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|from last weeks Bridge festival|
|beautiful sunset near my house|
|us waterpainting on PDAY (some of us more excited than others. haha.)|
|the view we were supposed to be painting|
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Monday, March 5, 2012
Sziasztok! üdvözlöm a családomnak es drága szereteteimnek
Well this week was exciting!! We had some incredible appointments with our investigators and it was all topped off by 4 days of the Disznótoros (something with meat) and Pálinka (hehe) festival!! We live across the street from the giant downtown square and so this week we saw them start to set up little wooden huts, so I knew there must be a festival coming! Sister Suranyi and I counted down the days and then on our walks home at night we would always walk through the festival. Oh man, was it a treat!!! There were people in very good.... moods (a palinka miatt)...and all sorts of delicious traditional Hungarian food. We ate delicious house sausage, and watched a sausage stuffing contest. There were some awesome traditional street musicians, and lots of Hungarian trinket shops set up and I finally made a purchase I have been waiting for my entire mission.... I baught a Hungarian whip. yup.... I know how to whip, with a bull whip. It is awesome. Sister Suranyi got one too... and she is REALLY good at whipping. She is natural, she can crack it sooooo loud. It is so fun. For morning workouts we jog down to the banks of the Tisza river (since we are neighbors with the river) and we crack our whips over looking the Tisza river on this perch thing. It is epic, the sun is rising, whips are cracking, river is flowing, Im in Hungary. It is so fun. So Im going to have some pretty good whip skills when I get back.
Other event of the week It was sister Suranyi's BIRTHDAY! Luckily the weather turned to spring THIS WEEK! So we have been able to take river walks. We took our first river walk on her birthday and it was delightful. The sun was rising over the Bridge..and I noticed the river was still largely iced over! It had been my secret little rebel dream of mine to walk on the frozen river. Well it had been too cold to adventure onto the river. But tuesday the weather was beautiful and there was a thick patch of ice still on the river and a path leading to it....so I ran out and jumped on it and walked on a frozen river! My companion thought I was nuts, but the little adrenaline junky in me needed to get fed. Walking on a frozen river did just the trick. (dont worry I tested the ice, threw a bunch of heavy rocks on it. it didnt break. totally safe) It was beautiful to top it off. I really am in such a beautiful city. For her birthday we had lunch with the Adams, the senior couple in the area, then with the Elders we did a district dinner. We made some incredible stuffed peppers for dinner (one of the elders said that he thought that REAL hungarians made them....yeah, we are that good) Then we made palacsintas filled with turo (crepes, filled with this sweet tasting cottage cheese....soooo good.) Did a bunch of little nice things for her that day, the Elders surprised her with a Hungarian flag for a present. It was a delightful birthday, and she said so herself. Its a lot of pressure to have a companion with a birthday on the mission (i know ow you feel Roddy) but I think it was better than she expected. My little baby is 22 years old, all grown up.
This week we had some wonderful progress with our investigators. Zsofi's little girl was in the hospital with Salmonella poisoning (from some bad chicken she was fed at her dads house) she was in the hospital for a week! the crazy thing about Hungarian hospitals is that the flu is going crazy here, so they do not allow ANYBODY into the hospital to visit. So this 2.5 year old child was left ALL ALONE in the hospital for an entire week. No visitors, her mom wasnt there, nothing. She was all alone. It was horrible. Zsofi was super upset by the whole thing because she just knew her daughter was in the hospital not sleeping, hardly eating and she couldnt do anything! So we organized for the Elder to come over and give her daughter a blessing when she got out of the hospital, and Zsofi said that she felt a lot of peace as she prayed and that she continued to read and pray everyday through all of it because she felt so much peace from it. It was so great to see her not giving up faith in such a hard situation. She gave up smoking completely, has been reading the book of mormon all on her own everyday and even came to church on sunday with her sick little girl! (most hungarian moms would NEVER leave the house if their kid even had a cough) She really is so golden. Her and Laci are getting married on Saturday and we are so excited to go! She even started introducing the gospel to her family and is going to be giving a book of mormon to her dad soon. so prepared. so awesome
Also Erika, the woman who just showed up out of nowhere to church one day looking for her "spiritual home, family and friends". Well she was really sick for a couple of weeks and we werent able to meet with her. She canceled a few times, which is always a worry that they are about to drop us. Well this week she was finally able to meet and said that she was still just searching and searching for the answer. She knew that she felt good when she was with us, but felt like she was still not getting an answer. I thought maybe she wasnt praying right, so at the end of the lesson I asked her to offer the closing prayer and she offered an incredible prayer! She said "please please let me know if the Book of Mormon is true. Let me know if this is where I am supposed to be. Show me if this is my spiritual home, please help to to know if this is the straight and narrow path I am supposed to be on!" It was the most heartfelt, sincere, pleading prayer I have ever heard an investigator offer. So definitely she is doing it all right. It is just a matter of time before that answer comes. I promised her she would receive an answer in church if she came to fast and testimony meeting. She showed up, and was beaming the whole time and cried during several of the testimonies. When it was all done she asked when we could meet this week, I asked her how the meeting went and she just smiled at me and said "It was wonderful. It was an incredible meeting."......sooo... I hope that means "I got my answer!"...We will see on tuesday. I am excited.
