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Steve Perschon, 32, assistant principal
Served Russia St. Petersburg mission 1994-96


What was your biggest rush in Russia?
If you like cold showers, St. Petersburg is the place for you. In the summer, they replace many of the hot water pipes that get corroded. Hot water is sent to an entire apartment complex from the city (no individual water heaters), and we hardly had enough time, or pots to boil water, so we took speed showers. Cold showers for two months of my mission certainly were a morning wake-up-call.

I once talked with a member of the Russian mafia. Most of them wore suits and drove BMWs or Mercedes, so they were easy to identify. Since missionaries also wore suits, they mostly left us alone. The guy I talked to only wanted to talk about America. He asked if I had ever been to Disney World in the state of {::INSERTAD::} “Miami.”

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