Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Transfer 2, week 6

Hi everyone!
Oh gosh, last full week of the transfer already! ah! things are going to be pretty hectic around here this week. We have a ton of Angolóra fliers to give out, and they're sending another companionship to Székesfehérvár next transfer (yay!), so we have to look for an apartment for them. and we have to look at bikes. but, somehow we'll manage to do all that around missionary work. It's really cool to look back at when i first came here and see how much things have changed--it's kind of cool to see how much i have improved in the language (not a whole lot, but there's definitely at least a little progression....), but it's even better to see how the gospel affects people. Sometimes it can be hard to see in individual programs, but you can definitely see it over time, and it's just so great to be a part of it! like, i know that we as missionaries don't really deserve any credit--we just invite the Spirit and provide an environment where people can learn--but it's just so great to have been able to befriend these people and be there with them through their progression. The whole thing is just an amazing experience!
OK, so, this last week.....not much in particular....Wednesday was way full, we went to Veszprém for district meeting with the two companionships from Veszprém and Dunaújváros--that was kind of fun, because the senior companions had known each other from the mtc, and all 3 of us junor companions had known each other at the mtc. well, kind of...Elder Marciel from Dunaújváros was in the group above me, and Elder Diamond from Veszprém is in the group below me. After that, we came back to Fehérvár (that's what a lot of people call this city--that or Székes--and i'm getting kind of lazy with typing :) and were pretty much running from program to program. That's always a way good feeling. Seriously, even though we're running everywhere trying not to be late, it's so great that so many people are willing to meet with us! On Thursday, we went to Budapest for interviews and training. That was pretty fun--it's always really fun to see other missionaries and learn from President and Sister Baughman and the APs. Friday was really cool day! we got to go on splits with two of the members and we went tracting. We didn't really have that much success--we only found one person who was willing to have us come back again. It was still pretty fun that the members want to be involved in missionary work. the really cool part was after that though. we went back to the branch house for a program with a recent convert. I left the door to the branch house open so she could just come in when she got there, but it turned out that she was already inside (the door is kind of broken...). And, we usually leave the door closed because if people are talking out in the hall, it sounds like they're in the branch house because sound carries really far in there.....but, i just didn't close it today. Nobody was talking outside, and we had already started our program by the time i thought about it. So, we got about 15 minutes into the program, when some random guy just walked in. We had never seen him before, and he asked if he could come back sometime when we had more time. The lady we were having the program with invited him in (she's a champ) and we started talking with him. It turns out that he's had a lot of problems in his life, and he's been going from church to church trying to find one that can help him. We testified a lot about how the Book of Mormon helps people, and the member helped a lot! we gave him a Book of Mormon and two talks from two Liahonas to read, and we even set up a time to meet with him again! It was such a great experience, it sounds like he's had a lot of sadness in his life, i just really want to be able to help him. after he left, we were talking about the door and how we usually close it--we pretty much decided that as long as we're in the branch house, it should be open. It was a really amazing day.
On Saturday, we went to Aba, a falú about 40 minutes outside the city by bus. We had lunch with a member family and taught them about priesthood and encouraged them to go to general conference. it was pretty fun--they have a little son, and it was his name day, so we brought him some candy. After that, we came back and went to Tesco to buy some food for general conference. Then, we had Angolóra (with a grand total of 3 people....), after which we took a bus to Budapest. We got there in time to see the last talk of the session (it was Pres. Eyring.....i got kind of lost on which session it was...). The next day was so much fun! we saw 4 sessions, and we got to talk with a lot of members. It was pretty fun, because you just had to stand there and smile and a member would just come up and start talking with you. There were only a few of the members from our city there (we're hoping that the ones we didn't see were able to go to another city where it was being shown), so i got to talk with a lot of people i didn't know. It was really fun, they were all so friendly! And conference was SO great, oh my gosh! it feels like the last one was just last week! but that was in october, when i was still at home! crazy! i was kind of bummed out that we didn't get to see all the sessions, but we're looking forward to getting the Liahona with all the talks. ah, it was great though! and, it was in english, so that was very good. otherwise, i'm pretty sure i wouldn't have been able to understand anything....After Conference, Krisztián drove us home. It was a pretty long day. But, not as long as Monday! haha, kind of funny, because there's not much to say about Monday....we went to Tihany, so that was pretty fun...it was cool to be able to see the Balaton. Then, we kind of just drove around....we went to Veszprém for lunch, and then kind of headed back to Tihany to go on a bobsled ride, like the one at Visegrád. After that, we frantically looked for a gas station before Krisztián's car ran out of gas....then, we came back to Fehérvár. We stopped at a few random places along the Balaton to take pictures, but other than that, kind of just drove around. It was pretty fun, even though it was raining and really windy--just made it more memorable, i guess.
Well, that's about it for this week.....oh, i don't know if i'll be staying here next transfer or not, so you might want to send any letters to the mission home....just in case.
I hope you're all doing good! (ah, sorry for the lame closure...i never know what to say to end a letter....)
Elder Murray

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