Monday, February 24, 2014

The new hely (place) in Szombathely! (Feb 24)

well, i made it to Szombathely! It is a smaller town, but still bigger than Eger (where I was last transfer)! It has been quite an adventure! :)
so my new area is pretty good! Things here in Szombathely are nice. This is one of the cities that I always wanted to go to, so I am really excited to be here! One of my MTC teachers, her family lives here in Szombathely, and they are SO COOL! haha. They are Swiss, but the dad is Hungarian, so they all speak Swiss German (which is apparently very different from German German haha) English (because they lived in England for 2 years and went to an English international school in Vietnam for 4 years or something) and Hungarian! (although their Hungarian is not the greatest, kinda like ours since they didnt really "grow up" here in Hungary) So it has been a ton of fun speaking English with them hahaha. :) Such a great family, love them so much. Another funny story with the Szvobodas (said family), we went over to their house on Sunday night and ended up staying for dinner! haha, very neat, and very yummy! :D So anyways, their son actually just came home from his mission! Sunday, at about 5 oclock hahahaha, which means we were apart of his first dinner at home hahahaha. vvvveeerrrrryyyy weird feeling to be there, but also very cool. :) haha. He is a way cool guy, and we cant wait to talk to him more about his mission and what not. :)
my new companion is actually really really cool. :) his name is Elder Becker, from Connecticut. we have been getting along really well. it was kinda hard at first, cause i heard some things about him, but it ended up being really good. :) we are kinda different, but it has worked out pretty well so far. :)  
Well keep being amazing, wherever you are! I know God is watching over, and wants to help us and bless us! so go about doing good, and never forget, there is a missionary in Hungary who loves you very very much. :) Have a great week!
Sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder

 Here is our last district, in Eger.
 here are the elders leaving eger along with the Herds.
 me and de Vries on the train! we had quite a ride :) hahaha.
So last week, Elder de Vries had surgery on his hernia. That was all good and dandy! But then president had the idea of transferring him... Across the country.. And me, right along with him. So I got to carry all his luggage for him to the trains and off the trains and allll that good stuff. and this is the luggage.
by the way, de Vries has a LOT of stuff, and VERY heavy stuff at that. haha.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The End of the Eger Reign (Feb 18)

Well, I never thought it would happen so soon. But it did -- I am moving out of Eger. I am going to the lovely city of Szombathely, where I will be serving with one Elder Becker. I have heard a lot about him, so I am very excited for this transfer! Sad to leave a place I just came to, but excited to touch more lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. :)

This week was a little too short for me. and kinda rough, we had quite a few people god us last minute. On Friday, we went to Miskolc for a zone training, thats right, on Valentines day. :) My companion and I had quite the matching look hahah. and then we had lots of fun on that night at Játék Est! :) Always fun there haha. 

Today, we went whipping in the park, got quite a few stares and lots and lots of eager bystanders haha. It was very fun and very loud. :)

Other than that, nothing much new to report on my end. I am still loving the good ole missionary life. :) and the weather around here has been absolutely beautiful! Sunny and very little clouds! Sometimes a little rain, but we haven't seen snow in weeks!

Well, have a great week! My thoughts and prayers are with all of you! :) 
Sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder

 Családi Est at the Puttonék! (Family Night at the Putton family)

 more Családi Est! we played skipbo, and i am pretty sure i dominated. ;) 
 our little Játék Est group. :) Gabi Dávid, me, Krisztina, Magda, János and Kata. :) love them all!
 here we are again. in all our awkwardness hahaha. 
Elder Magda and I :)

Monday, February 10, 2014

The week of the 3 (Feb 10)

So this week was a lot of fun. :) it started off with one of the elders here in Eger go to Budapest to get a surgery on his 10 cm hernia. so his companion, Elder Dellenbach, stayed with us for the week. So I was in a 3 person companionship again! That was a lot of fun. And it was also one of the busier weeks of my mission. we not only had our investigators and less-active members to meet with, but also the other companionship's also. So it was kind of a crazy week. :) 

So, some fun things about Eger: we are now teaching a 24 year old pregnant girl. Whose due date was Feb 7. haha, so we are just waiting for the time that the girl goes into labors as we are teaching her hahaha. It is really neat, though, to see how much having a baby can change the way you think about life. For example, where we came from. It was so neat to see Krisztina's, the girl, face light up when she learned that her little baby was coming straight from Heavenly Father to her. :)

And then on Thursday, we went to a less active member's house because he wanted some help in English and talking on the phone. (Sounds good to me, I thought, finally a language I know!! haha). So we went over, and he was online, showing us some radio things, kinda like walkie talkies, that are apparently powerful enough to reach across the country. So he has one of these radios, and he wants to order 12 more. but the place he is getting them from is... China. So he has been trying to email this lady, but it hasnt been working very well. so he wants to call her, and ask her in english about it. so he asks us to call someone. In China. so my companion starts, and he calls this number, and the phone gets answered, but it is this lady just going off in Chinese, and he has no idea what is going on. So he waits for a second, mostly out of shock, because he has no idea what to do hahaha) and realizes that it is a recording. So the RCLA gives us a new number, and now it is my turn to call. so i call and this lady answers, saying something in Chinese!! hahaha. I was just like "uhhhh.. do you speak english..?" hahaha, and then we talked a little bit about the radios, but then she says to email and she will email back about it. So, on my mission in Hungary, I talked to someone in English, who actually speaks Chinese! Pretty cool. :) hahaha.

Well, I hope you are have a great week. I know that we all go through hard times. But God is always there, and He is always willing to stretch out His hand and lift us up. So watch for those times in your life when God is reaching out His hand, and take it. 

Sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder
 some of the snow we got! :D along with my awesome companion haha.

 The best companionship. Of all the world. 
 Out to eat pizza! Me and Kata and then Magda and Krisztina. Such great people!

 Me and Dellenbach along with Magda and De Vries, the guy who just had the surgery!

 we found the hobbit! or at least his house. hahaha
 what happens when Magda takes pictures with my camera hahahaha.

 Dellenbach, our third for the week. And the massive Hungarian burgers. Definitely different, de definitely delicious. (PS "de" means but in Hungarian. It just worked sooo well with that little phrase. ;) )
 some homemade tortillas! well, just one. but he had a funny face, so i thought you would want to see. ;) 
 beautiful Eger. It has been quiiite a while since I saw any kind of mountain. or hill. or bump in general haha. so it was nice to see that in Eger!

 just me, a railroad, and the open, blue, beautiful skies. oh and a really cool house!! hahaha. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

(Feb 3)

Well, the snow came! It stayed for a little while. And then it went. The weather has been unusually warm here, though! apparently, the North American weather and Eastern European weather has switched! 

In other news, we invited someone else to get baptized! March is gonna be quite the baptism month for us! :) They are such great investigators, and it always so neat to see people change their lives and be willing to do what God has asked of them.

Our companionship is doing great, we are having so much fun, and meeting with a lot of people. :) Missionary life doesnt get much better than this!! Well, have a great week! 
Sok szeretettel,
Flake Elder