Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017. szeptember 18-a

Sziasztok!
We had a busy week with lots of good times.
Monday we had a good time cleaning the apartment. Always gotta have clean apartments. We also got dogged in the evening, so we spent some time tracting. We found a few old people, but other than that, it was pretty normal.

Tuesday we met with a recent convert, Bogi, and it went really well. We had to meet outside because we couldn't get a male member, and Bogi got sick, but other than that it went great. She was baptized 3 months ago, and she understands the gospel really well. She helps the other companionships out in lessons all the time, which is cool. After that we started an exchange with the other elders in our district. I was with elder Jameson, he's a new missionary and we had a great time together. The exchange went well, and we had some fun times finding. Elder Jameson is a fun person so it went well.

Wednesday morning elder Jameson and I met with a woman named Zsóka. She's an older lady, but she's really nice and the lesson went well. She's had some cool experiences that she shared with us about times that God has helped her. So that was fun. Then Elder Leavitt came back from his exchange and we had some good times. We did some finding and did fun stuff.

Thursday we had of stuff happen. We had district meeting, the highlight of the week. Elder Harris does a good job of helping us in our work. After that we had some finding, and then we met with a woman named Veronika. She was actually a media referral, but she has a fun story. A few years ago she met with the Missionaries in Debrecen and they taught her for a while. Later she moved to Budapest and her connection with the missionaries kinda died, but Elder Brown, a missionary who served here 4 years ago, kept in contact with her and referred her to us a week ago. So we met with her and it went well. She was really nice. After that we had English class and a game night, which went well. Then we spent some time finding.

Friday we had weekly planning and then I went to Kispest for an exchange with Elder Norris. He's been in Hungary for almost 18 months now, and we had some good times talking. We spent a lot of time finding, and it was pretty good.

Saturday was Ági's baptismal interview, and she passed! Other than that, our exchange ended and Elder Leavitt and I spent the rest of the day finding. It went pretty well, we talked with some nice people.

Sunday they had the primary program in Church which was super cute. The kids did a really good job, they even had kids "translate" for each other, which was good. The ward here is really good about dealing with the language barrier that happens a lot. After church we had a lesson with a woman named Erika. She told us a lot of her life story, she's had a hard time, but she has very strong faith. Hopefully we'll be able to meet with her more in the future. After that we had some finding, dinner and numbers and we planned our zone training this week.

One of the pictures is of Elder Jameson, and the rest are of a monument to "Big Hungary." A lot of Hungarians are sad that Hungary isn't the size it used to be, so they have monuments. This one says, "I believe. This is the way it was, and it will be this way again."

Szeretettel,
Terry elder






Monday, September 11, 2017

2017. szeptember 11-e

Sziasztok! 
Elder Leavitt and I had a great week, and it went buy super fast.
Monday after emailing we played pingpong and did some random stuff in the branch house, then we had dinner, got dogged by a potential investigator and met up with the secretaries to have an exchange with them. I was with elder Bloomer and we had a pretty good time. Monday evening we streeted a bit and had a good time.

Tuesday morning we had the weekly phone call with president Szabadkai. that was fun because Elder Leavitt and I were in different apartments because of exchanges, but other that that it was a pretty good conversation. Then elder Bloomer and I went to the mission office, he did his secretary stuff and I tried to help update a computer to windows 10. It didn't really work out, but from what I've heard they have windows 10 now, which is exciting. Afterwards we had some studies and dinner. Then we were dogged and streeted for a bit before meeting up with Elder Leavitt and elder Ballard.

Wednesday we had a great morning, we got all of our studies in and then we headed out and tracted/streeted in an area close to our apartment. It went pretty well, and then we went to a lesson and got dogged, but after that we went to a teaching and didn't get dogged, which was fun. We met with a new investigator named Alex, he's really nice and in his mid 30's. The lesson with him went pretty well, he listened and asked some good questions and then we set up to meet with him this week, which will be fun. After that we met with László and his wife, an couple that we met last Wednesday. It went well and they gave us some food, which was nice. Unfortunately, they have some stuff coming up, so we won't be meeting with them for the next 4 weeks. After that we came home and made a lot of phone calls.

