Monday, November 4, 2013

Week 41 Photos - Székesféhervár

From Fresh Nővér's email::

"So this week was crazy also! We went to Budapest twice :) The first time was on Thursday for Zone Conference and then again on Friday for Kriszti’s baptism." 

"Zone Conference was so cool ... mostly because I got to see all of my friends and also because the speaker was really good.  ... We just talked about missionary work and how we can better find people, and the Seventy, Elder Texeira, said something I really liked: "It's not about numbers, it's about the difference you are making within yourself and others." Sometimes I think we focus too much on just the numbers and not the actual people. It kind of drives me crazy, so I just loved what he said because that is what I try to do as a missionary… making a difference and helping people, not because I want recognition or the president to like me more, but for the people."

"His wife also spoke to us and challenged us to all start reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning and finish it by the end of the year. Sister Broadhead and I accepted the challenge and we are reading 4 chapters a day. Haha! It is kind of a lot but we have the time, I mean … we are missionaries! We also decided that after we finish reading the Book of Mormon for this challenge we are going to read it in Hungarian before the end of our missions!!!! That will be like 6 months to read it but it’s in Hungarian so.... it’s hard! Anyway, if anyone is in a slump with Book of Mormon reading you can hop on with the missionaries here in Hungary and try and finish it before the end of the year :)"

The Hungarian Book of Mormon

Then on Friday we got permission to come back up to Budapest for Kriszti’s baptism!!!!! We went home at like 7 pm on Thursday night from Zone Conference and then got up the next morning and went back to Budapest … it was crazy, but so worth it!!! Kriszti is a sister I taught the 3 transfers I was in Buda. ... I love her so much and she is my first investigator to be baptized :) The baptism was so special and I don’t actually know why but it was so different than any other baptism I have been too. I guess it is because I felt so close to her and had helped her a little bit to get to that point. It  is the coolest think seeing someone that you taught get baptized!!!!… Made my whole mission worth it, even though it is worth it without baptisms!"

Kriszti and Fresh Nővér ... "She is the 
cutest, coolest, sweetest lady ever!"
Perkins Nővér, Butterfield Nővér , Kriszti,???
Fresh Nővér, and Westover Nővér
Kriszti after her baptism with the sister missionaries 
and Panni, her best friend!
Fresh Nővér and Panni at the 
baptism ... you can tell they are happy 
to see each other!

"Those were the significant big things for my week, but on Wednesday we carved pumpkins with a few investigators and that was really fun because they had never carved pumpkins before. Also, Broadhead Nővér and I got in a pumpkin gut throwing war which I started, of course :) It’s just so fun to throw stuff at each other, like popcorn... that happened the other day too :)"

The pumpkin carvers showing off their talents!
They look even better when they are all lit
up and ready for Halloween Night!

This week I asked Fresh Nővér a little bit about the branch in Székesféhervár and this is what she said:  It meets in "a rented space in like a business building. There are about 35 to 40 people a week... a lot of kids :) The cutest primary! ... The ward is cool!"

 This is Richie one of "the coolest" branch members.
He is from England!

A few parting words:

"So this is a weird thought, but the other day, Broadhead Nővér just kind of zoned out and I asked her what she was doing. She said, “Practicing my homecoming testimony.” I just looked at her and was like “Dude you don’t go home for 9 months.” ... but then it got me thinking about standing in front of everyone at home and like giving a talk and it didn't scare me like it used to! Maybe because it would be in English and that is the easiest thing in the world, or maybe because I am a spiritual giant … which I am not … or idk but this thought just made me happy and I feel like I have progressed. I mean I’m not a perfect person or a perfect missionary and I have a lot of work to do and will be doing it forever, but I am just grateful for my mission and how it has helped to change me in really good ways :) And, I am still me though, that’s the coolest thing! :) "

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