Barbie was one of the YSA when we first arrived in Budapest. When she joined the Church, her mother and grandmother told her to leave home. She served four mini-missions (usually 6 weeks depending on how long the mission needed her). (Mini-mission = when a mission has an odd number of missionaries and instead of having 3 missionaries work together, the mission sometimes uses local youth to be a companion with a missionary. They are set apart for the calling and have to follow the exact same rules as the other proselyting missionaries. Many of these mini-missionaries can not pay for their mission, so the mission pays their costs.) Barbie loved the missionary work; but it also gave her a place to stay. She also worked as a nanny in England for a time. This is also another way that many of our youth get employment and a roof over their heads. She went through a period where she stayed with members. Eventually I think that the Church members found a trade school where she could attend and it had dormitories for their students.
Barbie has a bubbly personality and we ended up calling her Miss Sunshine. The first picture I have of her is Aug 25, 2012 and she was serving with Sister McKay in the Buda Ward. We had them and Sister Hansen for dinner.
Peter had a good friend, Kristoph, who introduced Peter to the Church. Peter attended YSA functions two years before he was baptized in September 2012, after we arrived. She and Peter met at our YSA functions and started dating summer of 2013. It started with a little play – Mexican-American-Hungarian Soap Opera – that Aniko wrote to commemorate Cinco de Mayo. Barbie still calls Peter Pedro because of that… She was Barbarita! It was fun seeing their relationship grow and develop over the past year.
On Saturday, May 3, 2014, Barbie and Peter were married in Szombathely. Her father’s second wife, sewed her dress and her father paid for their wedding. Her mother and mother’s mother chose not to attend.
Some of our previously married YSA couples attended, in addition to many YSA…
The reception was held at a local community building that is used for these kinds of events. It had an entry, a large hall, a kitchen and upstairs rooms for staying overnight. Several of the YSA kids stayed there – in addition to Barbie and Peter!
Wedding at 5 PM. Reception at 7 PM. We left at 9 PM because we had a 3 hour drive back to Budapest! We hope they have a wonderful life together!!!