Hello everyone! This week was a week of changes and surprises, just giving more strength to my testimony that this is the Lord's work.
am now in a new apartment and with a new companion here in the
wonderful city of Veszprém. It has been such a fantastic couple days to
get to know Elder Forsythe. This Utahn missionary is probably the
goofiest, funniest, yet most powerful person I have met. We have been
together for five days and by the third day, we were laughing so hard
that our abs started hurting. We laugh and have so much fun, but it is
such a blessing to be with a missionary who cares as much as me about
this people. He has a true gift for missionary work and for noticing
those who constantly seem to go unnoticed. We are now in the belváros
(Downtown). We are in the heart of one of the most beautiful cities I
have laid eyes on. We step out of our door and there they are an
abundance of people just waiting for what we have to give them. It is
such a blessing to see these people light up as the holidays come closer
and closer. I really feel like Forsythe elder and I are going to be
able to do so much this transfer.
has been crazy. We discovered records for old investigators last week
from 10 years ago. So Forsythe elder and I just got to work. It turns
out that every number that worked, which in all honesty was only 5, was
excited to hear from the missionaries and told us to come over as soon
as we could. It was just such a miracle to "accidentally" discover those
records. The Lord's hand really is in this work.
I think my
favorite experience this week was last night. We were planning for the
next six weeks, so basically what we want to do while we are together.
We thought and prayed fervently and then it hit us. We are starting an
outreach program with the local youth to reach out to those who have
fallen away from the church. We are making personalized invitations for
the upcoming New Year's party. We are then going to meet 1-2 times
weekly with all the youth to split up into teams and to get these
invitations PERSONALLY DELIVERED to as many inactive members as we
can. That is more than one hundred invitations, but there is no better
season than Christmas season to expect miracles. We had this idea at
4:50 at night. We then realized that we needed to get this word out as
soon as possible to get it started this week, so we ran to the branch
house to catch the church leaders before the ending of the Christmas
devotional at 5. We made it across town and barley on time to catch
ALL the leaders of the branch.
The program was approved and
communication with the membership began immediately. We were just
floating on air all the way home. Then, the first person we talked to,
István (Who was excited to tell us his name meant Steve in English),
just was ecstatic to receive a Book of Mormon.
Christmas everyone. This week wasn't easy at all, but just remember to cherish the blessings you receive. This Christmas only comes once.
Make it one to remember!
Elder Jake M. Nelson