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.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ukraine Tidbits

Here are a few things I have learned about the Ukraine in the last few weeks...

Did you know that 40% of the energy consumption in Ukraine is nuclear? In fact the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, is located in Ukraine.

Did you know that between 1991 and 2009, when the church was introduced to the Ukraine, there have been 10,722 baptisms, thats 1.6 baptisms a day - and Chris isn't even there yet!

Did you know the Easter Egg tradition, pysanky, has long roots in Ukraine? These eggs were drawn on with wax to create a pattern; then, the dye was applied to give the eggs their pleasant colours, the dye did not affect the previously wax-coated parts of the egg. After the entire egg was dyed, the wax was removed leaving only the colourful pattern. This tradition is thousands of years old, and precedes the arrival of Christianity to Ukraine.

More to come...

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