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, December 29, 2010

12/6/2010 First Snow, 13 celcious,

Hello family & Friends,

I will try to get better at writing a letter for everyone every week. Last Sunday was the first snow that we had in the Ukraine; then on Monday, we played sports in snow, then rain, then hail. And my companion hurt his leg a little but he's fine now. We went to the Barabashova and got some more ties, but our hands were freezing. It got down to 13 celcious here this week which was pretty cold but it means all the mud is gone ony it's replaced by ice.

Our landlady raised the rent, which I guess isn't odd, but we had paid for November and December and she tried to add the extra to those two months too. So we told her there was a mistake and had the office talk with her and everything is fine now.

One day we woke up and the cold water had been shut off completely. That was wierd. I am warm if there are concerns about that, and I'm fairly confident I can survive the winter

To answer Grandma Wises's questions, we have one child in our Branch. He's about 6 years old and he's a fireball!

And if any were curious, this is how Roxlana works: Instead of doing custums in Ukraine (like the regular post) they do customs in America, thereby stopping the Ukrainian post service from taking things out of boxes.

Christmas traditions here aren't terribly different, except that it's in January and it's actually New Years not Christmas. Walking to Church we saw people setting up a Santa's village thing and they have decorated trees everywhere.

Dexter hasn't been reading or coming to church and when he calls us he monologues for 20 minutes about the bad people he meets in the Ukraine. But, our other investigator, Pricup Bknragphka, came to church and stayed for a lesson afterward. The thing is, is that one of the RM sisters in the ward talked with her and apparently she's already been baptized! So we're trying to figure this out because she doesn't remember who did it , when it was, or what branch the baptism was performed in. Our Investigator turned into a less active!

Well, love you all! Thank you for the letters! I have all the dear elders sent before November 21st! Love, Elder Russell

FYI: On extremely cold days, the Elders are instructed not to go out of their apartments!

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