Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2017. október 16-a


Well, we had a pretty good week, had some good times.

Last p-day we visited Budai Vár (Buda Castle). It was really pretty, I have a ton of pictures too. We had some good times there with Elder Harris and Elder Jameson. In the evening we spent some time finding, had a good time.

Tuesday we had a weekly phone call with President Szabadkai, which was good. Then we met up with the other elders in the branch house and learned about using facebook. Now we are facebook using missionaries. Well, we would be, except for the fact the Elder Leavitt and I both forgot our passwords. So, we are almost facebook using missionaries.
After that, we had an exchange with the other elders, Elder Jameson and I spent a lot of time finding and we got a let in. It was really fun and the people were super nice. They told us that they had been looking for the truth, and we had the opportunity to tell them that what we were teaching them was the truth. That was a lot of fun. After that Elder Jameson and I had a quiet evening with Dinner, language study and some 12 week (the program that missionaries do for the first 12 weeks of their mission). I haven't done twelve week since January when I was with Elder Pulsipher in Szolnok.

Wednesday we had some good times, Elder Jameson and I did some streeting. Then we ended the exchange and Elder Leavitt and I spent some time finding. We went white boarding near a university in Pest, it went pretty well. In the evening we tried to go home teaching, but the member couldn't come.

Thursday we had district meeting and afterwards Elder Leavitt and I went whiteboarding again. It went pretty well. In the evening we had English class and some time to call folks. We've set up a lot of lessons, but most of them fall through or get canceled, so we had some time to find.

Friday we had weekly planning and then we met up with the Kispest elders and started an exchange. Elder North and I had a good time together. We had two lessons set up, and a member, Gábor came with us. The first person, Katalin, got called into work and so we ended up visiting Ági first. Ági is still doing great, she has been so happy since her baptism. We had a good lesson with her. Then we went back to Katalin's and visited her, we had a good lesson with her about the plan of salvation and how it affects our lives. Afterwards, Gábor invited us into a McDonalds and gave us some dinner. He basically spent his entire Friday evening with us, which was really nice. He's great.

Saturday Elder North and I met with Gergely, who was a church media referral. He'd heard stuff about the church, and a week or two ago he saw two missionaries on the metro here in Budapest and he did some research online, found out he could order a book of mormon and requested one. We met with him and taught the restoration. It went well, Gergely is a really cool guy, I'm excited to meet with him again.
Later we ended the exchange and had a lesson with Erzsébet. It was a lot of fun. Elder Leavitt and I worried that the lesson wouldn't work out because our male member canceled. We'd invited Margit to the lesson, but we still needed a man. When we let margit know the situation though, she found a male member who could come with us. Ágoston came and taught with us. It was really good and he is super enthusiastic. The members here are really great and helpful, which is nice.

Sunday we had church, then we met with Márta and had a good lesson with her. In the evening we did numbers and then we watched a Europe area fireside with Elder Ballard. It was a really great experience and I learned a lot.

Well, this was our week. We did another lesson/discussion from the self-reliance program this week, the topic was Be Obedient. It was a good one, and one of the scriptures we read was D&C 130:21-22 "20 There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated—
21 And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated."
I really like this scripture, and I know that it is true. Whenever we obey God's commandments we are blessed for it. The Lord is bound when we do what He says, and He wants to bless us. All we have to do is do what He asks.

Sok szeretettel,
Terry elder

The attached pictures are the various sights around Buda Castle.

Monday, October 9, 2017

2017. október 9-e

We had some great times this week,
On Monday we visited West end, a giant mall in Budapest. It was a lot of fun, but we saw new cell phones and whatnot, which was really weird. But after that we had a lesson with Károly, who is really cool. He doesn't really have any religious background and he told us multiple times during the lesson that it was weird, but he's willing to keep meeting with us and learn, which will be great. After that lesson we visited a less active named Erika. She's pretty great, she lost contact with the church 10 years ago, and she reached out to us. She's forgotten a lot, but she really wants to relearn. We taught her the Restoration, which was fun.

Tuesday we had our weekly phone call with President Szabadkai, which was fun. It was actually the second phone call of the transfer because we had interviews, trainings, and the Szabadkaiék were out of town one week. It was a long phone call, but it went well. After that, we got dogged, and Elder Leavitt and I did some comp. study. We've started doing some self-reliance courses every Tuesday, this week's topic was Using time Wisely. It was a lot of fun, and it's pretty similar to PMG chapter 8. Mostly, it helps us plan out our days better, so that we get the most important things done first. It's been fun so far.

After that we started an exchange with the office elders, and Elder Ballard and I tracted in the rain for a few hours. It was a lot of fun actually, and Elder Ballard is really cool. We're in the same group and it was fun to work with him.

Wednesday, we were still together, and we spent some time using a whiteboard to find in Széll Kálmán tér. We talked about family history, which was a lot of fun. Lots of people ignored us, some people talked to us. We got some phone numbers, and it went pretty well. It's really funny because sometimes people don't even look at us, but other times they are really willing to chat with us. A few people even came to talk with us.
After that we met up with Elder Leavitt and Elder Bloomer, and Elder Leavitt and I came back home to Pest. Then we had a lesson reschedule and another person dogged us, so we spent most of our time that day finding.

Thursday we had district meeting, and we got to use technology to email some PI's that we haven't been able to get in contact with. It's kinda weird to use a computer other than for emailing on P-days, but it went well, some people wrote us back, hopefully we can meet with them soon.
Later we were dogged, and then we had a crazy lesson with Ági. The crazy thing was the number of members that came with us. One member here really wanted to visit Ági, this member is Margit, but we needed to bring a man, so we were bringing another member named Ágoston. When we met up with Ágoston he had a friend with him, (his friend is italian, and doesn't speak hungarian). So all 5 of us visited Ági, and Ágoston translated for his Italian friend. It was a lot of fun and the lesson went really well.
In the evening we had Angolóra (English class) and Játék est (game night), both of which went well.

Friday we had weekly planning, had a lesson cancel on us, and we spent some time tracting. Then we met up with the Assistants and Elder Hughes and I came back to Pest. We had a good time together, we met with some recent converts, Attila and Dora, and had another lesson cancel on us. Attila and Dora are really nice though. We had a misunderstanding somewhere and Elder Hughes and I were 80 minutes late for the lesson. Fortunately, they are really nice and we had a great lesson with them.
In the evening elder Hughes made Pumpkin bread for us to give to Attila and Dora the next day.

Saturday Elder Hughes and I went white boarding in a tunnel near Őrs vezér tere which was fun. We also had some time to tract, and later we met up with Elder Gentry and Elder Leavitt. Then someone dogged elder Leavitt and me, and we came back home and spent some time finding.

Sunday was a lot of fun. Ági was confirmed, so she is now officially a member of the Church, which is really exciting. She's doing great and she'll just keep getting better. Later in the day elder Leavitt and I met with Katalin, who was really nice. Her life has been really hard lately, hopefully we were able to help her out. Elder Leavitt gave her a blessing, which will definitely help her. After that we had numbers in the evening.

We had a great week, even though we had a ridiculous number of lessons cancel or dog, but everything worked out and we had a good time. Also, Elder Leavitt and I streeted some people that said that they marked their religion as Jedi on the census. Unfortunately, they were not actually Jedi, which would have been really cool, but it was pretty funny.

Terry elder

Monday, October 2, 2017

2017. október 2-a

Sziasztok! I don't want to spend too much time on this email, so it is going to be a quick one.

Last P-day we had interviews with President which was a fun time. It's always a lot of fun to have those interviews. Other than that, not much else happened that day.

Tuesday we had a lesson fall through and then I went to Érd. We had exchanges and I was with Elder Hess. He's from Layton and came to Hungary in August, so he's still being trained. We had a good time together and did some good work. It was kinda weird being with a younger missionary, most of my companions have been rather old so far. Elder Hess and I did some White Board finding with Family history, it went pretty well.

Wednesday morning elder Hess and I did some tracting, and later Elder Leavitt and I were reunited. Then we had a lesson be rescheduled and we had a really quick lesson with Bogi, a recent convert. She's doing really good, and we probably won't meet with her very much in the future. She's progressed well and doesn't really need us to help her. We had a cool member with us. His name was Szilveszter and he served a mission here about 10 years ago. It was fun to talk with him for a little bit before the lesson started.

Thursday we had District meeting, after we tried to do some white board finding, but it didn't work out super well. We ended up streeting around for a bit, and then we had a lesson with Veronika. She worked a lot and was really tired, but other than that it went well. Then we had English class and game night.

Friday we had weekly planning and started an exchange with the Pest elders. Elder Harris and I were together, and since he's the district leader, he was the one conducting the exchange. It was a lot of fun, we had some fun lessons together. We had some really great conversations too.

Saturday we had 3 lessons planned, and all three of the cancelled within 1 hour, but later we had Ági's baptism, which was a lot of fun. It was a great experience, we didn't have a ton of members there, but it was still really great.

Then we had general conference. We had some investigators come for the Women's session, which they watched Sunday morning while we watched priesthood. It was a lot of fun watching General conference. We saw Saturday morning in Hungarian on Saturday, then we watched priesthood, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning in English on Sunday. It was some good times.

Don't forget to look over General conference and apply all of the great things we learned about. I'm really excited to improve my study of the Book of Mormon, they talked about that a lot.

Have a great week!
Sok szeretettel,

Terry elder

Not sure why he thinks we want to see a picture of a spider. :(

Agi with Elder Leavitt

Elder Terry, Agi, Elder Leavitt

Monday, September 25, 2017

2017. szeptember 25-e

We have a great week behind us! We had a lot of fun things happen, and I hope all of you had a great time too.

Monday after emailing we went to a place called "Erzsébet Kilátó" or Elizabeth View. It's a little tower towards the western edge of Budapest. We went with the sisters, had a good time there. The view is amazing, I took a ton of pictures. It was really pretty and it was a good time. After that we went tracting and set up with a couple of people.

Tuesday morning we used a White Board to set up a street display. It was a lot of fun. We wrote up "What is the purpose of Life? Why should we do good?" and then Elder Leavitt drew a little stick man who was pondering. It was fun to use, but unfortunately it was raining, so not very many people wanted to talk to us. We had a good time though. We found one or two PI's and I talked to an older lady for a while that was really nice, unfortunately, she wasn't super interested. After that we got dogged, and did some tracting. That was most of our day, then we made some calls and had language study.

Wednesday we had Zone Conference. It was a lot of fun, we learned about a lot of things. We taught about learning the language from PMG 7, the Sister Training Leaders talked about the same thing. Then we learned about self-reliance from a senior couple. We are going to be doing some self-reliance stuff each week, which will be a lot of fun. After that we learned about technology use. We were hoping to be able to use Facebook, but there were some problems, but now we can use the computers in the branch house for 30 minutes a day to keep in contact with investigators via email and look at church stuff online. That'll be a lot of fun. After that we met with Alex, who is doing good. He still asks a ton of questions, but it went well. Then we tracted.

Thursday we had district meeting in the morning, had a good time there. Then we spent some time finding and then we had a lesson with Veronika. She is a lot of fun, she used to meet with missionaries in Debrecen. We're hoping that things will go well with her and that we'll be able to give her a bap. date soon. After that we had English Class and a game night.

Friday was weekly planning, which was a good time. Then we met up with the Buda Elders and Elder Shepherd came back with me for exchanges. We had a good time. We met with Ági and the lesson went well. She's really excited for her baptism on Saturday. It'll be a lot of fun. She's super ready. She randomly opened to Mosiah 18 this week and it made her really excited for baptism.

Saturday morning Elder Shepherd and I meet with Erika. She's a less active who moved from another sister  (does he mean city?) a few years ago. She didn't know anyone in Budapest and couldn't find the church, so she went inactive, but then a few weeks ago she ran into the missionaries, got our number and called us up. We met with her and it went really well. She really wants to relearn a lot of stuff. She was also excited to come to church, but then she got sick and couldn't come. After that Elder Leavitt and I were reunited and we met with some recent converts, Attila and Dora. They are really cool people. They were really busy during the summer, but now they should be more free and we can meet with them.

Sunday was a lot of fun. We had a missionary farewell, which was good and then one of the counsellors in the bishopric spoke about not being offended. It was good. Then we spent some time tracting and met with an investigator, Márta. It was pretty good. Then we came home and had numbers and dinner.

All in all, it was a good week. We have interviews with President Szabadkai today, which will be a lot of fun.

Terry elder

Pictures of Elizabeth View:

Leavitt Elder

Elders Terry and Leavitt

Elder Leavitt's man pondering why he is on the Earth.
Whiteboard display in a rainstorm :)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

2017. szeptember 18-a

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."

Terry elder

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017. szeptember 11-e

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.

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.