Well that sums up the week. Palinka festival, ice walking, incredible investigators, a little birthday party. All a week in the life of a missionary. OH....and this week we get a little visit from Elder D. Todd Christofferson... an apostle!! woohoo! We are all super excited.
I love you all!
sok sok szeretettel
Monday, February 27, 2012
Hello Family and Friends!!!
Well this week was pretty normalish. Nothing earth shattering or ground breaking, no random parties that we had to go to. haha. I seriously sometimes think you all must think my mission involves going to parties, seeing musicals, and traveling. but trust me, its so much more awesome than that. I get to do MISSIONARY WORK! ... and see musicals and party. which reminds me, in march we are going to see West Side Story. haha! awesome!
This week we met with our wonderful investigator Maria. She is the one that loves to teach us how to cook. I have learned how to make stuffed peppers, Gyulas soup, langos or fried bread, and this week we learned how to make stuffed cabbage! It was quite the experience. I have never been a cabbage person. It just smells bad and tastes weirdly sour. But this week she surprised us with all of the stuffed cabbage supplies and we prepared the stuffing and started rolling it in these huge pickled cabbage leaves. Then they cooked for a while, and we came back later that day and she gave us a huge tupperware full of stuffed cabbage. So i heated some up, and bravely tried it for the first time. and it was GOOD!!! I had to ignore the horse stable/farm animal smell that I assume accompanies all cooked cabbage. but I was very pleasently surprise. mm... soo salty and good. So maybe Im going to be a cabbage eater from now on. and now I KNOW HOW to make stuffed cabbage. Im becoming quite a little hungarian cook. Sister Suranyi and I have made it a goal to learn how to cook several new hungarian dishes this transfer and we are on a roll so far. I baught some hungarian cookbooks today and am excited to try out new recipies. The best part of the meeting with Maria that as we did our lesson with her we were talking about goals in life and she said "Spritually Im already in America, I want to see where Joseph Smith lived, I want to know what kind of person he was, I want to see what kind of life he lived, Im already there" (i dont REALLY understand what it means to be spiritually in America...uh.... but sounded positive to me!) She really is just loving all of the things we are teaching her and is slowly but surely understanding how important it all is.
We also have been meeting with Zsofi and Laci, our engaged couple (and zsofi is getting baptized), and they came to church this sunday! It was awesome. It was the first time she had been to church and she just beamed! We went to their house after church and she said "I just felt so good. I felt so much peace, it was a wonderful experience". she just LOVED it. She really is a miracle to me. She was a smoker and two weeks ago we challenged her to stop smoking and offered her help and stuff and she said "If I decided to do it, I will do it" and when we went back on sunday she said "I havent smoked at all." I asked if she felt like if God had helped her and she said "Absolutely. I dont even have the desire to smoke anymore. He took away my desire to smoke." It is so awesome. You can almost see a physical change in their life, the more we have been going over there the cleaner and cleaner their apartment gets, the more light you see in their eyes, the more you can see that the gospel is just really changing their lives. It is so awesome.
We are also teaching this 18 year old girl named Nikoletta, or Nik for short. She has been investigating for a long time and was always just taught by the elders. But when we came, the elders had dropped her, and so we picked her back up again because she is best friends with one of the members and was starting to open back up to the church. It is really incredible because she is such an analytical brain, so scientific...and whenever we meet with her I feel like I am teaching myself, if I had been an investigator. It is such a surreal experience to be teaching myself essentially. Its really incredible because I feel like there have been certain experiences, or weaknesses or struggles with my testimony that I overcame that prepared me to teach her. I feel like there is so much that we talk about that I experienced in my life just so that I could tell her about those experiences. It is really such an awesome thing, to know you are placed in cities and missions for a reason. I just really hope that she starts seeing that she actually does have a testimony of all of these things. She says she knows she needs to get baptized, she is just scared to do it. So, I hope it will all come around for her.
Well the hilarious/horrifying event of the week happened in church. There is this "special" woman in the ward. She isnt a member, but comes every week. She always says AMEN really loud after everything. and even after special musical numbers ends with a huge AMEN! So its so great to have someone with so much spirit and livelyness in the branch. But on Sunday I sat behind her during sacrament meeting. Well as the sacrament was getting passed around, the bread was all layed on the trays nicely. I took my one little piece. Saw the other people take their one piece. Then the tray was placed in front of her, and she DOVE at the tray and grabbed and entire HANDFUL of bread! Like, not a few pieces (like sometimes we accidently hope will happen on fast sunday to make up for our hunger), she took an entire HANDFUL and then held the whole pile of bread near her chest and ate it like popcorn! She was just popping the bread in her mouth throughout the rest of sacrament meeting. Then as the water came by she grabbed a little cup and DRAINED IT, like threw her head back and slurped up the water. I didnt know what to do, I just sat their with my jaw dropped! I just kept imagining she didnt realize what was going on. For all she knew these cute little boys brought around the mid church snacks for everyone to eat, she must have thought "thats stupid why are people taking only one. Im hungry!" or like "why dont they start passing out different snacks everyweek, its always bread and water!" Oh man. I coudlnt help but laugh during it all thinking of all of the interesting sacrament stories I have to tell from my mission. Like the one time our FEMALE investigator got up and started passing the sacrament herself to people, or when one of the members children in the middle of the sacrament started CLIMBING a window in the middle of sacrament! haha... oh man. Mission stories are the best. These things are real, they arent made up!
