This is the forset by where the lady below lives. She asked us to go on a walk with her. Isn't Russia so green and lush in the summer?? I had no idea! She is in great shape at 77 and just sped walked the whole time. Amazing!
Ok, this is me with Sister Hanks (my comp), and one of my new favorite people in the world. Her name is любовъ (loo-bouv) which meand love and is a common name here. She is a solid, faithful member of the Church here in Russia. She served a full proselyting mission in Siberia only four years after she converted at age 67. She served as a Single Sister becasue she has never married. She speaks fluent English. I don't know if I can describe the love I feel for her to you. She is a Saint. That's about all I can say.
Anyways, those are some pics.
This past week was great! On top of getting to meet loobouv, we met another babooshka named Galina. She is a Siant too. I think I was supposed to serve in this area just to meet these two ladies. Galina has diabetes and terrible health problems at 79, so she is confined to her home. She is a member of the Church of about 14 years, and is a former atheist, chain smoker, and philosphy professor at the university here in Ekat. Her life made a complete 180 when she found the Church. Since she joined, she also served a solo mission in her late 60s and has dedicated her life to researching Christianity and the history of the Church. Her little apartment is full of books of all kinds, and her mind is incredibly sharp. She has dates of the Bible memorized, pages of the scriptures memorized, etc. She even showed us some of the timelines, collages, history stuff she has written about the Church. They need to go in a Museum or something. She said the Area President came to her home and looked at them with her, so maybe sometime in the future. Her Patriarchal Blessing calls her a modern-day Paul. I love her. These two babooshka's have really touched becasue of their faithfulness to the Lord. They are some of the most faithful members, even though one can barely walk-up the stairs to the Church building on Sunday. Deh, we call them "our angels.'