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Friday, April 1, 2011

March 28, 2011

Well this week has felt a little lonelier than usual because the new sister has been pretty sick and so me, being used to seeing the sisters almost everyday, it's just not normal to be serving in Győr without them for a week.
What was funny is that on Tuesday we gave her a blessing and right before the blessing I tried to ask her if she had already been annointed with oil because you know we don't need to reannoint someone twice for the same sickness, and so I tried asking her that and I ended up wording it something like this, "Have you been oiled up yet?" That sounds a little different than I meant it to be. but she got the idea. her comp looked at me like hey watch it, but in a funny way.

Hey mom would you mind teaching me some piano again when I get home? I really enjoy playing now all of the sudden and I wish that I stuck with it. I love sitting on the piano and figuring songs out that I have the guitar tabs for. The way that I did it was that I know that each key is a half step and then after that all I have to do is count the keys from the base notes on the guitar strings and then that's it.

Well other than that my comp and I put two of our investigators on baptism date on the same day. They became friends through a lot of the activities that we do and so they ended up talking about a lot of stuff and then both came to us and said that they would like to be baptized. We didn't even have to ask them.

So it's a good way to go out. Especially because the one that is getting baptized on April 13 said that she wants me to do it.

Love you guys
I'll talk to you later and see you 5 weeks from today.
Love Josh

March 21, 2011

Well, hey daddy.
Well with the whole car thing it's no big deal to me. It would be nice to have a car, but what do you think I should do. If I'll be moving out around the end of may beginning of June then id have to drive it up to Utah. Do you think I should do that or should I get one when I'm up there?

But, man like I've been writing to grandma, it's going to be hard to say goodbye to these people. We watched the Other Side of Heaven and when we watched it, it was a lot harder to watch than I thought. Not because it was in Hungarian, but to see how sad he was to leave the people that he loved, it made me begin to feel the end coming and I felt it bad and it hurt a lot more than I thought it would. I'm ready to be home and move on with life, but man I love these people. I'm about to cry writing it to you. I love these people sooo stinkin much and I think the hardest part of leaving is that I will never see most of them again. With you guys it was hard to leave, but for different reasons. I knew I'd return after 2 years. But who knows when I'll come back here. Mason and I want to save up money here and there and come back next summer or the summer after that, but even still, leaving you guys was more of an, "I have NO idea what lies up ahead". It'll be crazy to see the ward I left and the ward it turned into as of now. If I remember correctly I think that Bishop Butler said that there are about 450 members or so, which is insane to think about, because to go to church here, 50 is a lot. Around that many go to church here in Győr, and that is a fairly large amount to attend pretty often.

Dylan (Dutson) is a little stud man. I miss that kid. I think he's way legit. I hope, too, that I get to see him before he heads off. With our luck he will leave right when I would be home, but I'll be in Germany.
How are things going with that btw? I can't do much so I hope everything is taken care of soon so that it's not too late.

Subway was fun to work at. I hope Adam is enjoying it. I need to go in sometime and see him working there.
Is Harvey still the manager? Did Adam apply to any other places? I think it's way hard for me to see Adam working already cause my last memory of my brothers is of two years ago basically and so when I imagine them it's of when I last saw them. It's going to be insane to see them and how big they have gotten. I miss Adam a lot. I miss all my brothers. It's crazy Austin will be driving before we know it and then well all be married and have kids. I'm excited to see you guys, I've missed you so much, and it will be so freaking sweet to see you guys again.
Life seems good. I have a wonderful family and wonderful life waiting for me. Tons of new amazing friends and everything. I can speak one of the 3 hardest languages for English speakers to learn dang well and my mission is almost over. Everything just seems fine. Plans are in motion and still undergoing changes, but for the most part I'm doing great. In a city I love with a sweet compainion. What else could I ask for.