Well obviously., I love this stuff. I love being here and I am really just trying to cherish the little precious time I have left. These last few months are going to fly and I just am blessed to be along for the ride.
I love you all
Monday, February 20, 2012
Boldog Farsangot kívánok! Happy Farsang!
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Monday, January 30, 2012
PHEW! THIS WEEK WAS CRAZY!!
I feel like I say that everyweek...but no REALLY this week was. It was so sooooo busy. We have been blessed with tons of Miracles...I know, yet again I say hat everyweek. But I think greenie prayers are A LOT stronger than regular prayers, so since I have TWO GREENIES its double the amount of greenie prayers...therefore double the amount of miracles. First awesome miracle of the week we got 10 new investigators!! It was incredible! It nearly doubled my previous highest amount of new investigators I have ever had on the mission! It was really awesome. Investigators just basically fell from the sky (notice I said basically, not literally) So the week was super succesful. It was fun to be teaching so much, and I thought it would be a hard adjustment having now 3 people teaching and two of them super new to all of this. But they have jumped into this like CHAMPS!! gosh I am so proud of my daughters... they are amazing. They teach so incredibly well and we have so much fun. It really is going so well. I love it.
So along with greenies comes awesome GREENIE MISTAKES!! oh they are so precious, these little language mistakes. They really speak incredibly well...SO MUCH bettr than me when I was a greenie. But its the understanding that is hardest. So sometimes they just agree to things they dont understand. with a smile and a nod and an enthusiastic "IGEN!"...(yes!) So this week one man was talking to one of them about america, and the indians, and how they used to do buffalo hunts and i was listening to it all...wandering how she was going to react (cause i knew she wasnt understanding words like indians, buffalo. hunting...etc) so she kept sayign "oh szép... jo.... nagyon jo" (oh beautiful...good...really good).. then he started motioning to his head, and making this band motion around his head. she thought he was talking about indian headbands...so she said "oh az nagyon nagyon szép" (thats very very beautiful!).....then everyone in the room bust up laughing. cause he had been saying "AND then I heard that american indians used to scalp people all the time, just scalp their heads right off!"...and the motion was not a motion for a pretty indian headband...but rather in reference to indian scalping! hahaha!! it was a priceless moment. she handled it like a champ and laughed it off. but oh man, i remember those days vividly. just agreeing to everything and anything cause you have no clue what is going on. she could have never anticipated the conversation had turned to indian scalping!
Being in the Trio is going wonderfully. They both love to sing and dance...and are SUPER talented. So they will frequently bust out into random songs...and make up random songs. My favorite this week was they kept making up verses to a new version of Rhianna's song "Disturbia"... they call it "to Szerbia"... its all about us sneaking off to Szerbia (because the Szerbian border is only 17 kilometers away from where we are) it is HILARIOUS!! Its great because when we visit less actives we sing Hymns from the new hymn book and we sound pretty dang good as a Trio. it usually brings people to tears. AND... its what brought about our biggest miracles of the week this week.
We were in need of just 2 appointments this week in order to make some of our number goals. So I scheduled an appointment with this man, Laci a less active member, that I have never met or heard of. But he accepted the offer to meet. We went over there and he let us in and he had Two beautiful little children with his fiance. We started getting to know them better and they are getting married on March 10th. I didnt even know he had a fiance (cause our records said he was married) so he hadnt been to church in a while. and we were NOT expecting to be meeting with any non-members. So we started talking to her about religion and she was just the sweetest girl ever. So then we started singing "lead kindly light" and he just had tears in his eyes..and she reached over and grabbed his hand. They were just holding hands crying..and when it was done he was saying "i just have always wanted an eternal family..but I have been down such a different path." I turned to her, the non-member who had only heard a few things about our church from him and asked her "Zsófi, do you want an eternal family?" and she had the biggest smile on her face and said "Yes...I really really do." Then Laci, the member, had a huge smile on his face. and also his Niece was over at their house. They both agreed to begin being taught so that they can be an eternal family together. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my mission. We had not gone in their expecting to receive two new investigators. much less an entire FAMILY that wanted to be together forever. But the Lord made it happen for us. It was incredible. I love my life.
So things are really going so so great. I love what I am doing so much. and I love you all so much. Thank you for all of your support and love. I miss you all so much.