Monday, July 30, 2012

Ukraine Week 3: BTR

So i dont know if i have told you about boba tetiana but i will now, so we go over to bobas house to give her the sacrement every sunday.    she is a russian (bob) who got baptized about 6 years ago and wants the sacrement but cant make it to church so we go there. She is a  funny old lady and always makes us food and we have to eat it and she always wants to take pictures. But she also gives all the missionaries nicknames which is funny because everyone wants one so i had to figure out my name so first some of the other missionaries told me my name from brat roman which they were all different first it was the russian word for tubby and then it was a postal wagon and granted these names were all in russian so i had no idea if they were bad like derogatory so it was whatever but then i went this last week and she told me my nickname is BTR it is a russian war machine and is very funny so you should totally send me a picture of that if you can and the othere pictures you told me you had for me, that would be cool too. 

So this last week we had to go up to kiev to go to this leadership conferance which my comp. had to go to cause he is our district leader so we went up there and i got there and i knew that i would be contacting but with who thats the question, there were only a few missionaries there without companions so i found elder nielson who yes is just as green as me and we both dont know ukrainian or kiev so we were about to leave and try to figure things out but then another elder came and said i dont have a comp. can i go with you two and of corse we said yes. So this elders name is elder anderson and he is a russian speaking elder who is in kiev which is good because he knew kiev so we were walking around contacting. And this is a story of how hard satan works against us. So we met this lady who we talked to for about 10 min and it was good to do that then we asked if we could pray and she said yes so we did and we were still talking with her for about 2 min and then this crazy woman came out of nowhere and starting attacking us verbaly and saying that mormons are a curse to ukraine and that we are brain washed kids who are working with the devil and all this crap and then the lady  who we prayed with was like what so then this woman started talking in ukrainian which was the weirdest things ever and she was just baging us but this lady who we prayed with was having none of it and she was defending us, then we walked away just so we could be away but she followed us and was swearing at us and just attacking us. Then elder anderson said ok we get it you told us all the stuff you hate about us is there anything else you have to say or can we leave then she shut up and we walked away. so yeah satan is working very hard on that lady we prayed with so hopefuly the missionaries can talk to her again. 

But yeah that was friday and then we got back saturday and we went to an activaty with the elders quarm which was awesome we played soccer and ate lots of meat that was shishkabobed and over an open fire it was so good we had a blased. 
It was planed to go up to the mountains and party for a cupple of hours but some people coped out and it was just in lviv but it was still way fun. we ate this meat that looked unfamiliar, the reason was that it was horse meat yeah horse meat it was so good they did a really good job and then on the way back to the church we walked by this kvas stand, it is basicaly the ukrainian equivalent of root beer but it tastes nothing like root beer it taists like carbinated bread water yeah its just as gross as it sounds but everyone says that it eventually tastes good but i dont believe them. 
Earlyer this week we also went chalk drawing in a park by the university, we drew the plan of salvation and it was fun and looked way cool and lots of people stoped to find out what we were doing so that was cool to see the results right away so yeah that was good.

ok mom i know your woried about me and my size and how i wont be able to do anything because i wont be able to function. This is not the case, this mission is known for the people my size by the end of their mission having lost 60 to 70 pounds. yeah i know thats crazy, its because we walk around so much and we eat about 1 meal a day and thats why we all lose so much weight and i want you to know that since i have gone on my mission i have lost about 20 pounds and 15 of it has been here in ukraine, and its going to drop fast cause we run 3 times a week and exsersise every day so its good the pounds are just falling off and its good.

This last week we have been working with our 2 investigators who are both strugaling, one lives 70 k away and the other one is bypoler and needs constant help. we are trying to help the less active members aswell, we went and visited this guy called ivan who lives about 40 min away on a marshutka and then another 2 miles of walking distance. so we are going to visit him and we get on the bus and there are no windows and no seats so i stood up for 40 min on a bus and it was about 100 degrees so that was way fun i sweat like a gallon of water and it was gross.

After we got back from kiev we had a new zone leader cause elder hail got called to be a branch pres. in chernefcey so it was kind of weird we werent even halfway into the transfer and he got called to leave. But elder hansen is way cool. We also got an extra sister here because the mission pres loves the sisters, she requested to serve in lviv cause she hadent been here her whole mission but she really wanted to so pres. obeyed her wish so she will be here for about 10 days which will be fun. Yesterday we had a sunday meal with everyone and it was for elder mores birthday he turned 65 years old and that was way cool he is a fun guy. 

 Well im glad to hear that you all had such a fun time in yellowstone and I miss you all and pray for you all the time so be safe and keep having fun live life and do all there is to offer.

Love elder naumann

oh and my misionary mall belt broke and i bought a new one so yeah if you could see if you could get me a new one that would be awesome and i will try to send you the picture and the address of the mission home but if they just give you the new belt dont worry about sending it to me its not a big deal. 

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