Friday, August 15, 2008

I love my missionary!

Just a few pictures and details about Russia life.....
These beaches are nothing but rocks, round sort of flat some, to lay on. We found one area that had some sand and that is in a picture with thousands of people in a little area. see the picture and visualize a thousand more people because that is what was there, they just didn't show up like that in the picture

The facilities here have much to be desired, and how about the safety of that door lock?

Us in Gorachy Klyuch kissing on a rock. We were supposed to show people we really cared for each other, does that count?
Us and a girl Annette at overlook in that area.

We met with this lady the other day who is living in really humble circumstances, and used to be really active. But she has an extremely bad infection in one leg that can't be cured for some reason, and it has gone almost all over her leg from the knee down. She has respiratory problems now too. But, know what she said? Other than these problems, I am o.k. and don't worry about me. she wants to come to church but can't take the public trans. because of her leg. She has 2 daugters 14 and 16. The 16 yr. old works as much as she can to support them. Look around and see the WORST possible living condition and that would be theirs. There are almost no opportunities for a good life for the sick, elderly 55 up, and young girls wanting to work. They have to retire at 55, and then it's down hill all the way. Be very grateful for your life in the USA, and let your Heavenly Father know that. I can honestly say that I am, and I will show my Heavenly Father that I am by doing the best I can do here, and try so hard not to show discouragement. He does have a sense of humor, that's for sure! Take care and my you find peace and comfort in any of your own life's burdens.

Hey everyone,
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.