Tuesday, October 17, 2017

OVER TIME! GOING HARD!

This week was awesome! It was a grind but we had a lot of really cool stuff happen and I am really happy with how it turned out. We had disappointments and success so it was a normal missionary week. 

First of all, I am healed... Last Monday was crazy. I was way sick but I refused to stay in side... “Nobody got time for that.” So we went out and talked to people and had a really good time actually. Talked to some really cool people. I then went inside. Took about as much Nyquil as I had left and went to bed, woke up the next morning with a way stuffy nose but other than that was healed!! It was awesome. 

We spent this week looking old investigators up. We would walk from house to house and talk to everyone that came in our path. It was good and we talked to a lot of people. 
This week we went out to this little village. It was awesome. It is super small with little clay houses or like cement houses and we looked up some people that we talked to in the city. They said for us to go out there and we had some time so we did and we found them at home. When we walked up to the house the family lost their minds. They were so happy to see us and thought that we were never going to come. They let us in and we talked to them. We are going to go back and hopefully start teaching them because we weren’t really able to teach anything when we were there. They are really cool though. It’s a house consisting of three families and we are going to meet with all of them... GOLD MINE.

We also tried to help these two old ladies find their ancestors on family search... I don’t know a lot about family search. (Which I am repenting about. Haha) But we tried to help them and pretty much could not do anything so we were just like...uh we will call someone and have them come help us on a different day but they were cool about it. It was hard because these people new pretty much nothing about their parents or anyone after them. 

Later in the week we were walking on the street again just talking to people and we stopped this guy that was really cool. He started off not really wanting to talk but we asked where he was going and told us to his friends and that his friend was going through a rough time right now in his life and so we were like... well that’s why we are here. Is to make people happy and our message is the key. So he invited us to go with him and we had a really awesome talk. Talked about some crazy theories about God but we taught a lot.  They even told us about this really cool hike that leads to a cave that we are going to do next week... This week we are learning how to cook from a Hungarian Old lady, SO STOKED!!!

I want to finish with a miracle from this week. We were finally able to meet with Sára. She is the woman that I found on the bus and she has read the whole Book of Mormon but just wasn’t able to meet. This week we finally met and she brought this notebook. So we sit down and start talking and I was like well you told me you have a lot questions so just go for it. SO she opens her book and is like well, I have now read the Book of Mormon and I am now reading it for the second time, I have a lot of questions but I really like it. So she just started asking all of her questions and they were so awesome. She understood the Book of Mormon so well. While we were talking it hit me again how important the Book of Mormon is. If someone wants to know why Mormons do what they do, why we are so happy and why we have such strong faith all they need to do is read the Book of Mormon. This woman is reading the Book and I know she will find out that it is true because she is studying it and is looking for the answers. If anyone needs anything in life, guidance, happiness, hope, joy, seriously anything…. The Book of Mormon will bring that into that person's life. I have experienced that in my own life. When I tell people about the Book of Mormon I usually ask them what they have to lose. IF this book is true, all it will do is make their life better. It makes them happy and all they have to do is open it and read it with an open heart, just soft enough, and with just enough intent that the Spirit will tell them that it is true. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have found it out for myself and that's why I am here. I love it and it has changed my life and I see it changing people’s lives all around me. If you haven’t yet read this book and searched its pages for answers to your life. DO it! You will never be the same. I love you all. Ill see you soon. Overtime baby its time to go hard!!
Ure Elder 


Monday, October 9, 2017

WALK WITH OPEN EYES

This week started with a straight up miracle. That’s what Csoda means just by the way. We went over to Monika’s house; she was the one investigator that came to conference. So we get talking and she tells us about how she felt that whole morning just a huge prompting just like someone was telling her that she needed to go, so she got ready and came to conference and then the whole time she was there she kept having the thought put into her head that she needed to be baptized, so she told us that she wants to be baptized and she feels like she got her answer!! So we are super pumped! I feel like this has happened to me multiple times on my mission. I have a super rough week and get my faith, patience, and love put to the test and then the next day or week comes the miracle. So that was a really cool thing that happened this week. Seriously such a miracle! 

