Tuesday, August 31, 2010

3:30 a.m. August 30, 2010

Hey i happen to be on if you are online haha
(Mom woke up and the thought came … just check. He had just sent his email a few minutes earlier so she wrote back, “Ya I just checked ... still there?”)
I sure am hahaha wow you are a trooper! (So mom woke dad and middle of the night frenzy of emailing began!)

Ok haha so this week was ugh... we got nothing done, but one night i begged and prayed to see success here, i haven't seen anything so far and it bugs me but this happened: so a guy me and smith tracted into seemed nice and we said we had church and said he would love to come but would be out of town the next 2 weeks with his family and asked, "Im not baptized, it that a problem" like hes never been baptized in a church or anything haha and of course we said NO NO that is in no way a problem....... when he got back he called us, now me and caviness (Trev’s Comp), and confirmed the time and place of church. He came the next day and i sat by him because he was late and i waited outside so he wouldnt miss it haha and i talked to him and he said it was really great and he felt good. then thursday morning he called and said he would like to talk to us and so we ran over to the branch house and met him in 20 min, and he told us he really enjoyed church and was gonna bring his wife this week. we read a scripture about the spirit, he said he felt really good when one of the people were talking about faith, we said that thats the spirit telling you its right and true, he agreed and said, it really is....... but ended not being able to come this week, because he had to work or something to do with Budapestso yeah, i hope he comes into the water...
(We told him we were praying for him and those he would come in contact with)
Thanks, i hope we can bring our teaching pool up, i have to crack the whip on my comp because he isnt a fan of the white handbook and believes that just because some of our rules and proceedures are different than a lot of missions means that other things are acceptable. I dont believe that. we have different rules and its very different than the rest of the missions in the world but we should still hold tightly to the white handbook.
Oh yeah i forgot to say, the guy said sorry, he only got 2 chapters read.... hahahaha if he follows through and ETT3 (Endures To The End) he will be branch president material... no joke.

Hows the family???? i got a ton of music from the APs onto my Archos :) and the PMG and BOM worked great, thanks!!! hey, when you send a package, can you send like cake mix or something instead of the brownies? we can make the brownies pretty easy but they dont have cake like we do.... haha they dont like a lot of sugar.... we think its because they never brush their teeth, and im not exaggerating.... they dont brush their teeth.... hahaha

(We just encouraged him to keep close to and follow the spirit, rules, etc.)

I know haha trust me... since going home i have this burning desire to keep the rules with such exactness, not that im perfect but i love keeping it straight and clean haha it just feels awesome because i know how it feels not to be like that because of home... it really was a blessing. Hows the cabin?? Are the leaves changing yet??? Because i need pictures, more pictures of the cabin!!!! and Elk and Deer....
Have you got the picture website thing figured out??

Nice, well i dont have any cool pictures for you today... but i will in a few hours hahaha wheres the pictures??? :)

(We told him we just tried the Walmart Photo thing and to go see if it worked)
nice ok i will try it right now... hey you gotta send some leaves to me when you send a package haha and a million pictures just take 5 minutes every night to load a few pictures up, haha ;) well maybe not that intense... just send me some.... i love fall, you know i do, because that means it can snow... oh my gosh! its basically winter!!!!

oh, bad news... my feet grew... the Under Armour running shoes... dont fit my comp offered to buy them let me know what you think... i will eventually have to get all new shoes hahaha sorry.....

Hey, could you possibly make a little timeline movie of the cabin and make sure its in M-PEG 4 format??? it doesnt have to be horribly long, just throw a bunch of pictures in there and email it to me, you can send it if you zip it or compress the file, then i can watch that on p days because i have decided not to watch movies while im here even though Pres allows us... thanks :) haha you can slowly work on that... hey, that could be my newsletter!!!! haha and i could just keep them on my archos!!!

ya there?

Write quick, i gotta go!!!

Love you all! Jaci emailed me... that was way nice of her...

Be good family and take awesome pictures...

