Monday, September 30, 2013

Sziasztok! Hogy vagytok? Remelem, hogy minden jo veletek!  ( Hello, how are you? I hope that all is good with you.)  {As close as I can figure with Google translate}

     This week has been really good. Like really good. We have been working a lot and that has been crazy.  We have been doing a lot of work. Also, it has been raining all the time now a days! I like it though.  I bought a hoodie and IT IS SO SOFT. Oh my goodness I love it so much. Also, we now wear scarves and de Vires Elder and I have matching Bacsi hats :) It keeps us warm, and we look classy!
     Oh and I have a question: is my laptop still in existence? That would be nice if it was. Just a thought. Also, could I ask you a favor? Could you somehow send me some of my Christmas sheet music?  I knew I should have brought it. Guess what, there is someone here who plays the violin, so that would be really nice if I am here for Christmas.
     Speaking of Christmas. I have already made my companion break out his Motab Christmas music, because I WANT CHRISTMAS TO COME SO BAD IT HURTS. We are both really excited for it. It will be so good. We will go caroling (because that is actually a super effective way of finding people to teach) and we will drink ALL THE HOT CHOCOLATE and it will be beautiful.
     Yes, I got Grandma and Nanny's letters. Please tell them hello and that I love them.
     This week has been crazy and hectic and great all at the same time. I am really excited for this week as well, because we will be meeting with some really awesome new people. I am looking forward to it.
     I hope you all have the best of weeks and I hope that everything goes uber super well with all of you! For now I leave you with some of my new favorite words of advice taken from the glorious hymn book: "Be Thou Humble."
     I love you all!! I am so glad to be here and I am glad to miss all of you!
     Shout out to all of those friends of mine that are going on missions! Yay to all of you!
     Sok szeretettel,
            Neely Elder
P.S. sorry no pictures this week =(

Monday, September 23, 2013

He's Back! Love the craziness.

Becker Elder, Neely Elder and Giacalone Elder in the Browns car.
     This week has been pretty darn good. To be honest though...I didn't write much down and now I forgot a lot! I will revert to list form and try to remember things:

1. We have been doing a lot more finding (usually in the form of "tabling") with the Browns. It is always so much fun! They are fearless with talking to people and we have had quite a bit of success with them. So Yay for the Browns! We love Senior Missionaries!

2. We went to Szombathely this Sunday for District Confrence. It was super great! We got to hang out with a girl named Laura from the states that is living here in Sopron as a nanny type of person and is super cool and with a member and with a few investigators and friends and members and just party it up on the train ride. It was super nice. We had lunch and we just had a really good time being with friends and also the meeting was fantastic! We preformed a musical number with VERY LITTLE practice and it all went quite magnificently.

An absolutely terrible picture of all of us on the Train to Szombathely.
3. It is so phenomenal to be in Sopron with the Giacster! LOL I mean Giacalone Elder. We (all four Elders) do a lot of team finding and it is both fun and effective! Sopronis seriously on fire.  Not literally, that would be bad. METAPHORS ARE REAL.

4. As you can tell I am in a weird mood. Last night I went to bed and like konked out so hard. However, after this we (Giacalone and I) will be getting a haircut, so that will be fun!

5. My hands are cold.

6. Speaking of the cold, the cold is coming! A hideg JON. We are going to get me a jacket real soon here.

7. I got your letter! The driving record fiasco is now over and all is well!

Like I said, I kind of forgot everything that happened this week. Next week I will do better I promise! I love you all so much and I am so grateful to call you my family and I am so grateful to be here in Hungary and even more grateful to be in Sopron!!
    Sok szeretettel,
           Neely Elder

Hungary always has the best graffiti. Seriously!
We had fun with some piegons at the train station.
A candid shot of deVries Elder.

I went on splits this week and found this terrifying
dungeon  underneath a 10 story. It was creepy!

Monday, September 16, 2013

     This week has been really good. de Vries Elder and I have kicked it into high gear. We worked our butts off this last week and we have seen progress! We have accomplished a lot this week. The thing that I love about de Vries Elder most, though, is that he still has fun. I love having fun with that kid. We have a good time :)
     I am so glad to hear that Jade wants to serve a mission! It is so worth it! Every minute! That is such exciting news! Encourage people to support him and their family! If there is one thing that I have learned out here it is that we have to just love everyone. Be patient with everyone. Help everyone.
     It has been cloudy/ raining in Sopron for like 8 days straight. I love the rain, but this is getting kind of lame. I am glad that St. George got rain though, that is nice :)  I am also really excited for Fall and I am super pumped to start buying winter clothes. Hurrah!!
     Guess what?? There is only like four months until we get to skype!! Woohoo!! I look forward to that a lot. It will be so great. I MISS ALL of my family!! Tell them all hello and that I love them and miss them all!!
     We have been pretty normal this week. We had the other Elders over for dinner the other night and I made Paprikas Csirkes (LOL I have no idea if that is spelled right at all).  It was super good if I do say so myself! Also: The Browns are super awesome. They are great! We have taken them out finding a couple of times this week and they have gone with us to a few programs. It has been really fun. They are both super kind to us.
     Twice this week I have bore my testimony more than I ever have before...I don't really know how to explain it. I feel very blessed, because...that is like the first time that I have felt the Spirit that strong. I don't know how to explain it other than to say that it was a miracle and it was an amazing experience.  The Lord has blessed me so much. It is rather ridiculous. I feel so blessed to be here, to serve Him. I as so grateful that I get to do this.
     I love you all so much and I am sorry this is like the lamest letter ever, but I will talk to you next week!
         Sok szeretettel,
             Neely Elder
Tabling adventures! A random guy stopped and started playing his steel guitar/banjo thing. Super funny!
So one of our investigators prayed the other day that we would give up coke. So we are giving up coke and we asked Giacalone Elder if he would take it off our hands for us.

