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 life in Buda is great! I love love
love my new companion. Her name is Adley Fowers. She is from Missouri
and has 10 siblings!! real life. 4 of them are adopted so don't like
faint or anything. She also went to BYU. We are working so well
together so we had a rockin week last week, found a tons of new
investigators, and this week is looking pretty good so far too.
My biggest fear about coming to Buda
was that it isn't a little branch but a ward so how would I get to
know the members. But Sister Fowers and hi made goals and plans and
we rocked church yesterday! it was the coolest ever. There is a
family that always invites the assisstants over for dinner on
mondays, but they uninvited them to invited us! (ok so maybe the dad
would not be home so the assisstants couldn't go anyway...but that is
just a small detail) It was great to see the members we asked to
befriend people do so. It was cool.
President suggested we start doing
these things called "pop-ins" where were from 8-9 we stop
by members homes (but don't go in) tell them about an investigator
that lives close by and ask them to pray for them and befriend them
if they come to church. so we tried 2 last week and asked them both
to pray for the same investigator and in our next program with her
she goes "can I be baptized next Friday?" Sister
Fowers looks at me and goes I've never baptized someone on my
mission. is it possible. I've never had someone get baptized without
it before being announced in church (that is just the way they do it
in Hungary) but we talked to the ward mission leader and said if she
passes the interview (which is tuesday) sure. So here we go. We are
hoping to have a baptism this week, which would be a great way to
start the transfer. This is the first time I have gone into a new
area and there has been work so it is super cool!
ok well love you all! Sister
Sister Fowers decided I would look good
with bangs. I decided why not? I need some change. So she cut my hair
last night. I kinda like it. What do you think? We look good
the senior couple (the Jensens) from Nyíregyháza
two of the girls from the branch came
to the train station wednesday morning to say bye. they were in
skirts because they were going to go do visiting teaching later. how
tender right? I love them both so much!
So it is back to the big city for me,
but this times I will be on the Buda side of the river! I will be
serving with Sister Fowers, who is 1 transfer ahead of me (this is
her last transfer) and so we were in the MTC together for like 3
weeks. I have always wanted to serve with her so I am super excited!
Oh and I will be a Sister Training leader.
This week was good.
Cool thing of the week. We went on
splits. I was in Debrecen with Sister Rupard. We had lots of finding
time, and we really wanted to make it effective finding. So we tried
to follow the spirit. She lead us to a part of the city and we were
walking and I was like the way the building right infront of us
feels. We get in and it is like massive 10 story. It was one of the
most sketchiest buildings I have been in. We started tracted and she
is like we are going to get let in on the 9th floor on the right
side. We finish the top floor and at the end there were 2 women
knocking on the door right next to us and we were like oh hey to
start talking to them and they go we are cops. they were pounding on
that door. so we just went down to the 9th floor. and no luck on that
floor but there was a really nice guy that let me use his bathroom.
we got to the 8th floor and on the side that sister Rupard said we
would get a let in we did! we chatted with this cute couple for a
while and they were like where is your church and I was like can we
come in. so they let us in. We had a rockin program. sister Rupard
and her companion went back 2 days later and then they came to church
last week too! 3 days after we met them! which is like unheard of for
Hungary! It was so neat. So there is a very specific story. Sister
Rupard said the program was so good when she went back and that they
are so prepared. It was neat to be a part of this couples start in
We went to the Zoo this morning. You
all know how much I love zoos! like so much. so I am sooo happy right
now. haha. love zoos.
ok well have a great week!
This is one of my favorite néni's in
hungary. everyweek she would walk up the stairs and I would greet her
for church and ask her how she was. She would always say. "so
good now that I saw you and am here". She helped us out in a few
programs too. She left church early so I didn't get time to tell her
that I would probably be leaving so we stopped by her apartment
yesterday. And she goes this is perfect I never started cooking this
earlier but something told me.. Klari get cooking already. And now it
makes sense because your her. So she end up feeding us lunch. She is
just such an amazing example to me of living the gospel. Her live is
hard, but it is no questions asked she lives the gospel, comes to
church everyweek alone, pays her tithing. She has been saving up
money for 14 years out of her retirement every month to make it to
the temple in Germany and finally at the end of the summer she will
be able to go. She started crying when we talked about me leaving so
then I cried too. She has no idea how much she helped my testimony!
we went to the zoo with sister Jensen
that all the Moms had a wonderful day. It was so good to skype home!