Friday, August 27, 2010

A Letter in the Mail- #2 from Hungary

August 16?, 2010

Mother dearest and Father,

Well, the email talk was great I feel so pumped and happy.

I kinda lied when I said we didn't have any progressing investigators. He actually just became one after we emailed. ha. Way tight kid. His anme is Csaba, (Chabah) and let us right in the first time an could tell he was sincere. He is 15, and today we met again, he had read what we gave him in the first day. he had a ton of awesome questions today and agreed to meet 3 times a week!
Then we asked him what he was doing after we left, because I received inspiration to ask investigators to show them that they really did have time to read ha! And he said he was going to read ha! And he said he was going to read what we gave him without us even encouraging him! He could be awesome!

August, 19: (Trevor has an arrow pointing to the above info about Csaba specifically to the words, "He could be awesome" then the words "but not anymore..." Well got my new Comp, Caviness, From Washington, you'll know already. We got a super P-day August 19 so we email you then :).

Well, right now we're in the Branch House and just got dogged (Probably by Csaba) so we're gonna street for a last time then pack my Comp's stuff. (Trev's Comp is headed home! Trev was his last comp so as they say in the mission field, Trevor killed him.)

My comp is very cool and I feel like a senior comp. It rocks! I got your letters today. Ha! You sent them 3 days apart and I got both today.

Sorry this is short, but I wanted to tell you I love you! Things are great! Haven't read your letters yet but I will answer stuff in the emai tomorrow if I have to. :)

Love you all!
Szeretlek benneteket ennyire
(This has to say "I love you this much"
because of the never ending arrow below it)
Hansen Elder

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Missionary Thing

Email-August 23, 2010
Hello mom and dad. Ill be on at 4 or like 330. I am in Budapest because we finished up the passport and stuff... See ya then :)

Hello i am on!!!
Well, things are good. I got my new comp, he is pretty cool, but i have to step up greatly in a lot of ways. Language and leadership especially. Im very grateful for this opportunity... So i talked to President about what was bugging me, he laughed at me and gave me a blessing.... hahahaha
Well i just got all of Elder Houstmans music on my Archos!!! He is an AP and we are pretty tight. We listen to the exact same music, he is way cool. It has tons of Hymns redone and awesome MOTAB stuff, with a million other things hahaha it was almost 8 gb of music hahaha and tomorrow we go back to Budapest and ill give him my music and put the Zune music onto the Archos and it will be complete! :)
How are you all?
Investigators.... we have a lot of finding to do... a lot. We gotta find people who are serious and will stick with it instead of just barátkozni-ing (friending) hahaha but there is some potential with a few people we have in the circle of potentials and interested-s...
Here are a million pictures... we had a super P Day Friday because its a national holiday, like our 4th of July but they have like 8 of them haha but it celebrates when they were conquered... ha. weird.

well my comp has more stuff than ive ever seen a missionary have... 5 bull whips, they are super famous... i will come home with a couple... few haha they are hard to whip really good but ive only tried 2 times so far haha they are soo cool.

so on the super p day we went to Győr and walked around thinking there would be a thing to go to or something but there wasnt so we just walked around and i took pictures, the churches are cool but creepy at the same time hahaha

So yeah, i have feel like a senior comp. no kidding. haha i have to show everything to him, i think eventually i will just run everything but the ZL stuff.
So i drive now, i could have drove since i got here but just didnt care to get my international license. Well.... they are European drivers, like nice and crazy at the same time... really impatient but let you in lanes and you flash your hazard lights for a few seconds to say thank you ha its cool but there are crazy crazy drivers too haha

These pictures are in Szombathely at the district monthly youth party.... these things are setup by the Senior couples and this one was a water fight hahahaha it was way fun...

