|Tiffany in Budapest |
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! I hope it was great for you all. Yesterday was our SUPER P-day! We went over to a senior companion's house for thanksgiving dinner. There were 12 missionaries there, and we all had a really great time! Elder and Sister Adams made us a beautiful dinner with turkey and potatoes and everything! We played lots of games, watched Ratatouie (okay i have no clue how to spell that) in Hungarian, and went out to the park to practice our whipping skills! I'm getting pretty good at cracking it now... One day maybe I can show you my skills. :) Some of the Elders can do some really cool tricks though! It was a really fun day.
Anyways, this week has been awesome! Sister Johnson and I are having such a great time! Its only been a week but i already feel like we are becoming really great friends. She is so fun! We work hard, but laugh and spread lots of smiles while we're doing it. I love her enthusiasm and love for the work and for the people. I am beginning to realize the importance of exchanging companions. I really feel that i am learning so much from each of the companions I have had. By learning and growing with each companion, i feel that I am becoming a more well rounded person and a greater missionary. Sister Johnson is helping me learn to love streeting. She has so much excitment when we get out on the street to talk to people. I am learning more that streeting is a great oppurtunity to talk to so many people at once. I am a pretty outgoing person, so I have no problem talking or saying hi to people. But streeting sometimes is difficult for me. Because when streeting you have about 5 seconds to get the person's attention and to find what they need to hear to help them feel the spirit and continue to listen to you. We are denied the majority of the time while streeting. But there are those few who stop and listen, take a book of mormon, or agree to meet with us and learn more. It is those people that continue to give us the motivation to keep searching. My companion pushes me a lot to keep trying- and slowly I feel that I am coming to love it more and more. We've met some really great people on buses or on our way to the grocery store. I just know that our message is important for everyone.
This week we were really blessed to find 5 new investigators! We had a really incredible lesson with one of them, János. Here in Békéscsaba it's really difficult to find men to teach. We've been meeting with this lady Klára for a few weeks now. Klára is an older woman, somewhere in her late 50s or early 60s. One of her neighbors János, comes over to help help her with her yard work sometimes. We had met him before, but he had never agreed to come sit in with us and listen to a lesson. Just this past Friday he decided he would come sit down and find out what we were all about. He asked us first a little about what we believe, and asked what our stance is on money and worldly possesions and things. I used one of my favorite scriptures in 3 Nephi 13:19-21 to answer his question. I think it was exactly what he was looking to hear, and it kind of suprised him. My companion went on to talk about the importance of faith, then we brought up the apostacy, the restoration, his questions led us into the 3rd lesson about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and we even talked a little about life after death. We covered so much information is such a short time, but the spirit was so strong throughout the whole lessons. We were being guided and directed to all these scriptures that were exactly what he was looking for. Klára even backed us up with her testimony. It was SUCH an amazing lesson. I don't know that i've ever felt so guided by the spirit before. We gave János some chapters in the book of mormon to read, and talked to him about how he can recieve and answer that what we are teaching him is true. By the end he was interested in learning more, and promised us he would read the chapters we gave him. It was incredible. Here was a man who weeks before wouldn't even sit down with us, and now he is reading from and wanting to learn more about the book of mormon and the church. I know the spirit works in people. I saw it work in János this week! I just know that he felt the spirit! and that he was able to recieve answers to questions he's been searching for for probably a long time.
This, to me, is the best part to me about being a missionary. Watching others as they feel the spirit and come closer to Christ. How amazing it is to me to be able to watch first hand as others make these important changes in their lives- and to be used as an instrument in helping others find the truth.
Mom, i got your package! Thanks so much for the family pictures! I have already shared them with lots of our investigators. And for the new memory card!! That will be so perfect. I'm pretty sure it will last my whole mission too. :) Your cruise sounded like you all had a really fun time! I'm excited to hear your and Dave's ukulele skills when i get home! I hope all is well back home! Thanks for the email.
Dad, I hope you are feeling better. Congratulations at finishing the Book of Mormon. That is really exciting! I hope that all your travels are going well. OH, Diane i wrote you a letter but i realized i don't have your address in my address book! and i don't have any of my letters from the MTC so i need your address so i can send that to you! Granny B thanks for the email. I'm glad the holidays have been fun with the family there. It sounds like the Christmas production was really amazing.
Well, i think that's about all. I love you all TONS!! Take care. Things are great here. I hope to hear from you all soon!! Can you believe this week will be December!! How crazy. I love missionary work, i love being a missionary, and i LOVE the gospel. További szép napot!!
Tiffany Johnson Nővér
November 21, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
ALAN AND PRINCESS!!.. I'm so excited for both of you!! A GIRL! How exciting! I'm kind of scared for her future dating life... Alan is going to be cleaning his gun when boys come to pick her up for a date. haha. That is so great though. Congratulations! Holly and Dad- Great job on the member missionary work! That is so important. I feel bad for not becoming more involved before my mission with trying to teach and invite more people to hear about the gospel. All i know is there are a lot of things i will do differently after my mission. But I am so happy you are both sharing the gospel with people so frequently. I had no idea how important the members are in missionary work till i became a missionary. They truly make all the difference in helping invite and retain new investigators and members. Mom and Dave, i hope you have a great time on your cruise! I probably won't get your package until we go up for transfers to Budapest next Wednesday. Diane and Mike, I hope all is well with you also. Tell Scott I say hello' i hope blessing the sacrament for the first time went well for him. Love you all tons!! Talk to you next week!
November 8, 2011
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