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Saturday, August 31 2013:  Where did this month go.  I walked to the river and then picked up some peaches and nectarines on the way back.  Win and I then walked over to the farmers market and bought some apples, lettuce, flowers, tomatoes, carrots and a fourth of a water melon.  Even a half a melon is too big for our fridge.  We than cleaned the apartment and had some lunch.  This afternoon we went in search of a new purse for Win.  Her current one has about had it.  We looked at three different stores and found a nice one.  Then we grocery shopped and had an ice cream bar at LIDL.  For dinner Win baked some talapia fish and  made creamed new potatoes and peas.  It was great.  Win then got things ready for tomorrow’s teaching assignments and I worked on possible speaking assignments and topics for the next couple of weeks.  I also have to speak next week so I worked some on that talk.  Below are a couple of pictures from the market.  The flowers are for Erica.

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Friday, August 30 2013:  We were so tired that we actually slept till about 7:00 this morning.  I walked for a little less than an hour but tried to keep up a good pace.  I found a chin up bar that is not the best at a park but at least I can do a few now and then.  When I got back, Win then went for a walk.  Last night the Elders called and asked if I would go with them to Hod for the afternoon.  So, I picked them up at 1:30 and we made five visits and got home at 6:00.  It was a good experience and interesting to be in the homes of three members, one investigator and then a program with another investigator seated outside by and ice cream shop.  While I was gone, Win wrote training outlines for the axillary presidencies and emailed them to the senior couples who requested them.  She also sent out her cold fruit soup recipe.  At 6:30 we attended the last Summer institute class which had a good turnout of nine YSA.  We have a new addition to our  group.  He is a member from Debrecen who will be living here while attending school.  For the treat, Win served a chocolate cake she had baked this morning.  Below is an updated picture or our new Branch meetinghouse project.

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Thursday, August 29 2013:  After breakfast we all gathered at 9:30 for a walk to the Hospital in the Rock.  I must admit that I did not know what this excursion was about nor was I too excited but I’m glad I got to see it.  I would recommend you Google Hospital in the Rock and images of it to see a little of what we saw.  This facility was built from some old existing caves to serve as an emergency hospital and secret nuclear bunker.  It was designed to accommodate around 200 patients and staff but at one time during WWII there were over 600 patients there.  It truly was a time warp experience and the  wax figures throughout the facility gave us a look at part of the war that we would not have imagined.  All of the medical equipment, tools and supplies are still there as if one day they just walked out and closed the doors.   Also a very interesting part of it’s history is that a care taker couple and their children lived in it for 40 years.  After that tour, we visited the Church of Our Lady or the Matthias Church (named after King Matthias) in the Castle District of Buda.  Win and I were in that area at the February senior conference but the church was closed at that time.  About 1:00 we returned to the Mission Office building for a lunch that consisted of all the leftovers from yesterdays lunch and dinner.  Everyone enjoyed it so much that they suggested we do this again rather than eating out.  Win and I skipped the afternoon tour of the Castle District Museums (we had seen that before) and walked to a doctors office to get prescriptions for a couple of medications.  After that, we picked up a box of Book of Mormons for the Sisters and some other supplies at the Mission Office and headed home.  We felt it was one of the better conferences of the three we have attended and hope we can become better missionaries because of it.

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Wednesday, August 28 2013:  The drive to Budapest today took about 40 minutes longer that usual due to a major lightning and rain storm that brought traffic to a crawl.  The rain was too much for the windshield wipers and it was difficult to see more than a couple of car lengths in front of us.  We got to the Mission Office about an hour before lunch so we still had to get some reimbursements and settle up on our phone and car expenses.  The lunch was a sandwich bar that was complete with a great assortment of meat, cheese, vegetables, chips, potato salad, and chocolate cake.  At 1:30 we met in the chapel to start our afternoon of meetings.  The three new couples introduced themselves and then we all gave a brief  introduction for the benefit of the new couples.  Sister Smith then shared some very good thoughts from Isaiah 5: 26-29.  She also said it is projected that there will be about 85,000 missionaries worldwide serving by year end.  President Smiths remarks centered around Ezekiel 34, to seek and gather the lost sheep.  He then shared a power point presentation on our duties and responsibilities and concluded with D&C 23: 3-5.  One of the couples then gave some ideas on rescuing the less active members, another couple shared how they try to spend some time each day proselyting.  A third couple talked about how they work with the YSA and finally Win and I talked about serving in the Wards and Branches.  At 4:00 we separated into an hour meeting for the Sisters and one for the Elders.  The dinner that Win and her committee organized followed at 6:00 with a serving of cold fruit soup first and then the burrito bar that was really good.  Just when we had all eaten way too much, they passed around a tray of those “magnum” ice cream bars.  After we cleaned up the room and washed the dishes we headed off on a 30-40 minute walk to an island in the Danube River.  There we enjoyed a musical light show at a fountain.  At one point  I got caught up in the moment when the musical selection was “Who Will Stop the Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  I grabbed Sister Hulbert for a brief dance in front of the fountain.  The other couples got a real kick out of it and someone wondered if we had been on a dance team together in college.  We rode the tram back to the mission office and then carried our overnight bags to a nearby hotel.  Win really enjoyed the room and the wonderful breakfast so I guess we will be staying there again.

