Well like the title says it was an absolutely incredible week this week. It started off with a really great p-day last Monday as we were able to go to a really cool tower that looks over all of Győr (it is called püspök vár I think) and then that was followed up by a really great zone training on Tuesday (it was on chapter 8 and effectively using our time) and then it just got better and better!
I think I saw the hand of the Lord more this week than I have ever seen in my life. We were able to go on exchanges this week with the Elders from Tatabánya and I was able to work with Elder North (a new missionary). I just had a really good feeling about the split and had the faith that we were going to be seeing a lot of miracles. Before the exchange started, Elder Smith and I had a little bit of time to work together. We felt like we needed to go and tract and as we came to a particular building I told Elder Smith that someone was for sure going to be letting us in. Sure enough a very nice lady let us in and we were able to discuss the Book of Mormon, the Restoration and were able to set up a return appointment. Then after that we started our exchange. I was able to work with Elder North and he is a really great missionary. He has a lot of really great faith and he has the faith that miracles can happen and that if we work hard then we can see the hand of the Lord in our work. We were able to work on specifically having effective studies and then praying to have the spirit. We said a prayer then we got to work.
Our first teaching was with one of our investigators named Barnabás and it went amazing. We were able to speak about the Plan of Salvation and he loved it and is very excited to learn more. We are hoping to get him on a baptismal date this upcoming week. Then after that we had some time to go and street some people. We talked to some absolutely incredible people one of which is actually from Cuba and has been looking for a church to go to and another one who absolutely loved what we had to say and set up with us to come to his home the next day and bring him a Book of Mormon (his name is János and I will talk about him more in just a little bit). Then we had a little bit of time left to tract and I knew that someone else was about to let us in. Sure enough a young man named Balint let us in and we were able to have an great teaching with him. He is agnostic and has lots of questions of the soul that he would like answered. He is super excited to read from the Book of Mormon and we set up to meet with him this next Thursday.
Then the miracles just kept happening... Elder Smith and Elder Leavitt were also able to find a husband and a wife that they were able to give service to and teach about the Book of Mormon ( we are going to go back on Friday). Then the person named János (that we met with on the street) was able to meet with us the next day and it went so amazing (we were able to discuss the Book of Mormon and the Restoration and invited him to church but something came up and he was not able to make it). Then after that we had two great teachings with our two other progressing investigators Richard and David. We were able to discuss the Gospel of Jesus Christ with Richard and were able to confirm his baptismal date of April the 1st that we gave him earlier on in the week. He is progressing so well and is really growing in his faith of the Savior. Then we were also able to meet with David and were able to really emphasize with him that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth again and that the priesthood is on the earth again. We asked him if he would be baptized on April 8 and he was able to accept the date.
Then after that we finished the split with the Tatabánya Elders but the miracles just kept happening. After that we were able to meet with one of our new investigators who is actually from Nigeria, his name is Nason. It went so amazing and he is such an amazing person. He is Christian and has not really been practicing much lately but really wants to start now. We were able to discuss about the Restoration and were able to teach him about the Book of Mormon and the power that is in it. He said that he would read it and at the end of the lesson he prayed and it was one of the most powerful prayers I have ever heard in my entire life! We are going to meet with him again this Saturday and are really hoping that he can come to church!
Then the next day was also incredible! We were able to have a couple of investigators in church (David and Richard) and were hoping for more but were really happy to see them. After church we were able to do some tracting and I knew that we were going to be getting let in. Sure enough we were able to get let in right away to this very sweet Néni that recently lost her husband, her younger brother, and her cousin. We were able to testify of the Plan of Salvation and were able to testify of temple work and the miracle of Jesus Christ and the Atonement. It went great and we were able to set up for next Thursday. Then after that we were able to meet with János again (the person that we spoke to on the street a couple days before). We were able to speak about the Plan of Salvation and it went really well. We were able to ask him if he wanted to be baptized on April 1st and he responded with an enthusiastic "Persze!" The only problem is that he might move so I am praying that he will be able to stay! Then after that we were able to do a little more tracting and I knew that we were going to be let in again. Sure enough we were able to be let in to a young man named Martin with whom we were able to discuss the Book of Mormon and why we are here as missionaries (we set up to go back to him on Tuesday).
The Lord will honor those that do their best to honor him. It is not always easy and sometimes it is hard to see the why of why we do some things but when we do our best to serve the Lord he will honor us more than we can imagine. I have a strong testimony that with faith ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE and that when we believe in the Lord and remain diligent and obedient then we can see absolutely incredible things! I am also a believer that faith without works is dead and that first we need to have faith but then we need to work! That is the perfect combination, faith and work! I love the Lord and I am so glad that I get to serve him on a daily basis here in Hungary.
I love you all so much and I hope you all have a fantastic week!!!