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.

Monday, June 6, 2011

4-18-2011 Patriarch Visit and Elevator Shenanigans

Hi family and friends!

This week a Patriarch came to Ukraine which was really good. Some of our ward members have yet to receive a patriarchal blessing and one in particular. I as very happy to see get one. She's the mother of 4 but only her oldest son and her come to church and her husband isn't a member and doesn't work. Sad...she's great though and has a wonderful testimony.

Yesterday we went to our black investigator's house and he told us that he was mugged on the street and they took his phone and money. Eventually they returned the phone but the money is gone and his landlord comes today for payment.

This week we found almost every less active on our list which was very fun and weird. As it turns out, 2 of them are dead and 5 or 6 others have moved away.

Getting into buildings to knock on doors is kind of hard since they either have a phone which you call and then they push a button and answer the door, a lock with a key hole that you need the key for, or a code lock with l0 numbers on it that you need to press 3 or 4 times to ge in. I prefer the code locks since some of them are very easy to guess the code.

But during our adventures we managed to get stuck in one elevator and were scared to death in the other. Some of the elevators here are large to bring furniture up and when you step in them the floor drops an inch so that the furniture doesn't leave without you. But they made all kinds of freaky noises and getting back into it on the 15th floor wasn't pleasant.

As we were walking one day a lady dropped a bunch of potatoes and we picked them up for her and she was so grateful she gave us some tissues.

In priesthood we were talking about honesty and our branch president talked about copyright laws and how Ukraine has a hard time following these rules. He said he himself needed to work on things like "torrenting"*. Funny!

Love, Elder Russell

torrenting=Making copies of cds and selling them to others

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