BELGRADE, Serbia Igor Gruppman, director of the Orchestra at Temple Square, and his wife, Vesna, returned to her native Serbia homeland to present a violin and piano concert on June 23.
It has been the desire of Sister Gruppman since joining the Church to share the gospel in music and testimony to her countrymen.
They performed for approximately 500 members and friends of the Church in the famed Kolarac Concert Hall, with Sander Sittig, their piano accompanist.
Enthusiastic reaction to the concert indicated the performance was well received.
Lynn and Geniel Fife, a former humanitarian missionary couple, and Mila Ranovic? Snapp, with the assistance of President Douglas Laney Weight of the Slovenia/Croatia Mission, organized the event.
Vesna Zekic, a member of the Church, and her husband, Tomislav, contacted the media and invited representatives from embassies and larger businesses.
Many musicians and music lovers attended.
A fireside was held the next day with the Gruppmans in the Belgrade LDS meetinghouse. About 80 people attended, including members and investigators who expressed their pleasure.
Sister Gruppman shared her testimony and recounted her conversion. Brother Gruppman, who is from Ukraine, shared his testimony in Serbian. Hearing their messages in their language impressed those in attendance.