The Gospel Changes people. It is
official. So remember how we are meeting with a hoarder. Well this
week we went back over, and she had been reading out of the BoM,
praying, and came to church, and she made a couple of comments that
she never would have made 3 weeks ago when we first met. She said she
is realizing that if she ever wants to have a clean apartment she
needs to throw away the things that aren't necessary. And then
yesterday there was a bunch of clothes at the branch for the memebers
to take, and I was just praying that her and her daughter wouldn't
take any and she goes member we should bring some of our extra
clothes here too! Like talk about progress! We made them a bap
calendar last week and they are obssessed with it. It is super cute
to see them check off everyday that they have read the BoM and
prayed. The 13 year old daughter and I get along so well. I helped
her with her chemistry homework for 5 minutes and the perodic
elements have way different names in Hungarian! My chem TAing at BYU
came in handy!
The missionary couple incharge of
Humanitarian projects in Hungry came to help out a place here in
NyÍregyháza so I spent the day translating. (obviously sister Feil
was there too) They bought power tools for a disabled organization
here. A man that works there takes parts of old cars and other things
that people throw away and builds like go-cart/bicycle like things
for them to use for excersizing because they can't do it the normal
way. I'll send some pictures. I have never been shopping for power
tools in English let alone in Hungarian, but it all worked out, witth
the Lord's help. And then there was someone there from Ukraine who
was really American and he heard us translating so then I helped him
buy some power tools as well. so funny.
Ok well love you all lots!
Next week is transfers so I will be
emailing on Tuesday!
and here is some of the boxes we were
able to throw away from the our investigators apartment. the one that
hoards. here is a member that came with us. such a champ.
this is one of the bike like things but
this one actually isn't a bike at all. oh well.
So this week was hard. We got dropped 3
times in 3 days which was rough. One of them was by one of our most
progressing investigators. He was the one that came to church last
week for the first time. It was so sad. The program started off so
well. He received a testimony of the BoM. He had no doubt that is was
true. He knows that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that he restored
the church and that the church is the only true church on the earth
and is Christ's Church. And he said so baptism would be the next step
but there isn't going to be one because I talked to my family. And
this needs to be a family thing and you've notice that my wife has
stopped sitting in on our visits. And they don't want us to keep
meeting. They don't want me to continue this and I would rather save
my marriage and have a good relationship with my son. So hopeful in
the future maybe We all can do this. And so that was the end of our
meetings. It was so sad. I was bearing my testimony and crying
because the spirit was so strong and he felt it but wasn't willing to
follow it. And like I can't blame him. That is a hard choice. Poor
guy. I am reminded of an investigator who decided to get baptized
even though her mom might throw her out and see did and her and her
mom now have a stronger relationship. he asked me to say the closing
prayer because he feel the spirit strongly when I pray is what he
said. And we were kneeling in his living room with a member and I
cried during the prayer and just pleaded with the Lord to help him
and his family. Plus they found out his wife has cancer and he might
have cancer they will find out this week. It was just so sad because
I know that the gospel is the think that will help them the most in
their lives and he saw it too but his wife and son didn't. It is ok I
firmly believe that in several years they all will be baptized.
And another drop program the woman
wrote us a very strongly worded letter and read it outload to us. A
member was there for that one too. rough life. I was like wow no one
has ever made me take back a Book of Mormon before. It was so
interesting. haha. oh well. I just can't help but think she will get
to the spirit world and think what was I thinking!!
Then the other drop program (I told you
rough week) was also with a member. all three members were different.
And they were both talking about Ukraine under communism and the
soviet union because they are both from Ukraine. It was so
interesting to hear them talk. And so sad. And then to hear them talk
about their lives her. Again the gospel is the think that would help
her the most and she doesn't understand that, but we do. I just wish
I could put my heart in these people for like 30 seconds so they can
understand no feel all the things that we feel about the gospel how
much it can bless and help.
a ray of sunshine was that mom and
daughter that we found at easter came to church again this week and
committed to a bap date this week! That was super excited.
