Monday, August 12, 2013

Week 64 (August 5-12, 2013)

Rendben, akkor ez a kis mondat csak a Magyaroknak. Bocsi, az egész angolul lesz. Azért van a Googli Fordítás. De mégis szeretlek titeket. Ti tudjatok.

New Outline: I wanted to try a new outline for how I write these things. I'm going to put a little header at the beginning of each section. I was always bad at those questions on English tests that went along the lines of, "read the following article and select the most appropriate title." SO, this will be a little practice for me. PLUS--let's say you read a story from this blog, and you come back a couple days later because you want to re-read it. You won't have to read through the whole blasted thing, but you will simply have to scroll through the different titles until you find your desired paragraph. So world, you're welcome.

Last P-Day: Oh! I like it already. Okay so last P-Day we took the other Elders to Lillafüred. It was was way fun just to hülyeskedni with another Elder companionship for a change. We walked around the lake and had a great, relaxing time.

"We gotta go to the store right now.": So we were meeting with an inactive member this week who was telling us about her recent sour situation. I guess her husband just up and left her and took all their things, money, and food--leaving her with nothing. She was pretty hopeless and her faith that God would help her was minimal. Out of nowhere, Elder Nabrotzky tells her that if she prays and has faith, she will miraculously receive food and water later that same day. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon and I was just thinking to myself, "good earth my companion must REALLY be filled with the Spirit right now if he's promising this stuff to her so strongly... I hope she really does get food somehow now!" We ended the program and as we began to walk out of her building Elder Nabrotzky turned to me and said, "we gotta go to the store right now." Yea, he's great. Needless to say, we left some food on her door step and ran away about 15 minutes later.

Referral from the Village: We drove out about 20 minutes from the city to a little falu (village)
to visit a member family. Little did we know that the mother of the family had strategically planned our arrival to be the same time that one of their family friends was leaving from a visit. As we greeted all of the excited children, the family friend was curious as to who on earth we were. The mother was able to explain, "oh! These are just two foreign boys from the religion we are apart of. They come visit us, help our family, teach us all about Jesus and God, and they make us so happy!!" The friend, of course, couldn't NOT invite us over at this point. We'll be meeting with her, and her six children this Thursday.

Uke POWER!: So this actually happened yesterday. We had a program at 4:00 where we had brought the Ukulele to the program and sang some Primary songs with the family we met with. We had a program at 5:00 and I felt like I shouldn't put the Ukulele away in the car before our program. Which was strange because our 5:00 program was with a guy who we just met on the street who gave us his address and told us to come to his house at 5 on Sunday to meet with him. So we get to the apartment and what do ya know, the guy isn't there and his wife informs us that he won't be back until 10 or 11 that night. Lame! We explained, "well we're missionaries and we met your husband a couple of days ago, he wanted us to meet here right now."
"I'm sorry, I'm not really interested in this kind of stuff. You'll have to wait for him to get home and talk to him." replied the lady.
JUST then one of the 3 little kids in the door way noticed the Ukulele in its case and asked, "is that a piano!?"
"No, no" replied my dear companion, "this is a... little guitar."
"A LITTLE GUITAR!? Come right in!!" exclaimed the mother.
She excitedly brought us into her house and sat us down in the living room. Her and all of her kids gathered around us. We sang "A Child's Prayer" in Hungarian for them. After we sang and played it, I looked up to notice the mother in tears. We ended up playing it two more times before we left. In between singing to them, we explained to her who we were, why we are here, and how it's going to bless her and her family. At the end she said, "I just have one request for you... just please please please come back next week again and visit my family. I don't know if it's possible, but just please come back."

How Do You Two Bear This Heat!?: Yea, it's been pretty toasty here as of late. I don't know why but everyone always asks this same question. Seriously in every program. We've been trying to think of some clever ways to answer like, "Patiently" or "Warmly" or "We don't" (You know me, I like to be a pill sometimes) So, the search for a witty answer continues. Stay tuned, the answer might be in next week's post. But don't count on anything--chances are I'm going to forget or never come up with something. 

Did I Hear That Right?: We've been meeting with a girl lately who we ran into while tracting. She researches more about the Church than anyone I have ever met. Sometimes during our programs I have to turn to Elder Nabrotzky and tell him, "I'm sure there are members that don't even know that." The point is, this girl is just really on top of things. She told us that she came dressed modestly to our program because she read that we really value modesty in our church. At the beginning of one of our programs with this week, I asked, "do you have any questions before we jump in?" she then proceeded to pull out a notebook in which she had wrote about 2 pages full of questions. She's really really cool. Anywho, back on topic to my nifty little header that I have written. In our last program we had with her, she told us, "I really really respect the lifestyle that is taught in your church. I find it really special and comforting to know that there really are people that live this way. Because of what I've learned from you two, I also want to live my life this way." I'll be honest, it's not something I've ever heard while serving here. It was really special to hear that from someone. We usually just get the opposite.

Grand Finale: So this past Saturday I had the wonderful opportunity of baptizing Miskolc's newest member. We've been meeting with him since May and he is stellar. He was able to give up smoking in less than a week and it's been incredible to see how the Gospel has changed his life for the better. Elder Nabrotzky confirmed him a member in church yesterday and the entire event was just perfect!

Well, that's all I have for my side of the waters. I hope all is well with you. Oh and August 20th is a HUGE holiday. (the 4th of July for Hungary) So, I have no idea when I will be able to email for sure. I'm hoping it will just be on Monday like normal but who knows what crazy things are going to go down.

Read from The Book of Mormon--It's the textbook to life. (The Church should really hire me after my mission.)
Sok Szeretettel,
Alldredge Elder
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