Wednesday, September 4, 2013

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

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