It feels weird that Christmas is getting really close. Everyone is counting down the days until they leave rather than the days until Christmas. Sis Whiting and I found out that one of the Ukrainian Elders who came in last week is going with us to Yekaterinburg. That made us really happy because he can speak Russian to the customs agents for us. Speaking of the Christmas Devotional Sister Whiting gets to say the closing prayer for it. This is pretty big because it means that we get to sit up on the stand with 1 probably 2 of the twelve apostles and we get to shake their hands. How cool is that? I don't even have to do anything. We have been learning alot about the Russian culture since the natives have arrived. One of them was talking to Sis Haymond ( a sister in my district) about "Gary Potter". He had seen the new movie before he came and was very excited about it. We were sitting at lunch one time and a Ukrainian Elder asked a sister in my district why she carried around a water bottle all the time. He said if she took it to Russian everyone would think she was drinking vodka. In the Russian culture you are only suppose to say hello to them once a day otherwise they think you are weird if you say hello again. Several of the natives are very good at English. One Elder told me he had been studying English for 13 years, 5 at a university. This last Sunday the devotional was the BYU mens choir. So good! I wish they had devotionals like that more often. Some of the Sisters have been making a "You know that you have been at the MTC too long when...." list. I think most of the missionaries are itching to go. We learn so much here in the MTC, but there is nothing like being thrown into the situation and preaching the gospel to people who have never heard of it before. I love what I am doing.