Well team, I am happy to inform you all that miracles do happen and the world does stil keep spinning even at the end of your mission aaaand best of alll...
LACI GOT BAPTIZED THIS WEEKEND! Boom! Keresztelés! YESSSS!
It was super good---even though finding a baptismal font was a nightmare. The place where they normally hold the baptisms in Eger was all booked so we had to go around to all these different places and try to convince them to let us hold it there.
Do you know how awkward it is trying to reserve a pool for a baptism through your second language in eastern Europe? It gets pretty weird. Anyways, miracle of all miracles, and after many attempts, the Lord provides away and we convinced the water polo team that, no, we actually didn't want to perform some weird voodoo magic on their swimming pool and it would actually really help us out if we could rent out their training pool for a solid fifteen mintues----success! Tender mercies.
It was kind of unfortunate that a game was going on at the same time (whoops) BUT it actually didn't turn out too bad and wasn't really loud while we were in the conference room and because the training pool was at a completely different part of the building you couldn't actually hear it at all during the actual baptism, and it was especially spiritual when the game ended right before the closing song "Be Still My Soul" with Sister Rada just accompanying us singing (there was no piano there) on the violin. Tears were shed. It was awesome.
Anyways, aside from that this week was really good. Meet the Mormons has finally arrived in Hungarian whoop whoop! How did none of you tell me Obama was in that?? Haha I just about lost it when we were watching it with the branch, I was like "Is that Obama? What the heck I haven't seen or heard that guy in about a year a half" (Also: fun Hungarian fact of the day "barack" is the word for "peach." And this whole country thinks it's funny if you make peach jokes about Barack Obama. Tried and tested, really high success rate ;) It was really good, though, and after the "missionary mom" segment we got a lot of unexpected sympathy from everybody, which was really funny.
What else? Oh, yeah, we also had zone "Thanksgiving" which I would say isn't quite as meaningful from Magyarország. so far away from everything, but actually was (in my opinion) even better. Made me really stop and appreciate everyone and everything in my life, Hungarian or otherwise. (Also, fortunately Sister Jeppson is still in my zone or else how on earth would we have landed a zone selfie quite as epic? These are the questions.)
Anyways, really good things are happening in Eger right now. It's pretty dang exciting and I'm so glad that I get to be a part of it while I come closer to the end of my missionary service here in Hungary. The baptism this weekend was a dream. Laci asked me to give the talk on baptism and my heart was, for lack of a better term, just really full. To the brim. I look at the people and places around me and the changes I've been able to see in my short time here and sometimes ask myself if it's all even real. And I'm just so happy to be here and be a part of this. Because it's worth it, it really is.
Love you all! Miss you tons and see you soon!
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