Also I forgot to mention who my next comp will be. His name is Elder Allen. I hear he's pretty funny, so I'll have a good time with him.
The weather is warm, it was, wow I can say, pretty hot today. It is a national holiday today so it was a super p day. For the most part we hung out at the branch house and played ping pong and I taught a few people how to whip and everything. Played some cards and then we went over to the town hall to watch the concert and memorial stuff they do. Fun fact is that I was here for it last year too. We went on a walk and stuff and the sister, the other sister is also a Hungarian mini missionary, wanted to put make-up on me so she put on some eye liner. She's way cool.
She's an adorable person. Just loves everyone. She only served for 6 weeks but she is SO sad to leave already. She had me draw her the picture of Jesus knocking on the door for her and it turned out pretty well. I'll have to have her send a picture of it to me so I can put it up in my drawings on Facebook. It's crazy how popular that thing is. Even here, there are so many people that use it ALL the time. We call them "facebook függő" It's literally translated to be a facebook dependant, but we could say facebookaholics. It's pretty fuuny.

As of now I have permission to go to Germany and see everyone over there. I think that it will be crazy. But not as crazy as the fact that I only have like 38 days left on my mission.

Well enjoy man and Ill talk to you later.
Sok szeretettel
Hosch elder.

Monday, March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011


Hey guys,

Man ya it's crazy that I am in my LAST transfer already.

This week was pretty good. I had a lot of fun and felt real good.
The begining of the week there wasn't much, but at the same time I am just way glad that the weather is a lot better. I can go out in jeans and a t shirt and feel great. There is a nice breeze and everything. I love the heat. Good thing that I go home to the summer of AZ. I can get rid of all the whiteness on me.

I can't believe that when I get home the ward will have all the people that I basically grew up in the church with all gone out on there missions and then just as quick as I have come and gone, they will too.

There was a baptism on Saturay morning, which was great. She is the girlfriend of the elders quorum president and when I interviewed her she was basically saying that she felt like she needed to move back to the city. She is going to be an awesome member.
Then again on Saturday there was a doughnut party. They need to have krispy kream. they dont know what they are missing.
But there was a big dance there too. I had fun. I definitely need to learn how to dance. It's a dang good workout too. If I do that here and there, there's no need for plyrometrics, man my legs hurt.
Well I've got to get to the store and then to the branch house, we are watching the Other Side of Heaven. Its funny in Hungarian. They translated it to be "the naked heaven".

Well love you guys. Have you gotten my letter yet?
Love Josh

March 7, 2011

Man everyone is leaving on missoins! I'll get home and 10 guys will be out or going out on their missions. It's nice to hear there is another missionary that isn't going state side.

Next monday is the calls for transfers. It's insane. One more and I'm home. It's been a slower week, but was still pretty good. I felt really sad on Sunday to see not many people come. I love this ward and to see people get up and bear their testimonies. I have had dreams of giving my last testimony to this branch and it's coming up now in a few weeks here, it's soo sad. I'm ready and need to move on with life, but it's sad to know the time is coming soon.

I think that Hungarians have some funny things. They eat bread with almost everything, or almost every meal. Here its normal to blow your nose ANY WHERE, and I mean anywhere. It's looked past like a sneeze. In church, while we eat, anything. They just blow their noses right there. I got used to it too. I used to be sooo embarrassed to blow my nose in front of people, but now at dinner programs at the table, I too find myself blowing my nose, it's kinda funny. They don't even notice or comment on it.

Well it's been a little warmer recently and stuff, but I think that I am way more than ready for the warm. Here I come AZ!

I think that I would love to see Germany and stuff and learn German, but I don't have time to just live over there. So it's great that I will get to at least visit where Opa grew up.

So could you send my card so that I have memory to use? Thanks.