Thursday we had a lot of meetings. We had district meeting in the morning and that went well. We set some district goals and had a good time. After that we went to MLC where all of the Zone leaders and Sister training leaders in the mission get together. It went well, we discussed Chapter 7 of PMG, and later some stake leaders joined in and we discussed how to work better with the stake units. It went really well, hopefully we'll be able to help the missionary work in the country improve. These meetings took most of the day, in the evening we did some language study and streeted/tracted.

Friday we had weekly planning which was fun. I actually really like weekly planning it's always a fun time. After that we got dogged by one of our investigators, but then we met with Ági, our investigator on bap. date. The lesson went really well, Ági is great and we are going to have her baptismal interview this week. Hopefully everything goes well. The member who came with us is amazing, he teaches really well and was a great help. He told us about how he invited one of his coworkers to meet with the missionaries, and he got the response that she doesn't believe in God, and he told her, "No worries, you will after you've met with them." He's great.

Saturday we met with a new investigator Mária. She's an older lady, and she is really nice. We taught her the restoration. Fun fact, she has a dog and she calls her dog the boss because her schedule has to conform to the dog. She has to take her out for 3 walks a day at certain times. After that we had some finding and then we met with Katalin. She's been investigating for a few months and we were really hoping she could come to church, but she couldn't. Next week she promised she would. Our member present there was also really great. I actually knew him before I came to Pest because he comes to visit Dunaújváros every now and then. He's a lot of fun and a good member missionary.

Sunday we had church, which was a lot of fun. We had a missionary homecoming, which was fun and after that the other classes were good. After that we had some fun times finding and used a White Board stand to find people. It went okay, but we are working on ways to use it more effectively. After that we got numbers and did some streeting.

Today we met with a man named András. He's been meeting with some other missionaries and he has some kind of weird family connection to Elder Leavitt, so we got permission to visit him. It was a fun time, we chatted with him, he's a really nice person. Then we went to Hősök tere (Heros' square) and that was fun.

This morning I read Jeremiah 1, which was a lot of fun. Verses 5-7 really stood out to me. They read:
"Before formed thee in the belly knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb sanctified thee, and I ordainedthee prophet unto the nations.
Then said I, Ah, Lord Godbehold, cannot speakfor am a child.

¶ But the Lord said unto me, Say not, am a child: for thou shalt go to all that shall send thee, and whatsoever commandthee thou shalt speak.
Be not afraid of their faces: for am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord."
Jeremiah felt that he was inadequate for the task placed before him, and the later chapters of Jeremiah are really intense, he calls entire nations to repentance. The Lord's promise to him is true for of us when we strive to share the Gospel. God is with us, He will give us what we need to say and be with us to help us and deliver us if needed.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

I am assuming this is the view from the apartment, he didn't say anything about it.

Elders Terry and Leavitt

another one!
The rest are pictures of Hero's Square.  Riker said he remembered this from when
we were there in 2013.  He also found the hotel we stayed at while we were there.









Tuesday, September 5, 2017

2017.09.04

Sziasztok!
Well, there have been quite a few changes since the last P-day.
Wednesday we had transfers. It was kinda sad to leave Dunaújváros, but it had to happen at some point. We got up to Budapest, met up with Elder Leavitt, and we had a chance to talk to some of the other missionaries being transfered. After that we headed out to Pest. Our area is probably more than 4x larger than the one we had in Dunaújváros. It has been quite a change, and I'm still kinda getting used to it, but I think I'll have a good time here. Leavitt elder is great, we were in the MTC together, and so far we've had a good time together. Wednesday we got some food for the week, did some finding, met with an old couple, László and his wife. We shared the restoration, and it was a really great lesson.

