Thursday, November 24, 2011

Elder Ammon Smith, Saturday, 19 Nov 2011

Hey family,

How is everyone doing this week? I received an e-mail from Nathan. It was really nice to hear from him. I'm so excited and happy for him. All these new things happening in his life!!

I had a good week, it's been busy but good. We have transfers coming up next week so we have had lots of work to do. We have also been getting ready for the new missionaries coming in. We are going to be having three Sisters and two Elder leaving at the end of this transfer and we are receiving 3 new sister missionaries this Tuesday.

This week we went on splits to a place called Nyiregyháza. I think I told you in my last letter that I was going to be going there this week. Well, we did and had a great time. We spent 2 days there because the area is hurting a little bit right now. The 2 days that we were there we almost gave out 100 Books of Mormons!! That's a lot! So we were really blessed while we were there. The people were willing to listen to us and to take a book and some even agreed to meet with the Elders another time.

This morning we went to play a game called squash. It's a game that they play here in Europe. Look it up online sometime. It's a really fun game! We go out with president Baughman about once a week and play with him. This morning he couldn't come with us because he was in Romania for a youth conference. So, we took krisztian with us. He is our investigator that is getting baptized next weekend. We had a fun time!!

That's really all that has happened this week. This weekend will be stake conference for us. So we have that to look forward to.

Have a great WEEK!!!!! Just think, in 4 and a half weeks we will be talking on the phone!!!!! I cant wait.

Elder Kovács (I have no idea why he signed off as "Elder Kovacs")

Monday, November 7, 2011

Elder Daniel Smith, 7 November 2011

HE-loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo arizona!
well we had another fast and great week soooooooo busy. i have had barely any time do anything like write in my journal yikes! well we had a good halloween they put us away near night for protection since its a bad time to proselyte or teach. lol funny huh? were still teaching the same people. and mom that date this week was changed a while ago sorry. moved up to nov 19th. we did excellent on teaching lessons this week. we hit 16! we haven't done that many in a while. patience pays off. and the lord is directing us to people ready. about Lorena... we visited her but she wasn't there. yeah we think every day about her problem, gonna go see her tuesday or wednesday. Jose and Sonya have not gotten married yet. turns out Sonya didnt even know how to. haha. wer'e not sure if they even want to get married though. we're like a counsel group for them haah. allot of people are having family problems everywhere. satan is really attackng them. you cant even take the slightest chance to let that happen. don't make exceptions for things. have family home evening every monday! you think its over when the boys are all gone? no. its says to even have it with your spouse! satan is real as we know. so lets fight and not sit idle while he works. i realized how great of parents i had. in my patriarchal blessing i really was PRIVILEGED to choose my parents. what a blessing. i remember thinking when we were kids "our friends parents let them do that, why wont you!? its not a big deal" you fought and you won good job. know that your son is proud of you both! you both did your responsibilities as parents. i wont wait to say that. its true. and i thank you! you did your best, right? haha.
other than fighting satan, were lovin it all. the mission improves all the time. its filled with ups and downs. but as i improve it gets better. not sure what to write the days start blending together. haha. defiantly things happen everyday though. mom and dad dont doubt doing a mission together!!!  let your spirit be stronger then your body. use your will power. ive learned that allot here. who cares if your sick and are gonna die. WORK! this is more important than your sickness.
Glad to hear everyone is doing good!
okay be back in 2013! bye ya'll
Elder Smith
Elder Ammon Smith, Sat, 5 Nov 2011 
Subject: Re: Elder Smith WRITE YOUR MOTHER


Everything seems to go by so fast serving here in Budapest. This week has just been full of zone conferences. I don't know what to write about really because we have been inside most of the week. Now that is not true what you said about me not writing you, if I recall correctly we were writing back and forth during the week. I just didn't write you on Saturday. I'm sorry.

We have been working very hard in our area. The area is exploding. We have been meeting with so many people that have been prepared to hear the Gospel. We put a very nice man on baptismal date today. I'm so excited for him to be baptized. We met with him today and had a wonderful lesson. He gave the closing prayer and it was one of the most heart felt prayers i have ever heard. I began to cry during his prayer! The spirit was so strong and it was testifying to me that he is ready for baptism. I became so excited over that thought and began to cry ( I had to wipe my eyes before he ended the prayer so no one could see that I was crying). The most cherished moments on my mission are when an investigator has their first prayer/conversation with their Heavenly Father. What a wonderful moment for both of them. Even though this wasn't his first prayer it was special.

How do you like the book you are reading mom? I have only one chapter left in it. I'm so sad because I have enjoyed reading the book so much that I don't want it to be over. So i have been saving the last chapter for Sunday. What chapter are you on? Thank you for the website you gave me about the book it was very nice, looking though it I was able to learn a few good things as well.

How is the family doing? Nathan and his girl?  Well I've got to get going now, I have a game of domino's to play with sister Smith and some of the Elders. 
Love you all!
Elder Smith