The next day I went on splits with the new missionary here in Miskolc and it was a super good time. I love being around him because of his fire and his new missionary mistakes. It’s great. We had a really cool thing happen. While we were tracting, he was teaching me about different wars in history because he knows everything about history but that has nothing to do with anything. The best way to fill the time while tracting is to have your companion teach about something that he loves and knows a whole ton about, so I was getting educated while tracting. Anyway, this super cute old lady opens the door and I start talking to her and ask if we can come in and share our message, she says yes so we got let in... Score.  Then we sit down and she starts telling us about how she lost her husband and a child and how she is kinda in a hard point in her life... totally ready for the gospel. So we start talking about the Plan Of salvation and I brought out the Book Of Mormon and told her that she can know all that what we said was true if she reads this book. We bore testimony of it and as I was bearing testimony something popped into my head that almost got me crying but I held it together. I realized that I won’t be able to be in this situation for too much longer and how much this book means to me, so I told her with pretty much tears in my eyes that I knew this book would change her life if she read it and I gave it to her. She replies by saying she doesn’t have any money and couldn’t buy it, I told her it was free and she broke down in tears and started hugging the book and over and over kept saying how grateful she was and how she was going to read it. Moments like this are the reason why serving a mission is awesome. I love it.

To change topics a little bit… I went to Romania this week! I can now say that I have been a missionary in Romania too! The reason I went down there is because I hit my 2 year mark (silently throwing up while writing that) but I had to leave the country because my permission to be here would run out before I am actually going to leave, So the church is a little sneaky and sends us down to the border, we get a stamp and then come right back in and it gives us 90 days before we re-register or leave. So that was fun, we had 7 elders in one van and had a little road trip. I was with elder Veres and elder Miller so it was way fun! 

I also had a really cool thing happen on the drive back. I got a call from the women that I talked to on the bus a long time ago, I have written about her a little bit, but she called and told me that she was sorry for falling of the map but she said she had finished the Book of Mormon and started it over for the second time and has papers of notes and questions for us and she is praying and everything. She just is really hard to meet with... so like talk about miracles! Hopefully we will meet this week. 

I want to finish with a little note that I saw taped to a pole this week. It said, “Walk with open eyes”. I feel like lots of time we walk around with shutters around our eyes and we don’t look around to see what’s going on around us. I want to for sure walk with open eyes. To see what I can do in the world to help others and to see what things I can do with my life. I think walking with open eyes is super important. We will be able to see those that are in need.

Sok szeretettel 


Ure Elder 

















Tuesday, October 3, 2017

MEEK AND LOWLY

Soooo this week has been super rough but I love growing and becoming better so its all good. My companion and I have just been joking about how we have been getting so wrecked for the last couple weeks. 

We have gotten dogged on like a million times. We have set up so many lessons and our investigators just don’t show up. So it’s been a little rough but we will survive. 

One thing that happened last week was super sick. I have always wanted to do this. We were walking on the street and a bunch of kids walk up and so we start talking to them. They were like 13-17 years old and they all played soccer, so we started to talk to them and tell them who we were and they were laughing and making fun of us and I was just like, hey like we are normal kids like you, I played American football and my friend ran tract, and one of the kids was like you ran track?? And he was like “yeah”, so the kid was like well then lets race and my comp did long distance so he was like okay but we would have to run like 10 kilometers and so all the kids friends were like “no” “race the football player…. So I was like okay I will race you but if I win we get to share a message with all of you. So he agreed and we decided how long we would race and it would probably be like 100 yards. So they count down and this kid takes of like a second and a half before they would have said zero so I take off after him and hunt him down and win and I was actually surprised how fast this kid was.... but I still won :) haha I told him good race and was like “you really are fast, well done” and then we went back and taught these kids the restoration and said we might come play soccer with them sometime. It was super cool. This was my little moment of pride for the week. haha

Later in the week we went to Eger for splits and had a really cool split. In the morning we ran to the top of the Eger castle. It was way pretty and we got to look out over the city and see the sun come up and the church’s bells rung. We had a way good split and we are focusing a lot on family history right now and we talked to everyone about that and got like 15 potential investigators. It was way cool so hopefully the Elders will be able to meet with them and get some new investigators. The best Hungarian pizza is in Eger and I had it for the last time and it was amazing! RIP. So good. 

We also were pretty humbled this week. One of our investigators is done learning about the church and doesn’t want to hear more. He gave us back all his books that he has received from us and I will never forget the feeling I had when he put them into my backpack. It just hurt. He is going through a really hard time right now and is not in the mood to learn more which made it even harder because we know that this is the time when he really needs it. So we left that teaching pretty wrecked and with low spirits. It was really sad. I don’t think there is any worse feeling than when someone gives you back something that is more important to you than anything in life. It was rough.

