Monday, 6 August
Our District of four played card games for most of the
day. My miracle today is that as far as Missionaries go, I’ve been very
successful, healthy, and creative in my cooking. Out of my six companions
here in the field, only Elder Reese regularly made more than five different
meals (counting cereal and bread with cheese). Elder Alldredge is going to
be a tough one to help. I hope my wife and family appreciate this one
Tuesday, 7 August
Two dogs today. Lots of studies. I’ve found
that I’m spending twice as much money since I got Elder Alldredge. Our
only successful program was with A. We had dinner with her and shared an
object lesson on the Apostasy. Made a lot of calls today. The seat
on my bike broke. I had to ride it standing up since this
afternoon. My miracle is that this is the first time I’ve been so excited
to go to the Dentist. I’m definitely looking forward to it.
Four different events today. We met with a new
investigator named B. We met in the Foter (town square) for only about
20-25 minutes. Unfortunately, she wasn’t too interested and I don’t think
we’ll be seeing her again soon. I got my bike seat fixed, so now I can
ride sitting down again. Finally made it to the Dentist. They
polished and whitened my teeth, took three x-rays, and didn’t find any
fractures, cracks, or cavities, or other damage. And, that was it.
I was a little surprised they didn’t add some sort of cap or filling to my
tooth or grind it down a little so it wasn’t so sharp. Oh well. At
least things weren’t worse. That was today’s miracle. At Angolora
tonight I had my largest class yet since coming here. There were five
that came, three of which were new. Elder Alldredge shared a short
spiritual thought at the end on the Book of Mormon.
Thursday, 9 August
Today I was on splits with Elder Haws. In the
morning I planned out and put together the schedule and my training for
tomorrow’s District Meeting. Elder Haws and I made it tracting for a
while and talked to three people for a decent time and got one let in.
Our only program was with K. We were there for over two hours.
However, we went with one of her Home Teachers and during that time did home
teaching, shared a message of our own, and got her to bear testimony herself
for half an hour. The Zone Leaders are here for a blitz and District Meeting
tomorrow. My miracle today is that Elder Bullock and Elder Alldredge,
while on splits found a very interested investigator. We’re hoping he
comes to church on Sunday.
Friday, 10 August
Today I was on splits with Elder Wiborny, who is definitely
the oldest Missionary in the Mission. He has been here longer than any
other Missionary, including Senior Missionaries, and our Mission President.
It was great to get to talk and work with him. This morning we had our District
Meeting. There were ten of us there. I led the meeting and gave a 45
minute training on the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual aspects of
both missionary work and the gospel. I then tied it into all the various
blessings we can promise investigators which we role-played. Elders
Alldredge, Clevel, Wiborny, and myself split up and went tracting for 4 hours,
during which we were only able to get one phone number…ouch. We also had
two cancellations. At Csaladi Est, two members and one investigator
came. My miracles are that I discovered and explored the Branch House
attic and that I am starting to memorize more parts of my quote book.
There were a couple events today. We got dogged
twice, so we had lots of time to go streeting and tracting. Also today
was the District Talent Show, made up of members form Szombathely, Sopron, and
Papa. Or, at least it would have been except that no one from Papa came
and only one from Sopron attended. My miracle today is that my companion
is courageously and aggressively expanding his talents and abilities. He
lit a stove for the first time yesterday, and today was his first time lighting
Sunday, 12 August
President Smith and his wife attended and spoke in church
today. Even more exciting, Z came. This is one habit we need to
establish for him to be baptized. After church I made phone calls for 1 ½
hours, but almost no one is able to meet this week. I also had time to
review a few of the Ensigns I’ve read. There are so many Ensigns!
Each year the Ensigns published are, together, hundreds of pages longer than
the Book of Mormon, and we have several years, even a couple decades, of
Ensigns. In the evening we had dinner with the S family. My miracle
is that in Sunday School we talked about talents. I’m so grateful for the
many talents that I have received.
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