This was such a wonderful week, hard, but so worth the time and effort. Our investigators are struggling, but we are working hard with them and we are finding with any and all spare time we have. I don't even know where to begin!
We will start from the beginning, Monday. After shopping and emailing, the other Elders decided they wanted to go bowling, so Elder Brown and I decided to go along. It was so much fun. The best part of it all is that we ran into an investigator at the alley! He was in shock that we are regular people who do fun things as well as chase people down in suits and ties. I guess I never really realized how weird we must seem to some people. Another example is when an investigator asked us after a lesson where we lived. We told him that we just had an apartment in the city, to which his response was simply 'aw.' He thought we just lived in the branch house. What a weirdo.
Tuesday was full of great programs. We taught English to 2 great guys in an autistic care facility. Of course we had a great time with them! We talk about "My Little Pony" almost the whole time because the biggest fan in the world lives in the facility. I never realized how cool ponies could be! We then had some great tracting time where we found a super amazing mom. Hopefully we can meet with her later this week. We then taught a part member family because we actually began teaching this 12 year old boy, Patrik. We are super excited for him. Then we taught English class. Due to the sunny weather and the topic being objects, we set up for potato launching. We had random objects in a field and they had to hit whatever object they said. It was so much fun. Then we met with one of our amazing investigators on baptismal date and finished the day with a visit to Ági's, the new convert.
Wednesday was taken out because we were in Budapest for interviews with the mission president. That was great though. I always love talking with him and about the vision for the work here in Hungary. That night we got back around dinner time, found a little on the street and then Brown elder headed to Sopron for splits. I was able to spend that night and the next day with Swenson elder, a greenie.
Thursday was such a hard working day. Many of our programs fell through, opening us up to some finding opportunities. I was able to give Elder Swenson a couple great first experiences, like teaching someone on a park bench, but most of them were the experiences you just laugh at. For example, we were let into an apartment just to get yelled at. This woman said that we have many wives and that our church doesn't have any leaders, only missionaries. That was strange, but then after that, we get let into an apartment of a man who was smoking marihuana. Of course we left right after realizing that, but it was most definitely strange. Although we had some weird experiences, we found a lot of great people and are so excited for many of them.
Friday Saturday and Sunday, were also memorable. We had a great Zone training where we met in Győr, many finding hours, many lessons, a miracle woman showed up to church (A woman I gave a Book of Mormon to last transfer) and a great fast Sunday. Elder Bowen was just made zone leader there so it was great to see him. It was a flood of memories and good times.
We are working hard and seeing so many miracles. Ági, the new convert, is just growing by the day and is becoming such a great addition to the branch as well. There is only going to be more and more people on baptismal date this week and I can't wait to give them. I am just so happy to be a missionary right now and to be able to see the miracles of hard work and the tender mercies of the Lord.
If any of you have some good finding ideas for the summer just email me! Have a wonderful week and don't forget to smile!
Elder Jake Nelson