Monday, February 19, 2018

2018. február 19


We had some good times this week. For P-day last week we went to the Diósgyőri Castle here, and it was a fun place. I took a bunch of pictures, which will be attached to the end of the email. A lot of the castle has been restored, which means that we get to touch things. They have an armory, where you can try out the armor and they have swords and shields. So we took some awesome pictures in armor. It was a good time.

Other than that, we had a pretty solid week. We met with the Naár family yesterday, and 3 of them accepted a baptismal date for March 31. It'll be fun. One of their sons doesn't feel like he wants to be baptized yet, but we are going to keep meeting with them and working them. They are such an amazing family, and I am so excited for them. Other than working with them we met with some other investigators that are doing well. We've got some exciting things going on here in Miskolc.ű

We also went to Debrecen on Exchanges this week. It was a lot of fun. I was with Elder Smith. He's a younger missionary, but he is really great and works hard. We had a great time working with them. Debrecen is a really pretty city and the people on the streets were pretty nice.

We had an interesting experience this week. We met a kid about our age on the tram one day, and we tried to talk to him. Apparently, he's been contacted by the missionaries a few times, because he just kinda exploded and started saying all sorts of curse words and terrible things. Not the most pleasant experience. Afterwards, we got on the train to go to Debrecen, and there we met someone who saw our nametags and wanted to talk. It was interesting to see how one person kinda blew up with no provocation and the other reached out to us. The man on the train lives in Debrecen, and we gave the elders his number, hopefully, they can meet with him.

That was our interesting experience of the week. Other than that, it was pretty mellow. We had a good time.

This week I wanted to share a thought from Sacrament meeting. One of the speakers talked out about love and how the first 2 commandments are to love God and love our neighbor. Then she said a great quote "Love is the road to happiness." I really liked that because I've noticed that when we really love and help those around us, we are way happier. It thought it was a great thought.

Terry elder

Pictures of the castle:

The sign says, "The ignorant king is like a crowned donkey."

Elder Terry on train to Debrecen

Elder Durney on train to Debrecen

Greetings from Miskolc!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

2018. február 12

We had some good times this week. We had an exchange with the Eger elders, Elder Leavitt and Elder Römer. We had a good time. I was with elder Römer, he's from Switzerland and he goes home in about a month. It was fun to work with him and we had some good lessons together.

In other news, we met with the Naár family twice this week, and they came to church yesterday. They are officially the most consistent at coming to church. They had to leave after sacrament meeting, which was sad, but they are really awesome. They are super prepared and we're really hoping that they'll decide to get baptized soon. They've already mentioned that they want to be members, but they haven't been willing to accept a baptismal date, yet.

We got a lot of snow here last week, and it was really pretty (see the attached pictures). Other than that we did not have too much happen. We tried to meet with a lot of new people, but a lot of them dogged us. But it all worked out, because we had more time to find some new people. It was fun.

Elder Durney and I have been working hard and we've got some really great investigators. The Naárék are awesome, and we met with a few other people that come to church regularly and read the Book of Mormon. It's been a lot of fun to work here so far. I think this area has had the most work in my mission so far. We're usually pretty busy with lessons, which is really nice.

Sok szeretettel,
Terry elder

Facebook picture
Zone Conference

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018. február 5


Some fun things happened this week. There was this "Miskolci Farsang" market going on for the last few days, which was a lot of fun. There were a ton of people on the streets and a lot of little shops. Elder Durney and I found some Ocarinas, and I bought one that is almost the same color as the Ocarina of Time. It's been fun to practice playing. We found some other cool things which was a lot of fun.

We had exchanges with the elders from Nyíregyháza, which was a lot of fun because I got to serve with Elder Pulsipher again. It's been almost a year since we were together in Szolnok, and a lot of fun stuff has happened in that time. It was great to see him and work with him. We had a fun lesson with a new investigator, Attila. He's a nice older gentleman, he's not religious, but he's willing to meet with us. We had a good conversation about why we believe in God. He thinks that people believe because they connect the good things that happen to them with God, and he doesn't really associate the good with anything. We talked a lot about how we came to know the God is real and that he loves us.
Other than that we had some fun times. 

We had zone conference on Thursday, and it went pretty well. It ended up being a pretty long meeting, so we didn't have time to do much else that day.

We visited the Naár family twice this week. They are super fun, and they came to church again and stayed for all three hours. They have progressed so much. The other elders were talking to them after church, and elder Cushing told us that they used to be super busy before they meet with us, but since then they've been spending more time resting and having fun as a family. They even cook most of their food on Saturday so that they won't have to do it on Sunday. They are such an awesome family. We've been focusing on getting all of them to read and pray, and they've been doing it. It's so great to see the impact the gospel has on them.

