Monday, September 23, 2013

Eternal Marriage


Another great week; this weekend we had district conferences with the Papa and Sopron branches. Our mission president and his wife were down here in Szombathely. We decided to invite them to a program with Zoli (the one getting baptized in a few weeks) and his wife Maria. It was so good. 

We felt like having President Smith and his wife there would be a perfect opportunity to teach them about eternal marriage. I think it was one of my favorite lessons so far. It was hard to have to translate back and forth throughout the whole lesson, but it was definitely worth it. We talked about how baptism is just the beginning to a road to eternal happiness- in other words- eternal families and marriages. One of my favorite parts was when President Smith put his arm around his wife and said "Heaven wouldn't be heaven without her." As I turned to translate, I found Zoli and Maria already laughing. "You understood that?" I asked.  Zoli said, “There are something’s that are just understood.” I think this lesson was exactly what was needed to help everyone understand and remember the real purpose of God’s plan. Sister Smith ended up changing her talk for the next day to talk about the temple sealing because of that program. Such a great reminder and I'm so excited for the potential my investigators have to eventually enjoy that same peace and assurance that can come from being sealed as a couple and family. 

In other exciting news-I was able to see some members from Pécs yesterday. They gave me the updates that 2 of my investigators received the priesthood a few weeks ago and that one of them now has a calling in the church to lead the music. This is such a perfect calling for him, everyone has a place in this church. I love that the work is continuing to roll forward. 

Szeretlek mindig, 
Curtin Nővér 

P.S. daily details:
1. My feet are not used to cold ground. Slippers are a must. 
2. Sister Peterson made a sad observation the other day when it was cold. There is no sitting by warm vents in Hungary. We are still waiting for the gas to turn on so we have any sort of heat. It’s not too cold yet but it's getting there.
3. Attached pictures:

     1) Those sunflower things I talked about that half the population has on their doors.
     2) Sister Peterson cheated and opened her birthday package early. She got a cute new white shirt and peanut butter- because that doesn’t exist here.
     3) Try reading this bus schedule.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Health Hét‏


This week’s theme was health. It’s been great, but super hard- this week we've gotten more sütemény (aka dessert) from members and investigators than any other time. Otherwise it’s been good to study and learn more about the real reason we have the "Word of Wisdom". 

Overall it was a good week. Here's one of the many favorite moments from this week:
We had a long chunk of time to do finding one day, so we decided to street a long way away from our apartment and then track somewhere down there. This seemed to be a pretty good plan. I had a Book of Mormon with another translated testimony ready to go. I hadn't found anyone to give it to for several days and I figured this would be the day. This testimony was from a 14 year old boy in my parent's ward. It was short, but really well written. I wanted to find someone just right for it. So I said a prayer before leaving the apartment that I would find someone who needed it. We walked out of the apartment and I felt over and over again that we should tract the building directly behind ours. Normally we save those buildings for when we only have a little amount of time since they are so close. But we needed to go. So we went. We tracted and tracted and nothing was happening. 

Then we got to the very last floor, knocked on the door and two young boys opened the door. We told them we wanted to share a message with their family and asked if their parents where home. The boys hesitated, but then from behind us, came their mother. She had just gotten home and allowed us in. It turns out their mother had just heard on the radio that we teach a free English class and had tried to search for us in the main square where we sometimes table because she wanted her boys to go. She wasn’t able to find us in the square, but there we were at her house. She turned to her boys and said "See, God does exist. He sent these girls so I didn't have to seek them out". We had a fun and good conversation with them and taught them more about the Book of Mormon. The mom already had one, but the 13 year old boy seemed so intrigued. We gave him the Book of Mormon. We also taught them about prayer and I realized even more that my prayer from earlier that day at been answered. Not once on my mission have I ever tracted a family with a boy that age, but there he was, the perfect person to give that Book of Mormon to. He gratefully accepted it. We should be seeing him and his family next week after he gets back from a kickboxing tournament. 

It never ceases to amaze me that when we pray for something specific, that is in-line with God's will, and then we act; we always see results. This is such a cool testimony to me. Thank you to my mom and dad's Sunday School class who are sharing their testimonies, literally throughout the world. 

Love Always,
Curtin Nővér 

P.S. The little details:
1. You have to pay (temporarily) to use carts at the grocery store.
2. It’s getting cold outside, which means I need to be even more careful to wear a scarf, not have wet hair, and not sit on concrete. (Hungarians think you will get sick if you don’t stay warm.)
3. I'm getting really good at eating with a fork in my left hand. Never thought I’d be able to do it :).
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Zoli and Maria