Monday, August 3, 2009
We went with Elders Brown and Ellsworth to visit wonderful Sister Galina at her apartment over the weekend. We told her we were bringing dinner, but she had cooked everything--chicken and mashed potatoes and two salads! She had the Elders bring in a small bench from the balcony that acted as our table.
A chain-smoker who spent her career teaching Marxist philosophy and scientific atheism at a university, she joined the Church in 1995. The Elders began teaching her and she read the Book of Mormon, but the turning point came when they gave her a blessing to help her quit smoking. (Elder Brigham Shelly). She lost interest in her beloved cigarettes overnight. She says she realized, "God is there."
With her great intellect she's proved to be a wonderful student of the Book of Mormon, Church history, and doctrine.
Furthermore, she's very creative. She has made a delightful set of "quiet books" for children with excellent handwork and clever details. Sister McEvoy loved the artistic, tasteful touches all over her book-crowded two-room apartment.