Wednesday, August 2, 2017

From the rolling hills of Kistarcsa to the winding cobblestone roads of Vác, this week was full of good times and great memories. The weather is getting insanely hot. Tomorrow it will be 43 degrees Celsius (109 fahrenheit!) with the normal Hungarian Humidity. Pray for us.

We were able to meet with a new family (the one we found last week when we rang her csengő and she said she had been wanting to meet with us again) and Irén said that she would be baptized happily if she could just understand the law of tithing. We're very excited about having discussions with her and her little family and hope that the Spirit will be able to teach her the importance and truthfulness of these things.

An appropriate sign:

We did a lot of tracting in little villages outside of Budapest this week and one day, we were having a particularly hard time talking with anybody. Everyone seemed so angry and quick to slam their doors. Anyways, at the end of the day, one of the last people we talked to said that the JWs had just tracted that street THE SAME DAY! It explained everything and we felt pretty bad about the disturbance. Oh well! On our way home that day, we got on the hév (basically a smaller train) and we saw a bunch of people wearing formula 1 gear. I guess there was a huge event that had just gotten out and a bunch of fans and even some crew members were riding on the train with us, so that was pretty cool.

We also had the opportunity to attend a zone conference where we received counsel and training from the zone leaders and our mission president. One thing that we talked about that I really liked was how we need to always behave in a way that the Spirit will be with us at all times. The Spirit is not just an old sweater that we can take off and quickly throw on as we rush out the door to teach a lesson.

I know that we will receive blessings and see miracles in our lives as we press forward with faith in all that we do. We must humbly serve others and act as Jesus Christ would act. This will lead us to have fulfilling and happy lives. I have seen it in my life and in the lives of others!

We went home teaching with one of the most Christlike people I've ever met. His name is Tibor and he looks a lot like Jim Carrey. We were going to home teach a less active member who hasn't come to church in 2 years. Tibor speaks English very well so we were talking about a lot of different things as we rode the train to our home teaching appointment. We talked about books and movies and he was always connecting them to the gospel and to real life. It was amazing because he just radiated faith and you could tell that he was very passionate about what he was talking about and what he believed in. When we got to the teaching appointment, I was shocked by Tibor's patience. He came to home teach this less active man every month, and the less active man basically just had Tibor fill out paperwork for him the whole time. The man seemed demanding and impatient, yet Tibor helped him fill out the paperwork and afterward shared a beautiful spiritual message. Tibor also did what I think was the most Christlike thing and told the man that he would have to start doing some of these things on his own. The Church is a great resource for help, but it is not a means of getting your chores done for free. I was just very impressed by Tibor and his faith and action and for the way that he taught this other man with love and kindness. May we all follow his example, and more importantly the example of our Savior, and reach out to everyone with love and kindness, no matter how hard it may seem. Replace hate with love, anger with kindness, frustration with patience, quick judgement with caring, and we will make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of those around us. I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ restored again on the earth and lead by a prophet, called of God. I love the gospel and the peace that it brings into my life. May we always strive to share that with others!

Sok szeretettel,

Burnett Elder

I'll do a sentence this week: Legyen nagyon jó heted! means Have a good week!

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