AND how is my guitar doin? I think thats what I miss the most. Just rockin out. UGHHHH cant wait.
But love you guys too. Dont worry.
Love Josh

February 28, 2011

Well for this week ~

Do you remember me telling you about a Chinese lady that Elder Houstman and I met with a long time ago when I was here? Well because she was in China and stuff for a lot of the holidays, the missionaries have never been able to get ahold of her, but she is back and we met with her last week and we were able to teach her a lesson about how the things we teach can affect people for generations to come.
With that said, we talked about a talk that President Eyring gave about that and read his story about how one of his distant relatives lived in Switzerland and the rest of her family went to Utah to gather with the saints and then she stayed behind and got a job over in Berlin as a seamstress. At the time, it was illegal to preach the gospel, but for some reason she still told the lady she worked for about it, and then with time she ended up having a group of people over in the house and was teaching them about it. She begged the ladies that she taught to not tell anyone, but they couldn't hold it in and so one night a policeman showed up at her door and took her to jail. While in jail, she wrote a long letter to her judge and told them about everything that the gospel and even with proof that she was doing that, he let her go and look at where his family is now in the church.

It really reminded me of the story that dad told me about him going to visit a lady that ended up being the lady that introduced his grandma to the church. I don't remember the details, so could you have dad send me an email telling me that story. I think its way cool. I really hope that things with going to Germany work out. Kolja as called me a few times. I think that it would be way legit to see Spencer up here in Budapest. I miss that kid so I will try to do what I can to see him. I really think that it would be fun to take some pictures with him here in Budapest.

As for now I'm loving it here. I had a dream the other night where I was bearing my testimony to the branch here and it was soooo sad. I really love these people and I hope that I can always keep in touch with them. Maybe someday you can come with me to visit them. They for some reason are just sooo awesome.

As for anything else, like I think that I have said before, we are trying to get some of the less or inactive members to come back and so far it seems that some might come back and that others are coming back slowly but surely

I love you guys and Hope all is well. Can you believe im in the 50s of coming home. WAIT WHAT?

Peace guys, until next time.
Love Josh

February 21, 2011

It's all good, I understand that it's not all that easy to write things when there really isn't anything going on.

As for here there are a lot of inactives that we're trying to work with and I hope that we can help them get back. It's coming slowly and we know that we can help a few. Some of the others are going to take some more work and we hope that we can help the others.
There are a few that have already come back to an extent so it's a work in progress.

It's cool that Kolja wants to do this for me. I really hope that things get worked out. I have no power really to do anything from here.

Things are going great with my comp. Last night was funny. For some reason we both had bought those sicky hands that you guys love.....NOT (we bought them earlier in the week obviously) but then we began to start fighting with them and they broke because of our awesome power or just because they're cheap sticky material, but after they broke, it turned into throwing them at eachother. We each had one so he was in the kitchen and I was the main room and there was a door and a walkway between the two, so then we turned around and basically gave the other a free shot and then have two shots to nail the other. I think that it was the funniest when I would through it and then it would end up hitting him and jiggling around when it stuck to him. lol!

Well let me know how things are going with my brothers. I have a letter for each of them to send out soon. Along with other ones.

Love you guys

Monday, February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Well the situation that is going on with my birthday backage is that I am up here (in Gyor) and it is down there (in Kaposvar). With me up here I can't go back and get it so I am going to call the post office down there to see if they can send it up to my address here in Győr if they havent already sent it back to you guys, but I hope not. That would suck cause then you basically spent that money for nothing.

Well this week was pretty fast. As for the work here there really isnt much and so that really sucks, but for some reason it really hasnt bothered me. I am with a cool companion and I can practice my hungarian a lot more often now and all kinds of things so I can just have some fun while I'm doing the work. I can't believe that if every week goes by this fast then I will be home in no time and it's insane.
Speaking of the end though, Kolja did call me and I talked to president about it and said that he would be fine with it if you would feel comfortable with him doing it. I am not sure how to take of planning getting all the stuff taken care of like where I would head out from and where I would get to plan all of it, so hopefully that I get some info, or Kolja would be able to talk to the mission office or something to help me get that taken care of.

As for this week we didnt have anything too special, but in the upcoming week we will have Zone conference already again. It's insane how often they seem to come.

I sure hope that I can take care of my birthday package stuff and get it sent here to me.