Thursday we had district meeting. There are three companionships in our district and one of them is a trio, so there are 7 of us. The sisters are Sister Morris, Sister Tischner and Sister Wise (she just got to the country). The other elders are Elder Harris and Elder Jameson. Elder harris is our district leader and Elder Jameson is also a new missionary. This is going to be an exciting transfer because Elder Leavitt and I are the missionaries that have been out the longest. It'll be a good time.

After district meeting we had some finding time. Honestly, I didn't bring my old planner, so I don't remember what happened on which day.

Basically, we spent some time finding, which is always good. We also met with an investigator named Ági, she has a baptismal date for September 30th, and she was awesome. She's an older woman, and she's really nice. We discussed a couple commandments and the plan of salvation. It went really well. Ági also came to church which was fun. Other than that, we did some home teaching with a member which was fun. I'd actually already met the member because he'd been in Dunaújváros before. So we had some good times.

Yesterday was exciting. We had a lot of guests at church. President Southwick (the stake president) was there, as well as President Szabadkai and a Seventy. There was some kinda of meeting after sacrament meeting, so they all joined us for church. The members here in Pest are great, and the ward is really big. It'll be fun getting to know all of the members here.

Other than that, we had a great time, and things are going well so far. I think we are going to have a great transfer. I hope you all have a great week!

Szeretettel,

Terry elder


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

2017. augusztus 29-e

Sziasztok!
Once again, we had another exciting week!
Tuesday we had a zone day! President Szabadkai has a challenge for each zone to have a certain number of baptisms and the reward is a zone day. Our entire zone came together in Dunaúváros and we spent most of the day together. We got to know each other better and we played a lot of sports and what not. It was a great time. We also got to watch Moana, or Vaiana. I'm still not sure what the acutal name is. It was a pretty good movie, fun to watch. After the zone day, we cleaned up, sent everyone off, and Elder Mckim and I tracted a bit in the evening.

Wednesday, we had apartment inspections. That was fun, our apartment passed, thankfully. We had a pretty normal day, and in the evening we visited Zoli and his family with their home teachers. It was pretty good, we talked about a lot of gospel related topics. Other than that, we spent most of the day finding.

Thursday we had district meeting and service, which was a lot of fun. After that we spent most of the day tracting. It was an interesting day, because I've been doing service in the Jószolgálati otthon for over 6 months now, and after we left, I realized that it was probably the last time I would go there.

Friday we had exchanges with the Pécs elders. It was a rough week for them. Elder Sharp has been really sick for a while, and then on Tuesday they took a bus to the zone day (it's a three hour bus ride), and they took a bus back that evening. Then on friday they came up again, and their bus broke down, so they actually had a 4 hour bus ride. Elder Sharp and I worked together, we had language study together, and then we got dogged 3 times and accidentally ended up helping some members clean the branch house. We'd set up the lessons to be in the branch house at the same time as some members were cleaning, so when the people didn't come, we waited and cleaned at the same time. And then the people never came.... But we had a great time together.

Saturday we said goodbye to the Pécs elders and had weekly planning. In the evening we met with Zoli and his family again, it was a pretty good lesson. Zoli is slowly prepping for the Melchezedik priesthood, so we talked about the priesthood for the lesson.

Sunday was a good day, but it was also pretty sad too. We had to let the members know about the transfer coming up, and since I have been in Dunaújváros for 6 months now, a lot of them said goodbye. I am not a fan of goodbyes, so it was a pretty sad day. The members here are really amazing. After church we spent some time finding, and then we got numbers from the zone in the evening.

Monday was black monday, since it wasn't P-day. We didn't have anything planned for the day, so we spent most of the day tracting. Then a néni took us out for dinner. Last transfer elder Aardema and I found her, and she's not really interested in the gospel at all, so we never really met with her, but she still really likes the missionaries and wanted to say goodbye. It was a really nice dinner, Elder McKim and I barely finished our meals. Izabella (the néni) also gave us some random presents.

