Friday, June 21, 2013

Szombathely

Sziasztok Everyone,
 
I think this might be the hardest week to put into words. Well here goes...
Big miracle number 1:
So we found this man tabling (Where the set a table in a public place and talk to people walking by about the church.). We set up an appointment with him for after Angolóra (English class). He showed up. We had 15 minutes to teach a quick introduction to the Book of Mormon and invited him to the baptism that Saturday. We were at the baptism that Saturday, he showed up. We had to practice a musical number, so we introduced him to the Senior sisters (who don't speak much Hungarian) and had to awkwardly leave him to practice. While we were practicing the song, one of the senior sisters gave him a Liahona from the most recent conference that the Branch had just barely received. He flipped it open to the picture of the Presidency of the church, pointed to a picture of President Uchtdorf and said he'd met him. Turns out our investigator had been at the same hotel as President Uchtdorf in England and had just talked for a few minutes, but he had had no idea who he was. If that wasn't a miracle enough, when we were singing the primary song "If the Savior stood beside me" at the baptism, he started to sing along. I still haven't figured out how he knew the song, but he said he did. Then after the baptism we met with him again. He took my calendar and chose a date to be baptized. Turns out he had read more then half of the Book of Mormon in just a few days. And if that isn't miracle enough, this man's story is incredible. He had grow up wanting to be a pastor, but after a car accident everything in his life changed and now he wanted to find the truth. He wants to meet everyday, and so that is the plan. He is such a miracle in our lives. and he's not the only one...
 
Big miracle number 2: 
We were across in that part of town that I talked about last time, teaching a family. We had brought the restoration video to watch, but they could only get it to work in English. They wanted to watch it anyway. It was a little chaotic with neighbors walking in and out of the room throughout. But one neighbor who walked in, decided to stay and watch. Two days later he showed up at the branch house and said that being there at his neighbors house had been an awakening to him and he wanted to know more. He wanted to know how to pray and he wanted to know if he could get a copy of the Book of Mormon. He should also be there tonight to play soccer with the branch. He's ready to learn and is so excited for it. 
 
Big miracle number 3:
We met a family on the street and set up to meet with them. We tried to bring a member, but when we got to the house no one answered and the phone wasn't working. So the member left and we were about to leave, but we tried one more time away. We were let in. The family was a tender mercy to me. They have an autistic son, and we were able to serve the family by fixing his toy before he got too impatient with it. The youngest daughter - about 12 years old- also came in and randomly decided to show me her sketches of horses and ask me to draw. I love sketching. So I quickly sketched a horse from her book and suddenly she loved me. I told her maybe next time we came to teach them more that we could draw a little bit again and she looked at me and said "you're going to come back!?" and I said we would if her family wanted to us to and she gave me a huge hug and said she would love that. It might not seem like a big thing, but the timing of it all and the two things I love- art and working with special needs children- came together in one family in that moment. 
 
Big miracle number 4: 
I got a call from an older lady who said she had found our pass-along card on the road and wanted a copy of the Book of Mormon. We just met with her right before this and she said she's been looking to find which church is true. Well she found it. We just need to teach her about it so she can gain a testimony for herself.

Big miracle number 5: 
I was asked to give a talk because someone was unable to go to church. I had only a little bit of time before Church to prepare. I spoke for the whole allotted time. It wasn't grammatically perfect, but everyone said it was completely understandable. I don't think you all realize how big of a miracle that is. I spoke on the relationship between repentance and the atonement and how that all related to joy. "the intensity of our joy is directly related to the intensity of our repentance" because repentance brings us closer to Christ and the stronger the relationship we have with Christ, the greater our joy can be. 

I could go on and on and on with miracles we've seen in this last week and within this transfer. Sister Larsen and I have tried to be completely obedient and work diligently, and I can't even begin to tell you the miracles we've been so grateful to have seen together. I couldn't have asked for a better transfer. 

I say it like that because, yes, I am transferring. I will be going to Szombathely (check that one out in Google translate)- a city that was opened to sisters just this last transfer. I am so excited. It's hard to leave Nyíregyháza especially with so many wonderful and miraculous investigators and so many great relationships with the members, but I'm excited to see what is in store around the corner and I know I'm leaving the city in the capable hands of Sister Larsen because I know her only desire is to do God's will. What a fantastic transfer. It will be one that I will always be grateful for. 

Szeretlek Minding,
Curtin Nővér

P.S. the little details 
1. It is now very hot and humid in Hungary- my hair is fro-ing :)
2. The river in Budapest is still high. We were there last week for Zone conference, and the water was right up against the parliment. www.mormon-sajtoszoba.hu/  I haven't looked at the attached site, but our mission president said there are some articles about our mission on it. 
3. Attached pictures- Csaba, our branch president and the elders at the baptism, our city :), Me with "Sister Hailey" the drawing my niece did of herself, Sister Larsen with the picture. 




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