Monday, August 14, 2017

CHARITY FIXES ALL

Well this week has been pretty nuts but I will try to make it spiritual and uplifting in between the crazy stuff.

So this week we had an awesome miracle happen. We met with our investigator, Norbert, and he had a total change of heart and we taught him tithing which he was totally against in the beginning but now wanted to hear about it. So we taught him and that was huge so miracles are real! It was awesome! 

I also went on splits with the assistants this week and I went with Elder Fitzgerald who is going home in two weeks and he is one of my best friends. We have served around each other a lot and he taught me a lot. We had some super cools stuff happen while we were together. We had awesome success in one building and had some really good conversations with some people and then after we walked out of the building we saw the bus go by so we took off running after it and we made it... woohoo still can run. 

I talked to this lady on the bus the other day and asked her how hot it was outside, then taught her about the Book or Mormon and then got her number.... The gospel is pretty easy to share I guess. No, I’m just kidding it was a total miracle! She was super open and has met missionaries before and actually really wanted a book which was really cool. I was pumped about it. 

This week we found a lot of people and got a couple new investigators and some of them are young kids... it was sweet. 

We put one of our investigators on baptism date this week for September 9th. Her name is Monika and she is super great. She is progressing really well and we hope that she can make the steps needed for baptism! 

I don’t have a ton of time to explain this week because we planned an awesome p-day and are going to go on this like ski lift thing in the mountains so I’m stoked but this week I learned a lot. I realized that charity can fix any problem. If we have the pure love of Christ in us then there is no reason for us to do what is wrong. Charity fixes all problems that are created by Satan and we can always over come the wrong with the love of Christ. I love you all I hope you have a great week. 

Love, Elder Ure

Sorry this is a really lame email this week but if you want to hear about me going to a Hungarian hospital and getting a couple shots you can let me know and I will tell you all about it. It was great.... have a great week!


Monday, August 7, 2017

BAPTISM WEEK

This week has been full of amazing miracles and some really cool learning points for me. 

The weirdest thing that happened this week was the fact that I was able to go back to Nyiregyháza! My birthplace. I was able to sleep on the couch that I started my mission on and I even got to meet with one of the investigators that I taught while I was there. We went to the ice cream place that we would always go to, and I even looked up one family that we used to teach and they still live there and we were able to talk and they remembered me. It was really cool because I was actually able to talk to them and understand everything they said and back in the day I had no idea what was going on most of the time. So that was super cool. The worst part about this week is that it has been so hot... like 100 and above almost all week long and it has been humid and I have been... well sweaty haha. Its the best when you wake up in the middle of the night and you say to yourself... “swimming” in your own sweat doesn’t count as disobedience right?... not kidding though. It’s been hot. 

On the way home from Nyir., we had to rush to a teaching with Norbert and so we got there and watched finding faith in Christ and brought up the plan we wanted to give him for baptism and it went real bad... lets just say he ended up calling us ‘JWs’ because he thought we were being pushy and forceful... which is crazy because we barely have been poking him to start to do stuff towards baptism but I guess he hasn’t been liking it so we are going to go back to the basics and let it happen on his time, but if he doesn’t take steps then we are going to have to see. He is doing great though, he reads from The Book of Mormon everyday and he brought his wife and daughter to church yesterday which was super awesome. 

So I had a really cool experience this week, we got dogged which means someone didn’t show up to a teaching so we went tracting and on the last door before we left I was like this is gunna be a let in… and the guy comes to the door and is like “nope sorry I’m not interested” and out of no where I caught myself talking about family history and how our church helps with it and that’s what we are talking to people about today, which seriously came out of nowhere but it came to my mind and so I just said it, this dude totally stops and starts talking to us about it and we ended up getting his number and he said we could talk anytime... it was crazy I was just like wait… didn’t you just almost reject us? I don’t know but the spirit is cool and my good buddy. Life sucks without him. Missionary work doesn’t work with out him. And we can’t do miracles if we aren’t close to him. 

This week was the baptism and it was seriously the best day ever!! Seeing their beautiful smiling faces was seriously priceless. They are so cute and it was such an amazing experience like it always is. The best part for me was seeing them come up out of the water and just have the biggest smile on their faces. Like little angles. Then of course they chose my favorite hymn, Come Thou Fount for the closing hymn and the spirit was so strong. That song means a lot to me and to be singing it in Hungarian after seeing two little girls choose to follow Christ was so powerful. It was such a great experience and the day only got better.

