On October 27th arrangements were made to attend the performance of the ballet, Swan Lake, in the beautiful Taras Shevchenko Ukrainian National Opera House. This opera house was built in 1856 but in 1896 a fire erupted from an unextinguished candle and the theatre was destroyed. One of the largest musical libraries in Europe along with numerous costumes and stage props were lost during the fire. They rebuilt the opera house and its opening performance was on September 29, 1901. It is a beautiful building and we enjoyed the performance of Swan Lake by Peter Tchaikovski.
This says Swan Lake in Ukrainian.
The beautiful ceiling.
President and Sister Sorenson and President Sartori from the Russia Samara Mission.
This was the "coat check" token that was given when I checked in my coat and then you return it after the performance to claim your coat. I thought this was a neat looking token.
On Thursday, October 28th, we went to recently dedicated Kyiv Temple and did a session with all the mission presidents, their wives and the Area Presidency. It was an incredible experience and blessing! Several times during the session I couldn't keep the tears from flowing because of the history in this part of the world and now the people here have waited a very long time for this beautiful temple. I never dreamed that someday I would be sitting in the Celestial Room in a temple in the former Soviet Union. The Lord has opened the doors to his people here and all the blessings are flowing in.
We were to late in the day to get inside this beautiful Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. We believe it is St. Michael's Cathedral.
Looking in the opposite direction you can see Saint Sophia Cathedral whose first foundations were laid out in 1037 and which was completed to it present form in 1740.
We left the roses in Kiev to return to the first snow fall in Moscow.
Back home in our lovely Rosinka.