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). 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018. január 2


It's hard to believe that it's already 2018. It's crazy how fast time has flown. Our last week in 2018 was a lot of fun, we had a great time and a lot of work.

Last Monday was Christmas and it was a lot of fun. We got some presents from members in the ward here, which was super nice. We also had the whole day as a P-day, so we ended up spending almost the entire day spending time with the district. It was a lot of fun, and then in the evening we visited Attila and Dóra. We skyped from their apartment, and we had a great time there.

Tuesday was the second day of Christmas, which is when people go and visit their relatives. We had a pretty good day, we spent some time finding, and then we met with Atilla and Erika, some really nice investigators. It was really nice that we could meet with them because they have been super busy. We had a great day.

Wednesday we had a pretty empty day, so we spent almost all of the day finding. It was a lot of fun, we've been super busy lately, and it was nice to have a few hours to spend finding. It was a good day, but nothing too crazy happened.

Thursday was an exciting day. We had district meeting in the morning, which was fun. It was the last district meeting of the transfer. After that we had an exchange with the other elders. Elder Jameson and I had a few teachings, one of those was with Zsolt. It was a really great lesson. At our last lesson, we asked him to pray about a bap. date, and he did. He's decided to be baptized on March 9th. It's been a great experience to work with him and see him progress. He seems a lot happier, and I'm very grateful that I could meet with him.

Friday was a fun day. The exchange ended and then we had weekly planning. The last weekly planning before transfers is always interesting because I was pretty sure that I wouldn't be staying in Pest. But it was fun to plan for our investigators. Then we got dogged in the evening and we had a great time finding.

Saturday..... was weird. A bácsi from one of elder Murphy's old areas offered to talk us to the Nutcracker, and we got permission to go, so we went on Saturday. It was an interesting cultural experience. I had no idea what was going on most of the time, and someone told us that there would be bats in one of the scenes. So I was excitedly waiting for the bats to come. And they didn't. The ballet ended, and there were no bats. I was so disappointed. After the ballet we went finding, which was fun.

Sunday was a good day. It was my last Sunday here in Pest, and it was sad to say goodbye to the members. We met with Alex, which was fun. He's super cool, and I hope he'll get baptized soon-ish. After that we met with some other investigators. It was a good day. And it was new years eve. Good times.

Yesterday we had a good day. We met with a PI, Alexandra. She was found by the missionaries in the summer, and we've been trying to meet with her for a few weeks now, and it finally happened. It was fun, she was super nice. After that we visited Katalin. It was fun to meet with some investigators on Black Monday.

Today we got our transfer calls. I'll be going to go to Miskolc, and I'll be serving with Elder Durney. I don't know him super well. We'll have a good time together, I've heard a lot of great things about Miskolc.

Terry elder
Dec. 19, 2017 Zone Conference
Dec. 4, 2017 Interview with President Szabadaki

Elders Terry and Jameson

Pictures from their P-Day on Dec. 19, 2017.  This is Gellért-hegy (Gellért Hill).  There is a really cool story about Saint Gerard and the founding of Budapest that you can research.  

Saint Gerard
base of Liberty Statue

Torch Bearer--Liberty Square 
Elder Murphy and the Dragon Slayer--Liberty Square
Buda's Lady Liberty

Murphy and Riker

These pictures are of their Christmas presents:

Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar

Reading Luke 2 in Hungarian

Christmas Presents

Gift from a member--Nerf Guns! 
They had fun hunting each other in the apartment with the lights turned off.

Riker, Elder Jameson, Dezső

Terry and Murphy New Year Selfies

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017. december 19


We had an exciting week! Lots of crazy stuff happened, and yesterday we had Christmas conference. It was a great week.

Last Monday we went to the big market in the Belváros of Budapest. We bought a couple suvoniers (I can't spell that word). Anyways, we ended up finishing early, and we had a lot of time. We had to go to the mission home to practice for a concert we were going to sing in (the concert ended up getting canceled). Since we had a lot of time, we decided to walk from the market to the mission home. It took a while, but we saw a lot of cool things. I'll send pictures if they get uploaded in time.
After the choir practice, we had two lessons that were a lot of fun. We met with some recent converts, Attila and Dóra. They are super nice, and after that we ran to another lesson. We were a little late leaving Attila and Dóra's so we had to run to make it to the other lesson. The lesson was with Ádám, a really cool investigator we found last week. He's super nice and really fun to talk to. He offered us Pálinka (a hungarian alcoholic drink), but other than that it was a pretty normal lesson.

Tuesday we had exchanges with Elder Bloomer and Elder Fisher, the office elders. Elder Bloomer was a little sick, and we ended up spending most of the time in the office. We did have one lesson, and it was a lot of fun. We didn't end up following our lesson plan at all, but it went well. After that we had dinner, and then we spent the rest of the day resting.

Wednesday our exchange with the office elders ended, and right after it we had an exchange with the other elders here in Pest. I was with elder Willes in our area, and we had a good time. We spent most of the day finding, and then in the evening we had a lesson with Katalin. It was a good lesson, Katalin came to church last Sunday, so we talked about that a bit. It was a good time, and after the lesson we caught a bus and ended up running home to make it home by 9:30.

Thursday we had district meeting. It was a lot of fun, after that Elder Murphy and I started working together again for the first time in 2 days. We had a good time. We had a lesson with Veronika, afterwards we had English class. It was good to work with Elder Murphy again.

Friday we had MLC in the Mission home. It was a lot of fun, it's good to see old companions when we have meetings. After that we spent some time finding, doing studies, and in the evening we met with Zsolt. The lesson with Zsolt was so great, we planned on asking him to be baptized, so we spent some time reviewing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Then we asked him to be baptized. He was a little surprised, and he didn't really say yes, or no. He promised to pray about it and when we meet with him this week we'll talk about it more, and hopefully pick a date. It's super exciting. Zsolt is awesome, and he's changed a lot since we started meeting with him. He seems happier and more friendly.

Saturday morning we had our weekly planning, and after that we had a very interesting "lesson." We visited Márta, one of our investigators that we've been having a hard time meeting with regularly. Her kids were there too, which hasn't happened before. For most of the time we were there, her daughter Fruzsi made a kinda of slime-thingy. It was really weird, and it made it hard to keep the lesson on topic. We did the best we could, and the member present, Gérgő, was a good help. After that we went to the ward Christmas party, which was a lot of fun. That took the rest of the day.

Sunday we had church, and afterward we helped the ward deliver some packages that we put together at the Christmas party. The ward made care packages and we gave them to a home for moms and their children. That took a while, but it was a lot of fun. We sang Christmas songs in the home and then we spent some time talking to people. After that we had a rather uneventful Sunday.

Yesterday was Christmas conference. It was a lot of fun, and it pretty much took the entire day. Afterwards we had a lesson with Alex and came home. It was a fun day.

We finished the self-reliance course this week. The last topic was focusing on the things that matter most, one of those things being going to the temple and being worthy. It was a really great topic, and it was fun to do the whole self-reliance course. I learned a lot and it was really fun to do.

And that was our week.

Boldog Karácsonyt!

Terry elder

He didn't explain these pictures so I'll have to ask him about them when we talk on Monday!