Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Baptism (from 12/2/2013)

Dear Family,

Well we had a really good thanksgiving week there was a baptism of one of our investigators. It was great cause we didnt think that it would happen but all the pieces fell into place and he got baptised and i was lucky enough to baptise him and it was a great experience. We also had a weird thanksgiving probably one of the weirdest of my life. 

So first the reason we didnt think that this baptism wouldn't happen is that this 13 year old kid even though he wanted to be baptized and has good friends as influences he still is a 13 year old kid. The hardest part for him has got to be his sister because she really didnt want him to become a member but thank goodness the parents were totally ok with it. It was cool cause they are both deaf and talking with them was hard but fun it sort of reminded me of American sign language it was cool.

Thursday our supposed thanksgiving so we were told this year by our president and wife that we weren't aloud to have thanksgiving as a district or with other missionaries and they told us to celebrate it another way but thats hard to celebrate a holiday where all you do is gather with those you love and eat food if the first option is taken out of the equation. 

But we found a way around that hiccup by having some elders from lviv come down to do registration, it didn't work out to where they could come on Thursday so instead we did it on Friday but it didn't go that smoothly. 

So the elders from lviv got there Thursday night and well they brought more and more bad news so first thing is that the visa trips are now back on well not for us old missionaries just of the young ones and the Christmas zone conference will be without them so that was sad. 

But then Friday came and we planned to eat thanksgiving then but out of nowhere the president from lviv came down and wanted to take us all out to lunch so we all went into center and spent some time with him. It was weird cause he didn't call he didn't tell us anything about him coming but there he was to ruin out plans. 

Unfazed we pressed ahead and had out thanksgiving just a little latter than we would have wanted. We started thanksgiving at 9 pm on Friday night and finished when the lviv elders had to go back home which was about 11pm so that night was long but really fun and it made me laugh cause we would have been up waiting for their train anyway but this way we still got our thanksgiving meal thing. 

The baptism was also really great so Saturday we had the baptism at 10 and everything went smoothly and it was great i really love being a part of the baptisms especially here in uzhorod the members here are on fire for the Gospel and the sharing of it. 

We also went out to eat on Saturday after the baptism with all the branch who wanted to come and it was really fun i have never done that without the president in lviv there so that was fun and lets just say i didnt eat much the left over thanksgiving meal was enough.  

Im so glad you got to see ricky it was really great to have him in my district this last transfer and im glad you fought over the ties i wanted you to save them for when i get home but thats not a big deal but.... no im joking im glad you liked them. 

Looking forward to see your faces. 

Love Elder Naumann

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