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Ladies and Gentlemen. Two years ago a kid named Tanner Larkin set off to this wild place that we call Ukraine. Now it’s time for me to come home and I have to say that it’s gonna be very hard for me to leave. The food, culture, and people here have completely changed my life and perspective on the world. I’ve met my best friends here and I am definitely going to miss them. This mission is the important thing that I’ve ever done in my life and although it will be extremely difficult for me to leave this wonderful country, I’m very excited to see my family:) Thanks for all the love and support over these last two years!!!! See you in a week:))))  Pictures are from Baso’s baptism last week.  Sooooo fun!

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Baso

This last week was super good!!!!!! We met with a lot of people, lots of investigators and members. I’m currently trying to get a baptism before I leave this wonderful place. Right now our prospect is my man Baso, we had a super good lesson with him this last week and the guy is progressing rapidly. We’re meeting with him tomorrow and we’re going to try and get him on date. He is the man!!!! Yesterday President Sullivan came to our branch and thankfully all of our investigators came to it haha. WE  HAD LIKE 80 PEOPLE AT CHURCH! The church is growing rapidly here!!!! In the pictures I am sending Baso is the one in the red plaid shirt.  He is from Lebanon.  We also got a new branch presidency yesterday. A missionary who finished his mission when I got here, was called as the branch president. The guy is legit like 22 years old lol and is married and has a kid. Crazy. But ya that’s all, I am outta time, have to go!  HAVE A GOOD WEEK!!!!

Elder Larkin
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Travel Plans

The anticipated travel plans have arrived!  It will take a little over 26 hours for Elder Larkin to come home, but he IS coming home!  He arrives June 26 at 10:17 pm in St George, via Phoenix, NYC, Kiev, and Dnepropetrovsk!  One of us is counting the days….

We also received a beautiful letter from President Sullivan.  Elder Larkin is sprinting to the finish and President told us he is sprinting with him!  Cannot wait for June 26!

Kiev

This week Elder Larkin had to go with his companion to Kiev.  They were there for two nights.  While there they had the chance to go to the Kiev Temple.  Here are a couple of pictures.  He looks great!

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Happy Ukrainian Easter

Ladies and Gentlemen. This week was wild. It was actually quite a roller coaster, a lot of really good stuff happened but probably one of the saddest things also happened.  Nick came really really close to getting baptized, he searched for truth and he thought he found it. However, his parents are Baptists and found out that he was reading the Book of Mormon and have now forbidden him completely to meet with us. He was super upset and wasn’t able to tell us until we just ran into him on the street yesterday. Sad stuff.  Hopefully something changes but I still love the guy.

I had the wonderful opportunity to watch general conference yesterday holy cow…. it was unbelievable. A lot of the time I felt like the speakers were speaking directly to me. I also had the wonderful opportunity to perform a rap song in front of some people in the center of town. Ask my dad for the video if he will give it up, it actually turned out way better than I thought it would.

It was also Easter yesterday so we naturally went to the orthodox temple to get blessed by the wonderful priests there. Easter in Ukraine is pretty lit, we ate lots of cakes and hard boiled eggs.  I am attaching a picture of the cakes they make.  Holiday Paska is round, frosted, sweet bread and is a traditional Easter food cooked to resemble the golden domes of orthodox churches.  The typical greeting between people on Easter here is “Christ is Risen” and the reply is “Indeed, He is risen.”  It has been sick to be a part of this.  Different but kind of the same.

We are on to finding new people to teach.  Have a great week!

Elder Larkin

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A Ukrainian Easter basket with the bread and the traditional painted eggs.

Pictures

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Suit Buying
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More Suit Buying
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Church with Mohammad
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Jordanian dinner at the mission home with President Sullivan, Sister Sullivan, Elder Tate and Mohammad
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At the mission home
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Driving home