Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4/10/2016 Yuri Gagarin, Tender Mercies

     A Doctor Suess quote  "Don't cry because it's over.  Smile because it happened."  It has been an amazing experience and we are grateful we have been able to be here and that our family has been so well taken care of while we were gone.
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      We went with President Reshetnikov, our Stake President (he was District President before Saratov was made a Stake) to his work last week which is right next to the museum for Yuri Gagarin.  Gagarin did several years of his studies at the school, and President took time to take us through the museum.
        Russian astronaut/cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first human to journey into outer space.  His Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of the earth April 12, 1961. 
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They have reason to be proud of him.  He was a good student, a hard worker, an honorable man and appreciated the praise given him.  The story is told when he visited Manchester in the United Kingdom, it was pouring rain, but he insisted that the hood of the car remain back so the cheering crowds could catch a glimpse of him. Gagarin stated:  "If all these people have turned out to welcome me and can stand in the rain, so can I."

The different planes he worked with or flew. 

 The sign is from where he landed

Elder & Sister Waite and the museum director.
Sorry, very short blog this week - we leave Sunday for Samara, then fly home that next week, will have a couple of days in Samara so will try to give you a better report on the last couple of weeks.  We have experienced many "tender mercies" while we have been here.

TENDER MERCIES -  Elder Bednar  "Nephi wanted us to understand right from the beginning of his record that the Lord’s tender mercies are extended to those who exercise faith in Him." Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles then explained what the Lord’s tender mercies are in our life.
      “The Lord’s tender mercies are the very personal and individualized blessings, strength, protection, assurances, guidance, loving-kindnesses, consolation, support, and spiritual gifts which we receive from and because of and through the Lord Jesus Christ. … The Lord’s tender mercies do not occur randomly or merely by coincidence. Faithfulness, obedience, and humility invite tender mercies into our lives, and it is often the Lord’s timing that enables us to recognize and treasure these important blessings” (“The Tender Mercies of the Lord,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005, 99–100).

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