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Gyor 9023

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Your missionary sons"

We received an email this morning, re: Your Missionary Sons, from Sisters Faye Wade and Bonnie Marshall, who are senior sisters currently serving the Young Adults, ages 18-30, in Budapest. However, sometimes they are asked to speak in outlying areas and were in Pécs the other day and took this photo:

Pictured with Josh are Elders Adrian Baumgartl; Matthew Caviness; Alex Recksiek and two others whose names I don't know. If I find out, I'll be sure to post them.

They expressed their appreciation for "our sons" who are serving the people so diligently, they have been told by the members in the area how much they appreciate the missionary's service. It's comforting to know that there are so many looking out for them as they serve, including senior missionaries, whether serving as couples or individually. Our boys are never, ever alone on their missions. With Josh half a world away, it's really good to know that. They never go without, they are looked after, cared for, and doing just fine.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

October 24, 2009

In the life of a missionary, baptism days are very special. Here are some highlights from the October 24th baptism held in Pécs.

Hosch Elder with members:

Hosch Elder, Christensen Elder, and investigator Szilvia:

with Christensen Elder and Kucska Zsuzsa, the woman being baptized:

Hosch Elder, Christensen Elder, and other missionaries with youth in their branch:

Pécs, Hungary

Here are some beautiful sights in Pécs where Josh and his companion attend church every Sunday!

A beautiful picture

Josh drew this and sent it to us. He draws free-hand, he never copies or traces. We're so excited to frame this and hang it in our home!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Hungary doesn't use the Euro dollar-they've kept their own system of money. 500 forint is equal to just a few U.S. dollars-when Josh sent this to Austin for his birthday, it was worth just over $3.00. Pretty cool looking money!

Ends and Beginnings

Well, Josh's first companion and trainer, Christensen Elder, left Hungary for home (the U.S.) His mission is done! Now Josh has a new companion, Cheney Elder.

Josh knew him a little bit before this companionship because they'd met in Budapest during one of Josh's trips to take care of his visa paperwork. They bonded over a mean game of ping pong and are now enjoying being companions. They have put together an exercise routine to help keep them in shape, I guess more than the running he and Christensen Elder were doing.

Some weeks it's hard to post an update. We hear from Josh weekly but sometimes his emails are short and he doesn't say much more than hello and a few personal things to the family. Here's a compilation of his last few emails:

That's cool to hear that Jordan (Driggs) got his call and yet another priest is leaving soon.
I got transfer calls this morning. I go up to Budapest to pick up my new comp. His name is Elder Cheney. I've only met him a little bit when I went up to Budapest to finish the paperwork for my visa we played ping pong together while waiting for the other missionaries to show up.
As for the baptism, it went through, it was really good. Worked out just the way we planned. She was confirmed on Sunday and it was so hard for me not to cry, so I wiped my tears during the prayer. lol.
How was Austin's b-day? I sure miss that little guy who probably isnt little anymore.
I really dont have much to say because it was just another week aside form the baptism. But on Nov 28 or 29 I have to give a lesson in church all by myself in Hungarian. Whoa. I can understand a little bit more but not very much. I can have a little conversation with people every once in a while. I'm still at the point where depending on the mood I can speak better or just decent for my level.
Well I've got to go. I was taking care of things so a lot of my time was used love you guys and ttys. Also i got the letter from Jeremy, man I am so jealous he got to see BLINK 182 live. Ugh they are my fav.

I don't hear anything about the (swine) flu except that one missionary that was supposed to come this week has it in America so he was delayed a bit, but other than that, no.
I'm eating fine; eggs and learning how to make all kinds of stuff.

I didnt get Tarik's letter yet. Hungary is such a cool mission. It's on the verge of snowing here, its like -2 to -5 C every day, but I'm loving it.