oh yes.... the new missionary thing.... so they are changing missionary work world wide.... a simplified curriculum, the 8 most important steps/lessons that lead to conversion... we are going to Budapest in a week to stay for a 3 day training... the whole mission, but not at one time, half and half... so its pretty crazy, they told me and Smith about a month ago but we had to keep it super quiet haha so its gonna be crazy, we will go back to Budapest once a month to review these things... crazy!
Nothing with either (proselyting or progressing investigators)... and so far no, he (Trev’s Comp is Zone Leader) has had to study this new curriculum for tomorrow and yeah but i will make us find time to find, we havent done much because its kinda been way crazy lately...
So i sent you a letter! its not super long but it has some stuff that i havent already told you haha
thats so cool its turning into fall already!!! this year is pretty much gone, hahaha fall will be winter and we will start it over again... haha as soon as i learn this language really well, which i plan on being amazing at, time will fly and i can just love to talk with everyone, its hard, because some people will just stare and get weird looks on their faces ha i dont feel that bad anymore because my grammar is better than my comp, and they get weird looks on their faces and he goes home in December.... but i plan on being where he is next or this transfer... haha
Pronunciation is the hardest part haha and yeah, this is the hardest language in the world, its hard!.... they arent usually very tolerant to understand people just starting out unless they are members or there are people who really appreciate us learning it... but in English, we are soooo tolerant of people learning our language…they have terrible pronunciation and i could…try not to understand but i try… like when they say TOT for that!
Yeah i can actually understand really well right now, i can separate the words but i just need more words hahaha well is there anything else you wanna ask? we are about ready to head out... how are the kids Jeff, Tyler, Angie, Trisha?
Oh yeah, thanks for the money and the BOM AND PMG... should work perfectly :)
OK, im praying for all you also. Jared wrote back, actually Sky Dunn emailed me haha that girl i worked with in Ephraim town, nobody else has... send me everyones email i only have like, jareds.... hahaha well i gotta go, watch for my letter :D Love everyone.
Thanks for the love, i sure can feel it.
Keep it real family. and have some fun! but not too much because you gotta have some left for when i get back hahaha

Szeretlek benneteket ennyire, a teljes szívemmel! (Parent translation: I love you so much, with all of my heart!)
Legyetek boldogok, legyetek együtt. (Roughly translated by the parents: Be ye blessed together.)
Hansen Elder

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

2 a.m. Email August 16, 2010

Hey im on, sorry, the computer place didnt open til 10..... stay awake!
I wrote down something that came to my mind one day... Are we warriors, or worriers? i just read one of my papers about how i felt after high school... stuff happens... i gotta move on and trust that im ok and that the Lord loves me. I think also that this will help me understand the Atonement much more and my desire to share the gospel will increase... it says that in PMG. I asked to understand His Atonement deeper.... Looks like He answered... he answers my questions in my prayers before i can even ask them... i need to stand up and be the missionary I want to be.

Lately i have been studying Moroni and writing down everything that made him Moroni... and the absolute stud of a leader he was... i expect to reflect somewhat of his image as i stand at the pulpit in a couple years. This is where we can be as close to being Christ, than in any other place in our life... I plan to study the apostles, and of course, our Savior, The greatest leader that has ever walked the earth. Thank you for the papers, it puts me in a more deeper state of mind and helps me realize that stuff happens.

Crazyy day yesterday... this is in Tatabánya the cave and the giant bird...

it rained like crazy for 10 minutes when we got there... it stopped, then we went to the cave,
almost fell off that cliff. then went to tesco because all the fire wood was too soaked to have that bacon roast thing, and then it poured and poured again so yeah hahaha

(Some of the things that are said and passed on in his mission) Bro LeFivre said in the MTC, "Awkward, it’s what we do." And i told that to Landon haha it’s, “Do work son, the Lords work.”

Hey can you get on our desk top computer and send me the PDF version PREACH MY GOSPEL AND BOOK OF MORMON??? it should be on mine but you can search for it... so i can have it on the Archos

ok well, how is the family? i have to get going in a few minutes... HOW IS TYLER????

Right now, we have no progressing investigators and my new comp is Elder Cavinis from Washington, the state. I haven’t met him yet, I will tomorrow when we are in Budapest trading comps out. I’m still with Smith, we go to Budapest tomorrow to transfer.

