Hungarian quotes of the week:
1.) (In a Relief Society lesson about charity): "Though the president of Hungary is very, very evil and I hate him very, very much I still pray for him every day."
2.)Us: "What's the greatest gift you've received in your life?"
Woman on the street: "Sadness."
Us: ".... ..... ....oh."
3.) Me: "Yeah, it was great to meet you. If you have any more questions, here's a card with our number on it."
Man on the street: "Yes. Thank you for letting me help you develop your social skills."
Coolest parts of the week:
1.) This week was the FIRST EVER time a Hungarian told me, "You speak Hungarian really well!" and it happened not once...BUT TWICE. I don't know how much truth was behind it or how much pity it was, or a mix of both, because Hungarian is really flipping difficult, but I will accept it as a self-esteem booster nonetheless. My goal this transfer has just been to speak in Hungarian as much as humanly possible and I feel like I'm finally picking up a lot more, speaking a lot more, and a lot more equipped to teach and get my point across. Which is awesome.
2.) For our Christmas finding extravaganza with the Elders this week we decided on "ingyenes forró csoki" aka "free hot chocolate,"and as you would expect, this was a lot more successful than our caroling extravanganza the week previous. Four telephone phone numbers saay whaaa?
Funniest story of the week:
We went tracting clear out on the outskirts of Szeged this week. We took our bus passes and took the bus as far out as we could and started tracting. IT WAS SO COLD. SO, SO COLD. I mean, we met a few really cool people which warmed my little missionary heart just enough to keep my core temperature above a sustainable level to live because OHMAHGAWSHWEWERESOCOLD. But, being sister missionaries, we pressed onwards in the dark and the cold for hours until it was time to head home. Anyways, the entire way home we just talked about the nice, hot, HOT drinks/food we were going to make for dinner and we finally get there and we walk in the door, flip on the lights---and they spark and go out. Immediately after we walk in. All the power. In the entire apartment. Goes out. And so we sit in the dark. And the cold. But we just decided that instead it was going to be a Hungarian adventure--and for some reason that made it actually the best thing ever. And finally our landlord thought he fixed it --but it turns out he didn't and we had to sleep all night without any heat in our apartment and it was actually just kind of this hilarious quest for heat and the Elders had to come over at seven in the morning with an extension cord so we could try and sketchily plug it into the heating and try plugging it into another power outlet across the apartment, and it was really hilarious.
Anyways, my message today is that sometimes the lights go out. Sometimes you have no heat in your apartment. Sometimes you're a poor missionary in Szeged and you're tired and cold. And from the outside, it looks sad and gray--but if you just decide to make today an adventure--it is. So the next time something seems sad or difficult, I challenge you to make a quest instead of a hinderance. And see the difference it makes. Because it's pretty dang big.
As always, I send all my love from Hungary! I want to send out a reminder I probably can't email next week because of Christmas but I am SO EXCITED to Skype home. Love you all! Boldog karácsonyt!
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