Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Life here in Szeged, week...freak if I know... I stopped keeping track!It's been such a freaking good week though!! Not going to lie, we weren't feeling very good this week, programs fell through, I got pooped on by a bird, our patience was tested, commitments weren't kept, I literally got pooped on by a stupid pigeon, and some people dropped us (said that they didn't want to meet with us anymore)....BUT Sister Layton and I decided that we were going to have a good attitude through it all, and all of a sudden it's our rest day, before we know it! Plus, we made the best out of our situations! I don't think I can stress how much your attitude affects your work, not just as a missionary, but just in everyday life. Things are going to go wrong, but if you choose to just push through and be happy while doing so, then it becomes so much easier to get through hard times. Plus, if you have a great companion who will just do stupid (but still following the missionary rules) things with you, it just makes it all that much better!
One time we met CC in the belváros to have ice cream with her and her "pár" (life partner) so we were sitting at a really popular cukrászda waiting for our ice cream to come out. All of a sudden I feel something land on my head, and I knew exactly what it was. A dumb pigeon literally pooped on my head! That's the first time that I had ever been pooped on by a bird. CC was trying to tell me that amongst Hungarians it's said that if you get pooped on by a bird, that means you'll be lucky. I didn't buy it O.o How could I believe such a thing after being POOPED on! I just wasn't buying it. I was literally freaking out, but luckily CC didn't fear of the feces and wiped it out of my hair with a napkin. Blagh, I was so over that day!
Let's see, we only met with RR once last week, and we literally were so upset about it. He ended up traveling a lot this week for his job and just with our schedule and his schedule we could never set up a concret time to meet with him. Finally on Saturday we were able to meet with him and we didn't just meet him but we also met with his family again. They are so dang cool! His little brother was there and all of his kids. Can I tell you how much I love kids since being on my mission. You just can't love these little Hungarian terrors. No, they're not terrors, they are just great. Anyways it's always fun with RR and his family. We hadn't met with them for a while, so we decided to do a "follow up lesson" asking how everything was going, and it just went so well, like usual! He also came to church, like he usual does, this week. We are so proud of him! (: RR, best friend for lifeee!
Friday, we did a little service project for one of the members in the branch. I think I already wrote about one other occasion that we went over to TZ's house, well... rather his mother's house to pack up stuff. Well we pretty much did the same thing again. Typical Hungarian Néni, collects everything and doesn't throw anything away. It's okay though, we all have a bit of hoarder in all of us, no? We did that for awhile, and by the end we were just all super tired!
We've been meeting with LZ for a while and we thought everything was going well with that, but then today right before we came emailing we got a text message from her saying that she doesn't want to meet with us anymore. That was actually really sad, but she falls into uhh... what is the word in English for them... phases or slumps, I guess. We hope that later she will invite us in again and we can continue to teach her, but some people just need time and we respect that.
Like I said, this week hasn't been all hearts, flowers, and sunshine, but we've had our parade rained on a few times, but hey, if there weren't hard times what would our purpose be here on Earth? I teach this concept every day of my mission and throughout my mission I've come to realize the truth of this, and I'm super thankful that I have those days that are hard, even though it's hard, it helps me to rely on my Heavenly Father who loves me so much! I know he loves you too! I hope you feel that, if you don't get on your knees until you do!
