Literature, Revise, Russia

Seeing the Savior in Crime and Punishment

At age 27, long before he would become the titan of Russian literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to four years of hard labor in Siberia for crimes against the state. Before his deportation, he was given a leather-bound copy of the New Testament. In her memoirs, Dostoevsky’s wife, Anna Grigor’evna said that “During the entire four years of his imprisonment [Fyodor] never…

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Faith and Religion, Russia

Chalk Art and Mormon Missionaries in Russia!

After struggling for six weeks to find investigators in Moscow, Russia, Elder Jace Warren and his companion (Elder Paul Gallo), had a rather colorful idea. Using chalk from a local market, Elder Warren and Elder Gallo illustrated scenes from the Book of Mormon, the Plan of Salvation, and Joseph Smith’s First Vision on the very streets of Moscow. “[Elder] Warren…

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Russia

Nakhodka

In an obscure corner of Russia’s Far East is a quiet harbor city known as Nakhodka. The area was first discovered in 1859 when a Russian ship seeking shelter in its bay during a storm. Upon finding the peaceful bay, the sailors named it Nakhodka, which means “lucky find.” Five years ago, as a missionary for the Mormon Church, I…

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Faith and Religion, Russia

A Russian Mormon Missionary

An hour before she entered the Missionary Training Center, a Russian Sister Missionary shared the story of her conversion Mormonism and her powerful testimony of Jesus Christ… I met Galena while I was serving my mission in Russia. Since that time, her and I have been close friends. Whenever we hang out, I can’t help but feel of her strong…

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