Sunday, August 18, 2013

Finally. I can whip it good.

August 12, 2013
What a crazy morning!!

Today has been like a total mix of emotions. We got permission to go out to a little farm town, Hortobágy, to get whips and just kind of check it out. I was so excited I couldn't even sleep!! I woke up at like 6:00 and couldnt fall back asleep. Turns out my life is great. We planned to get the 8:45 train and everything was great. And then, I went to the ATM, and it ATE my card!!! I was freaking out. The bank we were at didn't open until 8:30, the train left at 8:45, and so, I was kind of really flustered. I mean, the ATM ate my card! Ha, I kept calling all of these different numbers and stuff to get it all figured out, and I just kept saying, the ATM ate my card!! The first lady asked if I spoke english, and then after I explained the whole situation, she was like, this is a real estate agency... Awkward... But, in the end, I made it to Hortobágy, and I got a whip! I explained the situation to the whip master, and he gave me an awesome deal. It is kind of an older edition... but it is sweet.

Here it is, in my little hands.
It cracks really pretty, so that is nice :)
The trip was really fun, and I would even say successful. Don't worry that I have no money to my name, the apostles of old didn't even worry what clothes they needed to wear! And at least I have got clothes, so that is a nice start.

Sister Magda and I in Hortobágy.
Every area is so completely different. I have like, given up on having expectations. Ha. Obviously I work and do my best, but you just never know what is going to be around the other corner, you know? So, I just keep moving forward with faith.

I have done a lot of soul searching this transfer, and it has been really cool. Last night I was reading to Sister Magda from my journal, and that was fun. I wrote in my 4th transfer something really cool: I finally realized why I am on a mission--to teach the gospel! Ha. Turns out it was a really simple answer, but I read it last night and was like--yeah! That is why I am here. Anything else I gain through my experiences and stuff is literally from the good grace of God, and I will be eternally grateful for those things I receive, because it is hard to see the fruits (baptisms) or our labors in these here parts sometimes. And so I keep just growing and changing, and become better. So, I am not the perfect missionary, and I don't have the Book of Mormon memorized... yet... but, that is okay, because I really know who I am, and I understand more of who God is. Love that.

We went tracting this week, and we talked to a lady. She doesn't believe in God, and we just kind of asked how she finds happiness, in her family, and we asked her about the best Hungarian food, and then we asked her if she were to ask God anything what would she ask. And she had an answer almost right away. Really interesting. She wanted to know why God would let people, especially little children, suffer. And she was like, I am not talking about wicked people, i am talking about kids that are hungry and can't eat. And then she thanked us and left. So interesting. For not believing in God, she had a very good and a very real question for him, but didn't necessarily want to hear anything else from it. It was just an interesting little story.

I know that God loves us. I know that He is aware of our trials, He is aware of our fears, He knows what makes us happy, and He wants us to always be happy. Eternal happiness. Sounds incredible.

WOW!! Some lady we talked to last week just walked into the Internet place. Wow. Seriously, God loves us.

Kennedy novér

Crazy old men keep complimenting me on my eyes...

August 5, 2013

Dear family,

I now live in Debrecen. It is actually really weird... I have never been here before. The last time i had never been to a city that I was serving in was... when I started my mission in Kecskemét, so I feel kind of out in the middle of nowhere. Not a problem, just have to figure out where everything is.

Moving was really hard. We went on a different train than the Elders, so I had to like, be really nice to people to ask them to help with my luggage. They were always really quick to point out that it wasnt light, and that it was really heavy. I smiled and said, I know, that is why I asked for help!

This is me and Sister Maxfield on our way to transfers... Yikes...

Way cool that we got to ride in a car though :)

Debrecen is a beautiful city, and yeah. We have some really cool people we are meeting with, and that is great! We are teaching a Nigerian, and he is solid. And, we are also teaching him Hungarian. Turns out, I didnt realize how far I have come. I asked him to read something outloud, but he had now idea how the alphabet here even works. Oops. But, yeah. I can kind of teach people how to speak Hungarian. Not well--do not solicite this to your friends.

Sister Magda is super sweet. She is really real, and I love it. We are just working and loving life, and that is perfect for me. This transfer is short, so next transfer day is in, literally a month.

Oh! So, some missionaries do this, so I decided to do it too. It is called the D&C challenge, or count down, or something. Ha. I don't know. But basically, you read a section of D&C everyday before you go home. It is really disconcerting. I dont know if I like it... but I feel like everything I read is just for me, and that is conventient. So, if anyone wants to read with me, today we are on D&C 10. I think.

This is me and my companion.

Yep! I dont really have much to say about the work here yet, because we have just been finding. We did have a program with a really rude guy. They found him through English class, and I asked if he would be interested in meeting, and he said yeah, but he is literally only interested in English. He like, rolled his eyes all of the time at us, and it was so frustrating. So, I mean, it can only go up from here, right? Well! I love you. 

Ilyen a csíp?s élet,
Kennedy n?vér