Tuesday, February 15, 2011

AMMON,  14 February 2011

Hey Dad, thanks for writing. Yeah, I really am learning a lot. It’s really weird, but I have changed so much from when I left home, I am almost a different person it feels like.
You asked what is whipping; you tube Hungarian whipping and you can see for yourself. It’s the funniest thing ever.
That’s weird, I heard that North Korea was bombing South Korea and America sent the navy to deal with the problem, idk, I heard it from a Hungarian newspaper or maybe I read it wrong. 
Mom’s email is not working when I try to send her an email, so I’ll just write to you.

So this week went by fast.  My comp and I are really working hard this transfer and we are being blessed for it. The work is really picking up here in Veszprém. It’s really cool to see our teaching pool so big and to be blessed with so many investigators.  We tried to ask all of our investigators this week if  they will be baptized when they receive an answer about the church and everyone we asked said yes!! So please pray for them all to get that answer.

This week we were able to do something very cool. Here in Veszprém there is a club called American Conner.  It’s for people who speak English or want to learn. Inside this club there are smaller clubs and one of them is a book club.  The leader of the American Conner is one of our investigators and she offered to us, a few weeks ago, to give a book report on the Book of Mormon after we taught her a lesson about it. We agreed and we were able to do that this week.  It was awesome, one because it was in English and I don’t really get the chance to often to teach in my our language, so it was a little bit of a challenge, but the report went great. After the report, there were tons of questions.  Some were hard to answer and that’s because they were all great questions. There were about 15 people there, so it was pretty fun being able to do that.
Last week we were even able to teach the plan of salvation to a group of over 30 people. That was scary, but it was also great because mostly everyone there was not a member or investigator. We got a few new investigators from that.

The language is coming along great.  It’s really been a big help serving with a native.
I would also like to say that I got and new pair of church pants and yes they are a size 34? I swear I’m not fat, I workout every day, maybe I’m just a growing boy? So anyway, since I’m a size 34 now, that beautiful suit you guys got for me does not fit any more, it’s just to tight. Since I was only able to use it for about a half a year or so, it still looks great and brand new, so I think I’ll sent it home for Danny to use for his mission. You think I should do that?
My back its doing great no big problems. My knees have been hurting me though, lol.

I hope everyone has a great week.  In 10 days I will hit my year mark and then it’s all down hill from there :(

Elder Smith

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Ammon, 7 February 2011

 Hey family and best friends,

 I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t get a letter from me last week. I sent one and just now found out that it was rejected. It said it was something with your email address mom? So I hope this weeks goes through.

Just to fill you all in with what I said last week. We had transfers last week. I will be staying here in Veszprém with elder németh. He will be my first comp that I have served 2 transfers with. I am grateful for the chance to serve with him again.  I am learning lots of hungarian from serving with him. Other than that he is a tuff elder to serve with. The first week of our transfer was amazing though. We were amazed when we did our numbers for the week, how high they where. We asked 3 of our investigators, when they get an answer about the church, will they be baptized and they all said yes!  These are 3 different people in different lessons. So I was amazed at that. I got a few letters from sister tryon about some of the other elders out in our ward and I was looking at how often they have baptisms, at least it seemed that way.  I’ve been blessed to be a part of 1 baptism on my mission and I am grateful for that time and the feeling that I felt and the friendship that was made through it. I called Irán (the baptism we had in szeged) a few days ago to see how she was doing because I heard that she hadn’t been to church for 2 weeks. I flipped a little so I called her and found out that she was only sick (there is something going around here in Hungary). I’ve been feeling good though so no worries. Irán is doing great.  I love her so much, she is such a good friend and member.

This week we were teaching a program with someone and we were closing with a prayer when there was an earthquake!!  It was crazy! It wasn’t a big one, so no one was hurt or anything but it was weird. I also heard from someone that America is at war with North Korea? true?

That’s so awesome that Dan is so close to leaving on his mission. He is going to have a good time at the temple. I can’t wait to hear where he is going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Hurry up already.

I didn’t get a letter from dad so maybe something came up idk. I got one from Dan and TJ though, so that was cool. We are going to go hiking today and go look at this old Hungarian hunting store and after that we are going to go whipping lol

I hope everyone has a great week. Thank you for your prayers and I think I like the game chess now lol yes

 p.s. mom’s email address is not working I can’t send anything to it

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Ammon, 23 January 2011

Hey family,

I’m glad to hear that everyone got their gifts.  I hope everyone enjoys them. That’s crazy that everyone is going to school down in Thatcher.  It really must be a great school.  I can’t wait to check it out for myself.  I was just trying to download pictures for everyone but I can’t find my camera when I plug it into the computer. I’m sorry I have so many cool pictures to show you.  Maybe I’ll just print a bunch and send them home.

This week was good.  We worked hard and met some new people to teach. We have some great investigators right now.  I got into my first fight in Hungary.  I hope you’re all proud to know I did a great job. My comp and I were having some problems and he didn’t want to work. I could just feel that the spirit was not in our companionship at the time so I said to him, ok if you don’t want to work or tell me what wrong we can just go home because we cannot work without the spirit. So we went home and he told me what was wrong and we sorted everything out but it took 4 hours. It was unfortunate but we needed to do that. So that was interesting.

We went to Budapest for interviews on Friday. We had a great time up there. There was also a good training meeting on how we can better work with the members. There is only one week left in this transfer. So we will see next Monday if I’m staying or going, if I’ll be getting a new comp, and all that good stuff. I have learned so much on my mission; things that I would have never learned if I had not gone on a mission. My testimony has left the charts and I love sharing my testimony with everyone. Make sure you all give referrals to the missionaries.

 I love you all, have a great week.

Elder Smith

P.S.  I will send a letter with pictures in it this week.
Good luck with selling the house. Oh and when I come home, I would like to give my homecoming talk in the ward that I left so don’t move to far away :)   k bye!!