Wednesday, July 9, 2008
We arrived in Salt Lake City on Tuesday June 24th and stayed with Anne's sister Sue & Jerry Monson till Monday the 30th, when we entered the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. On Wednesday, the 25th, and Thursday we spent from 9 am to 5 pm getting extra Russian language training from our tutor Justin Bogh. It was great to meet him in person after spending three months on the phone with him.
One of Justin's passions in life is soccer. Katia Vertai substituted for him on Friday afternoon because Russia was playing Spain in the semi-finals of the World Cup that afternoon. Katia, on the left, is a native Russian speaker from the Ukraine who also is a returned missionary from the Cincinnati Ohio mission. Yes, she was called from the Ukraine to go on her mission. Katia also tutored us on Saturday morning.
On Friday we attended the wedding and reception of Anne's nephew in Manti Ut. All her brothers and sisters were there.