Monday, August 26, 2013


Street art.
     This week has been wonderful. However, it has also been rather uneventful.  Some highlights...In LIST FORM! It has been a while since I have written a list. Might as well go at it again :)
     1. We have started holding Family Night with our senior couple The Browns. It is awesome! Senior couples are so great. Seriously. And the Browns are awesome. We really like them. Family Night was fun and successful and we will be starting to hold it weekly. Yeah for fun programs!
     2. This week we have been helping an investigator stop smoking. She is doing really well. We are so proud of her and her dedication.
     3.I went on splits with our District Leader in Szombathely! It was fun. There was this crazy festival with all these Roman soldiers and stuff. It was so crazy. We saw fire dancers and a legit crusaeds group and a legit Roman legion. They were in armor and everything it was crazy. It made finding kind of difficult, but I also talked to a guy and gave him a Book of Mormon. He was super cool. Also, our District Leader is awesome. I learned a lot from him in just that short time.
     4. I met with Lazlo!! (He is our Hungarian neighbor in St. George) It was so good to see him and talk to him! Also, it was the trippiest thing in the world to hear him speak Hungarian and then to understand it. SO COOL! Our meeting was brief, but really good. We talked about St. George and about his family that he was visiting in Hungary and how his wife is doing. It was really good to see him. And I got your package! Thank you so much for that. It was great. I will definitely be wearing my St. George shirt all the time :)
     5. We don't ride bikes. Which is good, because the walking makes me work. Also, I haven't ridden a since I was like bikes might be a challenge.
     6. It has been raining here a lot too. Actually it has been pretty cold the last few days and last week.  We use our fan less and less as the days go by.  I have a feeling fall will come soon, and with it...COLD WEATHER!! I am so dang excited for that. I will drink hot chocolate ALL THE DAYS and I will get a super comfy coat and all will be well in the world :)
      Well that is about it for this week. Sorry, it is kind of lame, but it has been a good week :) I love you all so much and I am so grateful for your support and prayers. Please keep them coming! They help us so much it is ridiculous. I know that this is the Lord's  work, because we would not be able to do it otherwise! I am excited to read your letters and I will hear from you next week!
      Sok szeretettel,
         Neely Elder
Street sign in Sopron-super great!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Hungarian Holidays!

He is alive and well-just busy!

Hungary really know how to celebrate. 
So things have been crazy this week with all the celebrating going on.  We will get the blog update next week!  He would love to hear from everyone!  So drop him a line when you can.

Elder Levi Neely
Hungary Budapest Mission
Hajnoczy Jozsef Utca 14

Monday, August 12, 2013

Seriously great week!

Sziasztok (see-ah-stoke)!
     This week has been so good! Seriously, one of the greatest weeks ever! Full of miracles and just really awesome things. I am thankful for the Lord. He has been helping us big time! So a couple of stories exist of mine<----LOL Hungarian is messing with me.
     There was a man that started coming to English class a while ago.  Both Mullen Elder and I really like him and he had a lot of potential, so we made a goal for a week to invite him to learn more about us.  Well, when English class came, I chickened out.  I was so sad about it, but I was praying super hard that I would get another chance. I thought that I would try again on Thursday during English class. On Tuesday we also have a German class that one of the members teaches. Guess who was there? The same guy. So afterwards I went up to him and asked him. He said he would love to and we are teaching him. He is super awesome and we are so excited for him!
     At said German class, I sat in the back with a lady and her two kids. One of her kids was like 5 or 6 and he looked super bored. So we started drawing pictures.  It was so dang fun!  Towards the end I found out he couldn't read. I was trying to show him how to pronounce my name (which actually turns out to be hard for some people) and then he was like, "Nem tudok olvasni! (nem-two-dok ohl-vash-nee)" which means, " I can't read!" It was super funny.
Our drawings from German class.

