . Grandma didn't tell you that she wouldn't let me get a taxi to come home in the middle of the night and it would have taken us right to our aprt. steps. But we have monthly tramvi passes and we only had to carry bags and pull luggage in the dark passed drunk homeless people for about four blocks to get to the tramvi and about the same from the tramvi to our aprt. and we thought it was the last tramvi running for the night . If we missed it we had about A five mile walk . so I didnt want to miss it. so when I seen it comeing I told her we had to run . We still had a block or so to go when she said she couldn't run any more .I told her to give me her bag but when I would slow down to get it so would she so I ran faster. I though if she knew she had to make the walk by her self she woulden't give up and she didn't. But I thought she was going to for awhile . I though to myself I have got to feed her something beside lettuce so she has more go power. Any way we made it home and we saved eight dollers. I guess that is one of the reasons I love her so much .
From grandma now, HA HA HA! isn't grandpa funny? Love all of you and have a great week. I get my package Wed. YAAAA. Grandma and funny grandpa
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
The facilities here have much to be desired, and how about the safety of that door lock?
Don't worry about war. All is well, really. We are moving to another apartment tomorrow & it will be a good move. We are tired. It is unbearably hot and humid. Thought i got a touch of heat stroke today on the tramvi travels, but all is well now. New landladies are real nice, two sisters, ages around 50 -60, they really wanted things to be nice for us and they said they liked all of us, where as the missionaries that were out and about today, got told many times that americans aren't welcome here and to go back home.
Pres. Harrison said all is o.k. and things are coolingdown. If there every were to be a problem , we would be taken care of. NO WORRIES, really.
Leera and Denise (investigators) are going in Monday to registrar to get married, and when they do she wants us there, as she said we were her best friends. it made me almost cry. I can see why it's hard for missionaries to leave the friends they make, especially in a far away country like this, and you won't see them again.
No one bakes here, and they all like my cakes, and banana breads, so I think for their wedding day, which will only consist of signing a certificate, I will make them a cake. I think they have to wait a few weeks, after first applying, crazy, huh?
Does anyone need to hire anyone? this Annette Rise is going to utah to marry a return missionary from utah who served here. He is trying to get her over there on a work visa as fast as possible, because word is out that russia is going to try and stop a russian citizen from leaving. They were planning on this for a couple of months now, but now time may be running out for them. She is very smart, and speaks 4 languages. russian, greek, french, english. was working as an accountant for a big firm, but her contract was up and she doesn't want to work again for anyone here because if you work for any kind of business, you have to sign a years contract. Any good ideas to help her our. Her fiance is Bryce Hess, from Sandy, ut.
Monday, June 23, 2008
23 June 2008
Dear Gregersen Family,
My name is Sister Cameron. My husband and I are serving here in the Russia Rostov Mission as the office couple. Sister Gregersen asked me to write you to let you know they arrived safely in Krasnodar and are all settled in their apartment. We went down with them and helped them for 3 days. We served in Krasnodar for 3 months before coming to the office last year, so we know our way around there pretty well. We showed them grocery stores, transportation, the branch building, etc. We tried to set up their internet but couldn't get it to work. Hey, that's Russia for you.
Sister Gregersen will email you as someone helps her set it up this week.She said to tell you they are fine, and to pray for them. She feels really out of her element. Their apartment is in the city on the 8th floor of their building. She says that Challis house is looking pretty good right now!!She will write more as soon as she can.
Love, Sister Cameron
Russia Rostov Mission Office
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Hello Elder & Sister Gregersen! This is your family here... taking over your blog for a minute... wishing you, Dad (a.k.a Grandpa) a HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!!
And now: A little message from some of your favorite grandkids...
We hope you've had a wonderful Father's Day in the MTC.
And Jerica would like to add: (with the help of her father) "Feliz Dia De Padre" She's certain you can learn Russian since you are related to her and she has such impressive bilingual skills. " :-)
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Autos lined up about 1/2 mile towards Dalley's, and North, East and West.
Clancey had enough and decided to look at things in another view.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
It took real self discipline to leave the letter in the mailbox until everyone could get together.
President Andersen said, "If you have that good of self discipline you'll make great missionaries!"
This is a first for both of us...
Lee had been out hauling grain all day but the family wouldn't let him take time to shower & get ready. We had Chris with the tape recorder for our Grandson, Elder Shon Gregersen and she had Christopher listening on the phone.
We each got our own paper and we read them aloud together... Rostov-na-donu, Russia! We leave June 9, 2008! I'm thrilled!
And once Lee realizes he's got time to hit the Salmon River again before we depart, he is thrilled too!