Tuesday, May 22, 2018

2018. május 22

Sziasztok!!

Well. We had a pretty exciting week, filled with an exchange, a trip to the doctors, and some good work. Good times all around.

We seem to have made it a habit to go to Budapest every week. We had another doctors appointment on Thursday because Elder Phillips has been having a rough time with allergies and whatnot. Everything went well, and on the train ride home we got to talk to someone for a while (our train got stuck and it took forever to get home.) We actually didn't end up getting home until around 10:30 because of how late our train was. But we had a good time.

We also found a cool new investigator this week, his name is László, and he's friends with some of the members here. The missionaries streeted him a few weeks ago, and then we called him up and set up a meeting. He's super nice and seems pretty interested. He's 24 years old, and he's finishing up college. We had a great time talking with him, we shared our experiences with the Church and bore testimony of the Book of Mormon. It went really well, and I'm excited to visit him again this week.

We also had the zone leaders here on exchanges, and I was with Elder Cushing. We had a great time, it was fun to work with him. He's a total hooligan, and we were able to get a lot of work done and still have a great time. During the exchange, he decided to try giving cards to drivers waiting at a stop light. He gave one to the first driver, and then we were kinda expecting the other drivers to avoid looking at us or something, but they actually rolled down the window so they could talk to us. It was really funny.

We went to a family night activity yesterday, which was a lot of fun. It's really cool that the ward holds these activities because when I was here at the start of my mission they had almost no ward activities. Now there are a lot more, and we were able to spend some time with some awesome members. The members (especially the youth) here are so involved in the work and it's a lot of fun.

Elder Phillips and I have been having a great time, we've had some deep discussions about our favorite video games. Things are going really well, and our work is pretty solid too. 

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018. május 14

Sziasztok!

"What's it like being in Kecskemét again?" - I have gotten this question at least 5 times a day since coming back. It's super weird being back in my first city, but it's a lot of fun too. The ward has changed a bit, there are a lot of really cool recent converts, and it's fun to talk to the members now that I can actually communicate.

We've been super busy taking care of things after transfer- We had to go the immigration office, we had district meeting in Szeged (Districts in the mission have been made bigger, so we're going to have to travel more), and Saturday we did some service at a member's home. It was a lot of fun, we had some great times.

Also, the ward here is was funnier now that I understand most of the jokes they're making. For example yesterday in elders quorum the president decided to have us all explain priesthood ordinances, so he handed out a bunch of slips with the ordinances written on it. Then one of the members makes a joke about turning it into charades, a different one says "I'll start!" and then acts like he's passing the sacrament. Long story short, I appreciate the humor a lot more.

Elder Phillips and I are doing great together. He's from Florida, but apparently his family has moved around a lot. He's going home the transfer after I do, so we are a really old companionship. He's super nerdy (we've already visited at least 2 video game stores). I think we're going to get along well. :)

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Pictures: Me and the Mosers last P-day in Miskolc






Here are some Pictures elder Phillips took of me.
3 are at a Cathedral in Szeged after District meeting.

Then 2 are at service on Saturday. We had to pull that whole tree out of the ground, it took so long. Benedek (a recent convert here) referenced Lord of the Rings, when the orcs are cutting the trees of Fangorn Forest (I think that's the name), and they say to Saruman "The trees are old, their roots go deep" and Saruman replies "Cut them down" or something like that. Anyways, service was an adventure, we had a good time, and I got to bond with the members here.









Tuesday, May 8, 2018

2018. május 5

Sziasztok!

Well, we got our transfer calls this morning, and Elder Neumiller is staying in Miskolc. I'm going back to Kecskemét. I'm not going to be in the same area I was my first 2 transfers (because it's a sisters area now), but it's crazy that I'm going to be back in my first city. My new companion is Elder Phllips, he's a group younger than me. Wow, it's crazy that I'm going back to Kecskemét for my last transfer.