When Elder Murvai and I got here the house was a pretty big mess and so in the midst of trying to take care of so many things this week, we managed to get that clean and nice lookin. After being on my own I have really grown a dislike for a messy house and so I like to clean like all the time, yet at the same time I seem to be one of those people that wants to clean so many things at once and then as im cleaning something, I see another mess and so it turns into a clean this so that I can clean this and then that and it becomes a line of things. Then yay, its clean. Then like a few hours later its like, "I just cleaned this stuff up, what happened?" It just seems like one project after another and it never ends. Ahhhh, welcome to living on my own. It will be fun though to take care of all the things that I need to. Even when I was at home I made a to-do list and took care of things. I know that then it wasnt that much of stuff, but just when I got an idea of what I want to take care of I wrote it down.

Things here in Győr are going ok. My comp and I have made some pretty good goals to make sure that we get things kickin up here and we are hopin that the weather gets a little warmer again cause its not just us that may not be the happiest to be outside in the cold and so things are a little slower, but I know that the warm is right around the corner.

Well I love you guys. I love you guys and hope that your jobs go through and that you have fun with the Lanes. I love how you guys are such good friends after sooo long. I think it's sick.

I'll let you guys go, I know I take up so much of your time, NOT, gosh I'm sooo lame. I don't have much to talk about recently, but I think that I need to write down what happens so that I don't get here and then all of the sudden I have no idea what to write you guys.

But know that I love you and I will be praying for Adam's friends and your jobs.
Love Josh

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 31, 2011

**21st birthday!!**

As for news, I am......are you ready......going back to Győr. I'll be there as a trainer to a Hungarian that I got to know from Debrecen. His name is Murvai Tamás and he is way legit. He is preparing to serve a full-time mission and a trainer either make or break his mission, so I think that there needs to be a lot of trust in me from pres to do that, knowing what is at stake. Anyway, I got a call from pres this morning. That's how it usually works when we get calls. The trainers, APs or ZLs going into the position get a call from president.

I still havent gotten your package for my b day. It might come today for all I know.

As for this week, I did some fun things. We went to a basketball game on Wednesday and we went because there are a few Americans here that we know and the only reason that they are here is to play on the team. One is a member, but has been inactive for some time. But his wife is really cool and is about to have a boy. As for the other guy, his name is Kurt. He said that he got some of the new lebrons. I wanna see them. But in the game he had a few good slams. I loved going to see some ball again. I went to jump up and grab the rim with both hands like I used to and uh, came pretty short. It was sooo demeaning. I've got some work to do when I get home. Lol. I do happen to have a stationary bike however in the Győr appartment. So I think that I might take advantage of that this time. I am sure that you remember that there is one there.

This last week I worked pretty hard and I got sick and worked out pretty hard so I know that I am pushing myself to do what I need to.

We also went to this really wonderful family's house this last week. I feel so bad for them cause they live like an hour away and in a one room house. Like it's literally one room. The beds are all on one side and the toilet is in the corner. It's sooo sad, but they are always so happy. I really envy people like that. They were so nice to have us over and to make us little cup holders. They were made out of toiletpaper rolls and candy wrappers, but look pretty good and sturdy. I love their kids too. Their little girl is the one that slammed the door last week and then blammed me. ??? it was way cute.

Other than that, not much has gone on that I really want to talk about. There is a bright side to everything, I just need to find it, thats all.

I love you guys and thanks for the birthday wishes. I am going to work hard and I am sure that I will enjoy the rest of my mission. I'll take care of things later. I know that worrying about here while im here, the Lord will help me all the more when I'm 87 days.

Love you guys.

January 24, 2011

There was so much craziness this week. I don't even know how to put it into any sort of order.'s a good thing that I put a sticky note on my Monday area in my planner so that I could remember what I wanted to talk about with you guys.

You know how we always hear about how some people hate Americans and seeing as a lot of missionaries are from America, there are those people that freak out at them? Well we had the pleasure of meeting one of those guys. My comp does his approach and then the guy says,

" I don't understand. I am Hungarian, speak Hungarian to me.(angrily)"

So I step in and say, we were speaking Hungarian.

So what do you want then?

Well we are here to share a message.

Wait, where are you from?


AH you guys are pieces of *@%!. Get out of here. I hate America.


