Monday, November 28, 2016

Nov 14 - We have a baptism date!!!

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a great week and I express my heartfelt condolences for the loss to Pomona, that stinks and I know the feeling.  It was a good week this last week, however, I will be totally straight up with you all it was probably the hardest week I have had on my mission, but I am really starting to appreciate the hard and sucky days because those are the ones you grow from and become a better person.  It was a good week though.
Last P-day was super cool we were able to go to this really amazing church  (Székes Egyház if you want to look it up) and I was able to go and take a lot of pictures.  Then we were also able to go up into the mountains for a little bit and that was super pretty.  Tuesday was zone conference and that went really well.  I said the closing prayer and I always get really scared for stuff like that but I thought I did a really good job ( I even blessed the food in a way just unique to the Hungarian Language).  Then after zone conference (we have 5 zones by the way and I think a little over 100 missionaries right now but about 25 missionaries in our zone) we got our flu shots.  The day after on Wednesday, I felt like poop and was pretty exhausted.  I don’t know if it was from the flu shot or what but I was dead.  At lunch that day I was so dead and was not looking forward to the 6 hours of proselyting we had ahead of us. I decided to just suck it up and not complain and let’s just say we were very honored to say the least.  We were ringing this building and as Elder Olsen was ringing I decide to stop these people walking on the side walk.  They were wearing Bubba Gump Shrimp sweatshirts and I thought that was super cool.  I started speaking to them and the guy obviously did not know Hungarian and stopped me after a few lines to tell me he just spoke English.  He is from Iowa and his wife is from Pécs.  They live in China and I think are quite successful.  He got a Book of Mormon from a Marriot in China and he and his wife are super interested in what we have to say.  Before I even had to ask he told me where they lived and gave me his phone number.  We are meeting with them tonight and I am super excited.  We were also able to teach this other man that was super closed off at first about religion but as we kept talking to him invited us into his home and eventually opened up about how his dad died and how that was really hard for him and that is when he stopped being religious.  We were able to testify about life after death and the plan of salvation and he really opened up and invited to come back the next day.  It went great and we will meet with him again when he has more free time.  Finding is all that missionaries make it to be.  If you do it with a robotic mindset then you will not find anyone, but if you do it with the mindset of bringing people the restored truth and the gift of the gospel then you find and find A LOT!
 We got cancelled on a lot which really stunk but the lessons we did have went really well.  We were able to get one of our investigators on a December 10 bap date and we are very excited about that!  I really think she will be ready and have faith that the right thing will happen.  President challenged us to baptize someone this transfer and I have taken it to heart.  I will do all I am capable of doing and leave the rest up to the Lord!  I love you all and I hope you all have a great week!!!!!
Gentry Elder

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