Elder Christopher Russell, Donetsk Ukraine Mission July 2010 - July 2012

Christopher Russell was found worthy to serve a proselyting mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints, and received his mission call from President Thomas S. Monson to serve in the Ukraine, Donetsk Mission.

Chris will spend the first twelve weeks of his mission at the Mission Training Center in Provo Utah learning, Russian.

On October 13, 2010 he will start his journey to the Ukraine.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Chris to all - keep writing! August 10, 2010

From: Christopher Russell
Subject: Hey Everyone!
Date: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 1:31 PM

Hey Everyone!
First things first: Alyssa's letter arrived on the 7th, Rixners on the 5th, and Wises on the 9th.

Thank you for writing! I really liked the letters from the munchkins and Lucy and Max. Make sure the Simpsons get a copy of these letters since it sounds like they don't. Today we went to the temple with the Russian natives which was cool since there is a temple worker who speaks russian and did it for them! Most had never been to the temple before so it was cool.

We are put into companionships with new elders when we arrive and switch off who is senior companion every six weeks. Keep same companion for duration of MTC. I'm fine with having a blog just make sure that everyone knows where it is. Every Sunday night after the fireside we can go see a movie and this week we saw the restoration which really testified to me, probably because I know now more than ever how true the gospel is. Just shows you how much the spirit is here since that movie hasn't affected me before.

We're currently teaching a progressive investigator (teachers who pretend and keep commitments). We've taught 2 lessons so far and we go back on Saturday to teach another lesson. Hope that that goes well. My russian is coming along as well as it can be. Every Wednesday we go to the TRC where we teach volunteers the lessons. This week we're teaching the first lesson again, I'm not worried since through practice and listening to the holy ghost we are able to switch off who's speaking fairly easily.

MTC food isn't getting any better and my zone leader said his friend's stomach lining was eaten away by it! I survived BYU food so I should be fine. I'm running low on Candy and found out that we can't chew gum , listen to music at the MTC (at all), or wear sunglasses.

Love you all! Hope everyone's having fun the last weeks of summer!

Elder Russell

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