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Tuesday, August 27 2013:  I walked past the Voltive/Dome Church this morning and they have almost finished taking down the grandstands they use for the Summer Outdoor Festival.  That is a sure sign that Summer is over in Szeged.  Win started first thing after breakfast to cut up the fruit and get that process going for the soup she is taking to senior conference.  You have cook it to soften it and blend all the flavors together.  At 10:30 we walked to the Zone Leaders apartment for an inspection.  They are on splits today so one of the newer Elders from Kecskemet was there.  It is transfer week next week so all apartments have to inspected by next Tuesday.  I was originally scheduled for a program with the other Elders at 2:00 but they talked with the investigator and he wasn’t comfortable with them bringing me along.  I don’t blame him. Who would want some old guy who can’t speak the language coming to your apartment.  Win finished up cooking the fruit and started the cooling process on the soup before going to a program with the Sisters at 5:00.  Win said she shared her testimony with the lady about prayers being answered like in the First Vision.  The apartment smelled great all day with fruit cooking and cooling.  We look forward to serving it when we come home.  After dinner we started packing for our trip to the senior conference in the morning.  We are staying in a Hotel tomorrow night which we have not done in Budapest before.  This afternoon, there were a couple of kids playing out side and it was strange to here them calling out in English, “Mommy, Mommy”.  Tonight there are kids outside on the street.  It’s like they all want to hang on to Summer nights just a little longer even though is gets dark much earlier now.

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Monday, August 26 2013:  No walk today, we are fasting with the Elders in Bekescsaba for the missionary effort there.  I had to suit up early to meet the Branch clerk at the bank.  Win started the dinner for tonight which is baked macaroni and cheese, cooked vegetable medley,  bread and snicker doodles.  We went to the store in the middle of a rain storm to get groceries for the Senior Missionary Conference on Wednesday and Thursday.  Win is in charge of the dinner Wednesday night.  We got word that the YSA budgets have been adjusted so we prepared a couple of options to present to our YSA family council tonight.  We will see what they would like to do concerning dinners and treats in the future and then hopefully get some further instructions at the senior conference.  At 5:00 we had a program in our apartment with the zone leaders and one of the young ladies that has come to family home evening once before.  At 6:00 we met with the YSA group leader and assistant to discuss the options.  At 6:30 we started FHE with the dinner.  There were a total of 9 YSA tonight with two of them being investigators.  We were thrilled when the young lady downstairs came to the door and joined us.  After the spiritual messaged Win served the cookies and then we played the shark game which is like musical chairs.  The group decided that from now on we will have a smaller dinner each Monday without treats and then have a treat each Friday night.

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Sunday, August 25 2013:  There were ten investigators at church this morning, two of which was there for the first time and Mr C even came.  The sacrament speakers seemed to be well prepared but as always I don’t know if they even spoke on the topic I assigned to them.  Win taught the music in Primary today and one young girl from an investigator family,  who can’t read yet, is learning the words faster than the others.  The countryside along the way to Bekescsaba now is so dry that it isn’t very scenic anymore.  There were two investigators at church, the one sister has come twice to Win’s sewing class.  The sacrament meeting speakers were one of the senior couples from Budapest whose mission assignment is humanitarian services.  It was nice to have them come and good for the Branch to have some visitors.  Win and I talked for a few minutes in the YM/YW class about supporting each other in our marriage and in our Church callings.  We got home at 7:00 and had some dinner before going with the zone leaders to a program with the married couple we enjoy so much.  They are a wonderful couple with a young son and they are eager to learn about the principles of the Gospel.

Wildlife sightings:  2 deer

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