Well this week was super interesting. We started the week off pretty crazy with a practice drill as a mission just in case the world continues to increase in scariness. It went well and we are all safe and we have a great plan for all missionaries to be safe here so there is no need to worry and I don’t think Hungary is really on the popular scale.
This week the American soldiers that are here hooked us up and they took us out to eat twice. I love talking to them just because they are American and it makes me be able to feel like I am home for an hour. Just being able to understand everything and talk easily is really nice. They also fill us in on the football scores and other cool stuff like that haha.
This week we were walking on the street and we stopped this one woman and she stopped and started talking to us. We found out that she is a member but she is just inactive. She had some pretty crazy excuses for not coming any more but it was a cool opportunity to talk to her and bear testimony that it can help her. We tried everything but she still didn’t want to meet or come back. So it was kind of sad but you never know what she will remember about what we said in the future.
This week I had a super funny experience. We were tracting and when we tract, we press little buttons and then people can answer a phone in their apartment and talk to you before you even get let into the building. So I was doing that and this lady answered the phone and her dog was going crazy like seriously I was like “what is happening” to that dog so of course I spit out the first thing that’s on my mind and out of real curiosity I asked if that dog was okay hahah. She did not like me asking that and asked who I was and I told her and she didn’t like that even more and hung up. I don’t know if this will be funny to anyone else but it was seriously so funny.
This week I had the chance to call my mission President like 5 times in a row... which if you didn’t know is ONE, terrifying, TWO, super hard because he is Hungarian so we speak Hungarian with him, and THREE, you forget all the language information you know right when he answers the phone. So I had a jolly good time making a fool of myself asking for help and permission for setting a broadcast. We were asked for help from the members but we had to ask first and it ended up being us talking a lot which is a good thing. He is just intimidating, because he pretty much owns me. He is awesome though I love him.
This week we had a really cool experience. We had worked all day and had set a goal to give out three Book Of Mormons. It was late and we were about to go in but we had one left to give out so we said a prayer for where we should go and then started walking. We saw this guy walking his dog on the other side of the street so we crossed the street and then he crossed the street to where we just were. So we crossed again... for sure not letting him run away from us haha. So I stopped him and right when I started talking his dog just goes of barking and he just lets it. So I couldn’t even hear myself talk so I crouch down and start petting this dog. OF course it loves me because I have magic hands and dogs love me haha but it stops barking and I continue to talk to him. So if you can imagine it I am down there almost sitting on the street talking up to this guy about the Book of Mormon while I am being a dog whisperer. It ends up happening that he wanted a book and took the last one of the night. So it was crazy and super weird but sometimes you just have to teach a dog about the Book of Mormon and have its owner listen and then they will take one haha. It was fun.
Another crazy thing like that happened this week. We were walking streeting again and we stopped this lady and she was in a rush so I asked if she had 30 seconds to talk and she said okay go for it. So I just start going off on this lady about the Book of Mormon and how it helps us learn more about Jesus Christ and that there is a promise in it and she can know that it’s true if she prays about it, I finish and she is like okay you are out of time but I want one so I gave her it she said goodbye and ran off.... I was just like “what the?” It must have been some type of record or something like the whole conversation was under a minute I am pretty sure. It was great haha. It was really cool to see that God is really preparing people we just have to be fast enough to act on it.
Then last night we were tracting and found a woman that had met with missionaries 10 years before this and had a Book of Mormon but has just been so busy that she stopped reading it. She was so nice and we ended up setting up a time for this week to go back and visit her again. At the en, she said she wanted to give us the reason why she has been so busy so she pulls out this book and it’s all about how to feel good and she wrote it. It looked super professional and gave us one for free. It was awesome. Haha crazy stuff happens on a mission.
I would like to finish with my testimony on the Atonement this week.
The atonement has changed my life in more ways then I can ever put into words. It saved me from the ignorant young boy I was and all the stupid and selfish decisions I made and then has strengthened me to the point where I can be the man I have grown into. The Atonement has changed me forever and I will always be so grateful for it and I would never be able to say that my Savior did not live, that he did not suffer for me, and that he is not The Christ. This week I saw something I have never seen before. I saw someone that was truly going through hell and I can not imagine what his life was like at this point. He was having some serious trials and I saw it on his face and soul in what he said, but the amazing thing he said was, that is why we have the atonement. Not because this man was a bad person or did anything wrong, but because it was giving him strength to keep going. To never give up and to truly rely on his Savior. Because I know there are times in life that we cannot physically stand and we have to be carried and this is possible because of the Atonement. IF it is too hard, turn to him that saves; The one that is all powerful the Redeemer of the world. I love Him. He loves you.