Today we got our transfer calls. I will be leaving Dunaújváros and heading up to Budapest. I'm going to be serving the Pest district, which will be a lot of fun. My new companion will be Elder Leavitt, which is going to be great. We're from the same MTC group, so we are going to have a lot of great times together. I started packing already, and after emailing we'll head back home so I can finish.

Being in Dunaújváros has been a great blessing. I love this city so much, and I'm so grateful that I could serve here. It is truly amazing to be a missionary. I'm excited to work in Pest, but Dunaújváros is an awesome city.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017. augusztus 21-e

Sziasztok!
We had a great week, and I hope that you all did too!
Monday we went to Budapest to turn over the car. And then we went shopping in Budapest, which was not as fun as it sounds. It was pretty good, we got some new clothes, but it was a reminder of how much I hate shopping. But we survived, and then we tracted in the evening.

Tuesday, we didn't have any lessons planned until the evening, so we spent most of the day finding, with some fun times. We talked to a lot of people, and we tracted quite a bit. It was a fun day. That evening we visited Zoli and his family. It was a crazy lesson. We had planned to discuss baptism with them and see where they stand with it. When we walked in, they had some anti-mormon video on the computer. Elder McKim had already seen it, so he explained the things that where in it that were wrong. We ended talking about temples and baptisms for the dead, and then after we showed that it was in the Bible too, Gyöngy said that she wanted to be baptized. It was a crazy moment, Elder McKim and I were stunned. So was everyone else too. Missionaries have been teaching that family for over a year now, and they had kinda stopped progressing a bit, and then Gyöngyi decided that she wanted to be baptized. it was a big moment, and a great way to end the day.

Wednesday, we had interviews with President Szabadkai. It was a good time, interviews are usually pretty fun. Other than that, we didn't have anything planned, so we spent most of the day tracting. We found some fun buildings to tract in.

Thursday we had District meeting, which was fun. Afterwards we went to the Jószolgálati otthon, which was fun. We chatted with the people there for a while. After that, we met with a former investigator, which went okay. Then we went home teaching with a member and visited a couple people.

Friday was a long day. We had weekly planning and some lessons planned in the evening. We also were planning on some elders coming for exchanges, but then they couldn't because one of them was sick. So we ended up being in our apartment until aboout 4 in the afternoon, which was a really long time. Afterwards, we went to Eszter's, and she is doing great. She loved her baptism and she is still going strong. She's a great lady. After that we got dogged, tracted a bit, and then we had MCM in the evening.

Saturday, we had a lot of time for finding, and another lesson with Zoli's family in the evening. We had another great lesson with them. We discussed the baptismal interview questions, and Gyöngyi decided to throw out her coffee. Honestly, coffee has been holding her back for such a long time, so it was a really big step for her to just throw it out. So that was great.
After the lesson we had to go to the Sisters' aparment. One of the sisters is really sick, and she asked for a blessing, so we went by and gave her one.

Sunday.... Well, because the sisters couldn't come because of sickness, I ended up playing the piano for sacrament meeting. It wasn't a complete diaster though. I could only play the hymns with my right hand, but it was better than nothing. After that, we had pretty normal church meetings. After church we met with a new investigator, and delievered something for the ward, and then we had numbers and dinner in the evening.

All in all, it was a pretty great week. We had a great time. It's crazy how quickly time has gone by, there is only 1 full week left this transfer! P-day will be on Tuesday next week, and we'll find out what is going to happen for the next transfer.


Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Elder Mckim next to this random thing on a bulletin board.
We tracted the building and as we were leaving we noticed it.


Super cute kitten. We found it one Tuesday while tracting, and then on Sunday
we were tracting in the same area and it showed up again. It was great. I love that little kitten.


Elder Terry and the kitten


Zone Conference--McKim and Terry

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017. augusztus 14-e

Sziasztok!!!
We had a great week, filled with lots of great times.

On Monday, after emailing, we went to the Duna (danube in English) and skipped some rocks. Good times. We also did random stuff, and Elder McKim bought a fancy Hungarian Bible. We met with János and Ildikó and discussed the baptism and how it will go. It was really good, we mostly just encouraged them. Then we tracted.

Tuesday we had the weekly phone call with president, which was fun. We learned a great new hungarian word "megtáltosodik." It takes a long to time explain what it means. It's a fun word though. After the phone call we went to Veszprém for exchanges. I was with Elder Biesinger, and we had a little reunion. We haven't really seen each other that much since the MTC, so it was fun to work with him in the field. We had some good times, and we accidently tracted into a member family, which was really funny. They played a trick on us and pretended that they weren't members, which worked on me, since I had no idea who they were, but Elder Biesinger recognized them. We talked with them for a little bit which was fun.

Wednesday we wrapped up the exchange, picked up baptismal clothes from Veszprém, and came back to Dunaújváros. Once we got back we got dogged, and then we went to Eszter's. We talked about the baptism with her too, and we also discussed enduring to the end. It was a good time.

Thursday we had district meeting which was fun. Afterward we went and did service in the Jószolgálati otthon. It was a lot of fun, we talked with the people there and played games with them. It was a good time. Then we organized some stuff for the baptism and got dogged again. We did some tracting too.

Friday we had weekly planning, and afterward we went and cleaned the Branch house. It was fun, we cleaned with Erzsébet and Gyula, who are some great members here. Afterwards we met with János and Ildikó, talked about the baptism and enduring to the end. Then we had some craziness. We'd planned on visiting Eszter, and after that we would've visited Zoli's family, who was our member present for the lessons, but Eszter had some guests randomly show up, so we visited Zoli's family early and the went to Eszter's. All of the lessons were good, the lesson with Zoli's family was really off topic because they like to bring up the bible and random stuff sometimes, but it was good.

Saturday was a pretty exciting day. We went to the branch house early to start the water, and then we waited for people to show up for the baptism. The baptism went great, the talks were really good. Zoli baptized Eszter (he had to repeat it once), and then János baptized Ildikó (he also had to repeat it once). Also, President and Sister Szabadkai showed up, it was fun to see them. After the baptism we had a lot of finding, tracting and whatnot. It was a really good day.

Yesterday Eszter and Ildikó were confirmed in Sacrament meeting. It was a really cool experience. Kápolnási elnök confirmed Ildikó, and then Károly confirmed Eszter. It was a fun experience, and now Eszter and Ildikó have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, which will help them a lot. After sacrament meeting we learned a lot in sunday school and priesthood. After church Elder McKim had a baptismal interview with one of the sisters' investigators. He failed, unfortunately, but the sisters will keep helping him. After that we tracted, and made a lot of phone calls.

Today we are emailing and then we are going up to Budapest to return the car. Wednesday will be the end of my first year in Hungary, so I won't be able to drive after Wednesday.

This week's spiritual thought comes from 2 Nephi 31:20
"20 Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life."

We shared this scripture a lot this week, because Eszter and Ildikó were both baptized. By being baptized, they stepped onto the strait and narrow path, and now they just need to endure to the end. It's really important that we always keep our attention focused on the goal, and so we shared this scripture to help lift Eszter's and Ildikós attention off of baptism (which is really important) and onto enduring to the end.

We all need to remember what our goal is in life. We need to stay on the gospel path and endure to the end in order to recieve the promise of Eternal life.


Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Elders Terry and McKim


skipping rocks on the Duna


view of the Duna

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017. augusztus 7-e

Sziasztok!!!
We have a great week behind us. We got a lot of stuff done, and this week is going to fly by!
Monday we got fed by a néni and chatted with her. She's not really that interested, which is why we met with her on P-day. She's really nice and always tries to give us food. She also sends weather information to us sometimes. In the evening we tracted/did some finding, which was fun.