Oh get this. We helped them clean their
apartment this week. Oh yeah. They are hardcore hoarders. I asked if
I could throw things away (because aunt lynda taught me to loooove
throwing things away) and they kept saying no so I stopped asking and
just started putting things in boxes and setting it outside the
apartment to throw away when we left and I did and then when we went
back 2 days later the 13 year old said I watch when you threw away
the boxes and I know that you did and I went and got them out of the
trash. Dang it! I should have walked them to a further dumpster.
haha. so that was a riot.
Ok love you all!
sister maxfield sent me some pictures
from our day together in budapest a few weeks ago.
last pday we went on a statue hunt in
one of my favorite investigators the
one that dropped us this week. it was so sad.
An investigator that Sister Moffatt and
I tracted into came to church this week. It was great. He is more
reserved, and we brought a different member with us to one of his
programs with us this week. It was a recent convert so as part of the
prep I asked him to offer to walk to church with the investigator.
Sometime as a missionary we are really just friends makers, but it is
fine. It ended up working out perfectly.
This week was also hard. We decided to
take a little break with one of our bap dates. She came back from
Easter and had decided that she didn't want to be baptized any more
because she doesn't think that is matter what church you belong too.
That was hard. I totally teared up as I was baring my testimony of
the restoration. She had just told us she was pregnant with her third
child which she had been prayer for for months. She bore her
testimony of how much sister missionaries have helped her because she
has met with several. And I know that she will be baptized someday
but now it just not her time. I suggested maybe we take a break. I
didn't want to and we weren't planning on it because her baptism was
supposed to be this weekend but during the program suggesting a break
kept popping up in my mind. And she agreed and said that she was
going to tell the Jehova's witness that she wants a break too. I just
sat there thinking why do I feel like you have been cheating on me
this whole time! oh well. It is just hard when we know that the
gospel is the best thing for her and her family. agency sometimes is
We found some really cool people this
week. One was a guy that we streeted on Easter, and he is an older
man. He didn't want to meet in the branch house so we met with him on
a bench twice last week. It went super well. I just get really
distracted on the bench. I told him that so hopefully he will be cool
with going to the branch house the next time. He was the most amazing
prayer. Who know that if you say "say the closing prayer"
in command form (which isn't rude in Hungarian) they are more likely
to say it than if you say "would you like to try and say the
Remember the investigator who got
baptized in Szombathely, and I am going to name my first daughter
after her because of the deal I made with God. She is rockin life out
in Szombathely. For her birthday she asked all of her friends and
family to come to church and so 34 people came to church that week of
her family and friends! She just wants everyone to have the
oppertunity to hear about the gospel. She is such an amazing example
to me of member missionary work. To her it isn't missionary work, it
is just sharing the best thing in your life with everyone.
in Hungary they celebrate Easter on Sunday and Monday so everything
was closed yesterday so we couldn't email or grocery shop so here we
are today emailing. So here are some funny Easter Hungarian things.
They don't do the Easter bunny. But Monday morning the men spray the
girls. In the smaller villages and towns they pour water onto the
women. And in the cities most of the time they just spray women with
perfume. haha. The pouring and the spraying is supposed to help the
women "blossom" and grow. If you are a woman you are
supposed to give the guy that sprayed you or poured water on you an
Easter egg. A chocolate one. So lame right? women do not get
chocolate for easter in Hungary. like how does that make sense? So
yesterday the elders sprayed us with perfume and we gave them
It was a really good week. We tracted
into a mom and her daughter a few days before Easter and they let us
in so we were planning on sharing the BoM with them and the read out
of 3Nephi 11 when Chirst appears in America after he has been
resurrected. So we start talking about the BoM and she goes oh I have
one. I saw it in the trash and took it out because I felt like it was
a Holy Book but I didn't know what religion it belonged to. Nutty
right? She took it out of the trash and cleaned it up like a week or
2 before we knocked on her door. Wild right? talk about the Lord
preparing people. so we walked with them to church on Sunday, and
they stayed for all three hours. It was great! We met with them
yesterday and the little girl is 13 but so smart! I really feel like
we are there for her to help her grow up in the gospel and to then
break her bad family cycle and have a wonderful family of her own
Church was a super spiritual experience
for me this week because the day before I had kinda of been
complaining to the senior sister her about how we keep finding people
who are depressed, super poor, jobless and just have all kinds of
problems (abortions, prostitution, drugs, suicide attempts, being
abused, doing the abusing you name it and I feel like I have run into
it here with our investigators) with that make it so hard for them to
accept the gospel and especially when they are so stubborn and won't
do the things that will help them like reading the BoM, praying and
coming to church. I was just like why can't we find some super put
together family and baptized them. It would be so much easier. And I
obviously knew that Christ suffered,died, and was resurrected for all
of us and for everyone, but then it just hit me so much harder during
church. That Christ died for everyone, especially those that struggle
and let us be honest we all are struggling with something. So it was
a great church week, which sometimes are hard to come by listening to
church in another language. I am so thankful for the Savior and what
he did for us. I am so grateful that he Lives! that he loves us and
knows us. I am grateful for the Easter season and that I get to be a
missionary and share this wonderful message with the people of
I love you all and hope that everyone
had a great Easter!
Remember how my boots broke my first
week in Nyiregyháza, while the Elder that teased me the most
shoelaces broke on the way back from Easter dinner.
We played frisbee with the elders
yesterday and here is keeping in align with hungarian Easter
Tradition. If it is too little to see Elder Richards is spraying
I got to spend the day with my mtc
companion, sister maxfield and her companion sister Naegle which was
On the train ride back home this mom
and her cute 6 year old daughter sat next to us and the 6 year old
loooooved me and so I spent 2 hours playing with her. She was an
angle sent from heaven because she asked all the right questions.
---why do you speak funny?
---what are the black badges you wear?
---why do you wear them?
unfortunately, they weren't from our
city and lived and hour away. Right before they got off the train (we
stayed on going further) i told her I had an easter present for her
and gave her a pass along card with a picture of the savior on it.
She goes it is jesus. The little girl kissed it and her mom
said they would hang it in her room. I told the mom that there was a
website on the back it she wanted to learn more and she said she
would look at it.
Transfer day (again) I can not wait
until this mini transfers are done! but we are staying together so it
is like uneventful. But obviously good. This coming week will be a
little nutty. It is already Tuesday. We will be in miskolc for zone
training on friday and then in budapest sunday and monday for new
missionary training for Sister Feil. Since we are so far away
president invited us to spend the night Sunday.
We found tons of new investigators last
week which was great! Now we just need to get them progressing and to
church. It was hard because one of our bap dates kinda of like
disappeared. So frustrating because he was doing so well and seemed
so into it and so sincere. Hopefully in the new coming weeks things
will change. And then the woman we put on bap date's husband said no!
I was like are you kidding me. I hate agency. (obviously not but
yeah) That got me thinking a lot to the type of guy I want to marry
and so on. So I learned a lot for that experience. We were praying
like crazy for her and then today we talked to her and she was like
so I kept talking to my husband and she said that in the end it was
my decision and he won't forbid it. So that was just an answer to
prayers. In a week the Lord really soften his heart. So we are going
to keep working to help her be ready for May3rd. The next hurdle is
the mother in law. so we are going to fast together this weekend for
that one. oh mother in laws. Mom I hope you are a good mother in law
and I am thankful that Jenny and Ally have good mother in laws.
We had a tiny miracle yesterday. Well
no a large miracle. Last week we went tabling with the Elders and I
talked to the super nice woman and we set up for last week and then
she reshedulced for yesterday. It had been a rough morning for Sister
Feil so I was a little nervous for how this program was going to go
would she be able to speak and bare her testimony, but she pushed
through it. And this woman is one of the most prepared people I had
met on my mission, which is so cool! She asked great questions and
then we bap challenged her after the restoration and she was like
yeah you know I think I will. I just feel like this is the right path
for me right now and that I need to do this, that God wants me to do
this. So then we gave her a date and she said she would prepare for
it. may 3rd kept popping into my head the whole lesson so that is
what I said. That is in less than a month and all we have taught is
the restoration! but the spirit prompted us so hopeful we will be
able to get her ready. She is so nice and said that she agreed to
meet with us because I look like a friend she has from Australia
(which Mom, reminded me of you Jan Griggs all over the world). So
Heavenly Father was really preparing her. I will keep you posted to
Loved conference it was amazing!!! I am so
thankful for the guidance of a living prophet. And that the council
he gives really comes from our Heavenly Father. What a blessing!
