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Thursday, October 31 2013:  Happy Halloween!  We picked the Sisters up a few minutes after 7:00 this morning and headed off to Budapest for Zone Conference.  It was a beautiful morning for the drive and the first time the Sisters had gone to Buda in a car.  They even helped us count wildlife.  We got there just in time for the 9:45 meeting the Sisters needed to be at.  Then at 10:00 our car was taken to get the snow tires put on.  At 11:00 the conference started with three Zones in attendance.  The highlight of the day was hearing from Elder and Sister Teixeira, the Area President, who were here for a mission tour.  They gave us some wonderful counsel and taught some very practical missionary principles.  We took a lot of notes but here are a few things I wrote down:  Ask yourself what motivates you have to be a follower of Christ and then share that and the plan of salvation with others.  Develop the faith to find those that will receive you.  The Lord promised that the simple and the weak would do his work.  The Book of Mormon is physical evidence that what we have to share is true.  We prepare so the messenger can be equal to the message.  If you want to be a better missionary, go to Preach My Gospel.

Following the conference, we stayed late and had dinner with two other senior couples.  We got home at 10:00 PM.  It was a really good day and a great opportunity to be instructed by a General Authority.

Wildlife Sightings:  5 pheasants, 32 deer.

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Wednesday, October 30 2013:  Happy birthday to Daisy!  It was so nice out this morning that I just wanted to keep on walking.  Some people have started to pull their boats out of the river and store them for the winter.  Win had a program with the ZL’s at 10:00 and after that I took them to the car dealer to get a headlight on their car fixed.  It was another laundry, ironing day and catch up day.  We have to leave early in the morning for a Zone Conference in Budapest.  The Sisters have to be there for a meeting at 9:45 so we will pick them up a little after 7:00 AM.  At 6:00 this evening Win had a Primary Presidency meeting and I had Branch Presidency meeting.  Our meeting was very informative as a member of the Stake High Council was there to orient us.  He answered questions and talked about the importance of the announcement that Szeged is now part of the Stake.  He did a great job at pointing out what a blessing this will be to the branch and all the stake leadership and resources that are now available.  The branch could never become a ward under the mission but now that is a very real possibility with a little more growth and a few more Melchizedek priesthood holders.  This is exciting to see the Church moving forward here in Hungary.

Peaceful morning

Peaceful morning

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Tuesday, October 29 2013:  We had a beautiful walk along the river this morning, shuffling our feet along the leaf covered sidewalks.  On the way home we bought a small bunch of flowers from a lady for 200 Ft or $.94 so Win could take them with her to a program.  At 10:00 our branch presidency got a tour of the new meetinghouse project.  It is really going to be nice and is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.  The only thing that I did not like was the report that the contractor is behind schedule and it will probably not be finished until after we go home next year.  Following the building tour we went to the branch house for a presidency meeting until almost 1:00.  Then I walked home and had some lunch just before Win got home about 1:30.  She had gone with the ZL’s to a program and lunch with one of the new converts.  This afternoon, Win did some laundry and ironing and I worked on the month end finances for the YSA program and our car mileage report.  It gets dark here at 5:00 now so it seems much later than it is.  About 6:30 we made a quick trip to the store and then about 8:00 I took the leftover food from Win’s lunch to the DL’s for their dinner.

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Monday, October 28 2013:  Made the usual walk to the bank at 9:00 and then got a hair cut at 10:30.  We put up some decorations in the apartment for the Halloween FHE tonight.  Win really went to a lot of work in the kitchen today for the menu of 30 mummy dogs, creamed potatoes and peas, a fruit platter and Frankenstein pudding cups.  At 5:00 I went to review the rental contract terms with the owners of the new apartment for the Sisters.  The meeting went very well and I was grateful for the help of our Branch President to translate for me.  There was a good group of 10 YSA at FHE.  The dinner was great and everyone enjoyed making their own pudding cup and playing the two games.

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Sunday, October 27 2013:  We were invited as a branch in Szeged to view the Budapest Stake Conference broadcast this morning.   Everyone pretty much figured what was up and it was announced the Szeged and three other branches are now part of the Stake rather than the mission.  It is not clear yet what the impact will be but it is less work for the Mission President to have the four branches under the Stake.  That means our poor little branch in Bekescsaba is now the only dependent branch of the mission that is not in one of the two districts.  There were 10 investigators at church this morning which was really good for a broadcast.  The visiting authority was from Scotland.  He mentioned that the Church in Hungary is now 25 years old.  He also said his next visit will be to Serbia where the total sacrament meeting attendance in the country is 65.  The Fall colors make the drive to Bekescsaba much more enjoyable.  We had 25 in attendance with four investigators.  Seven family members of the Relief Society President came to visit to hear her speak so that made for a nice crowd.  We got away later that usual and didn’t get home until 8:30 tonight.  Reese and Lacey and the kids called on Skype and we had a good visit.  Win wanted to hold the baby but that will have to wait for nine more months.

Wildlife sightings: 2 deer

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Saturday, October 25 2013:  Up this morning and off to the Piac with our basket.  On Saturday morning the buses coming to and from the market are completely full with some people standing.  We bought a pumpkin, a head of cauliflower, a few apples and some gifts to send to the kids.  The cabbage heads for sale were as big as basketballs.  We came home and cleaned the apartment before lunch.  After lunch  we drove to the store to get groceries for Monday night.  At 6:00 we were both going to  go with the ZL’s to a program but it got cancelled.  At 7:00 I went with them to a program a the man who has a good sized farm operation.  He was first introduced to the Church four years ago and attends church regularly.  I really like him and know that he will be a faithful priesthood holder someday.  Daylight saving time ends here in Hungary in the morning so we turned our clocks back before going to bed.

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Friday, October 25 2013:  Win went for a walk this morning but I stayed in.  Getting better each day.  Win baked another batch of snicker-doodles for the YSA activity tonight.  About mid day I felt pretty good so I suited up and went looking for a replacement bag for my backpack.  I haven’t found anything yet that will work as well as the backpack but I have until year end before we have to make the switch.  The best option so far is the Bagaboo shoulder bag the Elders all like.  It’s good for them because it is waterproof and holds more than a backpack.  I stopped by to get a hair cut but couldn’t get that done until Monday.  Win did a lot of laundry today and prepared her YW lesson for Sunday.  At 6:30 we met with just four of the YSA.  We knew it would be a low turnout with several of the others out of town.  After a spiritual message Win served the cookies and then we cleaned the building for the activity.  Below is a picture of a scene we see a lot when walking.  Everywhere you go there are little shops and kiosks or stands that sell rolls, pastries, breads and donuts that people eat for breakfast and lunch.  The picture below is of a group that are getting something to eat on their way to work or school.  Even children in strollers often have some kind of bread product in their mouth.

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