Monday, August 20, 2012

Ukraine week 6: Transfers.....

Well this week was when we got out transfer information and that was scary for me cause our mission pres. is really random and spiritual when he chooses transfers for the missionary's and so i didn't know if i would be with my trainer for the full time i am supposed to be or if i would be leaving to be with someone else.

So i we started off this week very wet it rained for the first 3 days straight and i didn't have an umbrella or a jacket to keep me dry and that was fun we eventually found one and now i have a good umbrella but it took us way too long to get one and i was very wet the first couple days and now it has stooped though. And also on Monday we got our new oven installed and that was good it rocksand i love it but yeah, we did a lot of area book work this week too cause of the rain, no one was outside so we just called people and i don't know if i have told you but i have been trying to contact that family that sister rogers knew here in Lviv and we have had no success but then we called them on Tuesday and the woman on the other side of the phone said she didn't know anyone from America and that was sad cause she then hung up.. so that was weird we still planned on going to their house and see if it was the right number cause it was a home number and those things change all the time so it may be wrong. 

We have also been having alot of good lessons with our one investigator with a baptismal date and he has been showing up not as drunk or not drunk at all but he just doesn't understand and i think its because he speaks Russian better then he can Ukrainian and that has been hard but we decide to drop his baptismal date cause he is defiantly not ready but that's fun but sad too.

so this week we have really been focusing on finding cause we haven't had anyone new cause random things come up so we have been contacting like crazy and also tracking its one of my favorite things to do especially when people are nice to you and that is not very often but we talked to some really good people none of them are  new investigators and i found out that my least favorite statement ever is god is one.... yeah kyle and Erik I'm sure you love that one too but yeah dumb. 

so on Thursday i had the pleasure of going to ivano - frankievesk  with elder Hansen our zone leader, so the reason i had to go with him is cause apparently i missed a national registration here in lviv and i had to get it done in ivano so that was fun i thought it was going to be for registration down there and that i would be transferred and that kind of freaked me out cause the only missionaries that weren't dying down there were only  3 transfers in and almost as new as me but that didn't happen all is well but i spent Thursday and Friday there with elder kashawagie he is one of the missionaries that is dying and man is he a stud and that was fun and all is well it was fun to be down there.

OK so on our way to the apartment in ivano and my comp. calls me and tells me that he is at the referrals house that i got from sister rogers and i was like what why did you go without me, they got in by telling them that he knew sister rogers and then they got in and she said so tell me about Erin and her life and her kids and they were like well this is weird we actually don't know her so then he called me and i talked with them for a while and that was fun and stuff but they wanted to know more about sister rogers so i told them all i knew but it wasn't much so if sister rogers wants to pass on a message to this family i will be glad to do it so yeah that was dumb so we are going back again and talking to them with me there so yeah.....

Yeah so that's about all that happened is transfers and the exchange so I'm glad to hear that all of you are having a party at home and I'm praying for grandma, there is a woman here that reminds me of her and it makes me happy every time i see her so tell her i love her.

Elder naumann 3 ( according to Erik that is right so yeah)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Ukraine week 5:Little Gnome

So this week was fun, normal but fun. First we began this week with going over to this american family for family night and it was a suprise party for these 2 girls they brought over here to watch their kids and that was fun they always make great food it was a birthday party and a going away party as well the 2 girls had to go home because of school.

So on tuesday we had a good district meeting and after that we went on exchanges with the zone leaders who are the other elders in our district so me and elder hansen rocked it up and we had 1 member lesson with this guy named Ihor and he is cool he speaks english and helped me alot with language and he is fun to talk to.

Also this week me and elder olsen did alot of area book work which is calling and trying to recontact old droped investigators and so i was doing most of the calling and talking but it was good and good language experience for me but it was sad to go throught the area book and see that some of these people hadent been contacted for 3 years yeah so we got about 10 people in but there is still alot to work through to get everyone called.

This week we have been running more than before and i can now keep up with everyone else and its good and i have so far lost 25 pounds since i have been on the mission and that is just crazy and i can feel it too i just dont know where it all was and has now gone its crazy.

So this thursday we went to this young men and young womans activity and that was way fun we only hav 2 young women and 1 young man but it was still fun we went under this castle where there is a museum and it was fun but kind of lame but aperently the tour guide was talking so fast no one could understand him and then we all went up the tower of L'viv and that was 300 stairs to the top it was fun because i walk up that or more every day so it wasnt a problem for me but then we went down into this creapy church and we took pictures and left really fast but yeah this day was packed with fun so then that same day me and elder olsen went to a cafe and saw this girl painting in the street and she was painting the street and it was awesome so we went over to see the painting and we started to talk with her there was also a man there and he was looking at the painting too but we thought they were together because we were talking to her in english which she understood alittle and russian which we knew alittle and so this guy was helping us but then the walked over to this curb and sort of fell and layed down and passed out 3 times and that was weird and when he woke up he said he was fine and walked away this girl then prociedes to start cring and that was aquward so we asked her if she was ok and she packed up and left right then.

 And then we were walking around and we sat down on a bench and this drunk girl starts talking to us and she wasnt having any of the bible or the book of mormon and elder olsen thought she was posessed and i do too know thinking about it. Then we went to a hospital to talk with this sick member and give her a blessing and that was good to see her and talk with her. And then we headed back to english at the church and there was only one guy who showed up but then we sat down and worked on our poster and then these 2 guys who had been contacted by missionaries on the street came in and wanted us to teach them so of corse we did and right in the middle they asked us to speak in english and so we did these guys asked questions and listened and they were way cool they both have families and degrees which is rare in Ukraine and good jobs so we talked with them for a long time and were way late getting home our bad.

We are meeting with this guy sasha who i have told you about and we finaly got him to church........... he was drunk and his member wife was drunk and so we kicked them out and that was dumb, why do people drink alchohol? It only wrecks lifes and we cant help him until he stops drinking thats all we are working on with him.

Oh also this week was my 1 month mark in ukraine and what did i get on the day a new oven because ours is brokeded and so of corse we had to carry it all the way up to our apt. and thats right 96 stairs to the top woo hoo and that was good we havent used it yet because its not ready but we will get it to work soon and that was fun and so this week one of the zone leaders elder brathewate got a call from pres. saying that he is the new assistant woo hoo but that is kind of sad i only got to spend less than a transfer with him but they also have having people break in to their house because they lost their keys so we think its a member so they got a new key and everything is good but we have been sleeping over at their house to be their guard dogs.

But yeah thats my week im excited shawn finaly got his new gun and am way excited to shoot it i bet its fun and macey break a leg if you havent already :) 

Love Elder Naumann 

Ps. Kim it is alright for you to email me thats not against the rules but i cant email you directly but i can send you my general e mail and my mom now knows how to send me mail so just ask her for the way to do it