Love Sister Grigg
This was our conference experience!
Luckly it doesn't matter how or where you watch conference, Just that
you get to hear from the prophet and apostles.
so nutty story. This is one of Elder
Ward's (you know Jeff's friend, he is on a mission from La Canada
too) converts in Ukraine. Like 3 months ago I got a phone call from
her because she was in nyíregyháza vistiting. but that was when I
was still in szombathely. I did not understand who she was. because
she said that she knew my brother in Ukraine and I was like I
definitely don't have a brother in Ukraine. Then she showed up on
Sunday visiting again and I was here. She saw my name tag and
explains it again but this time said that she knew my friend. Then
she showed me a picture of him, and I was like oh yeah I do
recongnize him he is my cousins good friend. So then she took a
picture of me and a video of me to send to him when she goes back to
Ukraine. So I am sure he will look forward to getting a picture of
me. haha. small world though. oh Eastern Europe
So this week has been filled with
Starting off, we went and visited this
women we had found tracting a couple of weeks ago. She completely
opens up to me at the beginning of the visist. Tells me that she took
a pregnancy test and it was positive. It would be her 6th child,
which is totally unheard of in Hungary, having that many kids. And
she said she is going to the doctors in a couple of days to have is
confirmed. She is praying that is it a mistake and that she got a
disease and her hormones are out of wack or something. And then
proceeds to tell me that if she is really pregnant she is going to
get an abortion. She is married but said that they can't handle the
financial stress another child. She didn't understand how it happend
with breastfeeding her youngest. And yes went into when her husband
had last had sex. It was interesting. I just had no idea what to say.
I had just met her. We introduced the BoM to her and told her to pray
about the baby thing, read, and ask God what she should do. I said
abortion wasn't good but literally had no idea what else I good say.
Afterward I felt bad that I wasn't more like, "Don't do it!"
We are now helping another investigator
quite smoking. He is on bap date scheduled to happen in 2 weeks, but
I am thinking we will have to push it back a couple weeks because he
went MIA for 2 weeks. But we found him again (he doesn't have a phone
and we would always meet with him in the branch house so that proved
to be a little stressful but with lots of pray and listening to the
spirit we found him again). He is really committed to this. Came to
church and stayed for all 3 hours. We had a great program with him
afterwards and one of the other young single adults in the branch.
When he gets baptized he will be the only younger guy in the branch,
which would have to be hard. Also great for him because their are
like 5 young single adult girls in their early 20s. haha.
Sister Feil extended another bap
challenge this weekend, and our investigator accepted. She has meet
with sister missionaries for a while but no one could committed her
to baptism because she doesn't want to do it with out her family. So
we had a great lessson talking about the positive influence women
have on their families and read 1 Nephi 7 where the daughters of
Ismael soften Laman and Lemuels hearts when they wanted to kill
Nephi. And she said that she will be baptized in a month if her
husband gives his blessing and support. We promised that by her good
example her family would follow later. The day before we met her
husband and 2 sons on the street, which was a small miracle because I
had never met the husband and older son before. So hopeful that is a
We went to Tokaj this moring with the
missionaries from Debrecen in our district and went hiking. It was
way fun but I am already sore! It was surprisingly step. We went
whipping at the top and I was horrible at it. oh well!