Chalking in the Széchenyi TérI drew our family tree again! Cool stuff, no? We had the cops called on us twice because, "there are political things on our table." Uh.. do you not see Jesus Christ's face on this pamphlet? No cops ended up coming. We just had a good time, that was it.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Monday, April 20, 2015
Hello friends and family! This week though! It's been an interesting one, that's for sure! We had plenty of programs to keep us busy. They all went really smooth. It's amazing how close you grow to people in such a short period of time. I really feel like these people I meet everyday are just my best friends! It makes missionary work so much more fun and enjoyable!Hmmm... what can I tell you about my friends here in Szeged. Tuesday we met with RR (the man who quite smoking and has been our most solid investigator for weeks now), we taught him about the Sabbath Day and keeping it holy. He's been to church three weeks in a row now so it's safe to say that keeping the Sabbath Day holy was already on his to-do list, but we further explained to him what it exactly means and how we do it. The lesson went really well and he commited to keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. We went over to RR's on Friday again, and we brought a member, who happened to meet RR last Sunday when he was at church last week and came up to us personally and asked us if he could go to RR's next program with us. We taught the Word of Wisdom, which we were a little hesitant on doing especially since we had just given up smoking not too long ago (and is still doing good with that). We thought that maybe teaching the Word of Wisdom would be too much to ask of him in such a short time. RR is a coffee drinker and loves it, so asking him to give that up to sounded like a lot, but Sister Layton and I put our trust in Heavenly Father and received the impression to teach him the Word of Wisdom anyway, and that everything would be fine. Turns out that our impression was right (not a big surprise, right?). We went in and taught the Word of Wisdom and RR just accepted it. A part of me was super surprised that he accepted it so willingly, but the other part of me was like, "this doesn't surprise me at all, RR is and has been ready to accept this gospel and everything within it from day one." The lesson just went super well and we talked to him about drinking coffee afterwards these are his words exactly: "I won't be able to quite under a day, or maybe even a week, but with time I will quit drinking coffee. If I quit smoking in under a week with the Sister's help, I can quit coffee." Ugh! Can RR be anymore great?! Let me answer that for you...no! I think I already mentioned that during his non-smoking program week we called him every week to ask him how he was doing and such. Now he calls us! Not every night but every once in a while, he'll call and say "Hi Sisters, I just wanted to know how you guys were doing. How your day was? Can I do anything to help you?" Too sweeet of him, right? Anyway, that's the story with RR. Just being great as usual! Oh, and the last couple of times he's been at church he has stayed for all three meetings! Which is awesome!
Saturday was just an interesting day. We started off the morning by going to Sport Nap, where we usually play soccer. I consider myself pretty sporty, but when it comes to soccer, I'm pretty much useless. Actually I really enjoy playing goalie when I play, because my hand-eye coordination is a lot better than my foot-to-ball coordination although I usually use my hand-eye coordination in basketball, sometimes I put it to work in soccer. Anways, Sister Layton and I get to sport nap and we just went HAM on the playground equiptment. There is a little kid playground right by the sport pálya where we play soccer and instead of playing soccer we played on the playground and just turned into little kids. It was so fun! The rest of the day we just kind of remained little kids. I don't know what was up with us, but we were just so loud and obnoxious that day. Sometimes you just have to have days like that, you know?
Sunday, cool story time... We went to church on Sunday and it was really good. The talks we heard were good and all of the meetings were good. There was an LDS lady from Washington who was in Szeged because she works for the University of Portland, and she has some students over here, studying at the University of Szeged, so she had to do some kind of interview with them. I had to translate for her but it was good practice for me. She was super nice and she said that she'd give our English class and church cards out to her students. Finding through Americans in Hungary. Wooo! RR came to church and so did TG, but TG always comes to church, he's practically a member, without a record...yet! Anyways, after church Sister Layton and I went on a river walk with the Elders. Then we came home to have lunch, after lunch we went out tracting. We were kind of dreading it, honestly, because he had four hours of it scheduled.We had gone back to a building that we started a few weeks ago, but didn't get to finish, we finished that building with not a lot of success, so we were walking around our tracting area, wondering where to go. None of us really having the motivation to do anything. We started just walking in some direction and all of a sudden this lady stands right in front of us ( I have no clue where she came from) and says "Szia! Hi!" In surprise I say, "Szia, hello!" As her response was "Where are you from?" I told her that we were from America and then asked her how she spoke English so well, turns out that she just likes English and studied it on her own. Then she just randomly switched over to Hungarian, which wasn't a big deal, but we started talking at her bus station and all of a sudden she says, "here comes my bus" but then she said that she would rather talk to us, but I told her we could get on the bus with her (who knows where that would have taken us) and talk to her, but by the time I got my words out the bus drove away and this lady literally busted a gut as it drove away. She was like, Oh my gosh, I just missed my bus! There was just perpetual laughter after this. At first I thought to myself, who is this lady?? We started talking to her, because, well... her next bus didn't come for another thirty minutes, so we had time...or rather, she had time. So we started talking to her, and we got to know her. She is a very interesting lady, very...outgoing and open, and just a hoot, to be honest. We didn't even have to suggest to meet with her as she was the one who was asking for our phone number and asking when we could come over to her house. We exchanged phone numbers and talked for a while longer. Let's just say she's super funny and we had a very humorous conversation. The bus came and we said goodbye, with a program scheduled already. Wednesday, which happens to be her name day. Hungarians don't just have birthdays, but they have name days, everyone has a name day and it's almost as big of a deal as their birthday. Anways, so later that night we are at home, making dinner, and we receive a call from an unknown number and it's CC. That same girl! She's a talker! She asked us what we were doing today (Monday) and when we told her that we might go to the Plaza to shop around a bit, she immediately asked if she could go with us. Haha, oh boy... this is going to be interesting. Don't get me wrong, she's super nice, but we might be hearing from her, at least, once a day. We'll see where it goes.
