Wednesday, August 16, 2017

2017. augusztus 14-e

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.

Terry elder

Elders Terry and McKim

skipping rocks on the Duna

view of the Duna

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017. augusztus 7-e

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!
Terry elder

Elders Terry, McKim, Stringham

Elders Terry, McKim, Strigham and Huber

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

2017. július 31-e

I hope you all had a great week. Because we sure did!
Monday after emailing we got Ice Cream with the sisters. And then we went to go to a lesson and we had to cross most of Dunaújváros. Unfortunately, it started raining a ton, and we got totally drenched. And when we got to the investigator's house, he said it wasn't good, so we just went home and changed out of our wet clothes. In the evening we tracted a little bit, it was pretty good.

Tuesday we had the weekly phone call with President Szabadkai, it was pretty good, and we set up an exchange is Székesfehérvár for friday. After that, we tracted, went to the Jószolgálati otthon for service which was a lot of fun. I love all of the people there. After service we met with József, the investigator we tried to meet with on Monday. The lesson was pretty good, we gave us some gigantic sections of watermelon to eat which was exciting. He asked a lot of questions and it went pretty well. When we set up a return appointment, he told us he'd be busy until august (which was about a week away, so we weren't too worried). Then we set up for after august 20th, so it'll be a while before we meet him again.
After that we met with János and Ildikó, and Kápolnási elnök came with us. It was really good, we talked about service and prepped Ildikó for her baptismal interview. After that, we had a quick dinner, and got dogged twice, so we got some tracting in.

Wednesday we had the Mission Leadership Council in the morning in Budapest. It went pretty good, we learned a lot and had some good times. After the meeting we had to go to the Post office in Budapest because Elder McKim got a package of garments. Then we came home, met with János and Ildikó again, which was fun. More baptismal prep and we reviewed some stuff about the restoration. Then we got dogged, had dinner and did language study.

Thursday morning we had district meeting, Elder Mckim taught us about commitments. Then Plesz testvér came and we had MCM which was a lot of fun. Plesz testvér is super funny, so we always have a good time with him. Then we had some language study, tracted a bit, and visited Eszter. We prepped her for her baptismal interview, it went well. Then we visited the Hingyiék. They were doing good, but it was really hard to keep them on topic, so the lesson was all over the place. The dad is preparing for the melchizedek priesthood, so we talked about that. He's a little nervous about it. Then we came home and had dinner.

Friday morning was pretty exciting. We met Eszter and walked with her to her baptismal interview, and we met Ildikó there. Then the Assistents and President Szabadkai came to hold the interviews, and they both passed! Now we are working with the branch to get everything planned and do everything we can. After the interviews we gave the Assistents some food and then we left for Székesfehérvár. We had an exchange with the Elders there, I was with Elder Dixon. We did some tracting, looked some people up and got a lesson from that.

Saturday we went to a little workout park for morning exercise, which was fun. Nearby was a little zipline (or a flying fox as they say in Austrialia) and elder Mckim and I had a good time with that. After that we did the morning studies, some finding, lunch, finding, language study, and then Elder Mckim and I came back home to Dunaújváros and did weekly planning.

Yesterday we had church. A lot of people were gone, so the branch council was kinda small, but we got stuff done. The Hingyiék, Eszter, and Ildikó and János came to church. János passed the sacrament and they all had a really good time. Church was a lot of fun that sunday. Then we planned our zone training (we have zone conference on Tuesday/tomorrow) and did some finding. then we had the standard sunday evening, getting numbers and then finding a bit before 9.

All in all, we had a pretty good week, the work is going well, and we've got some good times coming up. Tomorrow we are going to go to Budapest for Zone Conference and it'll be a great time.

This week's spiritual thought is 3 Nephi 11:9-10, which is when Christ first appears to the Nephites.
9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:
10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

This is the first thing that Christ says about Himself when He appears. He testifies of who He is and that the prophets testified of Him. This is our message to the World too. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints, we bear testimony of Christ, that He truly came to the earth and did what the prophets testified he would do. This is an amazing message, so take some time this week to really consider what Jesus Christ did for us.