We also met with Géza. He came to church and afterwards we met with him and talked about baptism. He doesn't feel ready yet, but we think that he'll get baptized, now it's just a matter of time.
We have been blessed with some really amazing investigators, and it's been so great to work with them.

I just want to share my testimony that God lives and that He takes care of us. I've seen a lot of people make changes in their lives to accept the gospel, and I've been able to tell how much it has helped them. It's been a privilege to help people come closer to Christ. I love being a missionary and that I can spend all day talking with people about God. This really is the greatest work.

Terry elder

Monday, January 29, 2018

2018. január 29


We had a good time this week. We were pretty busy and we had some exchanges, which was fun. We have a lot of stuff to take care of, so we've been really busy.

The Naár family that came to church the last two weeks came again on Sunday. They are still super awesome and we love working with them. We asked them to be baptized this week, and they said that they would think about it. But then the 10-year-old boy in the family said, "I'm ready now, I'll even get baptized tomorrow." He's a super fun kid, and we love meeting with the whole family. We're going to visit them tonight, hopefully all will go well.

We had exchanges with the assistants this week. It was a lot of fun. We met some Americans which was really interesting. There were a lot of Americans at church in Pest, but we always had things to do, so we didn't talk to them that much. I kinda forgot what Americans are like, so it was fun to meet with some and chat with them. The exchange was fun, we were back in Budapest. It was an adventure getting there though. They kicked everyone off the train a few stops early because there was some kind of problem with the line. We were somewhere on the outskirts of Budapest, and we had to wait for some buses to take us into the city. I was kinda worried because I had no idea where we were, and then I saw one of the buses that we took regularly when I was in Pest. Then a few more buses went by, and I figured out where we were. It was useful that I'd just served in Pest and knew how to get around. We helped this old couple from Miskolc get around too, which was nice.

After that we had a pretty normal week. We met with some of our investigators, but a lot of them aren't progressing. We also had exchanges with the other elders, and Elder Cushing and I worked together for a few hours. It was a fun experience, he's a great missionary. He doesn't have any fear of talking to people, and he'll just say the weirdest things. He asked some police officers where you can buy their hats. That was pretty funny.

We had a great time at church yesterday, the district president came and gave a really good talk. After that we helped Sister Moser in primary, we translated for her. We had a good week, and things are going pretty good.

Terry elder

The first two are from last P-day. We went to a really fancy restaurant called Palacsinta Ház
and ate some really delicious palacsintas.

Elders Seeley and Cushing

Elder Durney

These are of Elder Gentry, Elder Biesinger, and me. 
We had a meeting after exchanges in Budapest, so we took a picture.

These are from Facebook

Durney and Terry

At the train station

Monday, January 22, 2018

2018. január 22

Some fun things happened this week. We finally got some nice winter snow, which was a lot of fun. I took some pictures. Also, Elder Durney's beanie was mine once, but I left it in Szolnok. And now he uses it. Which is kinda funny.

Other than the snow, we also had some missionary work to do, which was also fun. We met with a lot of people, we were really busy all week. Plus we had interviews in Budapest (which basically killed that whole day) and exchanges with the Debrecen Elders. It was a great time.

We visited the Naár family again. They gave us paprikás csirke (Paprika Chicken), which is one of my favorite Hungarian foods. It was delicious. Also, we spent some time talking about the Book of Mormon, and we encouraged them to read every day. After Elder Durney and I bore solid testimony of the power of the Book of Mormon, the mom in the family started talking, and she said something along the lines of "You know, I've already experienced that. I pretty much read the Book of Mormon every day before I go to bed, and I've noticed that it helps me a lot." I don't remember exactly what she said, but it was something to that effect. Elder Durney and I were just so surprised. It's not every day when an investigator just starts bearing their testimony in the middle of a lesson.

The Naár family also came to church, and they stayed for all three hours. They are so great, and we love working with them. They are super golden.

We also went to a couple falus to visit people. It's fun to get out of the cities, but the travel eats up a lot of our time. We visited a family with the Mosers (the senior couple here). The dad in the family is working in Germany right now, so we were just expecting to teach the mom, but the dad joined in through skype. So we had a good time teaching them.

Other than that, we were busy all week. Good times.

Terry elder

Terry and Durney

Miskolc in the snow

Keleti pályaudvar, one of the train stations in Budapest. 

This sign was on an elevator.
 It says, "ATTENTION: Before you step into the elevator shaft, make sure the elevator is there." I think elevator doors shouldn't open if the elevator isn't there.

Elder Cushing and Sis. Moser

Elder Cushing wearing a member's winter hat.
He's next to a sort of investigator named Gábor

Monday, January 15, 2018

2018. január 15


We had a pretty good week. I'm still getting used to Miskolc, and we keep going to a lot of the nearby towns, which is a lot of fun. Some fun stuff happened this week. Church yesterday was also a lot of fun. We had the primary program, and one of the families we teach came. They really loved church and had a good time. The dad in the family, Csaba, told me that they would probably come other times too, which was fun. They are super nice and they are really fun to meet with. We had another investigator at church, Géza. He's super nice. He came to church 5 times last transfer and then disappeared for a few weeks, but now he's back. We met with him yesterday. He's super nice and he reads a lot from the Book of Mormon.

