Sunday, October 14, 2012
2012 October in Budapest
October 15, 2012
The best thing ever happened today!! Attila from Duna was in town. We happened to be at the branch house today when he called and asked if we had a few minutes to meet with him. We said of course and that we were just at the church house. He told us he'd be there in 15 minutes. It was so good to see him! I love their family SO MUCH (as I'm sure I've already told you a million times). Anyway, he told me a personal experience about how he gained his own personal testimony of the priesthood power! I could feel my eyes beginning to fill with tears as one of my investigators bore to me their own personal testimony. He told me that Zsuzsa and him are getting married!!- So that they can be baptized! How cool is that!? :) They are going to be an eternal family!!!!!!! I could not be happier than I am at this moment. I know now that my mission has meant something to someone, and that I was able to be an instrument in helping this family change their lives forever! They are incredible. I know that their whole family will be blessed because the gospel is now in their lives, and because their parents, Zsuzsa and Attila, are such great examples to their children and are making such great decisions. I was so happy that Attila thought to come visit me and that he was so excited to tell me about all the wonderful things happening with their family. :)
I also got a call from the Elders in Duna last Friday. Jorge's baptism was planned to be in the next few weeks, but they haven't had the opportunity to meet with him lately. They thought maybe he had disappeared, and I couldn't understand why, when he was so solid while we were meeting with him there. They just found out though that he has been in the hospital the last few weeks. He seems to be doing better. But it looks like his baptism will be pushed back a bit. He still wants to be baptized though, and the Elders have begun meeting with him again. :)
The Opera was so great! We actually didn't see an opera- haha we saw a ballet. But it was incredible! They didn't talk the entire time- except there was one small part where a narrator said a few lines in Hungarian. But it was so fun! I was so glad that President gave us permission to go. The opera house here is beautiful! We got to sit in some of the coolest seats too in one of those little booths! I think Sister MacKay enjoyed her birthday. She was so excited to open her presents from her family- we woke up and opened them right at 630 in the morning. :) It was a really fun day.
Okay, so Andrea, who got the pass-along card in her mailbox, is so AWESOME! She came to conference, and to church this past Sunday, and we are meeting with her again this week! She says she has been reading from the Book of Mormon everyday and she has been trying to pray the way we showed her. :) There are so many great miracles happening here in the city! Transfers are next week- can you believe it?! I've been thinking a lot about whether I want to extend or not. My original date to come home is January 17th- if I extend I will stay until the 28th of February. I don't see any major plans being effected if I stay one more month, (only that I'd miss Valentines day) haha but I really feel like I could do a lot of good here in my last transfer. So, I've been feeling a lot like I might stay. But it's not for sure yet. I'm still thinking and praying a lot about it. I told President I would give him an answer in the next week though... So, if any of you can think of any reason why that would be a horrible idea... let me know. haha
We are still meeting with and finding a lot of new investigators. We had a ton of great lessons this week, so I'm really excited about all the new people we are meeting with. I'll keep you updated on their progression. The baptism for the 2 little boys this weekend went really great. They are adorable. And one of them, Peti, when he walked through the door looked at us with the biggest smile and said he's been waiting for this day for a long time. :) It's so cool to see people be baptized. There is nothing else in the world like helping another receive the blessings that come form the gospel.
I love you all so much! I hope that you are all doing well. Thanks for all your support and prayers.
Sincerely and With Love,
Sister Tiffany Johnson
Chalking in Buda and look at the View!
Attila, Zsuzsa and their son Levente come to visit me in Buda
Sister MacKay, Chris and Sister Johnson