Sunday, 6 November 2016

Week 7 in Buda

Hi all,

This was an interesting week.

On Saturday we watched Meet the Mormons with the ward. The turnout wasn't the best, but it was a really good movie.

On Sunday the speakers for the sacrament meeting were very good. During the second and third hour of meetings I translated for a couple of English-speaking members. In the afternoon we went tracting and took a short hike in the Buda hills. It was mostly just regular forest, but the autumn colours were really nice. We also stumbled onto this cool big meadow/valley. The hike was about 5 km or so, not very long, but it was really fun.

Monday was Halloween. We went to a graveyard at night and there were lots of lanterns put up and flowers. But no ghosts. We went trick-or-treating at the nearby grocery store and we carved pumpkins and put candles inside them, so Halloween ended up pretty good. And we had costumes too (kind of). I wore my Hungary soccer t-shirt underneath my dress shirt and Elder Nordberg wore his Superman shirt underneath his.

Tuesday was All Saints' Day. We went to the big cemetery again called Farkasréti temető. As in the previous night, there were red lanterns everywhere, but many more this time. Lots of people went there and it was nice seeing families around the tombstones of deceased loved ones.

On Thursday for English class we did mock job interviews. Members of the class applied for jobs ranging from pilot to forester to photographer. It was a fun way for them to practice English conversations.

I'm studying the New Testament now and I really like Matthew 4:4 ("Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."). I find it very good to connect the New Testament with the Book of Mormon. For example, Matthew 3 talks about Jesus's baptism and 2 Nephi 31 explains why Christ was baptized.

I hope that you all are reading the scriptures too.

Wishing you a week full of joy,

Elder Gonzalez

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