Monday, 19 November
This evening we spent 3 1/2 hours cutting and tying
blankets to give to a hospital and orphanage. My miracle today is my Dad.
Last night I bragged about my Heavenly Father, but my Father here on Earth has
also given me so much. He gave me life. He's always been a great
provider and an even better example. He's loved my Mother as she deserves
and has taught me many things in life. He's always been a worthy priesthood
holder, a covenant keeper, and the head of our home. Isn't he a great Dad
One dog and one cancellation today. This morning we
met with I. We talked about Repentance for most of the lesson, but
finished by talking about Abortion and Marriage. We recommitted him to
come to Church and learned that this week's Sunday School lesson will be on Marriage.
Perfect. After the program we went with the Sisters to meet with the
principal of the school where we teach. It looks like we are going to
continue teaching there. In addition to the principal coming to the
classes for the next week or two to make sure the students behave, we received
permission to post anything we'd like on the bulletin board as well as bring up
religious subjects within the classes. (It sounds like this is a private
school, not a public school). Later we
had a program with Z. We talked about Faith and Repentance. We
found out his date went well and he got a job as a basketball referee (in
addition to being a waiter). He too recommitted to come to Church. In the evening was Angolora, during which I
taught the fourth and fifth Articles of Faith. My miracle today is how
the Gospel and Church have blessed my family. I've grown up in the
Church, being a member all my life, but it hasn't prevented me from seeing the
differences it makes in family life.
Wednesday, 21 November
Someone dogged us for the third time today. We had
a cancellation as well. We taught two classes at the school today.
It was a huge help having the principal there. The students paid much
more attention. During the two classes our main topics were Families,
Thanksgiving, and Love. In the evening we had Seminary. In other
news, Elder Hunnicutt still cooks for the two of us on occasion.
(However, he and his cooking still haven't even begun to gain a glimpse of
catching up to Mom). Today's miracle is that missionary work and the Gospel
are not at all new. This is the restored Church of Jesus Christ, not the
new Church of Christ.
Thursday, 22 November
One dog today. We met with J today. (E was
away babysitting two of their grandchildren). With J we discussed the
Restoration. He doesn't currently care to attend any kind of organized
church meetings, however, he did teach us how to make nokedli (Hungarian
noodles. Not half as important, but kind of cool). He has already
read the first eight chapters of the Book of Mormon too. After, we went
directly to meet with B and Z. Z is continuing to make commitments about
praying, reading, and coming to church. We also taught him the Word of
Wisdom. In the evening we went tabling with the Sisters.
Unfortunately, we didn't find anyone interested tonight. My miracle today is Thanksgiving and
gratitude. I wish Thanksgiving, a holiday of gratitude "one of the
noblest of virtues," was more widespread. I'm thankful I'm able to
be here. While I'm sure I would've had a much fancier dinner if I were
back home, it is worth being out here. Yes, my Mission is worth more than
pumpkin pie and I am grateful for it!
This morning we caught an early train to Szeged. At
today's Zone Training I gave the Language Tip. I'm almost the oldest in
our Zone (only Elder Velasquez is older). There were absolutely no
announcements about transfers. However, there were several announcements
about new rules, such as wearing our suits every single day until next
summer. After the training, we began
splits with the Zone Leaders. Elder Hunnicutt remained in Szeged, while
Elder Velasquez and I returned to Szolnok. We had three cancellations
today. We still managed to meet with P. We spoke of faith and the
role of the Church. It was nice to have Elder Velasquez there, and to
teach with someone older than me.
One cancellation today. We split back late morning
and had a program with Zeno. We talked about Baptism and the
Church. We challenged him to baptism, but he said he needs a little time
and will give us an answer next week. We tried our best to explain that
we'd like to set a date out in the future to work towards, and that we'd be
with him all along the way. After, we went straight to meet with Z.
We found her off a finding sheet, streeted once 3 years ago. We managed
to have a program. She has an apartment full of cats, and thinks the
world will end on December 21. Yet, since she last encountered the missionaries
she has completely read through the Book of Mormon, cover-to-cover. She
also accepted nearly every commitment and challenge we offered. (Not
baptism, unfortunately). The program and new investigator ended up being
quite the surprise. At the end of our
evening we had a music night at the Branch House. Hardly anyone
came. Z called to tell us he's been called in to work tomorrow morning
and can't come to Church. Elder Hunnicutt has been exhausted and crawled
into bed to fall asleep before 8:00. I found out my third suitcase has
finally made it to Papa. Now I just need to get it here! My miracle
today is our living prophets and apostles. When meeting with Z, one of my
main points in saying that the world is not going to end next month was that
our Church leaders would've warned us. There's no way the world could
change too much or be destroyed without us being forewarned by the prophet.
It simply will not happen.
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