I hope you all have a great week!
Terry elder

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017. július 24-e

Well, we had another busy week.
Monday we met with János and Ildikó and taught some more commandments. We met with them 3 times this week, and they are doing great. We also visited the Hingyi family and shared the Living Christ with them. It was pretty good, and it went well.

Tuesday we had the usual phone call with President Szabadkai, that was fun. Afterwards we went to Pécs for exchanges. It was pretty good, but there is no where to park in that city. It took us 45 minutes to find a place to park and it cost 3500 ft to park for 24 hours. I have no idea what 3500 forint is, sorry. I was with Elder Willes for exchanges and we had some good times finding. We even talked to a nice lady on the bus. I used the classic, "I don't speak Hungarian and I have a question" approach. Unfortunately, the question I asked was csúnya. (It was ugly or dirty. I'm not really sure how to translate it.) Anyways, I asked about a phrase I'd heard from someone, and it was not a good phrase. But we got to talk about why we were there as missionaries, so it all worked out. After the bus ride we did some tracting, and it was good.

Wednesday we had some more finding in Pécs and then we left to come home. Once we got home, we met with János and Ildikó again, this time we talked about the ten commandments. It was a good time.

Thursday we had district meeting on planning, went well. During lunch we finally got a district picture (attached). They are kinda weird. Anyways, after district meeting we went to the Service place, had a good time. We played some card games and chatted with people. It was fun. Then we tracted and got dogged by some people.

Friday we had weekly planning, home taught a recent convert, Gyula, met with János and Ildikó again and discussed the baptismal interview (It'll be this friday). Then we home taught the Kápolnásiék. 

Saturday we had a baptism. A family from Dunaújváros that moved to England a while back came back to baptize their 8 year old daughter. The baptism went really well, Eszter came to it, which was good. Then we had MCM, some studies, and then we went out to the Kápolnásiék. They had a little party there for the branch so we showed up, ate some food, and left because we had a lesson. We met with Eszter, taught the Law of Chastity and reviewed the baptismal interview questions. her interview will also be on friday. Then we taught the Hingyiék again about keeping the sabbath day holy.

Sunday we had some good times. János and Ildikó were there before us (and we have branch council at 8), and the Hingyiék came in just after Sacrament started. So we had a good number of investigators there. After church we had the usual sundaywith some finding, lots of phone calls, and working a lot.

This week's spiritual thought comes from D&C 84:49-51. I read this during personal study on saturday and I really liked it.
"49 And the whole world lieth in sin, and groaneth under darkness and under the bondage of sin.
50 And by this you may know they are under the bondage of sin, because they come not unto me.
51 For whoso cometh not unto me is under the bondage of sin."

The reason Iiked this is because I've noticed a lot of people in bondage. So many people are in captivity and they don't even realize it, but as it says, those that do not come unto Christ are under the bondage of sin. Everything that holds us back from coming to Christ leads us to bondage. So my invitation to you all this week is to come unto Christ and get out of bondage (if you are in it. If you aren't, then stay out of it).

Terry elder

Terry and McKim at interviews with the President

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017. július 17-e

Well, we once again had a pretty busy week full of fun times and hard work.

Monday, after emailing we played some pretty exciting card games in the branch house with the sisters. We had a good time. The game is called Cockroach poker. It was kinda weird. After all the fun, we cleaned, had a delicious dinner, and tracted. Good times.

Tuesday morning we had interviews, which was a great time. I love being able to talk with President Szabadkai, it's always a great experience and I learn a lot. After interviews we had a exchange with the Veszprém elders, Elder Rohner (the only other austrialian in the mission other than elder Mckim) and Elder Biesinger. It was a lot of fun to see Elder Biesinger again, we haven't had a lot of interaction since the MTC. Good times. Elder Rohner and I got dogged and tracted a lot. We had a good time and did good work. Elder McKim and Elder Biesinger visited Eszter and taught her the law of tithing. They said she asked why she couldn't get baptized early so she could start paying earlier. :)

Wednesday we had studies and said goodbye to the Veszprém elders, and then we tracted, and visited János and Ildikó with the Elders quorum president, Misi. It went really well, we taught them about Tithing and Fast offerings. They understood it really well, and Misi helped a lot. He is such a fun member. After that we had another delicious dinner and visited Zoli and Gyöngyi and their daughters. It was pretty good, we went with their home teachers. Zoli and Gyöngyi used to be Jehova's witnesses, and it is really hard for Gyöngyi to understand that Jehova isn't God the Father, but Jesus.