I LOVE this pekseg. (bakery [pronounced pay-k-shey-g]) SO MUCH!
 I made this!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Crazy Busy!

Our whole MTC district was reunited when we all got together for transfers!
It was so great! Even though they are not pictured, all of our Sisters were there too.
It was so great to see all of these fantastic people!
     It sounds like this week was crazy for you! It was crazy for us too! The first part of the week was spent with some other Elders in Buda. It was fun. Johnson Elder and I became like BFFs by the time I left on Wednesday.  He gave me a tie :) Anyways. My new companion is de Vries Elder! He is awesome. Basically, he loves Star Wars and music and singing and all sorts of jazz and he is Canadian :) We get along great and we are having such a good time :) An Example: The other day we got back home after a REALLY  long day of work and we just instinctively broke out into a nerf gun war (because there is a bunch of little nerf guns in our apartment from past Elders). It was so much fun and it helped us blow off steam. It was so great :)
     I don't have any really awesome stories. I have seen two people peeing in public as of recent. One was a guy in his thirties in a park and the other was a three year old boy at the bus station. It reminded me of Axton, except it was awkward and weird. Peeing in public. I am glad we don't do that in 'Merica.
     Also, last night we were coming home and it was dark. So a couple of weeks ago I bought one of those plastic lightsabers (Star Wars 4 Life!) and I carry it on me at all times. Let me tell you, It felt really good to hold that lightsaber in my hand while we were trekking our way home. Because it was kind of terrifying!
     This week has been stellar. We have worked our butts off and we are seeing a lot of awesomeness in Sopron. Not to mention that Giacalone Elder is here! It is so great. It is like the MTC again, except for we are in Sopron and we aren't companions. But it is still fun :)
    I love you all so much. I miss all of you so much, but I am excited to hear about you and I love being here in Sopron! Have a beautiful week!
        Sok szeretettel,
            Neely Elder
#Welcome to Sopron
Ralph Elder and I on splits last week. So FUN!
Mullen Elder had magic sticky bubbles. So many bubbles!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


This week has been crazy. Okay. List form it is!
     1. This is transfer week. Guess what? Mullen Elder is now secretary for the mission! Which is super cool. Also, that meant that we had to go to Budapest on Saturday. I am staying with Richards Elder (From my MTC group so that is cool) and Johnson Elder (who served with Mullen Elder. He is cool). It has been fun, but I miss Sopron.

     2. Speaking of Sopron, I got my transfer call! I am staying in Sopron and my companion will be deVries Elder! He is from Canada and I am stoked to serve with him. Everybody tells me that he is super awesome and that we will be great. I am super excited to serve with him.

     3. Speaking of transfers, guess who else is coming to Sopron? GIACALONE ELDER!! Yeah, that is right, the team is getting back together! I am so excited. It will be great!

    4. The rest of the week has been good, but to be honest, I don't remember half of what has happened. This week has been CRAZY. We have been running from place to place teaching and finding and doing all sorts of fun stuff.

     5. This last week (...I think?) I went on splits with Ralph Elder! (From my MTC group as well) It was SO MUCH FUN! It was really fun speaking Hungarian, because we are both pretty darn new and we are by no means fluent, but we got by and it was a blast. It was so much fun.

    This week has been really fun and fulfilling and these upcoming weeks will be so much greatness I am so stoked. I am so ridiculously excited! I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well and that Kyler won his football game. I am also glad that you found my driving record, because I KNEW IT EXISTED. It is super funny that you found it. I looked everywhere for it!
     I also got all of your letters this week. It is so nice to hear from you all and to get PICTURES! Kyler is a freaking stud! He is going to be ripped soon. Dang. Hannah looks so big! It doesn't seem like it has been that long, but she has grown up so much! ALSO: I have the most adorable nieces and nephews in the world. I absolutely love the pictures of them.
     Well, I should probably go. I love you all so much and miss you all tons! Thank you for the prayers and support. It helps! It is a real thing!
     Sok szeretettel,
            Neely Elder
A beautiful lightening  storm in Sopron.
deVries Elder-3rd companion