We were just a little too far and the bus started moving, but it was very plain to us and pretty exciting. If you look carefully, you can see the VVHS Bulldog sticker (white) at the bottom of the window.
I went with the sister missionaries for a lesson with a lady who was baptized later in the week. They have short, very narrow side streets that go from the sidewalks and take you back to areas that have small homes. Some doors open right off the street as you see on the left below.
The little turn in to the new member's home comes right before the pole you can see at the right.
this is the other side as we were walking out.
They usually offer you tea - chai - and the missionaries always carry herbal and fruit tea just in case all they have is the other, but these were aware of the Word of Wisdom so had this good fruit tea. It is funny sometimes when the missionaries say how much they like the tea - as they stir in spoonful after spoonful of sugar. Also, when you visit, they often have a little snack fixed. I confess I'm not too adventurous in that department. Mike actually does better than I do.
When we see all the icicles I always think of my mother - one of her favorite things. These weren't really long as some are, but they were huge around, much more than they look here.
These are always pretty - just nice rows of icicle teeth.
We went over to watch some of our singles and other members play ball .. and at a break when they were changing the court from basketball to football (soccer) one of the bishops who was there bounced the ball over to Mike -
nothing but net !!!
and again (missed a few too)
We respect their traditions and are grateful for the times we can be observers. Last week we walked down to the Volga for their celebration of the Epiphany. To the Orthodox Church January 19 marks the baptism of Jesus. The larger crowd was at midnight, but they were still coming and going when we were there. Below is a brief explanation which is better (and shorter) than mine would have been.