This week has been totally crazy. Crazy, I tell you. As evidenced by the subject line to this email: MY TRAINER IS HOME. Back in the good ol' US of A. I miss her dearly, but the transition has been pretty great because: I'M IN A TRI-PANION-SHIP! Talk about a nagy buli.
It's been pretty great, actually.
My new companions:
1.) You know how I had a companion in the MTC that grew up about twenty minutes away from me in Virginia for most of my life that I didn't know and had never met? Yeah. One of my new companions, VanDenBerghe Nővér? She grew up abbooout 2,000 miles away from me in Utah. We sat next to each other in Book of Mormon class last semester. Life is weird, isn't it? She's super cool and only a transfer ahead of me and helps me out a lot--I love her.
2.) Erlandsson Nővér is awesome. She's been in the country since January, is also from Utah, and went to East High. As in, THE East High. As in, High School Musical High School. To make matters even better she was theatre. At High School Musical High School. I find that way funnier than I think anyone really should. But she's great and full of energy and our tri-panion-ship is going to knock it out of the park this transfer--I cannot wait.
In other news:
1.) Our apartment was too small so we swapped with the Elders.We are literally three cute little sister missionaries living in a straight-up BACHELOR PAD, I swear to goodness. It's about four times the size of our last apartment and has five beds and is ridicously cold in the morning and our fridge FREEZES it's contents (picture enclosed) and it has been an adventure for sure.
2.) The cool thing about getting new companions is falling in love with my area all over again. Seriously. You notice so many new things and learn so much more about your area when you bring in one new pair of eyes--let alone two. It's been super cool seeing Szeged from two new viewpoints. I LOVE SZEGED.
3.) Szeged has cracked out the Christmas decorations and festivals--and I am in full-on Christmas mode. There is NOTHING as cool as a Hungarian Christmas--I'm convinced. Seriously, Hungarian Christmas festivals are absolutely stunning in every facet of the word.
I really miss my old district and my old companion--we were all super close and I had a lot of fun, but lots of times good things need to come to an end. I never ever ever want them to-- but I think God does this to show us how much we really changed and grew, in a way we couldn't quite see in the moment. This past transfer has been one of miracles, tears, love and growth. There was nothing quite so amazing as stepping off the train from Budapest to Szeged on Wednesday and seeing in perfect retrospect where I was exactly nine weeks ago when I did the same. I had an amazing transfer--and I'm ready to make this one even better. There's something so incredible about growing into the missionary mantle that I really can't even attempt to put into words, but I can say: I love this work. This work is hard--but this work is the best thing I've ever put my heart and soul into in my entire life.
As always, I love you all. I have been CRAZY busy this week between my trainer going home, my new companions, the move, in addition to the regular day-to-day work, and am super excited for the first P-Day to show my new companions around soooo I have to run off early again, but I hope you're all having an awesome start to December! Write me, there's nothing that makes my week quite like a letter! I love you!
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