We spent part of our P-day decorating the tree and the apartment for Christmas. Sister Doty and Elder Guynn put ornaments on the tree. We used felt snowflakes with pictures of each of the missionaries we have served with both in Yaroslavl and Nizhniy. We had 37 snowflakes.
Elder Anderson adds one more.
Elder Nuckols placed the magnetic nativity pieces we found in Prague on a covered pizza pan.
Sister Chetina puts another snowflake on the tree.
Elder Worthington puts the "finishing" touch on.
The final additions and a truly spectacular Christmas tree! Full of sweet memories.
We took some time off one afternoon and did some Christmas and souvenir shopping on the walking street. At the end of the street is the kremlin.
We loved seeing the horses "dressed" for giving children rides. This group includes five in graduated sizes.
This fun restaurant is the meeting place for an English-speaking group each Saturday. The missionaries all joined them for hot chocolate (the best we have found in Russia) and some fun conversation. Later, we went back and had almost-authentic fish and chips for dinner.
English Club Social
We invited our conversational English Club groups to a Christmas social at our apartment. We played games, were entertained by Elder Worthington on the guitar and ate some or our traditional Christmas goodies. It was a fun time for all of us, especially the 7 English Club members who attended. As Vladimir, Alexey and Alex were leaving, we wanted to get a picture of the traditional shopka Alexey was wearing. Helps keep him warm! It has been 31 degrees below zero here lately.
We also hosted a Christmas social for the young single adults. There were 20 there and 2 non-members and the elders. They played games, sang karoake, had a white elephant gift exchange and enjoyed some more of our traditional Christmas goodies. From left: Ala, Deema, Tanya, Luba, Olya, Anar and Elder Nuckols.
We were fortunate to have two baptisms in one day. Ludmilla is in the lower branch. Sisters Chetina and Doty helped teach her.
Elder Nuckols, on the left, baptized and confirmed Ludmilla and Elder Worthington, on the right, baptized Yaroslav. He was confirmed by President Kalyonov from the upper branch.
Elders Guynn and Worthington taught Yaroslav.
Last District Picture
Our last district meeting was on the day Elder Worthington left to go home. He has been a great district and zone leader. He will be missed
Our last picture as a district. In the front beginning left, Sister Doty, Rick, Anne, Sister Chetina. In the back from left: Elders Worthington, Nuckols, Anderson and Guynn. Truly outstanding missionaries who have had an impact on the lives of members, non-members and Rick and Anne.