Friday, March 10, 2017

4th Transfer Baby!!! February 27th email

WHAT IS UP EVERYBODY!!!  It was a good week of the first transfer.  The 1st week is always so crazy but is always super good as well.  I got Elder Smith last Wednesday and he is a stud ( I really like him  a lot and keep getting such stud companions, my goal is to go my whole mission with just getting stud companions, haha).  He is from Maryland and he is an NFL junky (like I mean crazy junky).  He would love to be an NFL scout or NFL news reporter and within 10 minutes of getting back to the apartment was already asking about my dimensions, haha.  He is so cool and he is stud missionary.  We are going to work as effectively as we can and I am super excited to continue to see the hand of the Lord in our work here in Győr.  

This last week we had our MLC meeting and it went super well.  It was up in Budapest on Friday.  We are really making a big country-wide push for more active home teaching efforts like Elder Holland talked about in the Priesthood session of conference.  We also talked a lot about effective planning and wisely using our agency with regards to the new schedule.  With this new schedule (I am not sure how much you have heard) and with the new key indicators we are able to use our time a lot more according to our desires.  I really love it thought because it makes it so as missionaries we are more accountable to the Lord than ever before and we do missionary work according to the way the spirt directs us and the inspiration that we receive.  Elder Smith and I are going to be giving our training on effective planning and how to wisely use our time (good thing I have a really great mom who taught me how to plan out my days when I was just a little boy and had me keep a really neat planner when I was in High School). 

The work in Győr continues to move forward. One thing that Elder Smith and I really want to do this transfer is to continue to bring the missionary work and the ward closer together. The ward is helping us a lot and our investigators seem to be progressing well. We were able to have 2 in church yesterday and hope to have more there next week. We met one of the investigators at church yesterday on the street and he wanted a Book of Mormon. We set up a time to meet with him and we were able to have a really great discussion with him about the Restoration of the Gospel. When he came to church a couple of days later, he said that he had already read around 50 pages in the Book of Mormon and that he said he liked it. He said that he really loved church and that he is going to come next week as well. We are meeting with him tonight and are hoping to get him on a baptismal date tonight. Another investigator that we met recently has also been reading a lot from the Book of Mormon and really likes it. The thing that is hard with him is that we can only meet with him once a week, but he is still really progressing. We are going to get him on a baptismal date this week as well. Many of our other investigators are new and are really doing well. We are meeting with a lot of people right now and are doing are best to get all of these people progressing and coming to church. I am really excited to see what happens this transfer and am so excited to continuously see the Hand of the Lord in our work. President Benson said something to the effect of, "I am so thoroughly convinced that the secret to missionary work is work" and I believe that with all of my heart. I love to work and I know that the Lord honors those that diligently honor him. I love this gospel and I love serving in Hungary.

I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all of you and for your amazing examples to me!!!! 
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Gentry Elder and Smith Elder

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