Sunday, January 22, 2012
One of the games they played was an obstacle course. They had all kinds of things in the way including people. I'm always amazed at how much fun they have with simple games. It was hysterical watching people get in the way and stay in one position for several minutes while others manuvered around them. Very fun game.
These are two of my favorite Elders. Elder Johnson and Elder Olsen. Elder Johnson served in the office as one of the secretaries. He didn't like decorating which was sad because we had a lot of parties therefore lots of decorating. But he always had a good attitude and was so fun to work with. Elder Olsen was lots of help with the loom hats and scarves. His mom taught him to knit and crochet so he was so helpful with that project. He always had good advice about which yarn to use. I'm going to miss them.
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
When a new group of missionaries come to Hungary, Sister Baughman serves them dinner in their apartment. This time there was a large group so we helped her with the dinner. They are a super group of missionaries. They are excited to be here and ready to get to work. The Assistants are at the front of the table - the rest had only been here for a few hours. It was fun to get to meet all of them before they left for their assigned areas.
Another activity we did in December was Christmas Caroling. We went over to the Mall and sang as people were coming to shop. Several people stopped to listen. While we were singing the missionaries would try to talk to people or at least give them a Pass Along Card. Afterward we went back to the Center and had Hot Chocolate and cake. It was a fun evening.
I'm not sure what brought on this idea but one day these 3 decided to buy black rimmed glasses. They said it made them look smarter. So I had to get a picture of their new look. The funny part of the story is they all went into Claires together to buy them. Can you imagine what the clerk thought when she saw 3 guys come into their store??? Elder Olsen is in the chair, with Elder Beaumont ( near the tree) and Elder Johnson on the couch.
The Office Elders and the Assistants came to our apartment Christmas morning to open their stockings. There were 3 Office Elders at the time because Elder Johnson didn't leave until Wednesday. We had a great time. On the couch - Elder Van Wie, Jackson, Smith and Johnson. Sitting on the floor - Elder Wanlass. Super nice young men. We love serving with them.
The day after Christmas our Zone had a Football game. They called me that morning to see if I wanted to come watch. It was way fun. I tried to get action pictures but it was too hard to get close and stay out of the way. At the end of the game they tried to show me how to catch and throw the football. That was the funniest part of the whole game.
One night the Bishop of the Buda Ward was at the building. His little boy was with him so I asked if he could have a cookie. He loved it. Darling little boy- The Bishop is a returned Missionary who served in Hungary. His wife is Hungarian. He's doing a great job as Bishop. They have 3 cute little boys.
For part of our Christmas Zone Conferences we had a White Elephant Gift Exchange with each Zone. It was so fun to watch. I went to most of them. The top one is Elder Allen with his pink bowl. He's one of the least feminine guys you will ever meet. It was the perfect gift for him. The next is Elder Conklin. One side of the picture "Girls from the Ensign" - the other side is a picture of the Savior. The note said " One side for every day - the other side for apartment checks". It was a very clever gift.
This is the Primary class I taught one Sunday. It was a little tricky trying to get a picture. I had the camera set on automatic so I couldn't see who was or wasn't looking. Darling little kids. The next Sunday - Stephanie ( in red) saw me at church and was so excited. She told her mom, "there's my Primary teacher" I wish - it was so much fun. All you do for two hours is color, play games, eat snacks, sing songs and have a 3 minute lesson. It can't get much better than that.
This group of YA drove 2 hours to put on a Christmas play for us. The Baileys ( older couple on the end) are serving in Pecs at the Center there. They brought the Play with them from the states, had one of the YA translate it into Hungarian and then performed it for us. They used the sheet as a backdrop and projected pictures on it from their laptop. It was very cool. When they lit the fireplace the fire turned on. When the dog came into the house, there were barking sounds. They really did a nice job. There were also two investigators who had parts in the play - so that was great.
One night the Elders took me to get a Gyros Sandwich. I had heard about them before but was afraid to go because the place looked a little questionable. But turns out the sandwiches are delicious and I lived to tell about it -- so we're good. I've only been once but the Elders go there all the time. Each sandwich costs about $2.00 so it's right in their budget.
This was another one of our Service Projects. We made hats and scarves and delivered them to a home. I'm not exactly sure the situation of these girls. Some are orphans but others do have family but just aren't able to live with them for different reasons. We were only able to visit the girls room that night. We left a bag for the boys as well. The boys you see in this picture are the YA who came with us. It was a great experience. We sang Christmas Carols and played games. They told us we could come back again which we were happy to hear.
This is Brother Kucskar's family. He is our Seminary and Institute Director. He is responsible for about 8 countries. I don't know how he does it. He's a super nice man. He also has two sons but they were nowhere to be found when it got time for pictures so I just took it with his wife and daughters.
This family is from Germany. Their oldest daughter just got baptized. They are living here for a few years. Stefan ( the husband) has a job working for a water company. Christiane's ( the wife) parents came for the baptism. Her mother only speaks German. I tried to talk to her but couldn't understand a word she said. Pretty funny - super nice family. Amy - the little girl in purple was in my Primary class.
One of our Service Projects we did in December was to visit a school in Pest. We took them shoes, clothes, coats and blankets. We played games with them, colored pictures and read books. It was pretty funny because I don't read very well- at least not in Hungarian. The little girl sitting on my lap just kept giving me the strangest looks. I'm sure she was thinking " good thing you're here at school, because you need help with your reading"
This is Elder Beaumont. He came into the Center on his P-day with this matching outfit. So of course I had to have a picture. He said he didn't buy the shoes and shirt to match but I suspect there's another version to that story. We also have a sister missionary with pink shoes and pink shirt. My goal is to get a picture of them together.
One night for FHE - Csaladi Est we decorated Christmas cookies. For some reason none of the girls came. It was way fun watching the boys figure out how to decorate cookies. The funniest thing was Elder Bagozzi trying to help them. He was unintentionally showing them how to hold the bag "wrong". But everyone had a good time. It was so much fun that I decorated more the next day for our apartment check treats.