Friday, September 21, 2012

Ma Máté and Mirella napja van!



Here's your cultural lesson for today: 
"Hungarians not only have birthdays, but namedays as well. Birthdays are usually celebrated just in immediate family. Namedays, however are widely known and celebrated. Each acceptable first name is assigned to one or more days of the calendar, based on religious traditions, historical events, birthday of a famous person who had the same first name or other facts. There are official first names to chose from in Hungary and parents must chose a first name from that list. On namedays, people usually give flowers, desserts or small gifts as presents."

So.. in curiosity I looked up mine. The closest name to mine that I could find is: 
Mirella
...And GUESS WHAT???
That means today, yes TODAY- 
September 21
 is MY NAME DAY!
What a cool coincidence.

You want to find out when your name days is? Go to this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Name_days_in_Hungary

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Temple Nine: Stars and Blossoms

Temple Nine was to the Brigham City Open house, so it was a little different experience. As we pulled up on the bus, I noticed (or at least I thought I noticed) that the motifs at the top of the temple were half stars and half cherry blossoms (correction- mom says they were actually peach blossoms). I thought that was kind of strange at first. But then, after looking closer, I realized that the motifs changed depending on how the light from the sun hit them. Way cool.
The Brigham City Temple. Not a great picture, but a beautiful temple.
Since it was an open house, there were thousands of people there. We waited in line with my family's ward. The line started in the parking garage, so with so many people, it was incredibly loud and echoey (not sure if that's a real word, but oh well). I thought once we got into the temple it would be much quieter. It did get quieter, but not silent when we walked in the doors. However, as we climbed up floor by floor, it got quieter and quieter and brighter and brighter until we got to the Celestial room where it was nearly silent and astonishingly bright and beautiful.

I also loved walking behind the cute Osmond family with their young children. One of their kids, a little boy probably about 2, would look up at the beautiful ceiling and whisper "wowwww!". However, he was still a 2 year old, wiggly and bored, so his dad helped keep his attention by having him keep an eye out for the pictures of Jesus. Their little girl kept count of the paintings of Jesus too, I'm not sure how many she ended up counting, but I know it was more than 16. It was nice to have a reminder of who the temple is for at almost every corner.

I loved being able to take the time to see all of the many details in the temple. People have put an extraordinary amount of time and detail into it. Even the little things like the cherry blossoms being found throughout the temple- from the little details on chairs, to the extravagant ceilings. You can tell, because of the detail and beauty, this House was made for the Lord.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

PhotoStop

These are what happens when I mess with photoshop while listening to my Hungarian Podcast...
 
 
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Monday, September 17, 2012

Missionary Survival Book

I quite my job so that I can have time to focus more on mission prep. That has left me with time to finish some project like my mission survival book. I found a really cheap, cute photobook at Smith's a few months back and started a project for myself. There are a few things that I knew I would want on my mission (and some that you are asked to bring) but I knew I wouldn't have a lot of space in luggage, so I decided to create this:

I finally finished it today. There are several pages.
 Page 1 has my name, my mission and my own personal mission motto.
 Page 2 has a photo of my family
 Page 3 has my ROCS
 Page 4 has my PBS- Patriarchal Blessing scriptures- scriptures that I've found relate to my blessing
 Page 5 has a picture of the Timpanogos temple (the temple I went through for my first time)
 Page 6 and 7 Have language helps (useful phrases and conjucations)
 Page 8 has a picture of myself holding  the carving one of the villagers made for me that says "God
             will put his angels in charge of you to protect you wherever you go"
 Page 9 has various mission advice I've gained from classes, reading, friend and family
 Page 10 has a photo of me holding the painting of Christ I did
 Page 11 has the poem I wrote when I was in Young Women's based on D&C 122
 Page 12-19 have Pictures and stories of a female ancestor from each side of my family
 Page 20 has my pedigree chart with pictures

It has been a fun project to make, especially writing the cool stories about my ancestors. Hopefully it will be a comfort and strength to me and will help me survive my mission.

Temple Seven and Eight: Time and Again


Temple Seven was to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple. (I'm still looking for the photos for this one- we took some but I can't remember what camera/memory-card they are on). This trip we wanted to be another family one. It's hard to get us together when both of my parents work, I worked and my little brother was going to school/band. Honestly, we were a little pessimistic about making it there on time. But I was confident we could do it and even said a little prayer that we could, without stressing or rushing, make it to the temple together on time. Well, work was super slow for me so they let me off early (so early that I had time to get get a hair cut first) and the work my dad was supposed to do couldn't get done until other coworkers finished their job, so he got off early too. We made it, no stress. It was a beautiful temple. I loved sitting in the chapel waiting to start, because the sun was setting on that side, and the way the frosted glass was situated, the sun was intensified. It made the room extremely bright and glorious. It was a great temple trip to have together.

I should mention in between here, that I went with my ward back to the Timpanogous temple which was fun to go back to since that's where I started. I went there on a Tuesday and my mom and I went to our eighth temple a couple days later.

Temple Eight was to the Provo Temple. I've been to that temple several times since I was going to school down in Provo, but this was the first time I went up the stairs instead of down to the baptistery.
The Provo Temple
I was really congested and really tired, so I was concerned that I wouldn't be able to stay awake, or at least be able to stay focused. So I prayed that I would at least be able to have a clear enough mind to focus. And I did. That simple prayer was answered. The celestial room at that temple was also very special. I didn't know until then that that is where my friend Josh from Washington, who died in a car accident, had his work done by his family. Being in that celestial room was a good experience. I also loved the smell of the rain when we came out because it reminded me of Washington (amazing that I could smell considering I was so congested before hand). Once again, a great temple experience.

The next post will be about Temple Nine which was not a typical temple trip, it was to the Brigham City Open house which was a fun experience.