Monday, May 29, 2017

2017. május 29-e

We had some crazy times this week. Some highlights are:
President Szabadkai called to ask if we want to have a car to work with. We haven't gotten one yet, but on friday I drove a car around Budapest for a driving test and watched a lot of videos about driving safe. Hopefully sometime this week or next week we'll get a car.
Our landlord is going to replace the carpet in our apartment soon, and we won't be able to live in Dunaújváros for a few days. We are going to see when that happens, but it'll be fun. We helped him put the new flooring stuff in the apartment for storage and while we were carrying stuff he squeezed our arms and said, "Biceps." Good times.
We had exchanges with the assistants. That was fun. I like Elder Fitzgerald. We got let in by a catholic guy for 5 minutes.
We almost translated for Sisters in England twice. They are teaching a hungarian and they wanted help via skype, but their investigator rescheduled twice. (This was while we were in Buda with the assistants)
We found out that low blood pressure is not an excuse for drinking coffee.

And that was some good times. We've been trying to visit or talk to the Hingyiék every day. They didn't come to church which was sad, but we have some great hopes for them.
We have been working with a less active named István for a while now. He still hasn't come to church, but he is doing a lot better. He is a lot happier and cheerful than he was when we started visiting him.
For a spiritual thought, this comes from Borsos Elnök's talk in church on sunday. It was about Matthew 25, and it kinda changed the way I see that chapter. It has 3 parables, the ten virgins, the talents, and the sheep and the goats. When you look at the moral of each parable you get a pretty cool message. 1 Prepare (the 5 foolish and unprepared virgins didn't get to party) 2 Develop your talents. 3 Serve. It's a good guideline for life actually, and that was a really cool thing to learn about. I encourage you to read this chapter and think about how you can prepare, develop your talents, and serve others.

Terry elder

Monday, May 22, 2017

2017. május 22-e


Well, we had some good adventures this week. Some Highlights:
We went to Veszprém for exchanges. I forgot to take pictures, sadly. But the exchange was great. I was with Elder Stringham which was really great. He's a good one and we had some good times working together. That was fun.
We also tracted a lot and whatnot. That was also good. But admittedly less fun.
We met with the Hingyiék. They are doing pretty good, but they didn't come to church.
We still don't know if Eszter is a member or not. But she is doing pretty good, came to church and everything.
We have been working with a lot of less actives which is fun. Hopefully they'll come back.
We have a pretty busy week planned, lots of teaching, and we are going to Budapest for an exchange with the assistants... I have no idea how to spell that word. Az asszisztensek. We'll be with them.

So yep. Those are highlights.
Spiritual thought time... This comes from John 8 which I had the opportunity to read last week. It's one of my favorite chapters in the bible. Anyways in John 8:31-32 it says,
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
33 ¶ They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.

And as I read this I thought about freedom and what it really means to be free. When we follow Christ and keep the commandments we are free, because "Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." The only way to be free and stay free is to keep the commandments and repent, taking advantage of the Atonement to help us obey and become clean. Be like Pahoran and say, "My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made us free." (Alma 61:9)

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry elder

Elder Terry called this a "cool flower that looks like a King"
 I call it Hungary's version of Baby Groot :)

Elder Aardema

Monday, May 15, 2017

Pictures from MLC--May 2017

Pictures from the MLC with Elder Kearon

2017. május 15-e

Well, we had a pretty normal week. In case you can't tell, that was sarcastic.
We had an exchange this week with the elder's from kaposvár. That was a lot of fun. I was with Elder Murphy, who's a good missionary. We had a pretty good exchange, and we even got a let in. That was a lot of fun. We taught a lady the entire restoration and got her contact information. Unfortunately, we didn't get a return appointment, but I am optimistic that we will be able to meet with her again. It'll be fun. The lady's name is Erika...
We went to Budapest Thursday and Friday for Zone Conference and Mission Leadership Council with Elder Patrik Kearon. That was a lot of fun. We had some good times and I learned a lot of good stuff that's going to help me be a better person and missionary. I'm really looking forward to applying a lot of that stuff. It's going to be great.
Other than that, we skyped yesterday which was fun and had some good times. We've got another fun week coming up with an exchange in Veszprém!
As far as a spiritual thought goes we have Mosiah 4:3. After King Benjamin has been teaching his people, they decide that they want to make a covanant and come unto Christ. After that happens, the Lord pours His spirit upon them and they recieve a remission of our sins. The reason I wanted to share this is that sometimes it can be really hard to know if we have been forgiven. But I know that if we have the Spirit with us, that is the Lord's way of saying that He has forgiven us. Then our job is too forgive ourselves.
Weekly miracle: This actually goes back to Erika, because as we were teaching her, we found out that she has seen a member going to church every sunday. They live really close to each other, but they don't actually know each other. However, this member's decision to be active and come to church had an effect that she didn't know about. So remember that you lift others and help them come to Christ just by doing what's right!