Thanks for all the help... seriously, and the papers, I’ve read a few while waiting, i dunno why but they help me so much... i won’t be able to write like that for quite a few months after i get back... my sentence fluency is terrible in Enlgish hahaha

Tell them (Oaklie, Tina, Hunter and Tyler) Happy Birthday for me... I'll try to send a letter or something ha there are a lot of birthdays in August... well last one. I gotta go.
Love you all too!!! Find a big buck dad!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 9, 2010 Email

So heres the spill.... The package cost $60 to retrieve.... i dunno why, they opened it and sealed it back up.... but uh yeah every thing was still there... you guys did awesome with the pictures :) I love them. Next time you send a package just write what is "in it" like cookies or something of no value that sounds homemade and Candy and socks.... so yeah haha and because of that i had to use my missionary card to get it because there is no money on mine and i had bought a football the day before to use at the Játék Est (game night) so im broke haha
I got a haircut today and cleaned the apartment... ive been getting bit by something like crazy..... my ankles and knees and arms... so we tried to find a bug bomb but no luck just some RAID stuff that works like a bug bomb but ended up finding this stuff that is in every apartment to spray on our clothes and stuff and i used that and cleaned our room anyway... my hair is pretty short ill take a picture and send it in a different email...
This week we went to Budapest for zone conference, it was awesome... i felt that MTC "thing" again, i took notes like crazy and we went to a place called Szent Endre (holy Endre (name)) youll just have to see the pictures they are wayy cool haha
well my comp dies in a little more than a week.... i really like him.

I think i have recieved your letters... i dont know if they are the most recent but yeah i just got moms and joces letter this morning.... tell Tyler just to drive my truck.
Its been raining like crazy here too...

The work is starting to pick up but people just dont like change and the words religion and church and baptism are scarier than the word marriage to them hahahahaha but i would like to see this one kid get baptized next transfer and eventually his entire family
I had an idea about to get the members involved with finding people.... i said we should do a Referral Of the Week, where each family or member has a week assigned to set up a meeting with someone they know and they were way excited and said they had tons and i know its gonna bring a lot of people to us and i said our bribe is american chocolate chip cookies haha its gonna be way awesome...

oh yeah today i pulled the sink apart because there isnt a garbage disposal so it got wayy clogged i think my comp thinks i am like handy man hick hahaha i fixed the freezer door with my leatherman one day and he was amazed about that haha hes a smart kid but not mechanically inclined haha its very foreign to me. He’s a good missionary but i spent a day with one who needs to go home... i was on splits and he slept in til 8 30 both mornings and listened to very not appropriate music and the entire day we had 2 programs and nothing else... it was terrible...

Most of the people here arent poor poor but their middle class is like living in mountain shadow apartments. Its weird they couldnt care less about the outside of their house... haha just the inside... and they dont really pay attention to details like taping when painting around outlets and stuff hahaha

hey so i have a request... i need to get my music off my zune onto my archos but i cant do it here, so all i really want other than the sutff i asked for already (like TAB Choir) is all of the Dustin Kensrue music that is on my laptop, just send it all and i can delete the rest when its on the archos. Its really good P day music, i found out that he quotes Paul in a song he says, "The spirit is wiling, but the flesh is so weak." and tab choir for the rest of the days will be awesome! haha i love listening to them but we dont have a ton of music selection... and its kinda hard to come by... haha

(About hunting on Nebo) Yeah get up there... but know that you got one more trip to make up there when i get back... and im dead serious about that... we've never hunted together up there dad, so start gettin in shape or arrange for a horse or something...

