Friday, 20 October 2017

Week 7 in Békéscsaba


The big news this week is that President Szabadkai has allowed the use of Facebook for missionary work, so I opened an Elder Gonzalez account. We can use Facebook in very limited circumstances, for example, our Facebook friends can only be local members or investigators.

Canadian Thanksgiving was on Monday. The Howells invited us and we ate American pancakes with maple syrup and bacon. It was very delicious. The atmosphere was very Canadian!

We had a lot of lessons this week with our investigators. With our Italian investigator we talked more about our faith but could not watch the restoration movie because his TV did not work properly. We read from Alma 32 with another investigator and we talked about how we can strengthen our testimony by prayer, scripture reading, and attending church. With a third investigator we held a shorter conversation about prayer and we challenged him to pray every night and read from the Book of Mormon. We also taught a recent convert about family history and temples, and I gave her a temple recommend for which she was very pleased.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Week 6 in Békéscsaba


There was a lot of stuff going on this week, so I'll give you a report.

We went around sharing the lessons we learned from the talks. We held a program and talked about the general conference with a part member family. We met a new investigator while tracting. He is Italian and his wife is Hungarian. He speaks Hungarian very well and has been living here for some time. We talked to him about the Book of Mormon and about our church but often he changed the conversation to another topic, like how important is to learn the Latin language. But he is open to listen to our message and he is an interesting guy.

During English class we taught the beginners about time, seasons, months, days of the week, etc. After institute on Friday we went to the Howells' apartment to watch the broadcast of Elder Hales' funeral.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Week 5 in Békéscsaba


We were in Szeged on Tuesday and Wednesday for splits with our zone leaders and for interviews. Elder Szuch and I were with elder Elder Smith and our focus was the plan of salvation. We set our table in downtown with the question "What are your goals for life?" and we tried to talk to people about their short- and long-term goals and got a couple of phone numbers and email addresses. A few days later we did the same in Békéscsaba.

This week we had a lesson about the plan of salvation, and our investigator understood it well, and because he loves the scriptures very much, we left him with scriptures that support this plan. We had another program this week and we talked about the general conference.

Monday, 25 September 2017

Week 4 in Békéscsaba


This week there was a lot of work at church but we had plenty of time to teach and tract.

We met with an investigator who was found during the last transfer and we talked about the Book of Mormon. He has read the entire 1 Nephi and wrote a lot of notes in a booklet. During our conversation he practically taught us and told us what he has learned (i.e.,  Lehi's dream and meaning) and how to apply the teachings to our own life (i.e., Lehi's family and our families). He wants to come to church in the near future. A golden investigator!

We read a talk from the Liahona about the final judgment to another investigator because he wanted to learn more about this subject. He still does not want to come to church but said that he would come to English classes, so that's a first step. On Saturday we did service work at his house helping to move cut wooden logs.

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Week 3 in Békéscsaba


We went to Postelek with the sisters on Monday. It was a 6 km bike ride. Postelek has a castle or mansion that was bombed during World War II and we also saw a bomb crater in the woods.

We tracked a lot this week and came out with a new search method. I like to solve the Rubik's cube so we decided to use it while teaching people. We knocked on a door, introduced ourselves us missionaries and said we would like to share a message using the Rubik's cube. I showed the cube (neatly solved) and I said that when Jesus Christ was on the earth, he had his whole gospel and his true church. But after leaving the earth, it was lost (then I start mixing the cube). Then I said that in the next two minutes my friends were going to explain how the gospel has been restored while I solve the cube. By the time when Elder Neumiller or Elder Szuch speoke about the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith, and the restoration, the Rubik’s cube was solved. It proved to be a very effective method. Many listened to our entire message at the door, and a father gave us his phone number to meet him and his family and we gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon.

Monday, 11 September 2017

Week 2 in Békéscsaba


This was a very busy week and so much happened.

On our p-day we ate “lángos", walked on the downtown area, and saw many interesting shops as well as the big Catholic church building. It was all quite nice.

This week we visited many members and talked to them about family prayer and family home evening. We also met with inactive members who face different challenges (financial, alcohol-related, depression, etc.). Their situations are quite difficult and we can only do our best to help them be independent.

We helped one of our investigators with gardening. He wants to cut a tree, so we softened the ground around the tree and cut the roots. We used a lot of tools like spade, shovel, pike, and ax. Each tool does a different thing and it's a bit like with us. Everyone has different talents or strengths, and if everyone works with their own expertise, then we can do a good job together.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Week 1 in Békéscsaba


This week was very busy and it looked like a long day. On Wednesday we arrived in Békéscsaba, emptied out our suitcases and started to get to know the area. On Thursday, at the district meeting, we talked about goals for this transfer and got to know each other. There is an elderly couple, the Howells, and two sisters: Christiansen and Eddy. In the afternoon, Elder Howell spoke to me about church members and the responsibilities of the branch president while Elder Neumiller and Elder Szuch went tracting.