Monday, July 26, 2010

A Thirty Minute Talk


Last week was really neat. On Tuesday the Zone Leader companionship came and we blitzed Érd. That means that they stayed the night here in Érd and worked with Elder Taylor and me instead of taking one of us back to their area. It was pretty fun. Elder Apgood, the Zone Leader, and I were together and Elder Taylor went with Elder Crandall. (Elder Taylor and Elder Crandall were in the same MTC group, so working together was really good for them because they are both young in the mission. This experience forced them to speak to people instead of relying on us older missionaries to do all the talking.)

On Wednesday we had a really good English class. Then after class we had a little party which a bunch of members also attended. We watched the short film The Great Apostasy and then just talked with the students. It was great experience.

And then on Friday the APs (Assistants to the Mission President) came and spent the day with us. They were a big help. We brainstormed a bunch of cool ideas with them to help the missionary work in Érd grow.

Sunday was pretty interesting. I had to give the last talk in Sacrament Meeting so I was pretty nervous. I was worried that I might have to talk longer than fifteen minutes and I wasn’t prepared for that. But then there was some miscommunication and one of the assigned speakers didn’t even know that he was supposed to speak. So that meant that just the branch president and I were prepared and that made me even more nervous. But somehow I actually spoke for thirty minutes and I almost took up the whole meeting! I wasn’t paying as much attention to the clock as I should have been – it was kind of embarrassing! Haha. But it was all good. So our week was pretty interesting. Missionary work is great!

Oh! The weather finally cooled down and a storm came in so we have some relief from the heat.

Well I better get going now! I love you all! Read your scriptures and pray everyday!

~Anderson elder

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hungary Is Hot!


Hungary is really hot right now. Haha. For most of last week it was about 95 degrees in the shade! And we don’t stay in the shade very much. But other than the heat things are going great!

Church was really good this week! One of our investigators said that she felt inspired! So that was neat. I don’t know what it’s going to feel like to be in a big ward when I get back home. I’m so used to going to church in comfy little branches with just 30 people.

This week, a High Counselor came to visit our branch. He’s German and is a member of the international branch. He gave a really good talk which our branch president – he’s awesome – translated. The High Counselor spoke English almost perfectly so I interpreted for him during the meetings. It was really hard! Whenever I would give him an English translation I couldn’t hear what the Hungarians were saying so I would miss a lot of information. Translating and interpreting are really hard!

Well I have to go. If I could give one little piece of advice it would be to read your scriptures a ton and pray a lot! See you later!

~Anderson elder

Monday, July 12, 2010

Finally – Some Service


So last week was pretty interesting. It was filled with a bunch of activities, some good and some not so good. The most not-so-good one wasn’t bad, just sad. My companion and I went to the funeral service for the mother of a really cool member. The member’s name is Csaba and he is a super cool guy; he’s 29 and a returned missionary. His mother died of cancer. Her death was pretty sad, but Csaba is taking it well. He’s an awesome guy.

Elder Taylor and I finally got to do some service this week! I love doing service! A member family had a shed with a roof that was falling apart and we got to repair it. It was a lot of fun. The roof was made of traditional European red tiles supported by small wooden beams that were rotting away and needed to be replaced. It was fun helping the family out.

We have been having some success helping members in the branch who have been having a hard time coming to church regularly. The wife of one of the members is in a coma and he takes care of her at home. He lives about 30 minutes away, but he wants to be active in church again because he misses the blessings that come from obedience to God’s commandments. He’s been coming to church regularly for a few weeks now and says that he can really feel the difference in his life! So that is way cool! And another member came to church yesterday and also wants to be more active – so that is also great news too!

The coolest thing that happened this week is that our main investigator hasn’t smoked for two weeks straight. He is really happy that he has been able to quit, especially because he had smoked so much before. The quit-smoking program we use really works! And just as exciting, this investigator was in another city on Sunday (Pécs) and he went to church there all by himself!!

Today Elder Taylor and I had a fun time in Budapest. We went inside the Parliament Building and one of the biggest cathedrals in the city and then walked a ton in the city. It was really cool! But pictures are better than me describing so I’ll attach a few.

I’m super grateful that I have the opportunity to be here and to teach people about how to find lasting happiness through Jesus Christ! It’s awesome to be a missionary!

~Anderson elder

Monday, July 5, 2010



Last week went pretty well. One of our investigators started our quit smoking program and he is so far doing awesome! It is really hard for him though because he smokes a ton.

Today we received our transfer calls. Both Elder Taylor and I are staying together and that’s pretty cool. We really want to see the work in Érd progress. It’s a difficult area, but where isn’t?

The weather was ridiculously hot last week. We live in a ten story building and it gets unbearably hot and humid in our apartment. And there are a ton of mosquitoes! One night I was so sick of the mosquitoes that I emptied my laundry basket and stuck it on my head! It is made of mesh so no bugs could get through it, but it also trapped all the heat. I couldn’t bear it for more than five minutes at a time. Haha. Eventually we just bought a small fan and that has saved our lives!

Unfortunately I have to go now. Sorry that this blog entry is so short!

~Elder Anderson