Thursday, June 20, 2013

Patriarch week

Dear Family,

Well sounds like everyone had a fun week full of sand and soon to be on other fun camps. Mom you are not aloud to steal Roan give him back he is not yours :)  Im glad you got on the plane with him but seriously you cant keep him we already have enough children in our family. Happy fathers day dad, I think its my tradition to make everyone hug you at this time so go ahead everyone hug him now. go go go go alpha squad. 

Well Family this week was really fun ok maybe not really fun but fun enough to say fun. 
Monday we had a nice lesson with an active family in our branch we wanted to do it at their house but we called the mom and she told us how to get there and we had no idea how and so she said well the dad is at the church right now go get him and he will take you to our house. So we got there and he was like she said what, I cant make it back because im working so he called here and she was in center so we waited at the church for her and then we just had the lesson at the church which was good we talked about helping them and they invited us over for a picnic with shashleeky that is ukrainian shishkabob/ BBQ.

Tuesday was funny, so we are supposed to weekly plan on Friday but didn't get it done until Wednesday but we planned it for Tuesday. That didn't happen as you can imagine. We tried to go visit this less active woman in the branch who is in the hospital and so we did, when we got there the woman at the front desk was like yeah you cant go visit sick people without an apt. so we call the sister but she wouldn't pick up the phone and the whole week we tried to visit her and it just didn't work out because she never answered her phone but its ok she showed up to church this week. 
We then had district meeting and I think I like the way elder bailey does his district meetings even though he went to the high school called Liahona right next to the jr. High in pg. 
Then my skinny companion elder jolstead who is trying to gain wait went and bough a 60$ protein powder mix thing and it made me laugh because the last 3 companions i have had have been trying so hard to gain weight but just cant and all im trying to do is lose it so that's not a very good mix ya know. 
We also had English and that went good we haven't found much success from it yet but we are still working.

So on Wednesday we finaly got done weekly planning and we also went and visited an active woman who just got put in the hospital she is 5 months prego and she almost fell so she went to the hospital and we went and visited here and saw how everything was but other then that we had a spiritual thought with the branch pres. and really that was about it. 

Thursday was our Roman day where we planned to do a bunch of stop-by's and well first we did studies in the church and when i got there elder rebitsky/ orist was there to get his patriarchal blessing he is the kid who served a short term mission while i was inbrovary and we went on exchanges and he was cool. oh so all this week the patriarch has been in town he is from bountiful and is 80 years old and speaks Russian fluently and taught it at byu many years and many years ago. He comes once every 3 years and there are 2 others that rotate so every year there is a patriarch who comes from the USA to give blessings and he himself has given 2300 blessings about. 
So we went out with roman lisney the president of the branch to eat and then to visit some of his home teaching families who weren't home so that was sad and then we had 2 meetings fall through before English so that wasn't fun. 

So we this week got a text saying no more ipod touches or tablets or anything with Internet. that mandate is not from the mission pres. but the 70's from the area presidency so that was a real bummer because i use my ipod so much it helps me alot but missionaries have been doing missionary work for years now without ipods of coarse less effectively but they seem to manage. 

Friday we went and picked up the mom of orist the kid i told you about earlier she was at the train station and had no idea where to go so we helped here and we also did weekly planned for the second time this week which was good we had the assistants sit in on it and we were like how can we improve and they were like we dont know we dont weekly plan enough to know how to do them well so that was funny to me. then all of our apt. fell through which was way lame so yeah and this week has been fun because i bought like 3 kilos of strawberries and i have been making smoothies which have been way good.  

 So Saturday we had to pick up more people from the bus station so they could get their patriarchal blessings and then we had sports day we played basketball with a few members and the district leader and comp. We then came home real quick to get dressed and ready for our lesson  we had with Yuri the man bishop rogers knows and he is cool but has this mind set that all churches lead to god just different ways so that's hard.
Later after our meeting we went and picked up the patriarch and took him out to dinner at tex mex the place run by an American and the patriarch loved it he is so funny and kind a cranky but he is just old. 

Sunday lots of people came to church witch was good we afterword had a lesson with a new convert he is really cool he just needs a job. I also saw Ivan a kid i met here the first time and became good friends with and yeah we also went to an old grandma who only has one tooth and he is kind of crazy and has a bunch of false doctrine but she was funny. 

Well that is my week I hope you enjoyed it. 
brought to you by pbs kids.

Love Elder Naumann 

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