Monday, December 19, 2011

Autumn - Duna, Hungary - SNOW!


WOW.... snow is falling for the first time this year. Right now. I am kind of loathing it. BUT... I will survive. The city is covered in white, which is making this land of factories look a little bit prettier...and its feeling a little bit more like Christmas.

Well this week turned out AWESOME!!! I was super sick for most of the week until friday. I was just out, couldnt really get out of bed, just flu/sinus infection nastiness. My brain was super cloudy and just couldnt think straight. Then on friday, I woke up and my mind was clear and I was just READY to get to work again! I felt like a missionary again! It was great. So we went out and streeted and tracted for a little bit and just had the funnest little miracle. We had prepared our five "presents" for people and said we were giving people a Christmas Present... aka. Book of Mormon. So we were able to hand out 4 of them on the streets and through tracting, but we were getting super tired.. and mind you this is the first day after many days of sickness that I was working. So I was exhausted...but we had 1 Book of Mormon left. So we decided to knock on one last door... (yes.. this is one of those "on the last door" stories).... and so we knocked, and these two women answered the door about 50 years old. One was a friend that was visiting, and the owner of the apartment, Marci said "come on in, just come on in"...we hadnt even said anything and she invited us in. Then we sat down and she said "I used to meet with the sisters, like 10 years ago... then they left the city and nobody has contacted me since. I always wondered where the went." then she started telling us everything she had learned from them.. she is hilarious, and we just had this awesome lesson, talked about the Book of Mormon with her friend, gave her our last copy..and then set up to come back next week. We actually ran into her on the street before we emailed and she said "youre all coming over tonight right?! We'll be waiting!"

THEN i got the surprise of a life time, a call from Béla! This investigator that Sister Roderick and I found in Budapest, the one that we did Tai Chi with, and he told me he was getting BAPTIZED on sunday!! So I rearranged some stuff and we were able to go to the Baptism in budapest! It was the most wonderful baptism I have been to. So many people were there and another girl named ZsuZsa got baptized the same day. I was able to talk to Béla and see so many people from Pest. I miss the city so much and it was so fun having everyone say "wow you speak Hungarian now!".. since that was my greenie area, I communicated with a lot of smiles and laughes. It was so great seeing my old friends, and then seeing Lászlo and Barbye, my two miracle children. I was so grateful to have 3 people be there, whose baptisms I was able to be apart of. It was just the greatest joy to see them all. The best part was when Béla was baptized. He went down into the water and came back up beaming, and then embraced the Elder that baptized him, with the fiercest gratitude I have ever seen. He just didnt let go for the longest time, and I could just feel the genuine love he had for the gospel. You could just feel the spirit so strong. I knew back when sister Roderick and I found him that it was too good to be true. Then it was all manifest in that font, all of the preperation he had had was so evident in that hug and his beaming smile. It was one of those moments I will always remember from my mission. It was TOTALLY AWESOME! (to use a favorite papritz phrase)

So that was the week. spiritually packed. It is so great to be serving here and on a mission. best decision ever. OH ALSO this week we went to a Christmas concert for a less active member who sings in this local choir. The first half of the concert was the school of music recital, and all of these cute little kids were banging away on the piano and clarinets. and then the grand finale was an ACCORDIAN QUARTET... they did a rocking version of "Jingle Bell Rocks" full of all of that Umpa umpa umpapapa accordian style. I felt so european to be watching a christmas accordian quartet.

So this week is Christmas and I am so excited to talk to my family! woo hoo! AMY gets home tomorrow! wow! Christmas is so great. I am excited to spend it on the mission and basking in all of the Christmas glory that the mission has to offer.

I love you all!!

Papritz nővér

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