Monday, October 19, 2015

They Recognized My Voice....

This week was pretty good! In church yesterday, a couple came that hasn't come for awhile! They actually recognized my voice from the phone, because I have called so many times seeing if we can meet sometime. The answer was always try later, so I always tried later, and yesterday they finally came. They not only came, but they brought a friend from work, and we were able to set up with that friend and them for a program this week, we are really excited for it! Also, two other of our investigators came to church yesterday!

This week we are planning on having quite a few programs. After transfers, several missionaries that used to serve here called us up to tell us about investigators they met with in the past, and asked us if we could start meeting with them again. We called up quite a few people, and found some other addresses and names from our area book! There is this one family that we are hoping to meet with, that used to live in Nebraska, of all places, for five years, and apparently their best friends were Mormon!

The branch is also going to do a Halloween party in a couple of weeks, and everyone is very excited about it.

Speaking of exciting things, the Budapest stake conference is going to be in a couple of weeks, and everyone is going up onto Budapest for it. It is especially exciting because apparently three members of the seventy are going to be there! The stake is made up of Buda, Pest, Kispest, Győr, Kecskemét, Szolnok, Szeged, Tatabánya, Veszprém, Székesfehérvár, Dunaújváros, Kaposvár, Pécs, and Érd.

I hope that everyone has a great week!
Bunker Pál Elder

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A new week, a new companion!

I hope everyone has had a great week! This week I got Elder Chambers. This week be the second time that I've been companions with a "dying" missionary, since this is his last transfer. There are also two new sisters. Sister Whittaker, (same name as one of the sisters here last transfer) is also "dying," and she is training a greenie, Sister Withers. They are both from Utah, and Chambers Elder is from Arizona.

Sunday was fast and testimony meeting. Our branch is fairly small, but there is always someone at the pulpit on fast Sundays-- it seems like half the branch bears testimony every month! Several less active members were also able to come, it was wonderful seeing them!

We did a ton of phone calls yesterday, to set up with as many people as possible, and it paid off- we are going to have four programs tomorrow! Hopefully the rest of the week will be busy too.

We also had dinner at a members house with the sisters and another member. It was squash soup, and then after that mashed potatoes with Hungarian fried meatballs and mushrooms. They were really tasty!

We are also thinking of having a "missionary concert" sometime where we all do arrangments of hymns and stuff with piano and guitar and singing, and we can invite all of our investigators and the members can invite all of their friends, too! I've heard about it being done recently in Pápa and Miskolc, with success, so we'll cross our fingers!

I hope everyone has a great week!
Sok szeretettel!
Bunker Elder

Monday, October 12, 2015

Hello all megint!

Sooooo, transfers are this week! I'm saying goodbye to Elder Haroldsen :(
But I'm getting a new great elder, Chambers Elder, aaand I'm staying here in Szolnok. :)

General conference was awesome. Unfortunately, there wasn't an English option here in Szolnok, so I took advantage of the great language study! It was unfortunate, because paying attention to Hungarian for long periods of time leaves me really drowzy, so it was a battle against falling asleep the whole time! Speaking of conference, several people asked me what sessions we saw here. Well, the general women's session and the Saturday morning session were available on Saturday, and the priesthood session, Saturday afternoon session, and Sunday morning session were available on Sunday! We didn't have an oppurtunity to see the sunday afternoon session, though :(

Before all of conference, with the extra time we had we walked with the ward mission leader and his wife along the Tisza, because apparently, since the water is so low right now, you can see a couple of boats from the 1800's that were sunk. They were pretty small, and kind of hard to make out through the water, but they were really cool! It took us just enough time to find them and then get to conference on time! 

We also had interviews and cleaning checks this week, both of which went great! I think that our missionary work here in Szolnok is starting to pick up!

Sok szeretettel!
Bunker Elder