We finished the week on a good note though. Conference was really great. I really enjoyed listening to it in Hungarian one last time. I learned that I need to be more humble... (hence the story about me wrecking some kid in a race... haha, I’m sorry) I am trying but it was cool so I had to share it. For real though I feel like I received personal answers about how I can grow closer to God and I think we all can be better in the meek and lowliness. I want to work on that and I am really grateful for conference.

I love you all! 

Ure elder 

Monday, September 25, 2017

SHARING MY TESTIMONY

Well this week was pretty crazy... A lot of big stuff happened that I thought would never come. I hate “lasts”. I feel like every week there is something that is a "last" for me and it’s freaking me out. This week it was the last time I will be in the mission home until I go home so it was a pretty weird feeling. It was my last zone conference that I did and when it is your last conference you give a departing testimony... the lame thing is that I still have lots of time and it just happened to be that the zone conference was really early in the transfer so I had to give mine really early. It was still a really amazing experience and it was for sure a life-changing day. This week has been really cool and I have been able to receive answers that I have been searching for, for months, but I will talk about that later.

This week we did a lot of white boarding. This is when we take a big white board, go to the most crowded place, write a question on it and talk to everyone we see. We sometimes get groups of people and we just talk to all of them. I feel like I need a stool to stand on… haha. It’s lots of fun and is really successful. 

We had a great lesson with Norbert and we taught him about the Atonement and how important it is in all our lives and how it works. We read from the book of Mormon about mercy and justice. I found this out a year or so ago but this is one of my favorite pictures of Jesus Christ because if you look close you can see mercy and justice. Cover one half of his face. The right side is mercy and the left is justice. The faces are different but they are one in Jesus Christ. Its a really cool painting- I love it.  (attached piture)



We also went on splits with the assistants this week, which was really good. We worked hard and it was a pretty normal split. I always like working with them. 

I learned a really cool thing in church yesterday about Gods’ promises and how he lets us cheat. We were reading in D&C about The promises of God and how he will give us Knowledge and we learned that if we read the scriptures everyday before work, or school or anything, we will be smarter because the spirit will help us remember the answers and I can’t wait to use this in school. So to all those that are trying to learn something, read the scriptures for at least 15 minutes at the start of your day and your grades will be better. 

So we then had our zone conference. It was really good. We talked about how to learn Hungarian... because it’s flippin hard to learn. So we gave some tips to the missionaries and talked about making a plan. My companion and I are doing a thing where week by week we speak less English. So every week we add a days of speaking Hungarian. So this week we will speak Hungarian for three days. Then next week for 4 days. The last week will be the last week of the transfer and it will mean that we will speak Hungarian the whole week, so don’t make fun of me if I cant speak English when I come home.

Then my departing testimony came. I remember listening to a missionary give his when I had just got to the country and I was like... wow that day will never come. And it still feels like that, but then I stood up to give my testimony and it hit me that it’s all kind of coming to an end... I talked about obedience and how we need to follow God in all aspects of life an that’s when he will bless us with ALL of his blessings, I then talked about how Happiness is a decision and that in every situation we can find the happiness and I pulled that into the Atonement of Christ. It was a really cool experience to stand there and talk about the things that I have learned on my mission and to tell the missionaries that I know Christ lives and strengthens us. I talked about how the Atonement is there for sin, but also for strength. I have learned over my mission that anything can be overcome with the Atonement of Christ. I love my mission and I don’t want it to end! 

I love you all have a great week!

Ure Elder 


Monday, September 18, 2017

BELIEVE IN THE ONE THAT CONQUERED ALL

It’s been another busy week. The weeks are flying buy! It’s pretty crazy. Time just doesn’t even exist out here.  

Last week we went on an alpine slide for p-day, which was super fun. We had a good time and we were able to look around and see some super pretty stuff. 

Then that night we started tracting in a place I never had been and found a sign that said Vintage house. And I was like well we have to go tract that one. So we go knock on this house that is really nice and no one answers. So I look around and on the door there is a paper that says call this number to talk to someone... So what did I do? I called it. This lady answered and I was like well I am a Mormon missionary and me and my friend are going from house to house talking to people about religion and we wanted to know what this house is. So she explained that you can rent the house out and it is like a vacation home... So I then started talking to her about who I was and if she had heard of the Mormons and I ended up asking if I could send her number to the missionaries in her town so that they could call her and talk more and she said yes!! I was like ... uh this isn’t real life. So I passed it on and that was that. Sometimes calling random numbers is a good thing :)

The next day we went on splits in Debrecen and I was able to work with another missionary which is always super fun but weird at the same time because they treat me like I’m some old geezer that is all wise and like I know the answers to everything but I am actually still growing and learning to. So it’s a good time to work with young missionaries. We went to the city center and set up a white board and asked people what makes them happy and had some really great conversations. I was able to help him crack his shell and start talking to people using the couple words he new! He is actually from England so his accent is super thick and it was pretty hard for him but still went well. Later that night we got a ‘let in’ and it was his first one!! It was a really cool couple and hopefully something will come out of it. In the morning he made us a British Breakfast, which was super good. 

Later that week we went to a family night put on by the senior couple here and we translated for them and it was a really cool experience. We talked about the Book of Mormon and how it has blessed us and one of the members shared her story and it was really powerful to hear how much the Gospel had blessed her life. No matter where you are the Gospel can still reach you and that’s the best part about it. It’s true, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from or where you are going. 

We also had some crazy people talk to us this week. One dude made us hold his hand and he said a prayer and did some like weird which craft in front of us and then told me I was faithless... I was like uhhhh what, I am the one talking to you about God. I think he might have drank a little but we gave him a card and went on our way. 

We went on another split this week with some other elders from NYiregyháza where I started my mission and one of them is from Lone peak! We had a good talk and it was fun to catch up on how things are. 

We had a miracle happen this week while we were tracting. We knew we had a lot of people to call to set up with so we sat down and started calling people and Elder Durney called a kid that wanted to meet and he was actually able to set up right then and there and we met with him an hour later. We taught him and his girlfriend and it was really powerful. They are both orphans and have been left by there families and still believe in God. They are really cool and could be some really great investigators. So I will keep you updated on that.

I was standing on the street this week talking to a woman and it hit me. I realized that I am so small and that if I zoom out and look at what I am doing; Gods work is so much bigger than me and how amazing it really is. I was on a street in the middle of Hungary. A totally different land than my own, I was speaking in Hungarian.... uh What??? Who even speaks that language and what even is that? Two years ago I couldn’t even say hello. On top of that I was talking about the most important thing in the world. The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The one thing that can change people. The one thing that makes families be together forever. The one thing that over comes death. I was teaching someone that. That’s when I realized that this feeling right here is the reason I love being a missionary. It’s hard. It’s been long, but it is all worth it and for the next couple weeks I get to do that everyday. I have to make it count, because this is when it really matters. There is a quote by Muhammad Ali that I really like it. He was once asked how many sit ups he does and he said, "I don’t count my sit ups, I only start counting when it starts to hurt, because that’s when it really counts." When we are in pain, when life has us at the end of our rope and we think we can’t go any further, that is when we grow the most. The only way we can do that is through Jesus Christ. Let Us believe in the One that Conquered all.


Elder Ure






Tuesday, September 12, 2017

LOVE GOD AND PUT HIM FIRST

This week wasn’t too crazy but we still had a good time and worked hard. We had some cool stuff happen but our investigators are working a lot and some just not progressing so we are finding new people. 

Last P-day we went to a castle, which was super cool. That’s for sure a perk of serving in Hungary because p-days are awesome. We got to look around and they actually had armor that you cool put on so it was a super cool p-day. I sat in the king’s chair.

After that I went on splits with a new missionary. This guy has been reading my blog ever since he got his call and was like wait what... you are the elder that I have been reading about, it was wack haha. I’m famous. It was super crazy because we were talking about when I started my mission and he was like... that was the beginning of my junior year pretty much. I was like wow... I’m super old. We had a great split and it was super fun to see him give it his best with the language and see the gift of tongues in action. He was pumped up and so we got a lot done and had a great split. We actually found a less active member that ended up coming to church... it was a crazy story.

So we knock on her door and she lets us in and we sit down and start talking to her and she starts telling us about why she hasn’t been coming to church and how she has been sick and in the  hospital... then she starts talking about how there are little things or bugs or something in her apartment that at night like torment her and bite her and stuff and how she has had people come and clean her house and sleep in her bed and they can see them or feel them, soooo I was like well she might just be hallucinating so I was like well we can say a pray to bless your house that the sprit will be here. So we knelt down and said the prayer and I like cast out the spirits and stuff. I have never done anything like that and it was a cool feeling of peace that entered the room after. So that was a really interesting experience. Then she came to church and we are going to try to help her to become active again!

