Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Delay

Hállosztok, 

Sorry about the delayed email. Apparently it was some sort of national library something or other and so our places of email were closed for extra time yesterday and then when they finally opened the internet broke down for a while. Luckily my mission president was really nice and is allowing us to finish up today.
Now what to write about? I have no idea. There is so much that happened. We had interviews in Budapest last week and then right after that we went on splits with the sisters there. Work in the big city goes a lot different than here.  A lot of changes are being made in the mission field these days. It's hard to keep track of everything. One change is that we now are supposed to be out of our apartment by 11, that means the study schedule is a lot more flexible. Since it's so dark lately, we're also being encouraged to return a little bit earlier at least during the winter months. 
Overall though this last week was good. Conference of course was fantastic. We had 10 different investigators come to at least one session. We were also blessed to be able to watch it in English (except the relief society broadcast). It's amazing what a difference your own language can make.
It was fun for Sister Peterson and I to have conference together. We wrote a bunch of questions down before hand and shared them with each other. It was really fun to sit through conference and hear answers to EVERY single one of our questions.
Another miracle to me was that the sessions that certain investigators came to were SO perfect for them. We also got to see a wonderful example of how members and missionaries working together can bring people "back to the fold". There is a less active member in this branch that I've been working with since I came to Szombathely. She has a testimony and loves the missionaries, but refuses to go to church. When Sister Peterson met her, we had a very good, but difficult lesson with her because we realized that no matter how strong the spirit is, people still have their agency to refuse that help. But we tried something new. We asked the branch missionaries to go visit her without us. Just show up and see how it would go. They did. Then later at conference one of the branch missionaries came over to us and said "shes coming. When she comes, will you talk to her and be-friend her". It was almost like our roles changed. The members where asking us to help those that they brought. She came and she was there for the session in conference that reminded those who have gone astray that it is time to come back. I wish you all could be here to see the little details of stories like that and realize just how literally miraculous they are. 

Well anyway, we need to get back to work. Lots to do today. 
Love Always,
Curtin Nővér
P.S. the little details:
1. Picking mushrooms: You can see people pretty regularly scouting out mushrooms in the grass, even in school grounds or bike paths. 
2. Pictures: Sister Peterson found a sock monkey by the church :) and me cold on the train to Budapest for interviews. Cool Harry Potter train though, those are my favorites.