The Senior Sister Missionaries, Sisters H and S, were asked to give talks in Eger last weekend, in part because Sister S is leaving. So we went with them and we were expected to bear our testimonies. It took us 2 hours to travel one way northeast of Budapest to Eger.
Ron expected that they might want a little introduction to us, so he had been preparing very diligently – even checking his translation with the office Elders! I recite my testimony quite often to myself, so I felt fairly confident about what I wanted to say. BIG MISTAKE! So we were the last two speakers. And this is in a VERY little branch. There were maybe 20 total people there – most of Europe is on vacation. I had an introductory sentence that I had translated off of google translate (another mistake) and when I went up there, I wanted to say it to introduce myself before bearing my testimony. So I asked the translator (a very cute young woman, who is engaged to be married next month) if it looked okay. She said not really! And I froze! I said that intro sentence in English and launched into my testimony; but when I saw sweet real HUNGARIANS looking at me, I said about 1/2 of what I know (or what I think I know). Then Ron got up and even though he felt the same pressure (OMGoodness, this is real Hungarians), he persisted and said the whole memorized speech. Of course, I was bawling because I am so proud of him. BUT next time I will have it all written out like he did – I won’t promise I will memorize it like he did…
Here is the building they rent for the meetings:
Afterwards, we went about 50 steps to the S’s apartment for lunch/dinner. They say that how they got that apartment is a real miracle! They are on a MLS mission – Member Leadership Support and Elder S is the Branch President. He is a former surgeon from Oklahoma. He is legally blind because of something like a stroke in both his optical nerves. His wife plays the piano and has a beautiful singing voice. They were both born in Logan but were in Oklahoma for years. He and I compared our iPads and I learned a lot from him. I bought a new Hungarian app that is much better than the free ones that we had (thanks C & J!). He can see enough to read – but only on the iPad.
Very narrow cobblestone streets and shops all over the place seem to be typical Hungary and perhaps Europe?