Serving the Lord in Russia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Here in Moscow

   These last two weeks have been so incredible!  Here is a quick update on a few of the events in our life.

Saying goodby to family and friends was, of course, very hard.  Especially to my mother who has Alzheimer's. She is very confused and I think most days she remembers that I'm gone but doesn't remember where or why.  I know this is very hard on her and on me as well.
    My dear mother and me.

My sweet sister, Camille and Me.

Stephen and I entered the MTC in Provo on Wednesday, June 23, and had both a spiritual feast as well as physical feasts.  We were blessed to be in the presence of and hear from our prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, as well as President Henry B. Eyring, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, members of the Quorum of the Twelve, the Presidency of the Seventy, and members of the First and Second Quorum of the Seventy.  At this amazing Seminar for New Mission Presidents there were 130 of us newly called couples to go out into all the world to serve.  We had such a wonderful experience getting to know a few of them and and hearing of their stories and where they will be serving.  One of these couples is my dear cousin, Andrea Clyde Funk, and her husband Randy.  They were called to the India Bangalore Mission.  When I talked to Andrea when we each received our calls and I told her how hard I thought her mission sounded, in reply she said the same about where we had been called.  It was so interesting that we both felt and knew our missions were the ones right for us.  It was thrilling to be with her and Randy at the MTC for those five days.
President & Sister Sorenson going to Moscow and President & Sister Funk going to Bangalore.

We also got to visit with our dear tutors, Phil Sagers and Trent Olsen.  They are the best!

On Sunday evening, June 27th, we were able to come home from the MTC and spend time with our sweet family.  It was such a fun evening!  We love each of them so much!!!! It was soooo very hard to say goodbye! They are all very happy and excited for us, but still it was hard to say goodbye.  AKBH! Our little grandchildren are the best and I miss them so much already.  They give the best hugs and kisses and will change the most these next three years. 
Here we all are!  Our wonderful family!!!





Grandma & Hannah

Grandpa & Jack

After a long flight from Salt Lake City to New York City and then on to Moscow we arrived on Tuesday, July 29th.  We were greeted by members of our Europe East Area Presidency and Brother and Sister Budd (they lived in Worland, Wyoming, and know Claudia and Bruce) and taken to the beautiful Meridian Hotel for the evening.  We enjoyed an afternoon and evening of relaxation and delicious food.  The next day we had training meetings with our incredible leaders here in Moscow.  After a lovely dinner and pictures (see picture below) with our Area Presidency, President and Sister Cranney (the mission president and his wife whom we are replacing) picked us up and drove us to our new home for the next three years.  They are an incredible couple and are greatly loved by all the missionaries and members here.  We spent a couple of hours with them that evening learning some of the many, many responsibilities we now have.  THANK YOU, President and Sister Cranney, for your great work here! 

Europe East Area Presidency
and new Mission Presidents & Wives:  Sorensons (Moscow), Carters (Armenia), Sartoris (Samara)

July 1, 2010  Our new wonderful life!

Our first day on the job was meeting our wonderful AP's and Office Elders.  They are incredible!  REALLY!!!  They have been so loving and patient with us as they have guided us through the many responsibilities we now have.  We have a driver, Alexander, and he is greatly needed here.  The traffic in Moscow is awful and he has been safely transporting us to where we need to be.  These first two weeks have been busy with meeting all our missionaries (8 couples, 35 Elders and 15 Sisters), meeting some of the great members here, interviews, many meetings, attending a baptism where three men were baptized, enjoying our first P-day by visiting Red Square and feeling the great spirit of missionary work here. 
 I love our missionaries!  I love the members!  I love Moscow!

President Sorenson, Elder Nikolaichev, Elder Morgan, Elder Hansen, Alexander, & Elder Croese

Working hard in getting us set up.

First day as mission president.

This is where we live.

St. Basil's Cathedral in Red Square

Red Square

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexandrovsky Garden

July 10, 2010  Our first baptism we attended.


  1. It sounds so exciting. We're happy things are going so well. My Mom was SO exicted that you called her. We are proud of you guys. You're the best!

  2. Have to say it looks like you are living the good life! You make it sound so fun, haha. Enjoy it, you guys are the best.

  3. Wow Corinne! This is amazing. I am SO glad you have this blog. It is so neat to see everything and what you are experiencing. Love the pictures. So glad you love it!!

  4. OH, we love you so much! I don't know what I would do with telephones, Skype & e-mails! It already seems like you've been gone forever, but we just love, love, love hearing about your experiences!

  5. Amazing. I can't believe you are there and just getting right down to business. Everything looks beautiful. Wish we could just bop right over and say hello!
    We love you and miss you.

  6. Wonderful update. It was so exciting to read about your travels and your experiences so far. Sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of work. We Love You and miss you!

  7. Wow!! Glad you are posting this! Looks really cool! Miss you!

  8. I enjoyed your post; what a great experience. Hope you're keeping cool, the weather says it's 104 in Moscow, it's not much cooler here. Love you two! Peggy