Thursday we had District meeting, which went well. Elder Mckim taught us about teaching the restoration, and we practiced teaching it in 5 minutes, 3 minutes, and then 1 minute. It's really important to always be ready to teach restored truth. It can be hard to say it really quickly though. After that we went to the Jószolgálati otthon (Good service home), which was a lot of fun. We met some youths that were also volunteering there, and had a good conversation with them. One of the people there gave me a cute rock (picture attached). Afterwards we met with János and Ildikó. They were still doing good. Then we met Eszter. She's also doing good. We rearranged the bap. dates a bit, since we need more time to teach Ildikó and Eszter will be ready a bit earlier. So we are planning on both of them getting baptized on August 12th. It'll be good. After we visited Eszter, we visited a Recent Convert of about 9 months, Gyula. He's doing good, we are going to home teach him with another member this week.

Friday we had weekly planning and MCM. Brother Plesz is still doing good and getting used to his new calling. After MCM we went to Budapest and we had a nice little miracle. We were going to Budapest right after MCM and so we drove to MCM. We saw a little message on the Console. Code 16.... Which it turns out means that one of the brake lamps wasn't working. We were worried about whether it would be legal to drive to Budapest with a dead brake light, and so we were trying to find a place to get it fixed quickly. We talked to Brother Plesz, and we gave us some advice. But then when we got in the Car to go somewhere, all of the brake lights were working again. That was a nice little miracle that smoothed out our day.
Anyways, we had an exchange with the Assistants, I was with Elder Gentry, and we had a great time. We taught 2 lessons, and one of them was to this really prepared Ukrainian man. His life has been pretty rough lately (His family is still in Ukraine, he can't afford to bring them here, can't afford to go back to Ukraine). We were able to bear testimony of how God loves him and will help him. Then we set up with him for the next day. Juri (that's his name) said that he wants to meet at least 3 times a week.

Saturday - We met with Juri again, taught him parts from the Plan of Salvation and the Restoration. Then we went tracting/finding. Elder Gentry is a champ at finding on public transportation. He has no fear, and that was really cool to see. It fired me up a bit, but we don't really use public transit much in Dunaújváros. After all of this stuff, we came back to Dunaújváros and met with Ildikó and János. We taught them the law of chastity and it went really well.

Yesterday we had church, and some great times. János became a priest, so now he is worthy to baptize Ildikó. The branch here is super on top of helping us in our work and fellowshipping investigators. After church we set up a lot of stuff and tracted. Then we had the usual sunday evening of dinner, getting numbers from the zone, passing the numbers on to the Assistants. Good times.

And that was our week. We are doing good and having some great times.

The spiritual thought for this week is D&C 59:9-10
9 And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world, thou shalt go to the house of prayer and offer up thy sacraments upon my holy day;
10 For verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labors, and to pay thy devotions unto the Most High;

Keeping the sabbath day holy is a crucial part of keeping ourselves clean, and a key part of that is the ordinance of the Sacrament. I just want to encourage everyone to prepare for the Sabbath, so that you can all find a way to make the Sabbath a delight

Terry elder

Some pidgeons on a light pole right outside our apartment and the rock a lady gave me in the Jószolgálati otthon.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 július 10-e

We had a pretty fun week with lots of good stuff happening. Here is a day-by-day summary of last week.

Monday- we went bowling with the Sisters and I won. It was pretty fun. We also got dogged in the evening and got some pretty weird phone calls. And tracted a bit.

Tuesday - We had our weekly phone call with President Szabadkai, which is always fun. Then we has service on the Jó szolgálati otthon (a home for disabled peoples). It was a lot of fun. It was also the 4th of July and one of the workers there asked us to sing the Star Spangled Banner. Elder McKim even joined in, so we had a great time there. After that we met with János and Ildikó, and they are doing pretty good. Then we met with Eszter, who now is on bap. date again for August 19th. We may have to reschedule Ildikó's baptism, so we might have 2 baptisms on the same day, we'll see. In the evening we tracted on our street and talked to some nice people.

