December 2009

Elder Grossen with Anna (left) and Piroska from Pápa
Elder Grossen (left) with Anna, Piroska and Elder Szvoboda - Dec. 5, 2009.  Piroska and Anna are mother and daughter and were baptized in Györ.

Welcoming Elders Rowland, Mullen and Marceil, Dec. 8, 2009

Touring the city - Heroes Square

Elders LaFlamme, Bird, Fast, and Casper, Dec. 9, 2009

Elders Szűcs, Wilson, Smith and Cantlon, Dec. 9, 2009

Our departing missionaries - Dec. 9, 2009 - Sisters Eskelsen and Brown with Elders Casper, Grossen, Wilson, Smith, Bird, LaFlamme, Szűcs, Fast and Cantlon

Elder Szűcs, one of our native Hungarian missionaries, greeting his mother after being released, Dec. 10, 2009.
Our Buda District missionaries - Dec. 2009
(Left to right) - Elders Peugnet, Gardenhire and Garner.  Elder Garner is one-half of our
office couple and is the former Chairman of the Math Dept. at BYU.

Our December Zone Conferences included training in the morning followed by lunch.  During lunch we watched part of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with Brian Stokes Mitchell.  We also enjoyed viewing our annual missionary DVD, comprised of photos taken by the missionaries during the past year.  Each missionary received a copy of that DVD as a remembrance.  In the afternoon we
celebrated the Christmas Season in the mission home while enjoying a rare treat - cans of rootbeer! We sang Christmas carols and each missionary received a special gift from President and Sister Baughman.

Front row, left to right:  Sisters Shurtleff and Holzapfel, Sister and President Baughman, and Sister and Elder Haslem.  Back row, left to right:  Elders Anderson, Jones, Nemeth, Bohner, Egan, Davis, Smith, Lynn, Hintze, Morgan, Pinkston, Brockman, Garcia and Wéber.

Front row, left to right:  Sisters Richards and Andersen with President and Sister Baughman.  Back row, left to right:  Elders Caviness, Musters, Szvoboda, Smith, Gardenhire, Ottley, Liljenquist, Johnson, Roundy, Bird, Tracy and Kunz.
Front row, left to right:  Elders Baumgartl, Kubricky, Wilcox and Huggard.  Second row, left to right:  Sister and President Baughman with Sister and Elder Rollingson.  Back row, left to right:  Elders Beers, Szabo, Recksiek, Marceil, Dencs, Kennedy, Pickerd, Hosch, Hay, Nemelka, Cheney, and Nauman.
Front row, left to right:  Sister Wade, Sister and President Baughman, and Sister and Elder Garner.  Middle row, left to right:  Sisters Newman and Crosley, Elders Bennion, Peugnet, Mullen, and Goltze, and Sisters Barker and Wolfe.  Back row, left to right:  Elders Clark, Mason, Garrison, Laitinen, Beers, McRae, Runia and Chiarelli

Front row, left to right:  Sisters Low and Hammond, Sister and President Baughman, Sister and Elder Williams, and Sisters Owen and Dunaway.  Back row, left to right:  Elders Macelka, Miller, Forbes, Larson, Boody, Daybell, Davis, Houstman, Feuz and Rowland.

We celebrate birthdays each zone conference.  We always sing a birthday song and present Milka candy bars
as a little gift.  Above is Elder Runia, Elder Davis (the birthday boy) and Elder Laitinen.
Sister Baughman asked each missionary to make an ornament for the mission home Christmas tree.  Each ornament needed to have a photo of the missionary and his or her name on it.  In years to come, the ornaments will be a wonderful reminder to the Baughmans of all their great missionaries.  

Below is one example:

Elders Kennedy, Nauman, Daybell and Bird with their Santa garland.
Our little tree all decked out with ornaments from the missionaries.
Some of them were very creative, to say the least!
Elder Ottley displaying the "missionary" Christmas stocking his mother made for President Baughman.
It included a white shirt, tie, dark pants and name tag.  Talk about clever!
Elder Morgan in the Tatabánya Branch Christmas program
Winter wonderland in Tatabánya - Dec. 2009
Two of our wonderful Tatabánya members, Edina and Ferenc, at the Christmas celebration
in Tatabánya.  A group of our missionaries sang Christmas carols in the square
to celebrate the season.  (They also sang in Budapest at the Christmas Market.)