       So the other day we were in this lesson with this lady. It was a terrible lesson.  She was just complaining about everything to us and bashing on us and the world and everything and it just rather sucked. In fact, we literally stood up in the middle of this and left and she just continued to was bad.  However, while this was happening I had a really nice realization that just made everything better: I can be myself!  I can still be Levi Neely. I think I kind of thought I needed to be a different person to be a missionary....but now...I know that I don't. I can still be me. Just missionary me. Heavenly Father created me to be me and that is who He called to Hungary. That is who He needs to teach people. It was a nice realization.
     The other day we were streeting and this guy yelled at us from across the street in a perfect Utahn accent.  It was weird. I wanted to cry.  I haven't heard one of those in a really long time.  So he called out to us to join him for lunch. We went over and met his wife. He was the first missionary in Sopron (sho-prone) 12 years ago! It was so cool. We never asked their names. Dang it.
     The new senior couple is here! They are the Browns and they are from South Carolina, but they have lived all over. They are super nice and super enthusiastic about everything. It will be great to work with them.
     This week one of our investigators chose a date to be baptized on!! We are super excited for her and are so excited to help her to progress and work towards coming closer to Christ.
     This week has been a week of miracles. I just want to emphasize how important this work is and how important you all are!  Help the missionaries!! We need people to teach and you all can help with that so much!
     I love you all so much and I miss you all so much, but I am so happy to be here. I love Hungary.  The people, the place, the food, the weather, the smell, everything. I am so humbled to know that the Lord let me come here.
     I love you all so much and hope all is well with you!
           Sok szeretettel (show-k ser-et-et-el),
                  Neely Elder

My watch broke-so I got this one!

Monday, August 5, 2013


     This past week has been pretty intense. It was Transfer week. I am super happy that Mullen Elder and I are staying together. So we got to go to into Budapest to take the other that was transfering to another place.  So I got to see Giacalone Elder and Godderidge Elder and even some of my kicsi! (from the MTC) It was super nice and fun and just plain good.
     We called a bunch of our investigators and ward members to tell them that we would be staying and one of our investigators, when she heard the news, literally screamed with joy. It was the sweetest thing. She is one of the nicest people I know.
     When we got back we showed the two new elders to their apartment. Their names are Burch Elder and Hansen Elder. Hansen Elder is actually from Leeds! So we talked about St. George a lot and people that we both know. He is stellar at the piano so we talked about music a lot as well.  It was super fun!
     The other day we were out streeting people and we walked past a boy walking with his grandma. He had his phone out and it was playing like a dance-club song or something and he was just dancing his little heart out. It was so funny! He was walking and dancing and his grandmother was just looking at him with this, "Who are you?" face. I was dying! It was so dang funny.
     So on Saturday, we got to watch the announcement that was made a long time ago.(June) Finally! It was so nice to be able to watch it. How exciting! Things are going to grow so fast now, it will be amazing!  So the down side to watching this was that it is all in Hungarian. Miracle:I understood it. I didn't understand every word they said, but I understood what they were trying to say and I understood their message and -fun fact- I could feel the Spirit just the same.  It was an amazing experience and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father sometimes gives me tender mercies like that.  I needed to understand what they were talking about and I needed to feel the Spirit at the same time. It was a miracle and a blessing indeed.
     After this festivity, we just kind of chilled with the Branch President's family for a while.  They are stellar people and they are super fun.  So the little girl of the family was drawing on the board and her brother was asking her to do something. So then she turned around slowly, glared at him and simply said, "Dolgozom." Which means, "I'm working." It was so dang funny! I was probably the only one that thought it was funny, but it was definitely funny. I laughed for a very long time.
     I am very excited. This week is really promising. We are planning on meeting with all our investigators and if things work out the way they are planned, we should have two new investigators by the end of the week. I am super stoked about it. I love these people so much and I am so honored to be able to be among them.  I am so humbled that the Lord would send me here to meet and learn about and love these people. I am honored.
     The work is beautiful. The Savior lives!  He is at the head of this work. I have no doubt about that.
     I love you all so much and I am so grateful for all of you.
         Sok szeretettel,
            Neely Elder
Everyone got Tisza bags!
Mullen Elder