Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Michelle Arrives in Hungary!

I am so grateful for an insider in the Hungarian Mission. Brother and Sister Felsted lived in the Jones Falls Ward in Baltimore when we lived there. They are now serving a mission in Hungary. I have been following their blog. It is a lot of fun to see their photos. Senior missionaries have a little more leeway when it comes to writing blogs and email. They are able to write more frequently. Sister Felsted wrote the following email to me Tuesday morning.

Hi Andrea,

Just a note - I was out shopping with the new Senior Missionaries (who will be going to Szolnok) when the new young missionaries came today. But Sister Smith called me to come upstairs and meet Michelle before they sat down to a nice dinner in the Mission Home suite. She looks great and was smiling!!! I am sure I will get to talk to her later... They will stay overnight with the Smiths then be off to their new places tomorrow afternoon. I do not know yet where she is going... but will email you when I know (tomorrow!).

Szia! Kathie --
M. Kathleen Felsted

What a blessing it is to know she had arrived safely. In the evening we received the following email from the mission president.


15 January 2013

Dear Curtin Family:

This e-mail is to advise you that your missionary has arrived safely in the Hungary Budapest Mission. We are excited for this opportunity of serving with her! Attached is a copy of a photograph taken of your missionary with President Lowell V. and Sister Lynne C. Smith in the Budapest Hungary Mission Office.
     Today we returned from the airport to the Mission Home for dinner. The missionaries then went on a short tour of Budapest, including Gellert Hill (the place where Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated Hungary to the preaching of the Gospel) and Hero's Square. Tomorrow will be a busy day. Following brief interviews with President Smith, your daughter will be taken to have photographs taken for residency permits. While she is (and the other missionaries are) out, the missionaries will be contacting individuals on the street. After some brief training, companionship and city assignments will be made. The missionaries will depart to their new area of service, with their companions, and will immediately begin service.

     We are so excited to have your daughter here. We will do all that we can to help her have a wonderful, successful mission. We have asked the missionaries to e-mail their family on Preparation Day (Monday). You should expect to hear from your missionary then. We know that you will be excited to share your missionary's experiences with others. We would caution you regarding posting of personal, sensitive, private information on the Internet. In a recent letter from the Missionary Department, it states:

Protecting the privacy of those whom the missionaries are teaching is a matter of courtesy, respect, and security. We live in a time when anything posted on the Internet can become widely available to people beyond the originally intended audience. . . When missionaries write home, they should not share sensitive information that might be used to identify people they are teaching or members they are working with.

     Your missionary is excited to "invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ, and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end." Thank you for your prayers on behalf of your missionary - and on behalf of the missionaries in the Hungary Budapest Mission.

Best personal regards,

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