This week was my last MLC. The missionary leadership meeting that we have every transfer. It was kinda sad but it was really good. The spirit was strong and it hasn’t even hit me that it was my last one. I love being together with the leaders and talking about how to make the mission better. It was great and the spirit was strong. On the way down there we talked to a girl from Bulgaria and she told us all about her country. It sounded beautiful and she said there is awesome snowboarding there so I am going to have to check that out later. She was really nice but didn’t want to really talk about the church but I learned a couple Bulgarian words.

We also met with another less active and she gave a really cool painting of Jesus that her friend did based off of a Liahona picture. It wasn’t the original but we put it up in our apartment. She didn’t want us to come back, which was sad, but we had to respect that and just said for her to call if we can help in anything.

Another crazy thing that happened this week was I got something called Puszi from a drunken man... This is the Hungarian was of saying the like French kiss on each cheek because that’s a thing here. See... I can reject girls when they come up and want to give me Puszi... but when a guy says he wants to give me puszi, which is totally normal here, it’s like a part of the Hungarian bro hug. So I had to accept it. He was a cool dude and we had a good talk with him but the only reason we stuck around was because his friend wasn’t drunk and was actually interested so we had to take one for the team and talk to the drunk dude while one of us talked to the legit guy. It was funny and I am kinda mad it happened because I almost made it my whole mission without receiving man puszi but its okay it was good experience haha. 

We also got a let in this week and taught this lady that is into healing people with energy... it was pretty interesting and I am sorry I only talk about interesting people here but most Hungarians are interesting haha. It was cool to talk to her but will be kind of hard to teach her but she is willing to read the Book of Mormon so we are going to go back and teach her. It was cool.

I want to finish with quick thought. I love God. This is a simple sentence, but this week I realized what it really meant to me. I Know that God will lead me in my life and that he will lead all of us, and if we put him first and have him be the number 1 person in our life that we love, then all the other people in our life that we love will be blessed. He will pick us up and carry us. We will not need to worry. He will take the trials from our shoulders... so if you really love something it will be first in your life, so let us all put the most powerful and loving being in our life first.

I love you all.

Ure Elder 














Monday, September 4, 2017

LIFE IS SO GOOD

This week has for sure been a mix of feelings. I feel like I have said a ton of goodbyes. One, because Elder Robinson left and we said goodbye to all of our investigators and stuff but also going to transfers was weird. I don’t know anyone anymore and there are a lot of new faces. It’s great but kinda weird. I feel like a grandpa... I am now the oldest mission- time wise in my mission… Well me and Elder Veres. Pretty crazy.

This week was really great. We had some amazing stuff happen and I like my new companion. He is from Broomfield Colorado. I’m finishing with a boy from the motherland!!! It’s going to be really good. He goes hard so we are going to do work this transfer. He likes to run so we are going to go running and it’s going to be great.

We met with Norbert this week. He is our investigator that is a tattoo artist and is a total homie. He is really cool and doing really good. He just needs to make some more steps to get closer to baptism. We taught an awesome lesson about how a tattoo artist has to follow rules to give a good tattoo and then applied that to the gospel and the commandments. I think it hit home with him and he really liked it. So that was really cool. The Gospel can apply to anything that’s for sure. 

We also had a cool teaching with Monkia, she as on baptismal date but was still drinking coffee but she hasn't drank coffee in a couple days and is now only drinking the Inka coffee stuff... its super cool and a miracle so we are pumped about it. 

This week we went home teaching and got fed a 5-course meal.... best day ever. ha-ha It was so great and yummy and we got lucky that they invited us to go.  On the way home, we found this like memorial place where they executed people... it was pretty nuts and it was surrounded by crosses and had signs saying it was like life-threatening because it was so old. It was cool, the stuff you find in this country is nuts. 

The main thing that happened this week was we were finally able to meet with Sára. She is the woman I talked to on the bus that came to church. She met with us and it was such a cool experience. She sent me a text during the week but I never got it and so I read it right there and it was talking all about how she is in the hardest time of her life and how she feels like something is missing from her life and that this could be what she is looking for and how grateful she was that I talked to her and how she was looking for her path and stuff like that. So we bore strong testimony of how this really can help her and this is the path that she is looking for and that God loves her and she started crying and it was crazy because I told her that when I saw her on the bus I got prompted to talk to her like three times but I didn’t want to because I was tired and it was super hot but then finally I followed the prompting and talked to her... and I started tearing up and it was just really powerful to see her feeling the truth touch her and she even asked towards the end how becoming a member works, so we are going to have an awesome teaching with her tomorrow. God really does guide us. That’s one thing that I for sure have learned over the last little while. I love being a missionary. Life’s just good when you trust in God. Life is SO good.


Ure Elder