Thursday, February 2, 2017

January 23

I do not have a ton of time but I will write as much as I can, here we go:

I gave my 1st zone training this week and I thought it went super well!  Elder Ure and I taught on the importance of repentance and how as missionaries we need to cleanse the inner vessel (ETB) and then once we have done that we need to constantly preach repentance to the world!  The coolest part about zone trainings and stuff like that is that the teacher is the one that learns the most and when I prepare for these things it gives me a really good chance to learn a ton!

Right after zone training we went to Sopron for splits.  I was with Elder Lowe from Washington.  He is in his 2nd transfer and is a total stud who literally speaks perfect Hungarian, it is crazy!  He is a hard-working, diligent missionary that I would love to serve with in the future.  Then we came back and had a good Thursday.  We kind of got dropped by a couple of investigators which was poopy but what can you do?  Our invitation is for people to find out for themselves if our message is true but they can only do so if they want to find out and if they make the effort.  They said they would read the Book of Mormon and pray about it so I am hoping that they actually do that and that they can come to know that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth again!  Then we went we went on splits in Győr with the Szombathély elders (Elder Graham and Elder Fuchs). I was with Elder Fuchs who is a 1st transfer from North Germany that was called to serve in Russia but was reassigned to Hungary because they closed down the missions in Russia.  He is a really great missionary that speaks really great English, it was fun serving with him for a little bit. 

We met with Roland a couple times last week and he is doing well. His baptismal interview is going to be this Wednesday and we are really excited for that.  Elder Leavitt will be giving him that!  His testimony has really been growing and I am excited to see him keep progressing and growing in the gospel. We also were able to get a really great new investigator this week. One night we were tracting and we decided to do this one last building before going back to our apartment. We started to csengő (ring the bell) and nobody was interested and everyone was actually being quite rude to us, but we just kept going. Then this one lady stuck her head out of the window and told us that nobody was going to be interested in the apartment because she said she knew everybody and absolutely nobody would want to be bothered by us. We kindly told her that we were not trying to bother anyone and we kept on csengőing. Then this man came outside to go on a walk and told us that he would have loved to let us in the building but on his way down 3 different people told him that he should not let us in, so we kept csengőing. Elder Ure felt like he should switch the order of the csengőing so instead of going backwards, go forwards starting at 1. We did that for a few doors and finally these couple of ladies that were getting home let us into the apartment. We had 3 doors remaining (6,7,8) and we decided to go in and try them out. Number 6 did not answer but them number 7 did and it was actually someone that we had met before and who had actually come to English class. He let us in, we taught him about the Book of Mormon and Heavenly Father's love for us, and set up with him to go back tonight. He is really curious and wants to learn more. I am so glad we kept going and did not stop when the world told us that no one would be interested in what we were doing. It reminded me a lot of the great and spacious building in Lehi's dream and how everyone was thinking that what we were doing was silly and of no worth, but we knew what we were doing and why we were doing it, and we were able to be lead to someone that our Heavenly Father had prepared for us to teach. I know those people are always going to be out there and if we have the faith and the diligence then we will always be able to be lead to them. I love this work and I love being a missionary! 

I am excited for this upcoming week and for the opportunity I will have to keep finding those being prepared, I love you all so much!!! 

 A little fun on the ice!

Elder Gentry 

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