Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Almost Christmas!

Elders Fukui and Nicerio, who work in the mission office, decorated the mission home with Christmas lights. They did a great job and the color coordination was quite good. We cannot compete with temple square, but it really looks nice right next to the church.
On the 21st we were able to attend the baptism of Taiki-kun. He is 9 years old. He was taught by the missionaries as his family has just recently began coming to church again. The missionaries worked with the family and he was baptized by his father. Taiki wants to be a missionary someday.
Sister McIntyre was in a baking mood and made Elder Bowman a cookie for his birthday that looks just like him! He wanted to save it, but I think he ate it after the pictures.
On the 23rd, we saw 4 great elders return home after two years of service. Elders Baldridge, Bowman, Moore and Akagi. We took the normal picture for our newsletter, but they wanted a silly picture too. That is the one we are posting here.
Christmas week is transfer week. This is a big challenge. We flew these four home so they could make it in time to be with their families. Normally they would have left on the 26th and missed Christmas at home. The evening of the 23rd, we picked up our six new missionaries and they will be assigned and transfer out on the day after Christmas. Christmas is preparation day. We have two baptisms schedule in Kobe on Christmas as well. We are expecting a white Christmas. We will update everyone in a couple of days!

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