Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Transfer Time! (Sept 3)

Well, the first transfer of my mission is now over. Crazy how fast it went! The work here serving the Lord has been incredible, and I am so grateful for the daily miracles. This week hasn't been too exciting, but it has been a lot of fun! The work goes, sometimes slowly and sometimes quickly, but always according to what the Lord wants. I am so grateful for the chance I have had to serve here in Hungary! 
For the next transfer, I will be staying in Kecskemét, and will be getting a new companion Elder Decker. Hopefully we can continue working hard and having fun! 
I just got a device to send pictures! This one is of me and my first investigator. He just left (very sad :( ) to Székesfehérvár for school. He was awesome though! His name is Szabolcs, and he was a lot of fun and really funny! 
Anyway, this transfer was overall a lot of learning for me. This week I saw a tree that was really pretty and green on the outside, but on the inside is was all dead and brown and looked so sad! And it made me realize that that is how we are sometimes--looking good and alive on the surface, but the reality is that we are not so alive and well on the inside. Let us strive to live in a way that we can show who we really are, without being ashamed! When we do what God wants, we are happier and live better lives. I pray for all of you! :) 

Sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder

 This one is of me and my first investigator. He just left (very sad :( ) to Székesfehérvár for school. He was awesome though! His name is Szabolcs, and he was a lot of fun and really funny! 
 This was my first attempt at making my own food. Unfortunately I forgot that it is just ME eating.. :) oh well, food for days!!
 This is the awesome bishop of the Kecskemét ward, and his family. They are so fun, and theres always a party :)
 Just an old creepy house :) haha. It just looks cool, so i took a picture of it!
 This is my district! They are lots of fun, and we have lots of good district meetings together!
There is also one of just us four that were in Kecskemét.

Another Week in Paradise! (Aug 26)

Greetings all! 

First off, I want to say that being here is literally like a dream come true! It is so cool to think that I am in a different country, speaking a different language, and changing people's lives! :) 
So this week has been pretty uneventful for the most part. Although I learned something interesting in English class: because here in Hungary they learn British English, they learn British-isms, that Americans wouldn't know (and sometimes don't understand haha). Anyway, one of the ladies comes to English just to talk in English--she is an English teacher, and just wants to be around English speakers as much as possible. So the other day, we were talking about school and subjects we liked (or otherwise felt about them) and the topic of math was inevitably brought up. And the lady, Mercedes is her name, said that in Britain they say "Maths" when talking about the class, not just Math like in America. 
Another thing that happened: when tracting, one mother came to the door, and we were talking to her. Well, while we (well, my companion and her were talking, I am still working on the understanding part of this whole language... haha) were talking, here little daughter walks up--and she is the cutest little girl ever, has to be around 3 or 4, and so I decide to give her a pass-along card with a happy family on it. Then she says to her mom "The other bácsi gave me this!" Bácsi means "old man". Yes, I was called an old man by a little girl. And it was adorable!! Haha. 
One last thing, a little more uplifting: So we have been really struggling in this city (we have 1 investigator, who is about to move cities to go to school. And no other progressing investigators..). So we decided to go tracting somewhere super far out! Well, I was praying fervently for someone to talk to. I knew when we about to knock on the door that it probably wouldn't be the first person we met. But I had faith that someone would be interested in what we were saying. So we knocked on the first door--and guess what! He actually did want to talk! I mean, he really just wanted help with family history stuff, but he invited us in and showed us his extensive collection of family history stuff! And we were helping (or trying haha) him for about an hour, and showed him our free English class and he told us he would come this week! It might not be much, but it was a miracle I will forever treasure :) 
Otherwise, time here has been spent doing regular missionary things, and changing at least one person's life: my own. I am so grateful for the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ, and how much peace and comfort I can get when I rely on Him. So amazing how at peace I can feel in such a different place than what I am used to! 
Well, He lives! Ő él! That is the great message we have. :) 
Love you all, pray for you often! 
Sok sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder