Friday, February 20, 2015

Birthday Miracles

16 Feb 2015

Hello all,

So this has been a pretty great week. It started off with greenie training which was fun to see all of us newbie missionaries again but I  told you all about that in last weeks letter. Anyways, after I emailed on tuesday we met with I_, who is an older lady, maybe in her sixties. The missionaries hadn't met with her in a while so our lesson was basically a check up and see what her needs are. We got in there and started teaching and it went well and she basically told us that she was confused because there are so many churches and how are you supposed to know which is right so we told her about how Joseph Smith had the same question. The spirit was super strong but she sort of brushed it off and I think she mostly wanted to complain to us that life is hard. We told her about how Heavenly Father knows each of us perfectly and because Christ suffered for all of our pains and sorrows He can help us individually. We then told her all about prayer and how we can tell Heavenly Father all about everything that is confusing or wrong or hard in life and we asked her if she thought she could do that. She said she didn't want to but that she wouldn't mind if we prayed.  So Sister Sellers kneeled down and said a beautiful simple prayer asking Heaveny Father to help her understand her problems and help her to know what is right. The spirit was so strong and we asked her if she recognized it and she said she did, but she kept asking us how to know what was right. We callenged her to pray for herself and we are crossing our fingers that she did. 
On thursday we taught Il_ again. She is just the sweetest lady ever. She didn't come to church last sunday so we were worried that she wasn't doing well. When we met with her though she was doing fantastic. After our past lesson with her she had decided to follow the Word of wisdom and hadn't had coffee once! And she had read first Nefi one! our lesson was basically her explaining to us why that chapter was great and what was important in it. She has been meeting with the missionaries for a long time now and all of them have talked to her about baptism but she has always had the same reaction that she loves meeting with us but she just won't get baptized. We felt impressed to talk to her again about it and so we talked about why we are baptized, that it isn't just about becoming members of our church or because we are wicked people that sin but rather it is our covenant with God that we are willing to follow Him and Christ. We asked her what was really worrying her about baptism because she always sort of dogged the question. But finally she told us that she was worried because she had never seen a baptism and was worried about what she had to wear and the water. We found out that a couple of elders in buda have a baptism soon so we are going to bring her to it and hopefully that will calm her worries. She said that she would pray about baptism and she couldn't stop smiling. She is just the sweetest lady ever. 
Later that day after angol óra we hurried back to érd to meet with an_, é_ and ti_. They dogged us last week so we were happy when é_ called back saying she wanted to meet with us. Like I_ it had been a while since they had met with the missionaires so we basically went in to check up on them and see how they were doing. It turned out to be an incredible lesson. An_ and é_ are either married or dating, we couldn't quite figure it out since he had a ring on but she didn't and then there is her son ti_ who is in his 20s. Ti_ had an accident at work when he was younger and it affected him pretty bad. He is really quiet and sort of afraid of strangers so when we first came in he didn't talk and sort of stood in the doorway, but after we stared talking to them he came and sat down too. We asked them if they have been reading the book of mormon and they said a little bit. 
They are incredibly busy people and work a lot . We talked about our purpose as missionaries how we help people to find faith, repent, be baptized, receive the holy ghost and endure to the end. They have a ton of faith and we talked about how important it is to follow Christ and God. We talked a bit about following the commandments like attending church each sunday. An_ was all in for it but é_ was a little hesitant because she works so much that is when she has time to rest, An_ however when she said that responded that we wouldn't lie to them that there are promised blessings for following the commandments. Then we talked about repentance and how it is about returning to God and accepting Christ's atonement in our lives, and she started tearing up when we talked about how through Christ's atonement all of our physical problems and weaknesses can be made right. She talked about how Tibor is always sick and how it is incredible that Christ understands his pain. We then talked about baptism and how it is our covenant with God to follow him. They said that they know that what we have taught is true and that the feelings they had with meeting with us couldn't be lies so they said that they wanted to be baptized!! We told them to pray about it still and work towards the date of March 21st to be baptized. They were super excited and are incredble people.
oh Friday we had zone training and went out to Buda again. zone trainig was good and we talked about  keeping our lessons simple with strong testimonies and using the scriptures to back up our teachings. Then after training we went to this fancy italian resturant. It is cool being here because food is so cheap. We went with the elders in our district and it was fun to just talk and eat good food.
Saturday was a great day of course because it was my birthday!! We had one lesson lined up with a guy from our angol óra class but that morning the elders called us and said that he needed to cancel so we were a little bummed out. That meant that we would have four hours of tracting that day but it was a really sunny day so we weren't too sad about spending the day outside. We ate lunch a little early so we would have time to walk the half an our our to our tracting area. 