I'm sitting here in sacrament meeting
typing out this letter because since we have iPads we can read and
type out the letters we receive and send but we can't send until
pday which sounds super reasonable to me. I'm writing cause I'm
trying to stay awake. It's so hard it hasn't even been a week and
I'm so tired all the time. My new companion is awesome but we wake
up ten minutes early to go running in the morning and it's just
super hard for me to get used to! I'm trying but I'm a little
frustrated because I can barely understand the many different accents
so when I'm in lessons it's hard for me not to zone out. So
we basically have more missionaries here than actual people it's
so funny we are the only Hermanas in our ward but there are 4 sets
of elders they are pretty neat. The people are really nice and
they do feed us a lot but I'm always hungry, es una problem para
mi. All the women here have a custom of kissing on the cheek and
I'm getting used to that but it's hard to remember! The iPads have
plethora of church stuff on there like every single general
conference talk ever and everything you could possibly want! We
have taught all less actives but one lesson actually was with a
investigator even though she wasn't ours because the elders were
fixing her bed so we taught but now she's getting baptized on
April 12th so that's good for them! She's so great we really
didn't teach her much she was super ready! Her husband is a recent
convert and they moved from the Dominican Republic were everyone
is from, but he was baptized there, now he works at the temple
which is so cool by the way! We are going to try and go in 3 weeks
because we already have so much planned for our next couple
of p-days! So the elders and Hermanas here have a major problem
with only needing like 2 hours of sleep and I get made fun of for
wanting to sleep until 6:30! Like come on they all wake up
early and play sports together and I just want to kill myself, I
probably will die from lack of sleep. The city is full of people
and I'm still not used to Harlem. Everyone says it's a great area
but it's just kinda full of weirdos walking up and down the
streets. I'm starting to see a weird sense of humor from the
missionaries here. So only our district has the assignment of
teaching only a certain demographics and ours is single Latina
women and boy are they talkers! You ask them one question and they
are off and you lost tHe lesson! So difficult so it's super easy to
just fall asleep... I need to work on my hearing skills
because Puerto Ricans and Dominicans talk fast! So my mission
president is super awesome both he and his wife are like second
parents they really take care of us which is sweet. Thanks for all
the support! Love Hermana grigg
It has been a good week. Since I was
the only sister training president had me go from the train station
to the mission home with some elders and so those like 25 minutes
without another sister were so weird! My new missionary's name is
Sister Feil is she from West Valley Utah. She comes from a big
family. Training is different than I thought it would be, but it is
good. Exhausted because I really am doing like everything right now.
There is no just like turn to her and she can speak because she has
no idea what is going on in lessons and things like that. She is
doing well though. Trying her best and speaking more and more every
day. The branch members think she is adorable because she just smiles
and laughs even though she has no idea what is going on. One member
said she wants to "eat her" which I am assuming mean like
"eat her up" in English. So funny. She extended her first
baptismal challenge and our investigator accepted so what a great way
to start off her mission! It is our 19 year old Ukrainian
investigator. She loves family night and told us right away that she
is coming every week from know on. I hope that is will be that easy
to get her to come to church too!
We went to Miskolc for district
conference this week. I kind of knew all week that we wouldn't have
any investigators that would be willing to make the trip because of
money and time. And so that was a first on my mission no
investigators in church. I felt so purposeless and pointless all day.
But there was an area seventy there and he was amazing! It was so
spiritual. At one point he had all the missionaries standing up
front. It was so powerful to look out into the congregation and to
see all of these Hungarians who are the pioneers of the church here.
There were so many tears in the audience. It was a really spiritual
experience and humbling.
Well I hope everyone is doing
Love you all! Sister Grigg
Sister Feil and I right after the "sorting meeting"
First off, we got transfer calls again.
This transfer is a little more exciting because I am staying in
Nyíregyháza, but I am TRAINING. Like say what? real life. They
trust me enough to put me with a little new missionary. tender right.
It is super humbling and I am nervous, but I know it will be great.
It is humbling because there is only 1 new sister coming into the
mission right now, but the Lord trusts me enough to be her trainer
when there are lots of other sisters in the mission who could train
too. I am excited but also nervous. Like I will have a companion who
has no idea what is going on. shoot, good thing I kinda speak
We had Zone Conference this week. It
was amazing! Elder Dyches of the quorum of the 70 came and spoke to
us. He spoke in the last conference. It was great! The first and only
stake president Hungary has had was there and he also spoke to us. It
was really neat to here him talking about how we should work with
branch missionary leaders. Elder Dyches spoke a lot about the spirit,
which was wonderful. Conference was really inspiring, and it is
always great to hear from our leaders. We have been so forunate to
have 2 members of the seventy come and speak to us. Before, we
started he had us all come and shake his hand. And he goes oh Sister
Grigg, I've heard a lot about you from president. My heart like
stopped. I was thinking Shoot, I hope president didn't tell him about
the stalker. Zone conference was also wonderful because 3 of the
zones were there so I got to see tons of mission buddies. Like Sister
O. I am so obsessed with my training. I hope my new missionary loves
me just half as much as I love Sister O. She is going home tomorrow.
