Sunday, 7 December 2008

Yugo Zapadnaya Branch

Today was Elder Armstrong's last Sunday with the Yugo Zapadnaya Branch because he has received a transfer, so he wanted to have pictures taken with the branch members who were there after church.

Yugo Zapadnaya Branch
(sitting: Elders Salinas, Harker, and Armstrong;
middle: Anthony, Frank, Lydia, Oxana, Natalia, Natasha;
back: Elder Aiken, President Karneov, Elder Terrell,
Elder Mills, Lena, Natalia's husband,
Olla, Elder & Sister Ireland)

Elder & Sister Ireland
with Elder Armstrong & Elder Salinas

Elder Blatter & Elder Aiken - serving in the Mission Office
(Elder Blatter took the group photo and so
was not in the branch picture.)

Sister Ireland & Lena
by the branch's Christmas tree.

Elder Salinas and Elder Blatter had also served in the Tver branch, so we knew them first when we were assigned to Tver. Today, Elder Blatter translated for me in Relief Society. It is amazing how well the young Elders do with the Russian language. In contrast, most senior missionaries seem to struggle with our progress in remembering these new words using the Cyrillic alphabet. However, there is some improvement. This year we can sing the Christmas carols, maybe not always with the correct pronunciation, but nevertheless, we can sing along with the Russians. I do love the Christmas carols, and I missed being able to sing the words last year.

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