Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Went back to Győr!

It was a good week for us here in Buda. We were able to go on a daily exchange this past week with the Elders in Győr. We were there over the 4th of July and the Győr Elders were nice enough to cook us burgers and corn for some good 4th of July food (American style!). We were able to meet with Roland and he is doing really well (he even came tracting with us which was a blast!). He loves to go with the missionaries during teaching appointments. 

We were able to meet with some of our investigators this past week and they are doing really well. One that I have mentioned before has faith that  is absolutely incredible and he is truly prepared by Heavenly Father. He continuously wants to improve and he wants to be able to change his life for the better through baptism and through daily repentance. Like has been mentioned before, the biggest struggle with him is quitting smoking. From what we could tell, he had a better week last week and then this week he struggled a little bit. We told him that before his baptism, he would have to be completely off of smoking and drinking (does that occasionally with his friends) and he told us that he thinks that he can do it. We made a baptismal calendar for him and we are going to be frequenting our visits with him (at least 2 times per week but maybe 3). The other hard part for him is getting to church, however, he wants to come and his shifts at work from now on should allow him to be free on Sundays. He is such a great guy.

Another great investigator that we met with allowed us to discuss Prophets and the security we can feel on a day to day basis knowing that we have a living prophet here to lead and guide us. We spoke about watchmen on the tower and how the prophets are here to warn us of danger and here to see the things that we cannot see. Even though we may not always see what they see, our testimony comes when we obey them and when we see the positive consequences (they are watchmen on the tower). She absolutely loves meeting with us and she always says that we say the things that are exactly applicable to her and her situation. I know that she knows it is true and I also know that she knows that she needs to be baptized. The thing that is hard for her is the commitment aspect of it. I pray that she will be able to feel the good of living this amazing gospel and the desire that she will have to want this in her life will outweigh the fear of commitment. She is going to accept it, I have the faith. 

We were also able to meet with a couple of new investigators this past week who seem to be pretty interested. One of them believes in a lot of yin yang stuff and we decided that the next lesson with her we are going to do our best to set expectations and to also hear her expectations of why she thinks that we are there. We feel like the best way to go with her is going to be testifying of truth (especially the Plan of Salvation) and letting the spirit take the rest. It is just a bit difficult with her because she believes in a lot of things that it is hard to be able to relate to every point in the gospel. We are going to listen to her sincerely and then respond in a manner best suited to fit her needs. The other we met through streeting and he said that he had met with the missionaries about 9 years ago and would like to meet again. We set up a time to meet and it went amazing. He has done a lot of searching in his life, and has gone to a few different churches. We taught the Restoration and he really liked it and listened sincerely. We felt like we should ask him to be baptized and he accepted the invitation. We are going to give him a baptismal date this upcoming lesson. 

Overall the work continues to move forward! We are doing our best to remain obedient, be diligent, open our mouths at all times and at all places. 
 In Preach My Gospel there is a quote by Elder Oaks that is one of my absolute favorites. It is at the end of Chapter 8 when he talks about how missionary work is like fishing (we are fishers of men after all). He says that when some people go fishing, they spend most of their time just traveling to the fishing spot and sitting on the shore of the lake trying to get their fishing equipment ready to use. He said, however, that there are some fishermen that get to the lake and do so effectively and right when they get there they put their fishing poles in the water and start fishing. He goes on to say that the longer our poles are in the water as missionaries, the more fish (people prepared for the gospel) we will find. He said right when we leave our apartments, our fishing poles should be in the water, I really like that and have a huge testimony of it. Elder Fitzgerald and myself have a goal this week to be able to contact a total of 500 people while finding. We felt like that was a good goal for us to try to achieve this week and we are excited to be able to see the blessings that come from it. I can truly say that I am the absolute happiest when I just go out and just give it my all to go and find the elect that my Heavenly Father is preparing (there is no better feeling than being on the Lord's errand).  This is truly the work of the Lord and I am honored to be a tool in his hands for these two years. I am far from perfect but I am doing my best to improve on a day to day basis. I love this work so much!  I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic week!

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