One of our investigators, Tünde, accepted a baptismal date for March 3rd. I've only met her once, but we are pretty hopeful that it'll work out. She's got a few obstacles that she needs to overcome, but I think she can do it.

Another fun thing that happened this week: When we met with Csaba and his family, we weren't able to teach too much because Zsuzsa, the mom, read a lot of stuff on the internet, and she just told us everything so that we could explain what things were true, and which ones weren't. They read a lot, both from the Book of Mormon and off the internet. They are really interested in the church.

We had exchanges twice this week. One of them was with the other elders here in Miskolc. I was with Elder Seeley and we had a good time. This is his third transfer, which means he's been in Hungary for about 4 months. He's a really diligent missionary, and we had a great exchange.
The other exchange was in Eger and it was awesome, mostly because I was reunited with Elder Leavitt. It was super fun to work with him again. We got to joke around and chat about the people in Pest, and it was a lot of fun. We had a great time together.

Other than that we've had a good time. Elder Durney is great. He's really good at talking to people on buses and trams, which is nice because I really struggle with that. We had a lot of lessons this week, we've been super busy.

Terry elder

I took this picture of elder Leavitt on exchanges.

Monday, January 8, 2018

2018. január 8


Well, we had a good week, and I managed to make it to Miskolc and survive. It's been fun getting used to a new area with new people. I'm really excited to work here, there are a lot of recent converts and some great people to work with.

Unfortunately, I had to start a new planner and I forgot to bring the old one, so I don't have a list of what we did this week.
Going to transfers was fun, it was good to see some old companions. Also, the sisters that we were with me in the MTC have all gone home, which makes me a bácsi in the mission. I was able to talk with one of them at transfers, which was fun. After transfers Elder Cushing and I went to Miskolc. 

Our companions stayed there, so we had the adventure of finding our way to a new city all on our own. It all worked out though, and once we got here, we got to work.

Miskolc is a factory town. There are a lot of 10 story buildings, which means we have a lot of area to tract. We also have a senior couple here, the Mosers. They are super nice, and it's great to have them here. We went to a couple falus (small village/town things) and they took us to them. It's nice to have them give us rides, and they contribute to our lessons, which is always great. 

When I first came to Miskolc we took a villamos (tram) to our apartment. We live in the Belváros, which is nice. The area we live in is relatively nice. Honestly, the city reminds me of Dunaújváros, except Miskolc is quite a bit bigger and has better business and a lot more people. The branch is actually about the same size, there were about 45 people at church on Sunday.

We met with quite a few investigators in our first few days. We don't have as many people to meet with as we did in Pest, but the work here is still really good. We had 2 investigators at church, and we met some really nice investigator families. It's been really great to work with them.

I'm still struggling to get to know who is who. I still mix up all of our investigators and I don't know who most of the members are. It's been good getting to know a lot of new people.

I'm still getting used to Elder Durney. He's a great missionary and he works really hard. Getting a new teaching rhythm can be hard. Elder Durney likes to talk more than I do, so he talked a lot in our first few lessons, but we are working on getting a new pattern going. His last companion also talked a lot, so they shared time well, but I tend to be more quiet in lessons, especially at the start of a transfer.
I've had a good time in Miskolc so far. It's a great city and there is a lot of potential here.

Also, we heard about President Monson's death on Wednesday morning, which was really sad. Since then I took the time to read and study his last two talks. In the April Conference he talked about Kindness and Charity in the priesthood session, and he talked about the Book of Mormon. He probably knew that these would be his last too talks, and he chose accordingly.

I encourage you all to take the time to study these talks, if you haven't already. Make them a part of your life, and learn from President Monson's example.

Terry elder


The first two are with Attila and Dóra, the recent converts in Pest. They are super nice, and we had a farewell dinner with them. I always forget to take pictures with people, but I finally got pictures with them.
The next one is of Elder McKim. He's going home in February, and he lives in Australia, so I might not ever seem him again. So we took a selfie at Transfers.
The last ones are of our apartment in Miskolc and Elder Durney.

And then I (the mom) am adding a picture from transfer day.

Terry, Murphy, Attila and Dóra

Terry and McKim

Elder Durney and the Miskolc Apartment
Terry and Durney in Miskolc Apartment

The senior couple just grabbed a bunch of missionaries so Riker doesn't know the sister missionary.
Next to her is Elder Graham (he replaced Riker in Pest), Riker, and
Elder Suggs (Riker was his zone leader for his first two transfers).