Sunday, December 27, 2015

November 30 - December 8

our little elders in the snow!
30 November 2015

We had a program with erzsi and watched meet the mormons!! Its in hungarian now! woot! apparently it already has like 7000 viewings which is like the fifth most viewed after english, spanish, mandarin, and portuguse so go hungary!!
Later that evening the Primék invited us over for dinner and when we got there they were like, "because you can't have thanksgiving with your families you can have it with ours". Bea made spaghetti and they are seriously the cutest ever! They are just total sweethearts.
So Pui Kati invited us to this thing that I thought was her brothers wedding but when we got there it turns out it was him getting his citizenship. So basically we went to a hungarian citizenship ceremony. They get a loaf of bread with a hungarian flag ribbon wrapped around it. Also, traditional hungarian music is the bomb. check it out. 
the fancy hungarian bread at the citizenship izé
It was elder martindale's one year mark in hungary so we surprised the elders with hot cocoa and this giant chocolate bar that elder martindale was really wanted.
We had a program with President Szabadkai's old teacher, Gizi néni. She is the cutest little lady ever. Basically we had a tea party while discussing the plan of salvation. It was awesome. Then she showed us her family on her facebook. I totally want to be just like gizi néni when I'm old.
We later had a program with one of Bea's friends Erzsi who takes care of this older lady. We talked with them about prayer and our relationship with God and how reading the scriptures strengthens that relationship. It was super good and they were really nice.
After that we had AMERICAN CORNER!!! woot! After I talked to these two girls from China that told us where to get the best chinese food in Pécs. They were super adorable and made me really miss china. 
sadly, they do not taste like america
That evening we went tabling. It was probably the most interesting time I have ever had tabling. For the first bit it wasn't too exciting there weren't many people on the street but then this american girl came up with her dog and we talked with her for a while until this majorly drunk guy came up and started talking to simmons. He basically was swearing his head off and complaining about how crappy of a place hungary is. Then he opened his backpack and pulled out two bottles of wine and broke them open right there on top of our book of mormons. He offered us some but I mean, obviously we declined. But it was hilarious simmons was just like "I like water, it tastes good" and the drunk guy got totally confused and then simmons told him he was jewish and he got even more confused. Then we decided it was probably time to start heading home so we packed everything up and as we were starting to walk away, the man started running after me and willets saying "szeretlek, szeretlek" (I love you, I love you) and then as we started running he yelled "csak puszit gondoltam" (I just wanted to give you puszi) puszi is the way they greet or say goodbye to people by kissing eachothers cheeks. Picture of drunk man to come.
WE had a program with kati and basically were straight up with her and were like, Kati if you love God you'll keep his commandments. It was good. I think she got it. Except she still didn't come to church this week. Oh well, luckily there is next week.
That evening we had a program with Daniel and András was our member present. It was super super good! We read out of Joseph Smith History and just talked about how Joseph is a perfect example for us. The spirit was super strong as usual. It was really great and andrás' testimony was perfect.

We had a program with Diandra. It was freaking great. Shes crazy but its that type of crazy you can harness. She totally wants to be baptized and we told her next time we would bring a baptismal calendar so she can know what the things she needs to do are before she can be baptized.
After that we sometimes go and help this member with a computer class he teaches for old people. He always has at the end of the few weeks that the class runs, us come in and share a spiritual thought. It was super super great and we gave everyone in the class a book of mormon and a lot of them were interested.
Later we had a program with Lilly!! It was so so great. We talked about baptism and she totally got her answer that it is all true. It was cool she said that she never got a huge "this is true" moment but that she realized because she feel so good about all of it that it must be true. She said she already started talking to her parents about being baptized and that they were a little surprised that she, this quickly, wants to change religions. She said they aren't against it but that it'll probably be sometime middle of january that she'll be able to be baptized! EEEeee!!!! I'm so happy!!

Also, its officially christmas time here in pécs! the christmas festivities started with the booths opening in the belváros!! All the lights are up and life is great!!
pécs does christmas well
We had district meeting and then lunch with the elders.
Later we dropped off süti (baked goods) for molnár mária. Operation charm the pár worked. Her pár now totally loves us and we are welcome to come back anytime, he said!! In church yesterday too she was so excited to come up and tell us all about how her pár isn't against us coming by too! she is so adorable! #csodákmoment.
That evening we walked around the christmas fair with dávid and it was magical! 
christmas mulled wine and tea
we only had one hour of church because of the construction and there wasn't any heating so we only had sacrament meeting. It was good.
We then made pumpkin pies with the elders for the ward thanksgiving party on tuesday. just so you know, it only takes seven hours to make eight pies. super freaking phenom though.

well, I hope you all have a great week. God is real and totally loves you.

Sister heath 
a nasty bug that we found. It had millions of creepy little legs
a ton of the statues in pécs have santa hats on them
the belváros is gorgeous
8 December 2015 

so transfers "drum roll please" soo... all four of us are staying,. me and willets and both simmons and martindale. I'm pretty sure we're the only district completely staying. Well, luckily I like everyone so it'll be a happy little christmas :)

well, our week:

we had cleaning checks and the new christmas video came out so we can now show it to our investigators!!

