Two sisters are going on missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Robin is serving in the Budapest, Hungary mission (started May 2013). Katie reports to the Mexico MTC February 5, 2013, then heads to the New York New York North Mission. This blog will chronicle their letters home and pictures they take.
So I am here! It finally came. I am
really glad that I had been to Europe before because it feels like a
mix between Jerusalem and Europe. I am in a town called Szolnok, and
it is me and my trainer, Sister Oberhansely, and then 2 elders and
then also a senior couple, which is fun. They don't speak any
Hungarian so they just kinda shove pass along cards at people (in a
nice way) and then try and get them to write down their phone numbers
as well to then give to us. Last week they got 5 phone numbers so I
guess it works :)
So my trainer worked hard in Szolnok
last transfer and for that I feel very blessed. We have 5 people with
a baptismal date and we are hoping to put 2 more people on bap date
this week. We have lots of programs (that is what everyone calls
lessons here) which is nice (I was not expecting to have very many),
but also exhausting. I try and speak during them, but it is hard when
I don't really understand what is being said. I am trying though and
I speak more everyday which is good. I feel like I am starting to
understand more as well, which is good.
I got to introduce myself in church and
bare my testimony. I was really nervous, but it went really well.
Afterwards everyone came up to me and was like oh my goodness you
have only been in Hungary for 5 days and you speak like that! And
they would say I am a very good speaker and then I wouldn't be able
to understand anything after that which is slightly ironic.
We have taught some very weird people
but everyone needs the gospel, especially weird people I guess.We'll
see if those weird people go anywhere.
Cool story number one. This guy called
and invited us to his birthday party, which was just going to be his
family and he wanted us to meet them. So we went and it was on one of
our very strange days, so we were like if it weird we will peace out.
So it was good and they gave us cake and asked what we were doing in
Hungary and we told them about missionary work bore our testimonies
about the gospel and families asked them about their religious
background and beliefs and I said a prayer at the end which was
terrifying. We left a book of mormon and some pamphlets and we set up
again with the birthday boy (who is not a boy but 32) and he is going
to church next week and says he has been reading from the book of
mormon and really likes it so I think he could be legit.
Another cool experience. Was we had a
first program with a man and he is crossed eyed so it was slightly
erie at first. But once we got going it was so good. He was so
sincere about it all and accepted the restoration and we read a
little from the Book of Mormon with him. We told him how he could
know of the truthfulness of our message and taught him how to pray
and then asked him to say the closing prayer. It was the most sincere
prayer I have ever heard. He thanked Heavenly Father for us (it was
super funny he didn't know what to call us so he paused and said for
these the people) and then he also asked Heavenly Father to let him
know if this was the right path for him to continue down on. If it
his he will continue on it. We are meeting again with him this week
and are hoping to put him on bap date as well. I think he is my
favorite right now :)
Streeting is good. I'm not really
afraid to stop people which is good and my trainer has already had me
do some on my own which is good but terrifying because I don't really
now what they are saying.