Hello!! It's been another really great week here for us. We went to Pest (a different area than ours) to go on splits with another set of sisters which was really great. I went with Benson Nővér who arrived in the country the transfer before this past one. I remember going on splits with her a few months ago on her second week of being in the country, so it was really fun to see her again last week. We also had the Szombathely Sisters on splits this week which was SO fun because they were both in my MTC group. I was able to go on splits with Vasica Nővér who is my darling Serbian MTC companion, it was fun to be with her. Also, because of Zone Training, I got to see ALL the sisters from my MTC group in the same day which was amazing because that never happens! I just love seeing them.
We had a really great Zone Training where we talked about lots of finding ideas. We also talked about the story of Moses and the Red Sea and I think that story if so interesting because the people had to just start going and then the sea was parted. Which means that we need to show our faith first by taking action.
We saw Krisztián a few times last week and he is doing so great!! He is doing a lot better health wise and he is one of the most positive people I have ever met! One of the coolest analogies I have learned from him is that a sunflower can't grow in a dark room. It needs sun and water just like we need certain things to live. Obviously there are the physical things we need to survive but we can also compare the sunflower to things we can do to be truly happy in our lives and some of those ways come through scripture study, prayer, service, smiling, etc. It also reminded me of a talk that one of the members, Zsuzsa, gave at church. She was talking about how important it is for us to find spiritual peace in our lives, no matter what age we are. It is something we each need to find, children and adults alike. She also talked about how one of the biggest temptations in our lives is not doing the things that truly bring us that spiritual peace. When it comes to this peace, we should not put things off that will stop us or hinder us from receiving it. Things like daily prayer and scripture reading, spending time with family, taking time to ponder, are ways we can find spiritual peace in our lives, no matter what age we are, or what our backgrounds are. Like Zsuzsa said, we can add to this peace "cseppről cseppre" (drop by drop) as we do these things.
We met with some really cool people this week who we haven't met with before. One of them was named Ali and he is from Turkey. He is a historian and knows so much! He is really interested in prophets and thinks it is amazing that we have a living prophet who guides our church. The other two people we met with were from Nigeria. We were approached by Taylor on the street the other day when we were at a bus stop, where he works. Some of the bus stops in Budapest are also bus stops that they use for tourist buses and Taylor works for 'Hop On Hop Off', which is one of the tourist companies here. Anyway, he came up to us and just said that he wanted the address to the church and wants to come! He had never even seen mormon missionaries before or heard of our church. He gave us his phone number and so last week we called and he said we could come over to his apartment any day after 5 pm to teach him more about the gospel. We went over and had a wonderful lesson with him and also with his friend Ken. They grew up together and call each other brothers. They are both really interesting in what we have to say. Taylor and Ken are some of the kindest and most humble people I have ever met! They have lived in a few different countries because they just love learning about different cultures and meeting people from all over. Something funny that Ken said was "If I don't like it, I move, I'm not a tree!" We all sat on the floor in their apartment and had an amazing lesson and the spirit was so strong. It was really cool because at one point, I just looked around and we had two guys from Nigeria, one Hungarian, and two American sister missionaries and I just felt so grateful to get to know these people and help them learn about our Savior Jesus Christ and things that have helped me in my life and also to be able to learn from them and their experiences.
This next week we will be able to watch the Re-dedication of the Freiberg Germany Temple which I am really excited about, I have never seen one before. Have a great week! I would love to hear how you are doing and what you are up to so feel free to send me a note!