Because you are all stupid and ruin everything. You are all crap. blah blah

Uh, ya right, bye.

Another thing that was way cool is that there is a gyros bar here and the two guys that work there just love us. One invited us to dinner and as he was making the food, he was playing Queen. It was soo fun to sing to Bohemian Rhapsody. Every time I hear bohemian rhapsody I always think of Wayne's world. I love to sing in my car, but this is one of the must do's with a group of friends. Ah it's sooo fun. IDK why.

The other night the streets were dead so we went off into the hills to place some flyers over at the family houses up there and so the main streets are pretty lit up, but it was a cold foggy night and the moonlight was kinda blue-ish. There was a part though where to get from one side of houses to another, there was a little patch of trees in between, and there was a dirt road leading through it. It was about as wide as one small car and there were no lights. It was foggy and moist, the dirt was kinda muddy and there was a slight wind as well. As we were walking on the small dirt road to the other part of development, it made me think of the blue foggy tint that is in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. When they are in the final event and are going through the maze. Tall dark trees right by your side and the slight blue hint of the foggy moonlight. It was pretty cool.

That was pretty much it as for anything exciting this week. I did however get to see Mark up in Budapest when we were up there for interviews.

One other funny thing is that there is this cute little 2 year old girl in the branch here. She was messing with the door and I was like "Ki csinálta azt?" (who did that)
And she is still learning to talk, but looked up at me and pointed and said "Te!" (You)
I laughed sooo hard. And the other missionaries and her mom did too. Little kids can be really funny sometimes.

Well I hope you guys have a great week,
Love Josh

Sunday, January 30, 2011

January 17, 2011

Hey guys

Ya everything is pretty good over here. Nothing too special, but we have interviews this week again already. The time is flying a little quicker than it feels sometimes. I will be 21 here soon and I don't know where that last year went. It's crazy.

Well as for me, I'm way stinkin tired, but luckily today is p day. I am just going to use it to take care of things. I spent this morning cleaning out the fridge and stuff. I took everything out, go rid of the stinky stuff in it and washed all the removable things and found that Hungarian fridges do have lights, they just need a light bulb!! So I will replace that. I will get some of my past due letters written and sent off. I will take care of some of the drawings that have been requested of me. I sure hope that I can get it done, but I am sure that I can take care of lot of it.

Wow I cant believe that Dustin (Nuttall)is home (he served a mission in the Ukraine). I remember him working at Gelato Freeze. With the whole school thing, it's all really confusing to me and I don't want to think of it right now. When I have some time, like when I get home, I am sure that I can take care of it, but out here where every spare moment is taken by talking to another person on the street, I just see no hopes in adding that to the long list of things I already want to take care of.
I am just thinking though that life will be like this. Always something else to take care of. Always have to fix this, clean that, move this, talk to this person. So I think that I am going through a pretty serious training to do just that.

Well I'll let you guys go and know that there is a letter that will be coming soon. I will send the one that I have for some of our neighbors as well so that I can just send it all at once.

Love you guys

January 11, 2011

We are trying to fit in so much these last few days and we went from working hard and having a lot of finding time to do things and now it's all paying off. This will be a short email because we have a program at 3:00 and its 2:31 right now. So I'll get something off to you and then get more to you later.

I told my comp that I want to run this morning no matter how cold and that we did. We had a nice, cold morning run and I am awake and alert and just the rush that we have with having to go everywhere super fast today is "what we trained for" I tell my comp.

I also told him that I want to be a good example and that I want to work harder. He says he has seen a big change in me already since the beggining of the transfer and that he is really happy for that. If nothing else I want to make HIS mission experience with me one of the best. I have really come to like him. We are just going to tear this city up until we leave. I think there will be times again in my mission where I get down on myself. I think that a lot of the problem is a lack of self confidence. I want success and when it doesn't come I feel that, despite doing all that I can, I still haven't gotten anywhere. I still have done nothing. That's just how it feels sometimes and then I wonder, Oh, well if Im not doing anything, then what am I doing here and I hate being like that. I really do. So I made the choice that I'm going to be happy.

Love you