Elvira Bryandina is a full-time employee, one of four in the office. These wonderful Russian members keep things going in the office and in the Mission as missionaries come and go through the years.
Because she speaks English she's a wonderful help in countless ways. Besides working in the office she's the District YW President--"The Young Women Society," she says--as well as ward pianist, institute teacher, etc. She was a professional architect, but prefers the work here. She considers it her job to take care of us "foreigners." Today she put in another reminder that we'd better have our winter coats--pronto.
Elvira lost her husband 11 years ago. She has two grown children. Her first grandchild, Roman, arrived just two weeks ago.