Other than that, we had a solid week. We had 2 exchanges with the other Elders, which was a lot of fun. I had a great time with them, and Elder Cushing is going to be my zone leader next transfer. It'll be great to keep working with him.

I'm kinda sad that I'm leaving Miskolc, but going to Kecskemét will be a lot of fun. This last week was fun, it's kinda sad to say goodbye to people though.

This last week Elder Neumiller and I have been having a fun time finding, and we've been asking people wearing camo if they're soldiers. It's kinda hilarious to see people's reactions, some people think it's hilarious, but sometimes we have to ask multiple times for them to realize what we're asking. It's been kinda funny.

We did some great work this week. I love Miskolc, it'll be sad to say goodbye.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

2018. május 2

Sziasztok!
Well, we had a pretty exciting (and long) week, it feels like it's been forever since our last P-day. Yesterday was Labor day here in Hungary, so our P-day got bumped to today. Also, next week is transfers, so P-day will be on Tuesday.

Some fun things happened this week. We had a zone training on Chapter 2 of Preach my Gospel, Elder Neumiller and I talked a lot about how to have an effective personal study and receive revelation. It was a lot of fun. The training went well.

We also had 3 exchanges in the past week and a half, which was fun, time has flown by. While we were on exchanges we visited the Naárék, and they are doing amazing. It's crazy to see their progress. We spent half of the lesson talking about how to help less actives come back, and the Naárék are super passionate about helping others. It's great to see how much the gospel has blessed them.

We also met with János, our other recent convert. That was a lot of fun. He's also doing great, lessons with him are fun. He's a really funny man, and he has some interesting habits. For example, sometimes he starts to talk really loud (almost yelling), and he says he does it because he worked in a factory for a few years, and you had to yell to make sure that other people could hear you. It was a lot of fun to teach him. When he comes to church this Sunday he'll probably pass the sacrament for the first time, which will be a really cool experience.

Other than that, we were blessed to find some new investigators. Klári and Józsi live with a less active member who can't come to church because of her health. This member has a great testimony though, and she taught Klári and Józsi a lot about the gospel. Last week we met them for the first time, and we ended up talking a lot about the Law of Chastity and Eternal Marriage because they aren't married, but they've been together for about 14 years. We hadn't planned to talk about this, but it ended up working out alright, and we're going to visit them again in the next few days.

Elder Neumiller and I spent a lot of time outside tracting and streeting, it was fun to have a lot of time to find, and the weather was super nice. We've been having a great time, and this next week is going to fly by so fast.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

We took district pictures at Erzsébet tér. The order is Elder Cushing, me, Elder Neumiller, and Elder Emang.



Monday, April 23, 2018

2018. április 23

Sziasztok!
We have another great week behind us. We had a lot of exciting things going on. The recent converts are doing well, Csaba helped pass the sacrament yesterday (he did a great job, by the way), and he and his wife, Zsuzsa both got callings in the branch. It's been a lot of fun to work with them and see them become a part of the branch here. They are doing great, and the other recent convert, János got the Aaronic priesthood yesterday. The branch is doing a great job taking care of them.

We had a lesson with Kingsley, our Nigerian friend yesterday. We brought the Senior couple, and Elder Moser did a great job connecting with him. It was great to see how good he is at teaching the gospel, I guess it comes with a lot of practice. The lesson went great, Kingsley is really interested. It'll be fun to keep meeting with him, although it's weird to teach in English sometimes.

Other than that, we had a fun time teaching the recent converts. We found a new investigator on Monday, Kata, but then she dogged us on Tuesday and we haven't been able to get in contact with her. We had exchanges in Budapest this week, it was fun to go back there and work there, although it was in a different area. We also had exchanges with the other Elders, Elder Cushing and I were together. It went really well, I love Elder Cushing. He's hilarious and sometimes he's a hooligan. We were walking in the Avas Friday afternoon, and some kids yelled at us from their apartment, so we went to the building and the kids shouted their apartment code. We talked to them for a little bit, they were all partying, but it turned out that Elder Cushing had talked to them before.

Anyways, we had a great week, and this next week will be a lot of fun. We have a zone conference in Budapest, and a few exchanges planned.

Pictures:
Last p-day we visited a tower above the Avas, and there is a great view of the city there.
There's a few pictures of our district, our city, and a church that we visited. And a monkey that someone painted on a building.

PLUS...I added pictures that Sister Moser and Pres. Szabadkai posted on facebook.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder




















Pictures of District Activity at the Mosers:





Pictures from interviews with the President:

Neumiller and Terry



For some reason he likes to take pictures with his eyes closed :)




Monday, April 16, 2018

2018. április 16

Sziasztok!

Well, we had an exciting week. We were in other cities for a lot of it, but we were still able to have a good week and get some great work done.

We had a zone day in Debrecen, which was a lot of fun. We spent a lot of time playing games like missionary tag (everyone stands in companionships, and then one person chases someone. The person being chased stands next to a companionship and the person on the other end of the companionship becomes the new person being chased) and kickball. It was great to be outside all day and run around, but I was really sore for a few days. We also watched "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty", which was fun. All around it was a great day.

After that we had exchanges with the Debrecen elders. I was with Elder Baer, who's a new missionary. We had a fun time working together. We visited an Englishman named Ken who's a really nice person. He's been living in Hungary/Romania for a long time now and he tries to help people around him (he's adopted a bunch of orphans, given clothes to homeless people, etc). It was great to meet with him. We also went "chalking" as a part of the exchange, we drew the Plan of Salvation on the ground and then talked to people about it. It was a lot of fun, I've never done that before. I've got some pictures, but they aren't the greatest.

We also had exchanges in Nyíregyháza, which was fun. I worked with Elder Garrett. I went on exchanges with him over a year ago, and it was fun to see how much we've both changed an improved in the last year.

Other than that, we had a great time working and meeting with people here. Now that the Naárék and János have been baptized, we're reteaching the lessons, and Brother Naár got the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday. We're working on finding some new investigators to teach. We've lost contact with some of our most promising investigators, so now we're looking for new people to teach.

Recently I started reading the Book of Mormon again in my personal study, and I've been amazed at how well things apply to my current situation, even though I'm just reading a few chapters a day. It's great to see that if we liken the scriptures to ourselves, we can grow a lot as a result of our scripture study.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

A monument to the resurrection of Hungary in Tokaj.




 Chalking with the Plan of Salvation.






































Here's the exchange in Nyíregyháza. It goes Me, Elder Neumiller, Elder Bridges, and Elder Garrett (Left to right)



Monday, April 9, 2018

2018. április 09

Sziasztok!
We had a really exciting week, we were able to get a lot of stuff done, and 4 of our investigators were confirmed yesterday. It was a really exciting experience and kinda nerve racking too.  It's been really great to work with János and the Naár family. They are all converted and they're going to do a lot of good here in Miskolc.

For example, last week one of the member's dad died (she's the only member in her family), and we'd actually brought this member, Edina, to a lesson with the Naár family. Right before the lesson started, Edina's mom called and told her that her dad had died. Immediately, the mom in the Naár family started comforting her and they did so much to help her. The funeral for Edina's dad will be today, and yesterday we helped the Naárék make some pogácsas for the after funeral get-together. It's been amazing to see how willing they are to help others in need and serve them.

Other than that, we had a great time working, finding, teaching. We had some meetings with the ward leaders, and it's been great to work with them to help them support these recent converts. 

We were able to listen to the Sunday afternoon session and hear about the Ministering program. It's a great change and it reflects what the church has been focusing on, that we should take care of each other and love each other.

I know that President Nelson is a prophet of God and that as we study what the Prophets and Apostles have taught us, we will be inspired to know what we should do to draw closer to God and become more like Him. I'm very grateful that we are lead by inspired leaders.

Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Pictures:
We got on top of a 5 story building we were tracting and I took some pictures.