This is a wonderful article. I think that's so awesome that the people in the
Ukraine are going to have their own Temple! And they are so happy and they
welcome the Church leaders with open arms. Thank you for printing this article.
Greeting with bread and salt is not "typically Ukrainian". That tradition is
vivid in all countries of orthodox (eastern christian) culture, including
Russia, Serbia and many others.Interestingly, orthodox christians
consider hospitality as a commandment.
I am so very happy to receive news of the Church in Russia. I was there in 1998
and met a young man who had joined the LDS church. I was not a member yet and
was there with another church group. In May of 2000 I joined The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I encouraged this young man because my
grandson was on his mission. Thank you for this beautiful article.
I'm not one of the celebrity-struck, hang on every word type LDS member (I am
LDS), but I will say this: President Uchtdorf rocks! I've met most of the 12
and the 1st P., and this guy is great. Let's get more like him (i.e.,
So nice that Pres. Uchtdorf can speak to the Russian people in their own
language. The article didn't say anything about that, but I'm assuming that he
did speak to them in their own language. Among the general authorities, many
languages are spoken, both native languages and languages learned while serving
a mission. James E. Faust went to Brazil on his mission many years ago, and
near the end of his life he spoke to the people at a conference there in
Portuguese. So much better than going through a translator. As you read through
the names of the Quorums of Seventy, you can see there are many men from all
over the world who have been called to these positions. It's great!
My family and I were ex-patriots living in Kiev when the Temple was announced!
We were overjoyed and the local church members felt so blessed. The church is
young in Ukraine, but the saints are so beautiful and strong. Sending church
leaders into these areas is a great blessing indeed for these faithful followers
To Anonymous- Let's make sure your 'request' to get more like him is heard by
the Apostle Head Hunting Service- I really hope your belief system is a little
more grounded in Gospel principles than it appears. That being said, maybe
revelation 'rocks' because that is how these things are done
We spent six weeks in Ukraine two and a half years ago while adopting our young
son. While we were there we had the opportunity to attend church. It was an
amazing experience. The people were humble and very loving. We were made to
feel totally welcome. These people have many blessings coming. It's very hard
for them to give up the country's traditional religion and join the church.
Many members in Eastern Europe face persecution because of there beliefs, and
even more because they choose not to follow the tradition of the excepted
religion in their countries. We have been both to Ukraine and Poland and found
the same with members in both countries. The people were wonderful.
I seldom read these comment sections because there is always someone like
kiaoraguy, who obviously dislikes the Church and what it stands for, making
snide remarks. If people feel that way why are they reading these articles? I
find it sad.
whoa, whoa- my comment was snide, but I was trying to infer that a church leader
is not ever called for politically correct reasons, but because he/she is needed
at that time for the season they are called. I am not going to take umbrage for
what Jo said about me, but she could not be further from the truth. I apologize
for the wrong impression. I am actually the antithesis of what she inferred I
Two great inspired leaders ... sent by the will of the Lord to special lands in
order to proclaim and keep the promises and blessings of our brothers and
sisters ...Great article ...!
kiaoraguy, Jo and anonymous,That's the problem with these comment
sections. Mere words in this case can fail to make a meaning known to those
reading. It's sometimes difficult to known exactly waht a person is inferring by
just his comments. I also think President Uchtdorf is a wonderful man and I
think soon we will be seeing many more "international" general authorities as
the Church matures in various regions of the world. It's nice to see a well
written article like this and many supportive comments. That's why I have sworn
off the Tribune. The "flies" are drawn to readily to the comment section.
I was hoping they might tell us when the Kiev Temple would be dedicated, but I
can wait to learn that. The Kiev Temple was announced a week or so before
the Detroit Temple. We are going to celebrate having the Detroit Temple
operating for 10 years this fall. I am glad to hear of President
Uchtdorf and Elder Anderson's travels. This is great for the members in all
these areas. Thankyou for this article, it brightened my day.
are the best!!! :)
To kiaoraguy, way uptight dude. And self-righteous to boot. Nice things said,
then someone gets sactimonius. All I said is let's get more like him. Who said
anything at all about "politically correct"? Weird. I didn't address the
source of the calling. Just expressed my approval of him. Lighten up!
Article on President Uchtdorf and Elder Anderson visiting Russia: 14
comments.Article on David Archuletta: 133 Comments.Archuletta beats Church leaders by almost 10-to-1 !!
David archuletta matters why?
I think is amazing to see church leaders among the saints in Ukraine and Russia.
I was in the MTC when the Kiev Temple was announced and served my mission in
Ukraine. While there now Pres. Eyring and Elder Oaks both visited. The saint
there are wonderful people deserving of a Temple and visits from such wonderful
men. I wonder if we take their everyday presence for granted. God Bless the
Saints in Eastern Europe.
A friend in Kiev told me so people from Utah had invited her to dinner. I
e-mailed her links to blood of atonement, polygamy and other facts of LDS
history I knew would be hidden.
I just recently returned home from my mission in Kiev, Ukraine and I talked with
several members that said that seeing President Uchtdorf and Elder Anderson was
amazing! I In response to Lambert, the people in Ukraine told me that they were
told that the Temple dedication has now been moved back to the beginning of the
year in 2011. The focus of the new mission president there is to not only
prepare people for baptism but to prepare them to enter the Temple! It is so
amazing how the spirit of Ukraine changed the day that the Temple lot was
dedicated. The work goes on!
Apostles go where our Savior wants them, on His time schedule, for His
purposes...and the temple will also be completed as He sees fit. ...It's
gratifying to know that the Church has grown in that region of the world, and
that two current Apostles were able to visit, paying respects, while there, to
an Apostle/President, who did the same, decades ago. May the Church continue to
grow, worldwide, in both number and strength.
He doesn't speak Russian (ref to June 4 comment). He had a translator. (See,
for example, the videos with KSL Channel 5 stories on this visit.)
If you mean the video where he was unveiling the plaque at the medical centre,
that was in Ukraine where the language is Ukrainian - so if he does speak
Russian it wouldn't have been much help ;-)
I was on a mission in Kiev when the Apostles came. They spoke to the
missionaries and to the Members. Those were two of the most powerful meetings
I've ever been to. They are truly inspired men, and those people were so
grateful to hear from them.