Monday, March 19, 2012

Autumn - Szeged - Super Pday Adventure!


Well this week was quite an adventure, literally!! It was Hungarian Revolution day and so we had a giant Zone get together here in Szeged. We had 12 missionaries here total and we spent the morning at the Szeged Museum. It was free for the day and so we got to see incredible paintings about the 1879 flood of Szeged that destroyed the city. Then we had a wonderful lunch at the senior couples apartment and got to hang out with everyone for a while. Then we went across the river to this Adventure park! We went on this ropes course that had a big zipline! It was so fun. We were all harnessed in and flying around the trees... it was soooo fun! Then we did some awesome whipping. I am getting super good. I can crack it SO LOUD! You will all be so impressed by the many skills I have aquired since I have been here. Then we finished off the night watching Kung Fu Panda 2 and playing apples to apples with our elders. It was super fun.

Oh yeah... speaking of things aquired I wanted to mention things I can do now/things I like now that I didnt used to before my mission.
1. speak Hungarian. uh... kind of a big one.
2. I love beets.
3. My new drink of choice is Ginger Ale. Super obsessed with that.
4. I love sour stuffed cabbage. delicious.
5. I can whip a bull whip
6. I can wear earrings/ am obsessed with them
7. I wear glasses now (that started in the MTC)
8. I love hungarian folk music
9. I kiss people on the cheeks when I greet them. puszi.
10. I have long hair and curl it frequently.

So... that is a little taste into the different me. haha... not really that different. Just a few tidbits.

This week Zsofi passed her baptismal interview! She is getting baptized on Sunday. We do not have a baptismal font here in we have been looking for a new place to hold baptisms. We have been really worried cause its the week OF the baptisms and we dont have a place!!! ahhh!!!! We were going to do it at the local Thermal bath...but they are only open for those tuesday morning. That doesnt work. So then we heard that the squash club has a pool..but its outside. and its too cold for that. So then one day we visited some less actives out of the blue. They told us that they were mormons for 7 years and are now 7th day adventists. (i guess its just that easy to switch!) .. haha. So we got on the topic of baptisms and they said "oh if you ever wanted to do a baptism, we have a font at our church!" it was the most inspired out of the blue thing any person could EVER say! as a matter of fact WE DO NEED A FONT! So the elders started on the approval of the use of the 7th day adventist church and font. It all got approved...and we are holding a baptism at the Adventists place... but its going to be a point for our team. haha. So the baptisms will be wonderful I am so excited and so s Zsofi. It is going to be wonderful

Well I love you all. Pray the baptism goes well!

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Papritz nővér

Monday, March 12, 2012

Autumn - Hungary- Apostles, Weddings and Miracles!

Hello Everyone!!!!

Well this week was incredible. It was one of the highlights of my entire mission!!! Elder Christofferson came and spoke to our entire mission and then to the Hungarians. It was an incredible experience because it was the largest gathering of Hungarian saints in YEARS...and it was just incredible to hear him expressing his love for them, Heavenly Father's love for them, and you could just feel that these people are so special and chosen. They are being so blessed for being pioneers in the gospel here.

The highlight was the final fireside of the night, the general fireside. Sister Suranyi and I sang in the choir, so we had like 3rd row seats... and Borsos, Péter was translating for Elder Christofferson. He is a member in Duna, where I served for 5 months and got to know his family really well. Him and his wife are incredible, fluent in english, both return missionaries and have told me several times about their attempts to move abroad to American or England but everytime were stopped, or felt like they shouldnt. So they accepted the inevitable and decided to stay in Hungary to build up the church here. Well he was translating and as Elder Christofferson starting prouncing all of these incredible apostolic blessings on the Hungarian peole, that their prayers for their children will be answered, that the Lord is aware of their sacrifices...etc....Peter Just started crying, he had tears streaming down his face as he translated. It was so touching, because I know their history...i know what they have TRULY sacrificed, and it was so incredible to know that an Apostle of the Lord was promising them blessings that they absolutely deserve. It was just a meeting that really helped me to love the Hungarians so much more. I left the meeting see them in such a different light, seeing how much they really do sacrifice. It was a definite highlight of the mission.

ALSO... this wek Zsofi and Laci (the part member family, Zsofi is getting baptized) they got MARRIED!!!!!!!!! and I got to be apart of the Hungarian wedding adventure. It was a treat. They asked me to be the wedding Photographer like 2 DAYS before the wedding. I dont even have a nice camera or anything...but they didnt care, they just wanted me to snap a bunch of pictures. It was really cool to see the traditional wedding. It takes place in this giant official building and they just have this official woman say a bunch of lovey dovey stuff, they sign a paper, light a candle of unity and thats it! boom bing... married. It was really interesting. Super cultural and awesome. Then we all went backto their apartment for the "reception" it was so much fun. so random, and so interesting... this is not america.

Also last week Zsofi's daughter was really sick, in the hospital. i think I wrote about it. Well the Elders gave her a healing blessing and when we came back this week Zsofi and Laci described that after they left their niece that was in the room just started crying and was just in awe at the spirit that was in the room after the blessing and said "what was that?! how could they do that? " she was just in awe at the blessing and power of it all. Then Zsofi said that her daughter after that slept through the night, her fever completely left, she stopped crying, she didnt need to go back to the hospital. She was completely healed in everyway. It just blew me away...Zsofi has so much faith. She is so incredible.

Well this week is Revolution Day on thursady....there are like a million Hungarian national holidays. They got revolutionized from some war....not sure which one, they survived a million wars...but that means its SUPER PDAY...and we are excited to whip, and eat hungarian food and hang out with the other missionaries. It will be a great time.

Well that about sums up my week.

I love you all!!!

szeretlek titeket!!

Papritz Nővér

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 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!

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Papritz nővér