This was pretty much my week, pretty busy, but it's good. I like it that way. Six more weeks of this transfer! It's going fast. We're making the best out of it!
Love you all,
10:31 AM (1 hour ago)
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
It's just another day in Paradise here in Szeged.Well, this week was pretty busy for us, we met with a lot of people.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Michaela Janae Whitaker
This past week was really full.
We got new two new elders with the transfer. They are pretty cool, and we get along really well as a district.
We got new two new elders with the transfer. They are pretty cool, and we get along really well as a district.
It was Easter this past weekend, plus conference. Gotta love conference weekend. I actually understood a lot more this time, as we watched every session in Hungarian. I didn't understand all of it, but at least I understood the main point so that was nice. From what I got out of it, there were a lot of talk about temples and marriage. I found that interesting. Oh! I'm glad that three new temples were announced. That's exciting!
I hope you all had a great Easter. Easter is one of the bigger holidays in Hungary. Let me tell you a little something about Easter in Hungary. Waay back when, there was a tradition started where guys would go out with buckets of water and cute poems and they'd go up to a girl and say the poem and dump the bucket of water on them. Then in return, the girls give them chocolate or painted eggs. Sometimes the boys even get money from them. Yeah, all of this was attractive at one time I guess? Anways, to this day they still carry on this traditon. Hungarians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Monday. Monday is when the locsolkodás (sprinkling) happens. Although nowadays boys just walk around with a bottle of perfume in their hand, and have a cute little memorized poem that they receite. Girls continue to give them chocolate eggs or hand painted eggs. The handpainted eggs are unbelievably pretty. Sister Layton and I got sprayed four times. It was so weird, but so cool at the same time. That was our easter.
Our investigators last week were troopers, given all the preparations they had to do getting ready for easter. We managed to meet with the majority of them. I think last week I talked about the person we were doing the none-smoking program with. The program was successful and to this day, he hasn't smoked a cigarette! We were so happy for him! It's been awesome to hear him talk about how he felt, that with God's help, he was able to go a whole week without smoking, even though he was around his friends who tempted him with cigarettes. We're so proud of him! Every day that week we called him, to ask him how he was and how the program was going. Come Saturday and time for us to end the program, which means no more calling him nightly, we told him it would be hard for us to not call him every night, although we did give him a scripture reading calendar so that he can keep up with his scripture reading every day after giving that to him he immediately bursts out and says, you guys called me every day last week to see how the program went, I will call you guys every day this week and tell you how my scripture reading is going, starting tonight. Sure enough, he called us that night. That moment when your investigator keeps daily contact with the you, whaaatt? That was like the moment of the week.
Hungarians celebrate Easter on Sunday and Monday, so we were supposed to work on Monday, we ended up doing a service project with the other elders and a member who's mom passed away about three months ago. We helped in helping pack up her apartment. Talk about a lot of things collected over a period of time. I had never seen so much...well...items in one little apartment. It was a good service project, although we barely made a dent in that apartment. We had a good time, and then afterwards we were invited out to another members house to have an Easter dinner, and that was yummy.
I always say that the week was packed full, but then I realize how little I write, I'm sorry. I've gotten a little lazy lately with my blog emails. I'll have to get on those better. The upcoming weeks, I'll do better.
Love. Peace. Incense (: