Monday, December 10, 2012


December 10, 2012
Dear Family and Friends,
OHHHHHHHH MMMMMYYYYYYYY WOOOOOOORRRRRDDDD!!!!!!! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT!!! I feel like this is the BIGGEST Christmas present I could have received!! More so for Heather, but this is definitely a big one for me as well. For those who are reading my blog, I will give you a heads up with what just happened in my family. As you all know, I am serving in the Hungary Budapest Mission (given). Another cool thing is that I am serving in country where my grandfather was born, which also means that I am a quarter Hungarian. When I got the call to come here, all of my family and I were excited for me to come here and we knew that it wasn't just a coincidence. Now, this is where it gets much more interesting. Recently, my grandfather’s daughter Heather, who is 20 years old, who is half Hungarian, put in her mission papers to serve a mission like I am. Ever since I got this news, I have been hoping and, in some aspects, praying that she would come here to Hungary for her mission so that I would have another family member serving here in the same mission as me. Plus! she is WAAAYYY cool and would be an awesome missionary here in Hungary. Well, she just got the news aaaannnnndddd........YES! She is coming to serve here in Hungary!!! And we will both be on Hungarian soil in June! How awesome will that be!!! I soooooo hope that we will be able to serve in the same area as each other with the time that we will be serving in Hungary together. What is so funny is that she is going into the MTC almost 2 weeks after I went into the MTC. I will be hitting my year mark when she goes in. AND I will be hitting my year mark in the country when she comes into the country. Do you know how cool this is going to be?!?! I'm also thinking of when we get home from our missions and we can talk in Hungarian with each other ALL THE TIME!!! Oh my goodness how excited I am for this news!! She needs to know that she can email me anytime with any questions that she has. Because she is family I can email her and let her know some of the heads up and answer some of her questions. OOOOHHHH how I am so excited for her and her preparation for serving this mission. It truly is the best mission, no matter what people say ;)

Ok, now I will catch you all up with what is happening here and what has happened. So I just got my new companion, Elder B, on Wednesday who was recently serving in Győr. We met each other at Budapest and headed back towards Pécs. Before that though, I was able to run into Elder A (1st companion) and Elder H (2nd companion) and say hi to them and spend some time with them before we left. It's still so awesome that they will be serving together this next transfer. They are going to have so much fun, I just know it. It was also sad to see Elder C (3rd companion) go. I loved serving with him and we had so much fun this last transfer. Included is Elder Cox, which this will be the first time that we will not be in the same area as one another, not even the same Zone. But both of them are going to good areas and with good companions, so they will have a really good transfer.

So, some things about Elder B. He is from Gaylordsville, Conneticutt and just turned 20 this last transfer. He has played football for most of his life and is a big fan of the, you know it, 49ers!! I got super excited when he said that. Elder C was also a 49ers fan, but Elder B is even more of one and it's been kind of a bonding thing for us. He is also in his 4th transfer and is in my Kicsi group, that means 'Little Ones' in Hungarian. I got to know him a little bit in the MTC and a funny thing that happened was that towards the end of my stay in the MTC, I had this small feeling that I would be serving with him sometime in the future. Little did I know that it would be in our 5th and 4th transfers AND when I was going senior. Crazy thing, right?? We are both ready for it though. Something that he has already been teaching me is to be brave and to just get out there in the work. I know this may come to a surprise to some, but I am a little timid sometimes and I sometimes just keep to myself. Recently I have been getting better with it, but being with Elder B these past few days, he has helped me in not being afraid and just talking to people no matter what. We've already tracted for a little bit and fliered also and he is just out there. Even though our language abilities are still young and we are still learning, Elder B's determination, I know, is going to help our companionship, and us personally, grow.

With some updates with our investigators, the ones we have on baptism date are still going strong and they are all progressing really well. No problems have come up and we are all looking forward to the 22nd. But there is one person who is kind of nervous and that is........this guy right here, Magda Elder. Why? Well, let me tell you. The 20 year old that is getting baptized came up to me after English class on Saturday and said 'I have something I need to ask you.' I was like 'Sure'. I wasn't sure what to expect, but she then asked 'I was wondering if you would like to give me the gift of the Holy Ghost for my confirmation.' I lost my breath after I heard her say that. I told her 'I would absolutely love to do that for you, but you do know that I am not the best Hungarian speaker, right' 'Yes, I know.' 'And you do know that someone who is Hungarian would probably be better to give it?' 'Yup.' '..........Well alright y then.'  I know I shouldn't be nervous, but I don't want to mess this up! This is a once in a lifetime thing! I have already been praying for my language abilities to hike up a little. But I have also felt comfort in my prayers about it that all will be well as I have faith. I'm definitely super excited and honored to be giving this gift to her and I know that it will be such a spiritual experience.

Alrighty then, I'm almost finished. Now just for some last minute tidbits about the Christmas Call. So I am definitely allowed to Skype you and I can Skype for, the longest, an hour. I am allowed to Skype other people in my family, I think it would just be faster if I just Skyped my own family and if anyone wants to talk to me they can be there at our house when I Skype home. Elder B and I were thinking of doing it on Christmas Day. We still aren't sure 'exactly' because we have to talk with some of the members or investigators and see when we could use their computers without inconveniencing them. I have no idea how Skype works from foreign countries. Do you have to pay to Skype like that?  Let me know how your Christmas is going to be and we can try and coordinate around the times. I think we are at a 9 hour time difference, just for a heads up.

Ok, I hope that all of you have a good week. And Congratulations to the soon to be Magda Nővér!! I Love you all!

Magda Elder

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