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry Elder

This is the Interspar where they buy everything.  It's similar to a super Walmart here.

2017. május 8-a

It hasn't been that long since the last time the last time that I emailed, but we still had a good time.
We met with a bácsi named Lajos. He's a fun one, and we found out that is the dad of one of the members here. That was fun. He's a pretty nice bácsi, but he's still a pretty new investigator, so we'll see what happens with him.
We've been working with the Hingyi family still. They've been meeting with the missionaries for a really long time, and they've kinda stalled a bit, but we are still helping them. We had the dad come with us to a lesson, but we got dogged and he came tracting with us instead. Good times.
We also had exchanges with the Pécs Elders. Elder Sharp is in my MTC group, and he was with Elder Aardema and I was with Elder Suggs. It was pretty good. Elder Suggs is a great missionary and he works hard, so we had a good time.
We also had stake conference this weekend which was really good. I learned a lot and it was a really uplifting experience.
We have a really busy week coming up. The kaposvár elders are coming to us for exchanges and we are going to Budapest 2 times this week for trainings with President Kearon. So we are going to have some really great times, and a lot of travel. It's going to be really good.
To wrap up this letter, I'm going to share a miracle of the week. This first one is less of a miracle that happened this week, and more of a miracle that I noticed. For those who know me personally, I'm not the biggest fan of talking to people, and for a long time I've been kinda scared of talking to people on the streets. While the fear isn't completely gone, I noticed that when I'm just trying to talk to people and share the gospel, it isn't ever a scary experience. So the miracle is that I've gotten a lot better at talking to people and sharing the gospel lots.

Sok Szeretettel,
Terry Elder

I'm too lazy to go through and say what they are in order, so you'll have to figure them out.
A few are of Elder Aardema and the map of hungary we bought last week. Now we know where things are!
One is of Elder Suggs
One is of the district (without me...)
The other ones are random things from around Dunaújváros

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2017. május 2-a

We had a pretty fun week. Last tuesday we had a zone training on PMG 4, which was a lot of fun. I learned a lot and I hope the missionaries in our zone learned from us too. It was really great and fun.

We also met with some fun people. The Andrásék came to church. They are an old married couple that we found when I first came to Dunaújváros in February. We haven't really been able to meet with them that much, but they live really close to the branch house, so they came to church. Which had it's upsides and it's downsides. Upside: They came to church and had a really spiritual experience. Downside: the néni (old lady) gave me puszi (kiss on both cheeks). I have managed to avoid that until this sunday and it was really sad. I made it so far.... Oh well.

We also met a nice bácsi (old man) who kept complimenting us and saying "Ilyenek vagytok" while giving us two thumbs up. I have no idea how to translate this though. It kinda means that we are just that kind of good.... Sorry. that is a terrible translation. (according to a teacher at OJH that went to Hungary on his mission it is like saying we like you for who you are and you are good--HE even said it was hard to translate into an English idiom)

Elder Aardema and I have been working on following the spirit more and talking to more people whenever we are outside. We've been able to have some good conversations with people while they work or when we street them. It's been a really good time.

Anyways, we had a pretty good week, fun times all around.

For a spiritual thought, I read Alma 26 this week, and in verse 28 there is a really cool thought. They trusted themselves to God's mercy. I thought quite a lot about this, and it shows a lot of faith to not worry about things because you know God is going to take care of you. I hope you all can learn to trust and rely on God more.

Sok Szeretettel,

Terry Elder

Adventure time graffiti

Máté, a member here who is going on a mission soon. He's really cool.

And Me. I got a haircut last week.