As we were walking I said a prayer in my heart asking God that if there was one thing I wanted for my birthday it was for just one person to talk to that would actually listen to us. We got out there and decided to tract theis street with about 60 houses on it. The first few houses weren't interested but then we talked to this one lady who had met with missionaries before but she wasn't interested, then we talked to this old baptist lady who was so confused why we were there and told us to go talk to people our own age, because they need God more than she does. Then we talked to this atheist lady who basically yelled at us to leave so we kept walking and then we were coming the last few houses. We talked to this really cool austrian lady who moved here when she was little girl. She came out angry at us saying that she was a catholic and didn't want to change but we were like "oh cool, so you believe in God. So do we!" and we ended up talking all about why we are here in hungary and she was really nice in the end. then the last house we knocked on was this man in his 60s. He was shocked that we were "sisters" and thought that sister sellers was 15 and was so confused as to why we were here in hungary, but he didn't have any time to talk to us so he really wanted us to come back the next day, so we told him we could come back after church around four. We then walked back to our apartment and made brownies for my birthday and to plan our next week. 
Sunday was a great day. We had church in the morning and Il_ and her boyfriend were there and another of our investigators. So it was a great day. One of the ward members, Or_, is a really sweet girl in her 20s I think. She is disabled so she walks with a cane but she is really smart and speaks english very well. She called me on my birthday and was really sweet and then in church she had a milka bar for me, the oreo kind, which is one of my favorites. When the primary girls saw it they were so cute and sort of hid behind sister sellers, spying on the candy bar so I opened it and gave them each a few pieces. The second counselor then came up and heard it was my birthday so he gave me a hand shake and said happy birthday very properly and goofily so then the little girls copied him and  kept shaking our hands saying "happy birthday, happy birthday!" 
Then after church we came back ate some lunch and then after our studies headed over to visit the man we ran into tracting again. We were let in by his wife, who was doing dishes. She said that she was catholic and not interested so she was going to keep doing dishes. When the man came in he introduced himself as Ag_ and his wife's name is Má_. Before we left him on saturday we gave him a restoration pamphlet and our phone number. So when we got back on sunday he said he had read the whole pamphlet and loved it! He basically taught us the first lesson explaining how much he loved what the pamphlet said and how much sense it made. He asked us about the book of mormon and we gave him one and he was so excited to read it. We basically were just there to witness that it was true. Má_ then brought out suti (or desserts) for us and then sat down and actually listened too. Ago_ is hard of hearing so má_ had to basically repeat to him everything we were saying. We talked about how you can know that what we teach is true by praying and Ag_ said he read in the pamplet about prayer and he loved it. He said that he had never really been religious but that five years earlier had started "making up his own prayers" and hd said that he ended them in Christ's name. So when he read in the pamphlet that that is how we pray he was stunned. He had never heard of anyone else praying like that. So we asked him if we could offer a prayer to sort of show him how we do it. We all bowed our heads and sister sellers said probably one of the simplest and prettiest prayers ever. 
When we opened our eyes má_ was crying and ag_ was quiet. They told us that they know that what we teach is true because why else would two pretty young girls come so far away from home just to lie to people. Má_ agreed and said that she could see it in our eyes that what we were teaching was true. Ag_ then got out a picture of his son and his wife. He asked us why we couldn't have been here ten years earlier to marry his son but then we stared laughing and he said "oh right, you would have been nine." haha  and then he said that he wants to keep learning more and he wants his children to hear what we ahve to say. He said that he wants to read all of the book of mormon and hear everything we have to say and then if it all makes sense he told us that he wanted to be a member of our church and be baptized. We told him that we can absolutely keep teaching him and má_ and we invited them to come to church and to a ward party on saturday. They said the would absolutely be there. We then set up with them for this week and said goodbye. After we turned the corner from their house we basically freaked out and jumped up and down for joy. Heavenly Father seriously does answer prayers. If Laci hadn't canceled on us and if we hadn't eaten lunch a little earlier to get out to our tracting area we wouldn't have had time to tract the whole street and speak to the last house. Heavenly Father seriously recognizes our little efforts and gives us the desires of our hearts. Because we are doing what is right and striving to be the best missionaires we can He places us in the right place at the right time to teach those who are prepared to recieve the truth. 
After that we went to have dinner with our elders, who made us rokos crumpli, which is a sort of potato, kolbas (a type of sausage), sour cream and paprika amazingness. 

rokos krumpli

They put candles in it to celebrate my birthday which was adorable and we told them all about how incredible ag_ and má_ are. We then came home and were exausted from good food and an amazing spirit. 
Well that was my week. We really are blessed when we put in the effort. Heavenly father knew that these past few weeks have been rough with mostly tracting and having people yell at us for trying to help them. We feel like aaron in the book of mormon did when he taught king lamoni. After being spit on, thrown in jail and yelled at he finally had one man who wanted to listen and eventually the while kingdom was brought to a knowledge of their God. The gospel is great and God is real. And I am so stoked to keep teaching this week and I love being a servant of the Lord. 
Love you all and hope you have a good week!
heath nővér
our cute little district (lidnow, meek, sellers and me)

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