Aaaaaaaannd...I'm in Békéscsaba!
I present to you:
4 Signs You Are In a Real Branch Again:
1.) Missionaries do at least 2 of the 3 following things every Sunday: a. give a talk. Or two. Or three. b. conduct Sacrament meeting. c. Struggle to teach a class in a foreign tongue. It's casual.
2.) The Priesthood Quorum is comprised of six members. (Three Elders, a sixteen-year-old, a recent convert, and a twelve-year-old...recent convert.)
3.) Our branch president has not only been the branch mission leader, not only is currently the branch mission leader, buuut is currently a missionary. Wait...what?
4.) RCs. (Recent converts) There are about to be RCs OUT THE WING WANG, PEOPLE!
Other good stuff:
1.) It was super, super, super hard for me to say to Tatabánya, I loved it so much. In my mind, I already pictured myself staying there until June so it was really hard to say goodbye and head out to Békéscsaba. There was one young woman in the branch I had really befriended who cried when I left---it was really, really, really sweet. She told me, " goodbyes are never forever, Sister Carle, and I'll always remember what a friend you were." AHHH TEAR MY HEART OUT TRANSFERRS WHHYY. A lot of the members came to say goodbye to me at the train station and help with my luggage and tell me they loved me, it was really touching that the members loved me and accepted me in such a short period of time. I feel like my two weeks in Tata were heartbreakingly short, but they taught me exactly what I needed to know about the human capacity to express love--and though it was difficult to let go, I think it's one of those things you can't even appreciate until it's gone, you know?
2.) My new companion is Williamson Nővér--she's a party and a half and I love her to death. She's from Roy, Utah did her freshman year of college at Utah State, we've been working really hard and having a blast while doing it, it's been fantastic.
3.) I am serving around a senior couple (the Elder is the branch president haha) and it is the BEST thing of MY MISSION LIFE. They make us Sunday dinner. And drive us to the grocery store. And hold choir practice. And bake banana bread and take it with us to go see less-actives. GREATEST THING EVER. Plus, they're kind of the nicest people ever to the point where I think they may be translated at any given moment---so I'm learning to appreciate them while I can haha
4.) Békéscsaba is the bomb. There are three places I've wanted to serve my entire mission: Szeged, somewhere in Budapest, and Békéscsaba. I feel super, super blessed that I'm only six months into my mission and able to say that I've been gifted the opportunity to serve in them all. Békéscsaba is this little city that is famous for being a place where miracles can happen---and have. I've met a couple of them, it's amazing.
Plus, there's a man I found and taught in Szeged that's getting baptized in a couple weeks that hopefully since I'm closer to Szeged I'll have to opportunity to go see---which will be absolutely, completely and totally FANTASTIC.
I'll keep ya'll updated on all the happenings and everything in Békéscsaba--I'm ready to settle down and just have an amazing transfer.
As always, I send all the love I have from Hungary. Miss you, guys.
Tudom hogy a Mormon könyve igaz!
p.s. write me, people!