HAPPY BIRTHDAY COLIN AND DAD!
I can't give you much to honor this momentous occasion BUT I can give you:
Random facts about Hungary you didn't even know you were dying to know until right this very moment!
1.) They put corn on their pizza. My social tip of the week is if you're having a hard time breaking out of your shell at work/at school/in the mission field--gather everyone together, throw corn on a thin-crust pepperoni pizza and call it a "cultural celebration."
2.) If you're in a place where Burger King is better than McDonald's--you're either in a parallel universe or Hungary. (Or you're like me and you're in a parallel universe you like to call Hungary because seriously why would Burger King ever be better than McDonald's.)
3.) The word for "apple" in Hungarian is "alma," which would just be a cute little fact about Hungarian if it weren't for a little thing called The Book of Mormon. In which there is a prophet named Alma. Dear all, I urge you to go and read the book of Alma. And replace the word "Alma" with "apple". And understand my pain trying to explain this to investigators.
4.) They don't have a word for "addicted." Instead of saying "addicted" they say something along the lines of "he usually does crack cocaine" with the assumption that because he usually does crack cocaine--he has an addiction. They do, however, have a verb for "becoming unaddicted." Some would find this to be highly illogical and somewhat of a frustrator of communicating in the most accurate way what you mean to express--but I, I find it highly optimistic of the Hungarian people. Solving problems instead of creating them. You go, Hungarians. You go.
Anyways, this week has been crazy busy. We opened up the new branch house for our first church meeting--which was amazing. We've been running around to different appointments and one of our investigators taught us how to make paprika csirke (a traditional Hungarian dish) and also fed us pickled watermelon--which was an experience. We've been teaching this wonderful family and their son just got confirmed on Sunday in the new branch house which was super, SUPER amazing.
I want to share a quick message:
"Gratitude is the mark of a refined character and a noble soul."
There's a certain power that comes into your life from just being grateful for everything around you. I've seen it. Something about just continually marvelling at the things around you, no matter what your circumstances are, washes out all the negativity in your life and allows the bright light of faith to shine on in. When Elder Richard G. Scott came to speak to us in the MTC he told us, "the secret to prayers is gratitude." An apostle. Told me that.
Gratitude, to me, is the secret weapon to finding real joy and discovering the person you really want to be.
Anyways, that's enough from me this week. I hope you're all doing well, wherever this email finds you. I want you to know I love you and miss you--and I hope your weeks are full of adventure. Write me about them. I'd love to hear.
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