12 October 2015
What a week it has been!! For reals though, it has been fantastic! I have a new companion now! Our little greenie Willets has arrived! She is so great and we are already having such a blast here in Pécs! Willets is from St. George area, but grew up in Maryland. #eastcoastrepresent. She is the oldest in her family and loves running and music. She is already so good at the language! I swear, they must be doing something different in the MTC. All these greenies are so smart already! Life is great, God is real. Doesn't get much better than this.
|me and widtfeldt with our new greenie sister willets!|
Well, to move on. Our week:
|us with erzsi|
|baby's first milka|
After that we went and had our last supper with Levanen with Dávid. We went to maestros, which is our favorite pizza place. It was good reminiscing on the "old days".
Then we had Családi est. Great stuff. Me and this one kid in the branch have this thing were we high five eachother a million times. Its funny. Always kills my hands by the end though.
We had to be in budapest by ten for our trainer meeting so we got up at three in order to catch the train. We got into buda and then hung out in the mission home a bit before our meeting. It was super great catching up with sister hafen from the mtc, because we are both training now and so it was fun talking with her about it. Shes so great. I keep crossing my fingers that we'll be comps someday together.
|hafen with our greenies!|
Then at ten we all gathered for our meeting. Trainers on one side of the room and greenies on the other side. Then after the APs and Szabadkais gave their remarks we found out that sister widtfeldt and I would get sister willets! We were super excited. We totally got the best greenie.
|New missionary training|
After that we started on our way over to kelenföld train station. On the way down to the metro, we were just putting along down and all the sudden they all stop, jerking us forward. The suitcase I was carrying almost fell and almost pushed me down. We look over to the other side where people were going up and some guy had fallen down and I think that's why it stopped. So we start to try and carry the suitcases down the escalator, slowly. But then they made an announcement that the were starting again and so we stop. Then with a big jerk, the escalator starts shooting backwards bringing us up to the top again. We all grabbed on to the sides for our life and the people on the other side just started cracking up laughing. It jerks to a stop again and slowly starts moving down. We get off eventually and make it to our metro. We had to trade lines though. On the way to get onto the next metro we were a bit confused by which side our train was coming on so we had paused a few seconds before getting on the train to glance back at the other side to make sure we were getting on the right train but while glancing the doors closed. We were like, whatever, we'll catch the next one. But this guy comes up to us and starts asking us where we want to go. We say in the direction of kelenföld. And he was like "that was your train" and we were like. Yeah, we'll just catch the next one. But he just got angry at us and was like "why didn't you get on? can't you see that it was your train?" and we told him that we weren't from here and were just making sure it wasn't the other side but he got all angry and was like "it was written in your language? why can't you read it?" and we were just like, sorry sir..we aren't from here. He then later came up to us once we got on the metro and tried arguing again. But we just ignored it. They both said kelenföld on both sides..bocs de nem bocs. Anyhow. That was fun for willets to see. Right off the bat almost dying on an escalator and then getting yelled at by a guy on the metro.
But do the adventures end there? Nope! So after waiting for our train back to pécs and visiting with a couple of other missionaries, the time came for our train to depart. We hurried to the platform, got all of our crap on the train but everything looked a little different than usual. And one of the elders was like, "do we usually take gyors (fast) trains to pécs?" It turns out we got on the wrong one and were headed to Györ. Well, we hurried and told the ticket checker and she said we could get off on the next stop and get one back into kelenföld and then from there catch a train again to pécs. So we get off at this random stop. All us (the pécs missionaries and the kaposvár ones too) get off the train and are stuck there for about half an hour. Eventually the train came, we hopped on. The lady on the other train had let the ticket checker on this train know and so we got back to kelenföld and eventually our train came for pécs. Lesson of this story: Never listen to elders.Well, we eventually got back to pécs. Got some gyros with Dávid so he could meet Willets, and then went home.
|stuck at a train station, after taking the wrong train. waiting for our train back to kelenföld|
|stuck at a train station|
|because kruger just happens to have a saber...|
We had a program with Éva and helped her translate some random old english book about funerals and how they used to prepare the bodies for burial. It was super weird...Welcome to hungary sister willets!!
Then later we had a program with Dávid's friend who came to conference, Lilly! It was so so great! She was totally interested in church and she almost cried when we gave her a book of mormon. She is seriously so incredible. She reads the bible every night and prays. For reals, shes like dávid in girl form. So prepared!
Then we had angol óra and one of our students said something super wise when we asked him what his favorite music was. He said "thats like asking a writer to pick a favorite word." touche szabolcs!
That evening we made baby's first rokott krumpli. And baby had her first túró rudi! Having a greenie is fun!
|baby's first rokott krumpli!|
|baby's first túró rudi!|
We had a program with Erzsi. She fed us this weird meat paste stuff...good thing we love her so much. She is so incredible though. We mostly talked about fasting because she had read a conference talk about it.
Then we had a program with Dávid and talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but mostly repentance. It was great. His personal experiences he shares about how he knows these things are true are always so powerful. Hes going to be a great missionary some day.
|a drawing dávid and us did after getting cocoa. I am now harry potter nővér|
We then met with M_ Mária. She is wonderful as always. She had visited home in budapest and while there she found a bunch of stuff from when she was an active member. She found her baptism program and pictures of her missionaries and stuff. It was super cool! and it turns out that sister willets's old branch president's son was the missionary that baptized her daughter. And one of sister willets's friends from college is hungarian from the Kispest ward and Mária is good friends with their family. Things are great.
We had district meeting with our new district. Our elders are Elder Simmons and Martindale. They're pretty cool.
That evening we had a branch program with the Szabadkaiék where they talked about missionary work. I seriously love them so much. Every time they speak you can just feel the love pouring out of them. President Szabadkai talked a lot about the movie forest gump and said we all need to try to be a bit more like forest. He had goals and he wasn't settled until he achieved them the best he could. Ex. running across america, basically pro ping pong player. And forest stayed by jenny's side through it all. It was just great. I love them tons.
|our wonderful district|
We had fast and testimony meeting. Probably one of the best sundays I've had in hungary. The testimonies given were just incredible and the spirit was super strong. One was given by a young woman in the ward named hanna. She's become my little best friend, we joke that I'm big hannah and shes little hanna. Her testimony though was incredible. She talked about how during conference she wanted to get an answer for whether she should serve a mission or not (keep in mind she is 13) and during one of the talks she was praying and when she finished her prayer the speaker said "kellene menni" or "you should go" basically. She said that she now knows she needs to go on a mission. Another young man in the ward gave his testimony too and he talked about when he is going to be a missionary and its just so cool to see how the youth of today are already preparing to be great missionaries.
After church we tried to do this look up but it ended up taking us on a bus ride about a half hour out of the city. We were searching for it in the rain for the house but it didn't exist so we headed back into the city and broke our fast and did studies that evening. It was great.
|kis hanna és nagy hannah|
I seriously love my comps though. I'm going to be so sad to see sister widtfeldt leave but Sister willets is so incredible. For reals, this is the best trio ever. And I know my transfer with willets is going to be great. Life is good! God is real! The church is true!
Have a good week!
|baby's first streat!|
|making stuffed peppers|
|baby's first töltött paprika!|
|this is the street we live on...yeah...I'm a little spoiled...|