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