Christmas morning brunch 

November 2009

Sister Baughman and Elder Cantlon (far right) welcoming Elder Ottley at the airport, Nov. 4, 2009.  

The following photos were taken at a District Training Meeting held in Debrecen, Nov. 2009

Sisters Low and Hammond with Elder Miller
Elder LaFlamme with two members

Kucskar Jozsef with Szamosfalvi Jozsef, the District President

A few members enjoying the delicious sütemény

Our wonderful kitchen help for the day with President Szamosfalvi
Elder Tracy (left) and Elder Roundy - Apartment check day
Elder Casper (left) with Elder Liljenquist - Looks clean to us!

President and Sister Baughman attended their first outdoor baptism in November in Nyiregyháza.
Elder Boody conducted the baptism.  It was a cold day (note steam coming off the water), but an outpouring of the Spirit kept us warm.
Elder Wilcox (left) and Elder Garrison (far right)

Enjoying dinner together in Nyiregyháza after the baptism - Elder Boody (left) with
Elder Feuz (front right) and Elder Larson.

Missionaries serving in Buda, Pest, Kispest and Erd celebrated Thanksgiving together at the mission home.  That evening we all went to see a Hungarian performance of The Jungle Book. The following are photos from Thanksgiving Day, 2009:

Sisters Baughman and Wade checking on the turkey
Elder and Sister Garner carving the turkey
Sister Wade with Sister Marshall

Elders Chiarelli and Laitinen waiting for the feast to begin!
Elders Beers, Kunz, Huggard, Runia, Bennion and Brockman, (right side, front to back)
Elders Wilson, Apgood, Fast, Chiarelli and Laitinen (left side, front to back)
Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner

Elders Bennion, Beers and McRae enjoying a little foosball after dinner.
Elders Brockman, Huggard, Wilson and Runia
Elders Beers and Kunz (front) playing Elders Brockman and Laitinen

September and October 2009

Elder Brockman, President and Sister Baughman, Elder Garcia
Elders Brockman and Garcia were serving as office elders at the time.

Elders Garcia, Laitinen, Hazy and Brockman
Elders Laitinen and Hazy were serving as the president's assistants at the time.

Welcoming Elder Hintze and Sister Crosley, Sept 15, 2009

Our departing missionaries - Sister Dettling with
Elders Foote, Davies, Hazy and Paletsas
Sept. 16, 2009

Elder Bennion (left) and Elder Grossen
Elder Clark (left) with Elder Vaterlaus

Some of our Buda District missionaries

A few of our wonderful missionaries:  Sisters Nestor, Andersen, Eskelsen and Garner
Elders Gardenhire, Olmstead, Dencs and Garner

(Starting left side going back) Elders Wilson, Szvoboda, Laitinen, Hay, and Nemelka
with Elders Runia (right side), Gowdy, Casper, McRae and Davis enjoying
a bite to eat in the mission home.

President Erich Kopischke, our Area President, visited our mission in September.  All of the missionaries came into Budapest for zone conferences.  They loved being taught by such an inspired, dynamic leader.  Months after his visit the missionaries were still talking about his teachings and how they were applying them to the work.  The above photo shows President Kopischke (left) with President Baughman.

Elder Reeves with Sisters Wade and Marshall outside the Tatabánya Branch house

Our incoming missionaries in October:  Elders Macelka and Imreh (Hungarians serving mini-missions) with Elders Kennedy, Tracy, and Baumgartl, and Sisters Shurtleff and Wolfe

Our departing missionaries - Oct. 28, 2009 
Front row:  Sisters Nestor, Thompson, and Anderson, Elders Gowdy, Hansen and Christensen.
Back row:  Elders Olmstead, Castagno, Carlson, Vaterlaus, Gaufin, and Reeves
Sister Eskelsen (left) and Sister Shurtleff (right) at Orsi's
baptism in Szombathely, Oct. 2009.

Enjoying a district dinner at Sister Wade and Sister Marshall's apartment - Left to right:  Sister and President Baughman, Sisters Barker, Anderson and Andersen along with Elders Gardenhire, Garcia, Chiarelli, Laitinen, Runia,
Brockman and Olmstead.