Later in the day we were so tired and the weather was so hot and we had just finished weekly planning. We both we exhausted but knew that we needed to go out and work, so we put on our shoes and left. I had the feeling to look up a potential investigator that had not shown up to one of our teachings a little bit ago. So we went over there and rang his bell and his father answered and said that he wasn’t home, but that he would be willing to talk to us. That has never happened to me on my mission and I was very surprised. It never happens in general for someone to let you in to the ten story building and for them to actually want you to come to them, they usually just say okay I will let you in but don’t knock on my door, but this guy actually wanted to talk! So we went up and it was this big guy with no shirt on and just real sweaty. It was a site. So he lets us in and was so kind and open to the Gospel. He had just lost his father and a couple hours before we rang his bell he had returned from the funeral. He told us that because of his father’s death he knew God was there and we were just stunned at how amazing his faith was. We taught him about the plan of Salvation and set up for tonight at 7 to come back. I always learn the most when I show my faith to God and do his will no matter how tired I am. It was such a cool miracle and for real just opened my eyes to how much it matters to be worthy and have faith.

This week we had zone conference and we talked about having faith in Christ. We taught out of Matthew 4:18-22 this is when Christ told the disciples to leave their nets and follow him. So we taught the missionaries that we all have nets that we are still holding onto. We still have things that are keeping us from following Christ. These could be good things, but even a good thing can be holding us back from something better. So we talked about how we need to leave our nets and follow Christ. I want to finish by saying that following Christ and becoming like him is a life long process, maybe your net is that one day when you let yourself slip and say ‘this won’t affect me if I watch this’, or listen to that. Maybe your net is an addiction or a life long problem, or maybe something as easy as keeping your covenants to God and being modest. Most of these are not awful things but they hold us back from being like Christ. I personally want to leave my nets. I fasted for it and I decided that I am leaving my nets behind. I want to be more virtuous, I want to be closer to the spirit, I want to be spiritually strong, and anything that is holding me back from being like Christ and following him, I want to leave behind like the prophets of old did. I know we can all do this. We all can become better. So I encourage you to think about your life and say... well this isn’t that bad, but it is holding me back from becoming like Christ, and then leave it behind.

 I love you all. You are all amazing.


Ure elder 













Friday, August 4, 2017

Give Heart, Might, Mind, & Strength

Well this week has been great. We had a good week of working hard and doing a lot of random stuff like... going to Budapest for missionary leadership meeting, and my companion’s doctors appointment. He is fine. His knee was just being weird. We played basketball with some Hungarians and were able to get their numbers. 

It was a good week. I went on splits with Elder Gentry and we were reunited. He gets to drive a car because he is young enough in the mission and is the AP so that was cool. We got to zoom around like I was back at home in a normal car driving with my friends listening to music, it was just church music. During the split we were walking down the street and Elder Gentry saw this super old lady bending over and she just had to have been picking up her dogs poop... which did not come from a small dog. So Elder Gentry (bless his soul) asked if we could help this women... the thing is we just kept walking and the women was already in the act of picking it up and I was just like what are you doing?!?!  ha-ha like you can for sure but I will sit and watch haha. she didn’t even realize but I just thought it was funny. 

We also met with the girls that will be baptized this week and they tried on their clothes and are just the cutest. I love them. It is going to be really cool and they both want me to be the one to give them the spirit so that will be really cool. I am super excited. While we were filling out the baptismal record, Elder Robinson was helping the parents, and so I took the girls and said lets play something so they brought out there princess card game and we played some cards and it was all princesssy and great. They are ready to be baptized!!! 

Also, one of our investigators is a 26 year old that is always outside with her family and friends at night and we always walk by and they joke with us about marrying us. They ask us if we like blonde or brown hair girls better? We were telling them about how we don’t date or anything while we are here.  We tell them stuff like that and why we are here and how it’s from our own money and stuff like that and they were all just like... ahhh “why didn’t I marry me one of these” ha-ha. It was super funny. Missions make men that’s for sure.

I want to finish with something that I decided to do this week. For the last part on my mission I want to refocus. I want to be able to give everything to the work and really take on the promise that is in the scriptures about giving our heart, mind, might, and strength to the work. I have decided that I am going to work on these for the next part of my mission and to make some goals. I think we all can do this in our lives; we all can follow God with these attributes, not just as a missionary. I have decided to love my investigators more, love those I talk to; on the streets, bus and trains. I want to love more. I want to care for their salvation. I want to focus my mind on the work. I want to think all about the work and be able to give it everything and not let anything distract me about my future or how badly I want to be wakeboarding or something like that. I want to focus and go hard until the end. I want to give all my time to serving and use all my might to serve. Not wasting a minute. The last being strength; and I took that one as working out hard so I am healthy. I think we can all refocus on the Lord’s work and his will and give more to what he has given us. We can use our lives to the fullest and trust in the Lord so that if we follow him and give him everything He will bless us and guide us. Sometimes that’s all we can do when we don’t know what to do. I love you all have a great week. 


Ure boy