Before Christmas – always exciting

Hello dear friends and family! 😀

I love the time before christmas! Despite the fact, that everybody probably has the most stress during this time, it is one of the most beautiful times in the year. There is this atmosphere in the air of love, care and joy 🙂 Time around thanksgiving was crazy here 😛 Americans really know how to make that day amazing with a lot of good food, enough for one or two weeks 😛

This week we got two new missionaries in the office, which are replacing the old two. Yeah!!! 😀 So much other stuff happeened here 🙂

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Kyiv Ukraine Temple in it’s snow dress
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We had a CPR training and after that we teach others how to do it almost every Tuesday 🙂
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the new missionaries that came in with their trainers
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after thanksgiving lunch 🙂 hmmmm
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good bye cake for the Talley’s
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last picture, saying goodbye
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Fireside with Elder Klebingat about self reliance
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Have a great week and enjoy the snow!
Elder Drewlow 😀

Youth fireside

This week we had the wonderful opportunity to listen to the Sunday School President Elder Callister. He, with his wife and Elder Bennett and his wife thaught us great principles about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.

My favorite part was the youth fireside, when more than 40 youth came and participated in a really interesting Q&A! 😀
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The whole event we streamed over Google+ Hangout to Odessa, so that the members there were able to participate in the firesides too.
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Sister Bennett
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Elder Bennett
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Have a great week!
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When simple things suddenly become amazing

Dear family and friends!
Incredible how fast the times go! I have been here in Ukraine now almost a year! 😀
Here some pictures from the last two weeks 🙂

This week we saw a lot of small little miracles and experienced how God uses his missionaries to bless other people. Last week we had stake conference, with all members here in Kyiv. That was so cool to see so many friends again and enjoy the wonderful feeling of unity, listening to the speakers and write down thoughts and feelings. For me it is really important, that I know on what I am working right now and where I am going. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches us to act and to use our agency to choose righteous things. Oh how glorious is our joy, when we choose godly things, just because we want to! When we do this, we prepare ourselves to receive the blessings of God. Since the last, about two years I felt an increase of “seeing” more blessings in my life. Simple things suddenly seem more amazing and bring greater joy to our soul! How can this be? I think, that this is because we are so worldly people and it needs some time to see things out of the perspective, like God does. Daily and sincere repentance, prayer, scripture study help us to see the things that really matter and that are really important. One of the more important things for me in this life is my relationship with our Heavenly Father and with Jesus Christ. That gives me so much hope, love and joy in my heart, that I want to share it with everybody! Following the commandments with full purpose of heart, opens our hearts to feel the powerful love God has for His children!
To find joy in small things, we should stay a step back from what we are doing and ask us if that really gives us happiness; Now and on long-term.
Now here the pictures 🙂
stake conference, our Missionpresident Packer spoke too 😀
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a picture from the missionaries in the area I just left two weeks ago
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My new companion Elder Hess 😀
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all the missionaries that serve right now here
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last saturday we had a Mormon Helping Hands project, cleaning up a park
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What a wonderful time 🙂 I like, when the nature changes it’s clothes like this 😀
Have an amazing week and rock your life!
Elder Drewlow