Dear Sister Whitaker,
You are hearby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You are assigned to labor in the Hungary Budapest Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 18 months. You should report to the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. You will prepare to preach the gospel in the Hungarian language.
Well, this week was pretty busy for us, we met with a lot of people.
can't tell you how great our investigators are here. They are just
amazing people who are so serious about learning out the message that we
have to share. You can really feel it and tell that this is no game to
them, but that this is really interesting to them.
We have three people who have a baptismal date. All of them are in May, and all of them are progressing really well.
talked about a man that we did the no-smoking program with, a couple
weeks ago. We still visit him on a weekly basis. He has not touched a
cigarette in two weeks, nor has had the desire to smoke. God is real and
he helps people overcome addictions and obstacles which they don't
think they can overcome. That's what I've learned by teaching this man.
This man is also a regular attendee in Church, he comes every week and
has just started bringing his two daughters as well. After this last
Sunday, we called him that night and asked him about his experience at
church and he said that he really liked it and that everyone was really
nice to him and he felt like we were very close, like a community. Na,
this is exactly what I was saying about how IMPORTANT members are in
missionary work. If they make people feel like our investigator felt
last Sunday, they are going to want to come back and feel the way they
felt again. It's that simple, just be nice (you can do a lot more than
just that, but this is a good start).
Another one of our bap.
dates we met with a few times this week and well.. okay funny story. We
met with her in the beginning of the week, and when we walked into her
apartment, the sun was out, birds were chirping, no clouds but then when
we were finishing up, we walk out and it's pouring rain! Again, my
companion and I didn't have our coats so our investigator gave us an
umbrella to use, we ended up still getting soaked but we get home and
throw our umbrella on our porch so that it can dry over night. Well we
share porches with our neighbor (it's just a long walk way) and funny
thing about this neighbor that we have never really met, just have seen
him and every time we've seen him, he's been really nice to us. But the
first week that I got here, we had swept our kitchen and put the broom
on our porch, well the next morning someone had moved it, but we
eventually found it. I can't remember our other experience with our
moving our crap, but we basically came to the realization that nothing
is safe to be left out on our porch, unless we want it moved to a
different location. We forgot about that though, because nothing had
happened for a while, so we put our umbrella on our porch and the next
morning it was in the trash... what the heck?? Haha, okay, who are you
to throw our umbrella away. We actually just laughed about it as we went
to buy our investigator a new umbrella the next day. We told her the
story about how her old umbrella is somewhere in the dump but that we
bought a new one for her and she just laughed. We all had a good laugh
about it. Our teachings with her are going really well, she came to
which is actually a big step for her, she likes church but she does not
like being around of crowds of people so it makes her really
uncomfortable when people are near her, but she came on Sunday and really enjoyed Sacrament meeting.
I said, our investigators are taking steps in the right direction and
some of them are small, but the majority of them are personally big for
them and we are so proud of them!!
we took another big step with one of our investigators. We meet with a
young boy, well...not so young, but anyways he has been meeting with the
missionaries since January and this kid just took in everything the
missionaries gave him. This week he finished the Book of Mormon (in
three months--I've never finished it that quickly...like I said this kid
is great!) and he said that after he read it, he prayed about it and he
felt that it was true. He was actually so passionate about it that we
gave him A Book of Mormon to give out to someone and he was so excited
to give it out. Talk about future missionary, which he will be. His
parents aren't too keen on the idea of him getting baptized in the
church, that's the only downside, but on Sunday
we were invited out to the village he lives in (by his parents) to have
a "traditional" Hungarian lunch. We actually ended up going out on the
bank of the Tisza river and making fish soup in a big pot, over a
campfire. Talk about fun! Oh, and TG (I'll give our investigator that
name). TG's dad is a crazyyy fisher, he goes on fishing trips to Italy
and catches 200 lb catfish. You walk into this families house and he has
the biggest fish heads he has ever caught mounted on his wall. Talk
about cool! So we made fish soup out of one of his catfish over a
campfire on Sunday.
It felt like I was back camping again. It was so fun, and we had a nice
chat with his family. His parents are so nice and his mom had prepared
palacsintas for us, as a dessert. Sister Layton and I both ate five
each... oh my gosh, I thought I was going to explode. Hungarian food is
waaayy too good!! Anyways, that's not important. The fact that we got to
talk to TG's parents was the real reason why we went out there and that
the meeting was successful. We didn't just talk with them, but we set
up with them again in a few weeks so we can go out to their house and
his mom can teach us how to make lángos. How much better can it get,
making friends with your investigators parents, gaining their trust and
eating yummy food at the same time. I'll take it! (: Sunday was a good day!
I think I pulled my hamstrig this week. My companion and I have been
getting up early in the morning with the zone leaders to go on runs and
well... sadly, I have definitely slacked off on exercising during my
mission, so I thought it'd be good to start up again, well I think I
went a little too hard and it ended up in a hammy injury. It's so great
though, because every morning we run along the Tisza river and it's so
beautiful. I will have to take my camera and take pictures of the Tisza
in the morning. It's quite the site.
Well, that's all I got this week. It wasn't too crazy of a week, but it was a good one, at that!
love you all and thanks so much for all the love and support you have
given me since I've been out here. I owe you all. Six more months. (: