Ah what a week. My dear mission president is such a joy to work with. Whenever I see him he has such positive and uplifting things to say to me. He always focuses on my successes and strengths. I am so grateful that he shares those positive things with me. I feel uplifted and I feel comfortable with him. I trust him and support him and the other missionaries seem to feel the same way.
There are a few new rules/organizational points that have been put in place. We are now having weekly district meetings and we will no longer be having Zone Conferences. We will now instead have Zone Trainings, which will only last about 2 hours and will not include a training from the President and the Assistants. I am a little disappointed only because I really enjoyed the trainings, but I am very supportive of the decision of President Smith and know that he has put a lot of thought into this and has good reasons to change things. This week on Thursday we will have our Zone Training and I am sure it will be wonderful! I look forward to it :)
Last week right after I sent my message home we met up with a few companionships and went to a Communist Statue Park. It was a collection of statues from the communist era and we could take all sorts of pictures with them. I think I forgot to send those pictures and will try to remember next week!
There was a baptism this weekend! One of the Elders’ investigators, Anikó, got baptized! She is 21 and a wonderful girl. I love to be around her and am so happy that she is a member now. The baptism was wonderful and the Spirit was there. She even shared her testimony at the end! She asked Magda elder and I to sing at her baptism, the same song from the concert.
Speaking of singing, a surprising opportunity came up! I got a call last week from a member in Buda who was at the concert where Elder Magda and I sang. She said that there is a man in Germany who is in charge of recording the Hungarian translation of the EFY cd. She said that he “heard about me” (I don’t know how) and would like to have me sing on the CD. I reminded her that I have a funny Hungarian accent. She said that the man realizes that I might and that we can try. If it goes well then good, and if not, then they won’t use me. She asked permission from my mission president (because singing on a CD is not missionary work) and he said that I have permission to do it. Eep. So. If my accent is not too weird, and if they still like my voice when I go to the rehearsals… then I might be on the Hungarian EFY CD. Scary. Funny. But also a wonderful compliment.
ok I am running out of time, so here are some point form things that happened this week:
– Sister Roney and I made a makeshift couch in our apartment out of a cot. We love it.
– We finally found the ice cream truck that we always hear and never see. And bought ice cream!
– We went streeting with the Elders on a really windy day and it was terrible. Everything kept flying away and our skirts kept flying up and it was ridiculous. We laughed through it, because it was hilarious, but it was kind-of a big mess.
– one day we met people from different countries and ended up using 5 languages that day! (The ones we didn’t speak, we just used all the words we knew and the people would smile. It was great. Sister Roney said the words to order an ice cream from one man on the metro in Italian for example. It was fun!)
I am very happy and love my companion and my district. Being in a great district and a great companionship makes a big difference in how good you feel. It feels good to really enjoy being around your companion and “your” Elders.
This week (in his email that we read today) our President Smith has asked us to study and ponder on how we can keep our thoughts and actions on a “higher plane”. It is interesting to think about that. Trying to keep our thoughts and actions above filth, above laziness, above the carnal, etc. is not easy. I think it will be a rewarding experience to see how we can really try to purify our thoughts and actions further. One important part I think is that we only compare ourselves to ourselves. When I think of having my thoughts and actions on a higher plane, I don’t want to think of them being higher or better than X person or Y person, but higher and better than my own previous thoughts and actions. I think that is the righteous way to improve ourselves. To see our growth and compare our actions to the scriptures and the truths we learn from God and Christ, not by checking if we are better than someone else. I sure hope I will notice big changes in myself between when I left home and when I return – changes for the better :)
I send my love to you all!
– Surányi nővér