Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ukraine Week 22: Mission Conferance + Temple = Snow‏

Hi Family,

Well this week has been a fun one filled with lots of snow. We also spent a lot of time with Roman this week and it came together in one big church meeting at the end of the week with Pres. Klebingat speaking here in lviv.

So this week was us spending full days with roman and doing computer work. So Monday we first had a meeting with this one really less active man named Brother yahoriv and we met him at his home first on Sunday and then again on Monday but at his work and we talked and we are really trying to just be able to get meetings with him because his testimony is awesome and he really knows the church is true but he has problems with the word of wisdom so mom if you could put his name on the prayer role at the temple that would be awesome (yuri yahoriv). So we met him and then had to run over to this families house who brother roman dogged and so we filled in for him and they were awesome.

Then on Tuesday we didn't have very much happen except we felt that roman would dog us for Wednesday so we kept up with him but then on Wednesday roman wouldn't answer his phone so we ran over to the church and found him there moping after he came from work and we just made sure he was doing ok and then he threw a ball at us telling us that the people who were called to do the family history work were not able to do it any more so we needed to do it with him. Good thing we didn't plan anything that day but being with roman. The whole day was spent in the computer room with roman and he was a bit bitter about transfers because that is his life, well at least that's what he tells us is his life so yeah the assistant Elder brathwate who served here in lviv couldn't tell him so he was really mad at him soooooo yeah he just needed to get over his little problem.

Then we got on a train Wednesday night and headed off to kiev and it was a good night but then we got in to kiev and it was snowing... hard like really hard like a foot of snow and no snow plows and no sidewalks were shoveled so its a good thing i have high top shoes. We got in to kiev with the knowledge of who was speaking at this conference and it was funny because the last time Pres. Bennit spoke to our mission he chastised us and said I love you at the end of every sentence so thats what we were expecting but he had talked with our pres. and thats not what happened it was nothing about contacting or about obedience it was all about how we need to have charity and that is the only way our mission can go up in numbers. It was a really good meeting but really long like 8 or 9 hours but at least it was warm. Then we as a district in lviv had asked pres. if we could go to the temple because we didnt have to get on a train until 10:35 at night so we went to a temple session at 7 at night and we were rushing because we also met vlad up there in kiev and yeah he was doing really good he is about to take the test to get him into BYU Provo yeah i told you before that he would be in idaho but now he is coming to utah so I gave him your email mom and our home phone number so maybe some time soon he will give you a call saying he is hungry.... Just a warning. But we had an awesome time in there, having it im ukrainian and understanding it was awesome too. but the real fun part is getting a taxi to the temple and get us to the train station with all of us safe and all of the christmas packages safe too. 

That brings me to another subject I got your package and I opened it and started eating some of it and I hope I wasnt suposed to wait until christmas soooo yeah, Im glad you got my package and yeah I know that i dont have a lot of pictures of myself but its ok those were just my pictures not my districts pictures which I have so dont worry. But how did you like your package? Did you try to contiek slam yet? did you get my recording? how do you like the play money? Just really how was everything?

So yeah that was the big news for the middle of the week but something that just happened yesterday was that pres. came and made roman the new branch pres. and that was awesome soo cool he was really happy when he got relesed but then he called him as pres. and well lets just say his big im free plans just went out the window so yeah funny but im glad he is doing awesome here and helping everyone here so just was not seeing it coming so soon because elder moore is coming back soon like in 3 weeks so that is weird and also he is waiting for his missionary to come home before he gets married so yeah thats another 4 months so we just weren't expecting it but it was a good surprise.

So sounds like everyone had a fun musicly filled week. Im so glad that i got to miss being in the messiah this its worst year. Even though I am really sad i missed it im glad it was on its worst year... Macey im glad to hear your dating and going to dances and also doing the crazy music thing that i remember during the christmas season. 
Ok but someone has seriously got to tell me where erik is going to school and who in the heck is he dating because he for sure is not going to tell me....... and she is from iowa where does that come form man someone tell me. 

So the telephone call and transfers so we have a small transfer period because pres wants people to get home before Christmas  This is all i know about transfers one of our zone leaders just got made 2nd councilor in the branch presidency and the other one was told he was leaving and that some other places and guys who have been in an area for 6 transfers ( 9 months) are going to be staying for another one so hopefully i will stay because I really want to stay for Christmas here its like the best town to serve in Christmas time because its the most beautiful but who knows. So here is the deal with the phone call/ Skype Every city here has a computer club with Skype and even if they don't the churches here all have a web cam and computer and i have an i touch that has facetime so it wont be that hard the only thing that i need to know is what time do you have available for me to call with everyone home and I will also be calling Kyle and maybe if you have Skype + we can all Skype together and talk together so yeah remember im 9 hours ahead so pick a time whenever on Christmas Well we might have a Christmas party for the church at 6 or 7 so maybe try to avoid that time but if we need to i can step away and got to our church's computer room.

Well Love you family and talk with you soon. 

Elder Naumann

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