Monday, March 4, 2013

4 March 2013 Letter (Szolnok)

Monday, 25 February
Today we spent up in Budapest. After Elder McCurdy finished his visa work at the Hivatal, we took off on our own to do some shopping, emailing, go to Parliament, the bridges, and Buda Castle. I once again made it to Fisherman's Bastion, which remains my favorite place in Hungary. As we started to make our way back to Szolnok, both Elder McCurdy and I realized neither of our cards was working. Luckily we had some cash.

My miracle is that Heather has been accepted to BYU and is also a finalist in the Quinney Scholarship.

Tuesday, 26 February
One dog and three cancellations today. We met with I. It was just the three of us this week. We talked about his anxieties for the future, and how to prepare. We're still working on getting him to church. He kept his commitments this week, reading Alma 32 and praying for knowledge concerning when to be baptized. He's still waiting for an answer.  Later we went tabling for a couple hours. Angolora went well. Z came to our class with a friend. Afterwards we met with H. She did her reading, understands faith better, and has begun to learn about repentance.

The miracle today is that H said a beautiful closing prayer.

Wednesday, 27 February
Studies and calls this morning. One reschedule. We taught at the high school today. The classes went smoother this week than possibly ever. We had time to go streeting. Despite the rain, our efforts in finding were very successful today. Later was Seminary/Institute. Afterwards we had a meeting: the six missionaries and the Branch Presidency.

Thursday, 28 February
First off, my miracle is something I’ve been doing for a while, but have failed to write about. I’ve been trying to cook Hungarian dishes recently. I bought a cookbook a while ago and have already made four different meals from it. 

This morning we were supposed to meet with A, but we both went to the wrong location. We went to her house sure that we were meeting there, and A went to the Branch House thinking it’d be easier for us. By the time we found out, it was too late and she needed to go. Oops! Our second program cancelled. Next was E. Both members were out of town, so it was just us today. We focused on repentance. Also, she will not be able to come to church because her children and grandchildren will be there from Friday until Sunday.  In the evening we met with B and Z. We met with B and talked about the Atonement and grace while E talked to Z about the new program. Today was the first time I’ve tried to explain grace in Hungarian. Also, Z accepted the program. He needs to come every Sunday so he can meet with E to continue it. Lastly, today is Sister Suranyi’s birthday and we went out to dinner to celebrate, and the Herds made a cake.

Friday, 1 March (Over 18 Months in Hungary!)
Miracle first again. I’ve been in the country for over a year and a half now.

We had our District Meeting this morning. The training was on Service. At the end we set three goals: to street the very first and last person each time we leave our apartment; to study a scriptural chapter together each District Meeting; and to plan and carry out one planned service activity.  No programs today, our only one cancelled. So, we got full studies, and I made another Hungarian dish. The Zone Leaders are here tonight so we can start splits tomorrow. Also in the morning I’m getting a buzz before we take off --- in inches!

Saturday, 2 March
This morning I buzzed my hair, and it was indeed a good length. Elder Greaves and I then took off to Szeged for splits. Both companionships had four programs planned for today, however, our four programs in Szeged all fell through. So we went tracting all day instead, until we returned to Szolnok in the evening. On the other elders end, they met with all four people. A passed her interview and will be baptized a week from today.

My miracle is that this will be the first time I actually get to see someone I helped teach get baptized. In the past, I always left my cities before any baptisms.

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