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.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

2/27 Getting Organized in the new area...

Hello Family and Friends!

This week was a lot of area work. Since my new companion was sick, we were confined to our apartment for a couple of days. So we finally made an area map, figured out where our boundaries are, made a list of all the people in our area, talked with our branch mission leader to figure out who's active and cleaned the apartment.

Then on Sunday, the other elders had an investigator come so we took him to gospel principles. The teacher for this class happens to only come to church every 3 weeks or so because of work and didn't prepare. This meant he was reading from the manual a lot. Then, in priesthood, the teacher started the lesson by saying, "I know we're supposed to study this conference Liahona thing, but I'd like to do something else. Any objections?" Then someone said that he was the teacher and could teach what he wanted so we had an hour long discussion on how to do family history work. The whole time the other elders have given their investigator a Liahona which he was reading and not listening. I'm sick now, by the way so your prayers would be nice.

Tonight we have the Katusov family for Family Home evening which should be fun. I'm thinking that my Russian is getting better but I'm being told that I need to speak up so that people understand me. Going to have to work on that.

We need more investigators too. The only one that we're meeting with right now is Sri Lankan and speaks perfect English. We need more natives, which I'm hoping will come with a weather change. Silly groundhog. Hope you're all doing well!

Elder Russell

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