|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 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.|
|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|