Sunday, March 22, 2009

Patriarch and Companion

The patriarch, Brother Tom Rogers, has been here from Utah for over 10 days now. He's already given over 70 blessings and the members say, "He speaks excellent Russian."

Sister Galina received her blessing today. Before joining the Church 15 years ago, she taught philosophy, Marxist Scientific atheism for 44 years--and chainsmoked. That is, she says, "until a young, blue-eyed, American missionary told me to stop."

Since the patriarch's pianist grandson, David Rogers, came along as his travel companion, we scheduled a concert night. David (17) and Sister Karnivolova, a local violinist, made a wonderful program. He played "Rhapsody in Blue" by Gershwin (whose parents were Russian), among others.


Melissa said...

We take so much forgranted.

Dena Dewey said...

What a wonderful experience for all.
When you see Sister Allen can you please thank her for me for taking great care of my son? Apparently he had the flu this past week and she was kind enough to check on him. That means a lot for a mom so far away.
Thank you!

Ashley Thalman said...

Sister Galina! I miss her. Was her book ever published?