BRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!! It has been REALLY cold this past week! And these past few days have been full of snow. It has been... interesting? Okay, mostly it has just been cold :P BUT! Don't worry! We are staying nice and warm :) I have lots of sweaters and leggings and a nice pair of boots. Also, we have been doing a lot of area book finding this past week to avoid turning into icicles. (For those of you who don't know what that means, we have a book with records of people we have met with in the past. So, this week, we looked at old records and called people who hadn't been met with in a long time and asked if they were interested in learning more.) We actually saw some great success with this! We have set up quite a few programs for this next week with people from the area book. And it has been fun! We have records from back to 2003! It has been interesting to look through some of the history of my area and the missionaries who serve here.
We also tried to look up some people in the area book who didn't have phone numbers attached to their names. There was one really cool sounding lady who had accepted everything the missionaries taught, but who's husband was against her meeting with the missionaries. We decided this past Friday to brave the bitter cold to find her house. We walked, bundled in our coats, scarves, mittens, and hats (but STILL somehow freezing haha). We finally found her house and were so excited to ring the door. We rang the csengo (the doorbell outside of their gate) and waited while their dog barked at us. When someone finally came out the door, it was her husband! :( He told us they were not interested in our message and then went back inside. We felt a little deflated. BUT! We left an Conference-issue Ensign (a special issue of our church magazine with talks by the prophet and apostles) with our telephone number and a note asking her to call us if she would like to learn more. (Johnson Nővér snuck it in their mailbox :P) I hope she gets it and reads from it and maybe something good comes of it :) But, honestly, this is a sad, common story here. A lot of people have misconceptions about our church and forbid their family members to join our church, but aren't willing to learn from us about what we believe. I just think that is so weird-- we are the primary source for information about what we actually believe! People are sometimes way more willing to believe what they read online or what they've heard instead of believing us when we talk about how we live and what we believe. Humph.
We were able to meet with a lot of people this week, which was also good, and we will meet with even more next week! I am excited to tell you stories from all of that!
Until then, I will leave you with a quote from one of our English speaking investigators. He said, "Life is like a bowl of cherries. And I am picking the best pieces." Enjoy life! It is great! We are so lucky to be here on this earth :) Choose to enjoy each day! Even if it is cold or hard or whatever, you can still have fun. You can still help other people. You can still be happy :) But most of that is up to you :) Be grateful for all of the good things in your life!!!
I am sorry this email is short! Today (okay, this transfer!) has been kind of crazy! We will be getting transfer calls next Monday and I will let you know how that goes! I hope I stay in Kispest, but I know wherever I go is where the Lord wants me :)
I love you all and really TRULY appreciate your love and support!
McKenna aka Kramer Nővér
Oh, P.S. Last Monday, for P-Day, we went on a tour of Parliament! It was so cool :) It wasn't a very long tour, but we were able to walk through this elaborate government building and hear a little bit about its history. We also took lots of pictures :) It was fun!