We had a program with Vető Éva, and made sport szelet. (its this dessert based off a candy bar here, like a rum and chocolate bar) it was good. We also talked about stake conference and a list of ten things to do that the 70 told us. It was super good.
Later we had a program with Merci. It was super good :) We talked about christmas and how Christ is like the fire that we just need to come closer too and he will warm us.
That evening we had a thanksgiving dinner with the branch. It was super great. There is a guy that just returned from his mission in France and Switzerland so he showed pictures and talked about it. After we had dinner and it was great. Apparently to hungarians, thanksgiving is just meat and potatoes, and some more meat. Tasty though. But we made eight pumpkin pies and the branch freaked out. They absolutely adored them. It was super funny. My favorite though was Niki started crying because it was so delicious, she said. One of the other nénis in the branch called it "isteni finom" or godly delicious. It was probably one of the most hilarious moments of my life, watching them all rave over it. 
 Wednesday:  We had a program with Gizi néni. It was really good. We talked some more about the plan of salvation and a started to introduce the gospel of jesus christ. It was great.
Later we had a program with Reni, but while walking there she told us that Csilla (a member) and her mom were already at her apartment. So Csilla's mom just moved to pécs and wants to be baptized and has already read the book of mormon like three times and basically told us she wants to be sealed to her family forever. So yeah, we have another baptism!! So basically we got to know her a bit and talked about God and just basic things.
After that we dropped some pumpkin pie off at mária's for charm the pár part two. It totally worked!! He loves us now!! 
us with csilla and monika (hanna's mom)
So we had interviews with szabadkai that morning. They went well. Hes a great mission president. :)
Later we had lunch with the Kaposvár missionaries since they were down here for interviews too.
Then we had a program with the Néni that saw Jesus in the moon. It was again, a crazy program. She can't get out of her head the idea that the book of mormon isn't a prayer book. She thinks that each verse is a prayer and yeah... She's crazy but adorable and does love everything we talk about.
Then we had angol óra. yay.

Well, we had a program with Di_ that morning. Taught her Plan of salvation. She loved it. Also, her bap date is jan 23rd!! Shes crazy, but like the type you can harness.
We then went to Kati's and she surprised us with lunch and so we talked, then a less active member showed up and so we had a big gospel discussion with them about why life is hard sometimes and it was super great!
Then we had a program with Erzsi! We talked about hope and how its especially important this christmas season. Also during the program, then her pár left the house, but came back and had two big bags of pogácsa (these kind of roll things) and he gave them to us. I think her pár kind of likes us now. 
Later we had a program with Luiza, thats csilla's mom. It was really good :) She basically knows it all because she loves reading the liahona and stuff and she already talks like a church member. This is literally unreal how ready she is. It was super cool though because Csilla when she was at the temple (last year I think) asked one of her friends to put her mom's name on the prayer roll and then when she got home the end of that week then she called her mom and while talking to her her mom said she had started reading the book of mormon and it was a miracle and now she wants more than anything to be sealed to her family. Its really incredible.
That evening we had a program with dávid about fasting. It was really good.

We had district meeting. good stuff.
We later went tracting. We got a let in. This guy was really interesting though. He let us in and then whenever we asked him questions he wasn't interested at all. We basically bore testimony super strong and I think the spirit freaked him out. But as we were leaving I thanked him for listening and he sort of smiled and said " I mean, I've never seen anything like you guys so I was curious." maybe someday he'll remember back and then accept  more lessons from the missionaries.
That evening we had sport nap and did yoga again with the branch. They love it. Cracks me up every time. 
some of the youth here in pécs. We're pretty popular with the young crowd

We had church! it was great. Gizi, the member that called our pumpkin pie Isteni finom brought us two adorable little wooden necklaces. It was fantastic. Also, since saturday was mikulás napja (st. nick day) tons of people gave us candy and stuff. Of course on a fast sunday.
Later we dropped of a note for Ági that sister Willets's mom wrote about how to help special needs kids learn how to talk. It was a miracle because her creepy pár actually let us in to drop off the note even though Ági wasn't home.

WE had a program with Mária. It was fantastic. She gave us her recipe for the most delicious apple süti ever. So stoked to try making it.
After we had a program with Dávid and talked about life and some good examples in our lives. It was really good.
That evening we had a program with Lilly and we talked about the nagy három, church, prayer and scriptures. It was super great and she was just glowing at the end. She wants to be baptized so bad and its going to happen and I am so lucky that I get to be one of the missionaries here to teach her.

well, we had a good week and next week there will be even more miracles!!
tune in next week!

Sister Heath 
our happy little district meeting
our district with patrik and hunor, the elder's investigator
our elders
our street just got christmas lights on it
the most majestic door in pécs


the belváros is gorgeous

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