Monday, March 20, 2017

2017. március 20-a

This week was a pretty busy one. We had some great lessons, went to Budapest, and had an exchange.
We met with the Hingyi family. They have been meeting with the missionaries for over a year now, and the dad got baptizted in december. Lessons with them are fun, and they really love the missionaries. They've come to church for the last three weeks now, which was really great.
We met with Eszter, she's an grandma who is raising some of her grandkids. She's usually stressed, but we help her out. She came to church on sunday for the first time. That was cool.
We also met with Panni. She's an older lady who lives alone, and she's been meeting with the missionaries for a while. She's a fun one. Elder Heaps and I met her on exchanges and talked about a lot of good stuff. We also gave her a bap. date for the middle of May. That was really fun. Elder Heaps was awesome.

We had MLC this week, which was fun. President Szabadkai gave us a lot of good advice and teachings. We learned a lot, and tomorrow we get to teach that to the zone. That'll be fun.
We had exchanges with the Elders in Pécs, Elder Heaps and Elder Suggs. Elder Heaps was the Assistant when I came to the country, and he'll be going home after the transfer. He is a really awesome missionary and I had a great time working with him. Elder Aardema was with Elder Suggs, who is a new missionary. He is also a lot of fun.

That is pretty much our week. It was a lot of fun, and we have been really busy. The branch here is awesome and the members love to help us, so things have been going really well. We had 5 investigators at church, the sisters had 2 and the branch fellowshipped so great. It was really cool to see. The members here are so strong and awesome.
We sang if you could hie to Kolob as the opening hymn, and later a member texted us asking what Kolob was. that was a funny moment.

I was studying power and authority today in preparation for our training. I was reading Helaman 5:14-29. It was really cool. Nephi and Lehi taught with such power and authority and God supported them. What they did to earn this power was follow the prophet and keep the commandments. I know that if we do these things, God will support us. He never leaves us alone. We remove ourselves from Him. He never changes and we can always rely on Him.

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry Elder

Elders Fitzgerald, Terry, Aardema and Miller

These are various pictures from the week. Some of them are of the district, me and
Elder Heaps, random other stuff

Our district (Sister Greenwood showed us a picture of her making that weird peace sign pose last week,
so we took pictures and she made it again.)

On the left is Sister Greenwood. She is in her last transfer. She's from new mexico. She's training Sister Bassett (who is the next one in the picture). Sister Bassett is from South Carolina. She's a fun one. Then you have us Elders. Good times.

Picture of the district spelling DUNA (as in dunaújváros. Also, duna is the name for the Danube in Hungarian)

Elder Aardema and I having a candlelight dinner (I made some weird food, it didn't turn out very well, but I tried.)

Terry and  Heaps (Heaps is pretending to be sad for some reason)

Pac-Man on some stairs

Elder Terry and a goat they found

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017. március 13-a

We had a really busy week. We went down to Kaposvár on exchanges. I was with Elder Phillips, who was actually trained by Elder Aardema. He's a great missionary and he knows the scriptures really well. It was really interesting to work with him and teach him and learn from him. It was also fun to do missionary work in another city. It was soo much fun.

We also had the assistants here in Dunaújváros. That was a lot of fun. I was with Elder Fitzgerald, who actually served here just barely (I replaced him). That was fun. He is an amazing missionary, and he taught me a lot. We worked a lot on finding while teaching and teaching while finding. It was really great to see him work. He was fun.

Other than that we had a busy week. On exchanges, Elder Fitzgerald and I met with two investigators, Eszter and Zsofi. He had actually worked with both of them quite a bit, and it was fun to see how excited they were to see him again. We invited both of them to be baptized and the both said yes, so now we are working on giving them dates and helping them to keep that commitment. It's going to be really great.

Dunaújváros is a really great place. The members here are awesome and they help us so much. I'm really grateful that I can serve here and work with the amazing investigators and members here. Elder Aardema is really great. We get along well and have some great time.

The Europe Area has a great plan with three goals to help us come to Christ. They are 1. Bring a friend, 2. Become spiritually and physically self reliant, 3. Find an ancestor. They are pretty great and there are these little cards with space for writing goals for these three things. I did that during personal study and it was really cool to come up with ideas for these three areas. I would encourage you all to take some time to consider what you can do in these three areas to help yourself and others come closer to Christ.

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry Elder

Elder Terry didn't have time to explain these pictures but one is of a church so I'm assuming it's the building they attend each week.  The last three are of the grocery store and what they bought.

Monday, March 6, 2017

2017. március 6-aElders

We had a pretty great week this week. We were super busy.
We had a zone training on Tuesday about planning better at being more accountable. It was really good, and only slightly terrifying being the one giving the training instead of receiving it.

After that we went to Székesfehérvár to go on exchanges. That was a lot of fun. I was with Elder Garrett. He's pretty awesome and we had some good times.

We were on exchanges in Székesfehérvár on Wednesday, and so I bought everyone lunch which was fun. It was kinda nice to not have anything special happen for my birthday. We just did what we do and it didn't really matter that I was 20 now. Also, I feel no different. Birthdays definitely lose their meaning as you get older. Unfortunately.

Also, Elder Aardema and I only speak hungarian when we are outside of the apartment, which has been a lot of fun. We had one day where we spake Hungarian for probably 7 hours straight. Fun stuff. Plus I emailed President in Hungarian for the first time this week, so we'll see how it goes.

We also met with the Hingyiék twice this week. They are a really fun family. That dad is a recent convert and the rest of them have been investigating for almost a year. They are a lot of fun, and they all came to church, although they came in right after the sacrament. But they are great. 

The dad helped us in a teaching with a different investigator, Panni. She's a really old lady, who has a hard time remembering things, and just needs to stop smoking. Things are going pretty well with her though.

Other than that we had some really good times.
We have exchanges with the Kaposvár elders this week, and the assistences are coming here, so it's going to be a busy week. We are going to have a lot of fun.

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry Elder

Elders Terry and Aardema

Elders Terry and Garrett with Aardema and Neumiller  in the background
fuzzy picture of dinner

View of Székesfehérvár

"some random thing" according to Elder Terry