Wednesday- We home taught Erzsébet with Plesz testvér, our ward mission leader. It went well, and Erzsébet really likes it when we visit. She loves the church and comes to a lot of lessons. Then we went home teaching with the Mészárosék, visited Ági, a not-so-recent convert. She's really cool, and she talks with a really intense accent which is fun to hear. She's been going on a tour of branches and wards in Hungary, so we don't see her that much. Then in the evening we met with the Hingyiék. It went well, but then we got sidetracked. They used to be Jehova's witnesses, and they asked who Jehova is, so we explained for a while that Jehova is Jesus and used some scriptures. It went well, they are a super great family.

Thursday - we had district meeting, met with János and Ildikó again. The lesson accidently got really long because we talked a lot, then the member we brought talked a lot, and then their son Bálint pulled a plant off of a shelf, so we had to clean that up. It went pretty well though, we taught the Word of Wisdom and they didn't really have any problems.

Friday - we had weekly planning and then we drove to Kaposvár for exchanges. It was a fun drive, it took 2 1/2 hours, but by train it's closer to 4 hours. We saved a lot of time. I was with Elder Huber again (we had exchanges in Kaposvár about 3 weeks ago) and we had some good times. Tracted a bit.

Saturday - still on exchanges, we did some tracting and got a let in. It was great. The lady was super nice and we taught her the restoration, she said she'd read and pray. The kaposvári elderek are going to meet with her again in 2 weeks. So that was fun. Then we drove back home, got home at 8:45 p.m. So that day was almost all in kaposvár.

Sunday - We had branch council and church. Eszter came to church, the Hingyiék slept in and Bálint got sick, so János and Ildikó couldn't come. Church was pretty great, afterwards we did some tracting and dropped by the Hingyiék. Then we had the regular sunday evening, with dinner (I made some palacsintas for desert) and getting numbers from the zone.

So that was our week. We also got haircuts today, so now elder Mckim looks really good.
The spiritual thought comes from Plesz testvér. Recently, he's been a big fan of the 3rd article of faith, which reads, "3 We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel."
Well, I just noticed that the thing that I wanted to point out isn't in the enlish one. Well, the Hungarian translation reads: "3 Hisszük, hogy Krisztus Engesztelése által az egész emberiség megszabadulhat, ha engedelmeskednek az Evangélium törvényeinek és szertartásainak."
Basically, it says "We believe that through the atonement of Christ, all mankind can be saved, if the people obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel"
Plesz testvér really emphasises the "IF" when he says it, because we can only be saved if we obey the laws and ordinances of the gospel. There is no other way, and that is why it is so important to share the gospel with everyone. So, share the gospel today!

Terry elder

Monday, July 3, 2017

2017. július 3-a

It is hard to believe that it is already July and a new transfer has started. We've been pretty busy the last few days.
We met with Kápolnási elnök to talk about the transfer and stuff. It was a good meeting, although it kinda just turned into Kápolnási elnök and I talking to each other. But it all worked out.
We also met with Ildikó and János. They are doing great and so far everything is on track for the bap. date. They came to church and stayed for 2 hours, which was great. They have a really active 1 1 1/2 year old son Bálint, so they have had to leave to take him home a few times. They had a really great time.
We also met with the Hingyiék. They came to church and are doing good. We kinda accidently had a lesson on tithing, but it was really good. They are a great family and the dad is still as awesome as ever.
Eszter is doing good. She's had some problems, but she came to church, which is good. She's been coming to church more regularly.
As far as other stuff goes, we are doing good. Elder McKim and I have been getting a long great and the Sisters are doing good as well. Sister Bassett stayed and got Sister Schrad from Missiouri. She's really cool, she's a convert of a year and a half.
Anyways, we have had some fun times, and this is going to be a great transfer.
I spent an hour cleaning our refridgerator this morning. That was fun. Now it is super clean.
I don't really have too much else to write. Things have been good.

Terry elder

Attached is a picture of elder Mckim and I. Enjoy

(Elder McKim is 20 years old.  He's 26 days older than Riker.  He is from Adelaide, Australia)