About 30 sailors from the Soviet Union enjoyed a family home evening with about 170 members of the Astoria 1st Ward and several Russian interpreters.
The sailors were from the crew of a processing ship, the Ostrovschmidta, out of Vladivostok on the southeast coast of the Soviet Union, said Gary J. Jacobsen, stake mission president in the Longview Washington Stake."While the ships are in port here, you can go aboard, and they will give you guided tours," Jacobsen said. "They are a very family-oriented people."
The ward family home evening was organized by William Neuremberg, first counselor in the Astoria 1st Ward. Neuremberg has some Russian ancestry and his family, along with others in Astoria, often invite sailors from Soviet ships to visit their homes.
Among the crew was the Far East correspondent for Pravda, a major newspaper in the Soviet Union. The reporter said he probably would do a story on the family home evening.
"It was a friendship evening," Jacobsen said. "The ward had a large pot-luck dinner, and Primary children sang Primary songs."
The Soviets showed slides of their hometown and presented gifts to the ward. The Latter-day Saints gave gifts of homemade jams and other items.