Kyiv Ukraine Temple: Expressing love for a prophet

The love members in the Kyiv Ukraine Temple district feel for President Thomas S. Monson is, quite literally, beyond description. Even if there were no language barriers, many would have no difficulty expressing their feelings for President Monson’s legendary role in bringing the first temple to Eastern Europe in the vast area once under Soviet control.

It is little wonder that when he came to attend a cultural program on Saturday evening, Aug. 28, and to dedicate the Kyiv Ukraine Temple on Aug. 29, his presence evoked an outpouring of love and admiration.

Several times during his visit, President Monson expressed his love for the people of this vast temple district, which includes eight nations: Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia and Ukraine.

As often as possible, he paused to shake hands with members young, old and in between and engage them in as much conversation as language barriers allowed. In reality, a common language wasn’t necessary since this man is known for his compassionate and caring nature and communicated his love for the members through his smile, the warmth in his eyes and his good-natured humor.

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