Obviously we sat next to each other, and it was so inspiring to hear
her departing testimony. I am so grateful for her wonderful example
to me of loving the people and loving the Lord and wanted to do
whatever he wanted her to do.
We had a pretty good week. Lots of dogs
and cancelations unfortunately, which is always hard. But the little
family we found is progressing well. The dad feels the spirit when he
reads out of the BoM. I have never been so greatful for night shifts
because he reads the BoM when he works nights as a security guard so
he has time. We are hoping to get them to church soon. This week
might prove to be hard because it is district conference in Miskolc
and most of the branch members aren't going because they can't pay
for the train tickets so it would be a miracle if we could get an
investigator there. We are finding a lot of new people to teach,
which is always a blessing and are working on getting them to be
Something funny that I have noticed
about the spirit on my mission is that he helps you out a lot in the
work, but he also makes you work a lot. For example yesterday we felt
like we should walk out of our apartment and turn right because we
don't normally go that way. And then we say lots of builds we could
tract and we prayed about which one because we only had time for one.
and we were lead to one and we had to tract the whole thing and then
the bottom floor we talked to a women who we were able to have a
little program with and set up to go back later this week. We are
guided to a general direction and then we had to work and listen even
more closly to the spirit. Which is good.
Two young single adult girls
who want to go on missions in the branch wanted to go on splits this
week so we did that on Saturday, which was a holiday in Hungary,
which probably explains the dogs and cancelations. rough life. but it
went really well.
shoot out to Holly! Congratulations on
making the cheerleading squad! woot woot!
Ok well have a wonderful week!
At Zone Conference our little Szolnok
crew was back together! It is so weird to thing of where the time has
gone. Elder Giacoloni and I were both new missionaries. He is a
district leader now, I am training. My trainer is now going home, and
his trainer is one of the assistants. Summer was such a long time
Dora and I doing splits. Taking a
hungarian tracting rocks! We got let in a bunch!
This is the 4 of us in Nyíregyháza.
Sister Moffatt is leaving and Elder Beauchanan is going home home.
so this couple makes custom made suits
and they are relatively cheap in price and on the inside they sew a
hungarian flag. I picked mine up today! That is sister Magda and I
with the suit making couple
We had an amazing week this week! We
went tracting like 3 times and one of the times was only for
30minutes, but we got let in so many times! I feel like we didn't
deserve as much success as we had this week, but I was such a
blessing. We found 2 families this week, which was such a miracle
because my whole mission I have only found like 4. I felt like the
Lord was leading around Sister Moffatt and I all week. Not only was
it a great week workwise finding a ton of new people to teach, but we
also had a blast this week! One of my investigators got baptized
yesterday in Szombathely. I am so sad that I wasn't able to be there,
but I am so happy for her and her husband who baptized her! They sent
me pictures today so I will forward them.
Now looking back I can't remember what
happened this week. But it was great. Our bap date that is quitting
smoke has gone for over a week now and he also gave up coffee!
Saturday was women's day. (America
really needs to get one of those), and Friday we had a program with
him and his fiancee. And he had written us a tender poem for women's
day, bought flowers, and had made us dessert. He burned his finger
making the dessert. It was such a tender day.
