In 1998 we adopted a 7-year-old girl from Russia. Travis came to our ward on a
regular basis, taught Anna the discussions in Russian and sat with her in
primary. A great young man who used his experiences to bless our family.
That is so scary!!! My husband Was an lds Missionary in Russia in 1998. Very
Scary. im glad it worked out for them!
This story is evidence that how we perceive life and our trials in it - are our
choice. We live in a world of 'victims' where so many feel deprived
or at odds against the world. Much of this accounts for the ever increasing
number of litigation where people are trying to seek monetary justice and
compensation for their woes.These two elders faced a nightmare and
turned it to their own good and in turn, they have given others renewed strength
to face their own assaults in life. Someone once said - Two men looked out
through the self same bars. One saw the mud; the other the stars.
Wow--now that would be the story that would keep people from falling asleep at
Sacrament Meeting! I understand how the one Elder could feel it was one of the
best experiences of his life. Some of mine weren't what others would have
understood as "best experiences", either. These brethren are heroes in
the best sense of the word--they drank of the bitter cup and did what was
required, in the truest spirit of their Heavenly Father. Rock on!
Their mission president, Cordell Wold was my neighbor for a while in Aberdeen,
ID around 1970 - and a really great man. Quite a life experience these guys
Propst actually lives in Boise and Tuttle lives in AZ.
I was a missionary in Russia at this time (in a different mission) and it was
national news. A lot of people asked us about it. When I first heard the new,
I wasn't surprised, but it didn't scare me either. We just kept doing
what we were supposed to do. Russia was a hard and desperate place in the
1990s. But, we were trying to do something good and simply serve those people,
any way we could. I'm happy these two survived and kept a
helpful perspective on it.
I hope the one kidnapper, who was inactive LDS, was excommunicated over this
issue. Kidnapping is generally something frowned upon in our church.
Glad it all turned out o.k. but I'm not sure making a movie about it is the
best idea. Seems that movies like this just plant ideas in the heads of the
whackos out there. I think it would be better to give your thanks to Heavenly
Father for making it out alive and let the whole issue fade into a distant