Sunday, September 12, 2010

Kyiv Temple Trip Pictures

Temple at night
Bre, Me, and Mark in front of the L'viv branch house. This was built after the three of us served in L'viv five or six years ago. Notice that I am holding my First Amendment Law book, as I frantically tried to stay caught up in school all week although I was living on trains and totally exhausted.

My good friend Roman and I reconnecting
Public Trambai--this is how I spent 2 years of my life
Natasha--this girl and her mother joined the church while I was in Rivne six years ago. She was 12 at the time.
Patron housing next to the temple
Temple at night
Church on the temple grounds
Temple at night
"Big Mama"--this was my travel group's favorite thing to see last year in Kyiv. She's larger than the Statue of Liberty. And scarier . . .
"Kyiv Ukrainian Temple"
"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints"
My friend Brea and I in front of the temple
Orthodox church in Kyiv
Brea and I on "High Castle" hill in L'viv
Old church in L'viv. The statue on top is Christ sitting at the base of the cross with his hand under his chin, thinking.
Very famous opera house in center square in L'viv
L'viv street
Natasha on the left and Yanna on the right. Yanna is the little girl I mentioned in my last post. Yanna and Natasha were baptized on the same day.
Yanna "Talmage" and I
Kyiv temple

~It Just Gets Stranger


  1. I love the pictures and I love the post about the whole experience. I am jealous but so glad you go to go. And even in these pictures you still look like you belong on a beach somewhere playing sand volleyball. It must be the shades. And just your look. Don't know what it is.

  2. Love all the pictures! Add a tux and a wedding gown and that picture of you and Brea in front of the temple would be perfect! :-) The other one looks totally like a honeymoon picture, too. :-)

    As for "Big Mama" - I agree. She's bigger, she's scarier, AND she has eyeballs! Of all the things to notice first, that is what I picked up on. I think that's why she's scarier. Do they still have the "make love not war" out in front?

    Oh, how cool to be able to reconnect with "your people" and especially at the temple. I'm reminded of the reunion between the sons of Mosiah after they'd been out preaching to the Lamanites. There is such joy in finding out that "your people" are still your "brethren in the Lord!"

    Oh, how I'd love to see any of "my people" again! Neither Blaine or I have ever been back to our mission areas, even though we both served stateside. Crazy, huh?

    Good luck catching up with school now!

  3. An intern in our ward just got called to the Ukraine. I got all excited for her to serve in a country with a temple and started to express how awesome that is- and then I remembered she has never been there without one. She'll not fully appreciate it, but it's going to be awesome to work in the wake of all those BLESSINGS!

  4. such a cool and pretty looking temple! sounds like you had a fantastic trip (minus the whole 500 hour layover coming home....)

  5. Thanks, good photos. I like it, I made the same when travelling across Ukraine with company, which organised my tour. It was really fun, thanks for the reminder about this time.