I spoke in church yesterday about the
Holy Ghost as the comforter. When I have given talks in Hungarian, I
have spoken really fast as I do in English but the fast speaking
mixed with a foreign language doesn't go too well. But the Holy Ghost
totally comforted me because I didn't speak too fast. I said that at
the end of my talk as part of my testimony and then sat down and the
investigator I was sitting next to goes, "You spoke really
fast." Ok fine whatever. I was so impressed with myself because
I spoke for 20 minutes (which was necessary because the first speaker
took like no time and then one of the elders who is younger than me
in the mission was speaking after me). Talk about having the gift of
tongues. I had it for those 20 minutes and then it left and I am back
to struggling again. It is fine. It was a good talk though. Heavenly
Father definitely gave me the right promptings for that one. I am so
thankful for the gospel! The thinks people turn to comfort these days
is nutty.I truly know that only the restored gospel of Jesus Christ
can bring us last peace and comfort. I talked about having hope in
the right things. People were crying, I teared up a little bit.
Thankfully not too much because tears and a foreign language is worse
than fast talking and a foreign language. I can't imagine what life
would be like without the gift of the Holy Ghost and having him as
the perfect comforter always!
We teach a young girl from Ukraine so
it is interesting to hear about what her and her family are thinking
about everything going on because her family is still living in
Ukraine. We have a different investigator who is going to let us
start teaching her family instead of just always her! I am so
excited. She always has the best questions and I just think oh my
goodness the gospel is perfect for you and your family!
Love you all and hope that everyone has
a great week!
I hope all is well. Happy Birthday to
Ally!! woot woot. the big 23. If you just say "the big"
infront of every birthday number it makes it sound more impressive.
This week was good. We started helping
an investigator quit smoking. He rocked if for the first 4 days and
slipped up on the 5th. That is ok though. I can't imagine how hard it
would be, after smoking for 40 years, to then try and quit.
spiritually he is doing super well. So that is good. He felt
incredible guilty, which is also a good thing. We talked a lot about
repentence the day before he slipped so it was neat to see afterward
how the spirit guided us to teaching that the day before he really
needed it. So we started again. And he is doing great again! Came to
church and stayed for all 3 hours for the first time! and then got a
priesthood blessing afterwards and felt on cloud 9. Plus there were
like 6 of us fasting for him so I think he will be good this time
around. It was neat to still feel the Savior's love for him despite
the slip up. Heavenly Father I know is proud of him for trying again.
It wasn't failure just a little set back. But ironically cheaper
cigerettes don't flush down the toilett as well. Back in Szolnok when
we had a few investigators trying to quit smoking we had then give us
our cigerets and we flushed them down the toilet. And so when he
slipped up he bought a pack and smoked to so I made him give me the
pack and we took it back home and they were super cheap cigeretts
(the were in Russian and just you could tell...I don't know how
because it is not like I am experience in the way of cigeretts and
brands and such. Everyone and their dog smokes here and you can just
tell. well I think I can tell would be a better way of putting it)
and they didn't flush as well. ok there is the fun fact for this
We put another investigator on bap date
this week! He is 21 and needs the gospel! I can already see how he
has changed in the past week! He's demenor is happier. He is opening
up more in programs. He is more freely asking questions and making
comments. it is really cool. We also help him with english and he is
reading the Book of Mormon now instead of doing the little English
assignments we give him. So we take that as a real sign of
We had splits in Debrecen. And
something way cool. So Sister O (my trainer) served there as a sister
Training leader for a bit and while I was on splits with a different
Sister Traininer Leader I go to teach someone that sister O had
found! It was so neat. She is so legit and prepared for the gospel.
She recently got married and she was saying that she is trying to
live the Word of Wisdom and her husband who isn't interested in the
Church is game to live the Word of Wisdom with her. Which is a huge
deal because they are pretty young and used to party a ton and
recently both have quit smoking. And she was saying they chose to
stay in now instead of going out with their friends because their
friend drink and they don't want to go and be tempted to drink. So
she was asking us for ideas what we did with friends in college
instead of going out with other friends who were drinking because
they want to invite their friends over and have other thinks planned
but she didn't know what. I was such a great program. She is so
legit! It is so true. Young Single Adults have to be creative because
it would be so easy to just say ok everyone come over and drink and
then you don't have to plan things. So thankful for the Word of
Wisdom...hidden small blessing. It makes us more creative! haha.
Ok so great week. Looks like this week
will be pretty good too. One of my most tender investigators is
getting baptized on Saturday in Szombathely! So sad I can't be there,
but it will be great because her husband will be baptizing her!
Love you all and hope you all have a