Tuesday we went to Budapest for Zone Conference. It was a lot of fun. Elder McKim and I taught about Faith in Jesus Christ from chapter 6 of PMG, it was fun to teach. We also learned a lot from the assistents and President Szabadkai about having the Holy Ghost lead us, and finding all the time. We also started a fun challenge in our zone, "I spy, testify!" The idea is to bear your testimony to everyone that you see, so that it pushes us to find more and testify (which kindles faith see the BD on faith). It's been fun to do the last few days, Elder McKim are working on doing it even more.
Also, Tuesday the Kaposvár elders, Elder Stringham and Elder Huber came from Exchanges. I was with elder Stringham and we had a great time. We met with János and Ildikó (who are doing great) and the Hingyi family. It was a good time. We also streeted two men that were both named Gábor and a nice lady who gave us her phone number

Wednesday we had a peaceful morning and then we headed out to go Finding! We went tracting and found a really cool PI that we are going to try to set up with. He already knew who the missionaries were, so we talked with him for a little bit and then he gave us his phone number. We've called him a few times, but he didn't answer, then he called back, and we couldn't answer. So we ended up playing phone tag, and the game is still going. After the exchange ended, Elder McKim and I met with Eszter and had a good lesson with her on Eternal marriage.

Thursday we had district meeting, and a member showed up, gave us food, and left. It was fun, and the food was delicious. Elder McKim gave us a great district meeting, shared a good story about always remembering who you are. It was very uplifting. After the meeting we went to the Jószolgálati otthon, and then we met with János and Ildikó again. We shared a scripture story with them from 1 Nephi 17 #BoatBoatBoat. It was really good. Afterwards we had dinner and went tracting.


Friday.... Goodness gracious we were in the apartment for soooooo long. We had personal study, then weekly planning, then a lunch break, then more weekly planning. Weekly planning went a little long, and afterward we had comp. study, and we planned the baptism. Then we were waiting for the assistents to come for exchanges, but they were late, so we called people out of the area book. When the assistents got here, we had some language study and dinner with them, which resulted in us not leaving the Apartment until 6:00 p.m. Goodness, it was awful. But then Elder Fitzgerald and I visited Eszter, it was a good time. We did some tracting too. Good times.

Saturday we had some studies in the morning, then Elder Fitzgerald and I looked up some people he'd taught (He served in Dunaúváros before I did... I replaced him when I came here), and then we had MCM. After MCM we home taught a member which was fun. Her name is Erzsébet and she loves the missionaries a ton. So it was fun for Elder Fitzgerald to visit her. Erszébet loved it.
Then we tracted, the assistents left, and Elder McKim and I started fasting. Then we tracted.

Sunday we discussed a lot of things for the baptism in branch council, had a great 3 hours of church. It looks like everything is all set for the baptism, we just need to get another set of Baptismal clothes when we go on exchanges this week. After church we went to a member's house and got fed, it was super delicious. They grilled some food, so we had hotdog type things, some ribs and lots of good salad. It was awesome. then we went tracting, got numbers and had some dinner (but we didn't really eat much because we were still full from lunch).

The weather was super hot this week, but a crazy storm came in last night and now it is really nice and cool.

As a spiritual thought this week, I would like to quote Mosiah 17:20
"20 And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death."

This probably seems like a really weird spiritual thought, but stick with me. As a missionary, I have shared Mosiah 18:8-10 a lot of times. I've used Mosiah 18 a lot because a lot of really good things happen in it. Alma teaches about baptism, baptises around 450 people, organizes the church and then they all escape from King Noah. Despite all of th times I have shared this, I had forgotten that the end of Chapter 17 is Abinadi's death. Abinadi never saw the good that came from his work, and Chapter 17 ends on a pretty somber note, but it we move on to Chapter 18, we learn of all of the good that Abinadi did. So the spiritual thought for this week is to remember that we don't always see the fruits of our labor or the fruits of others work. Only God really sees everything, our job is just to do the best we can, do whatever God asks and keep moving on with faith.


Anyways, this is giant email. Enjoy!
Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Elders Terry, McKim, Stringham



Elders Terry, McKim, Strigham and Huber