Россия!!!! This is one of my favorite Russian songs. I really need to learn the words to it…. Anyway, hope you enjoy!
(A picture of a Russian temple in Краснодар, Россия where I loved for seven months)
For the past year and a half I have lived in Russia and it was a life changing experience for me. For those of you who don’t know, I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and I served in Russia as a missionary. I left for my mission with no experience in the language. In fact, there were a great many things I did not know how to do. But I grew a lot in these past few years. I feel as though I returned an entirely new person.
Now you may ask why I decided to serve. The answer is very simple. It is because I love God and felt very strongly it is what I should do. It is strange how the biggest sacrifices turn into our greatest blessings. I really learned to love on my mission and I also gained greater perspective on the world and why we are here.
I will continuously post pictures and stories here about my time in Russia, for your benefit of coarse, but mostly for myself. So I never forget. If you have any questions or are curious to know about the church I served for please go to this website. https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng or also visit https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages?cid=HP16MM_LSL.
Periodically, I will be posting links to these and other sites. So be ready!
Hope you didn’t miss me too much while I was away! I promise I will be writing a lot more now that I am home. If there are any requests please let me know.