Oh yeah.... at Szent Endre there were MILLIONS of booths that were selling animal hides, like deer, hog, elk, im bringing one home hahaha The rabbits here are really big haha

Please send me my papers via email, i can just print them here... i need them for my English class.

thanks for everything... :) this might be my last email... this place closes at 8 but im waiting for the other pictures to load while i write this other one haha

The referral thing is gonna be awesome... my comp has complimented me on my ideas a lot... im really thankful ive put the mission first my whole life, i think that is why i get the ideas and inspiration i get.... oh yeah, heres a cool but not cool thing... we walked out the apartment and walked past a family and they exchanged greetings very kindly and we continued walking... i felt like i needed to talk to them. I kept walking... i was told to turn around, i didnt dare go back, especially by myself.. i told my comp that that night... he said he felt he needed to talk to them too... this work is absolutely guided by the spirit... and all i can see is them dressed in white at the font... but we'll probably never see them again...

Picture time... also, how is Tyler doing? How is the family, how come no one has ten minutes to write me something? I emailed Jared my third or second week here.... ???? I dont have anyone elses email... so either give me the bros and siss emails so i can write them or they can take a few and write me...

All of these pictures are at Szent Endra

The next pictures are a couple of when i was on splits in Györ
and the rest is in Sopron at the District party where all the branches, well like a stake party,

we toured the city and ate and stuff, i was on splits there the last week of July, and me and the German elder ate at this place and i got a Pizza and they gave me TABASCO SAUCE!!!! so of course i had to use it because i have never seen it here but i found out at the party that you can buy it at the Sopron TESCO (euro walmart) becuase its not in our TESCO so we stopped and they had tortillas too, so, naturally.... hahaha and i used it on my scrambled eggs the next morning..... ahhhh mazing... hahaha

i gotta write something while im waiting for the pictures to load.... um, so i gitározni-d haha (hunglish, played guitar) in the city and one guy was interested for the english class and he came and after i talked with him and showed him my football and was way excited to hold it and stuff haha and i invited him to our Játék est (game night), sorry you just gotta remember what it means from now on... and we talked a little more and setup with him before the next class to teach english and about why we are here... i think he could be golden....

oh and to answer moms question.... EVERYONE Smokes here... everyone. its ridiculous... oh and they love their alcohol... when we wake up the bar across the street already has at least 3 old guys in it... hahaha its terrible...

So i love you all, continue to write as if im here, because i might be... i am so thankful we can communicate like this its very nice, i havent really had homesickness thus far... i have missed somethings like high school football just like i do every other day anyway.... haha but yeah, i feel much more secure because we can do this.... thanks for taking the time out of your day to let me feel of your love and for hearing my requests

oh tell mom very nice Hungarian usage haha she got it perfect except for she missed one letter but it doesnt affect the meaning or anything

sooo... igen Én is szeretlek az egész szívemmel, de én szeretlek többel.... (I love you with all of my heart too but I love you more) :P
Gotta go... Love ya

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Email August 2, 2010

Hey im on, i hope you are too hahaha just got your letter and WICKEL SENT ME ONE, HAVENT READ IT YET so im gonna do that before i type much unless you get on :)
Hello!!!! how is everyone!!!???Im doing pretty good, i slept at my apartment like 3 times this week because we went to Sopron for splits then to Szombathely and i stayed there at both places for 2 nights and in Szombathely it was just me and the older Elder Smith who is comps with the Smith in my group (we say same age, like we were born the same time haha and we die when we leave) so yeah hahaha then we went to Györ for baptismal interviews so we havent been in Pápa very much this week hahahaha [Soft Break]I have not recieved my package yet, dont worry, as long as its plain and looks non expensive or brandname business box itll be fine... so it should be here this week maybe even tomorrow, did you send it to Pápa or to the mission home? send everything directly to me except for Christmas packages i guess is what they say... your turn :)
My back is feeling better, it goes up and down but it goes higher and higher everytime, i think its just the cycle its in, but my air mattress has a hole in it somewhere and i blow it up nice and tight to support my back and then it gets pretty soggy by the morning... so if its ok with you i might need to get a different one? this one is totally pvc and squeaks really bad too haha and the air chambers are kinda uncomfortable but not bad for 7 bucks hahahaha oh, i also have to buy a football in Budapest tomorrow for our game night (játék est) ((where we get people to come listen to a quick message and we play games and stuff)) so that i can teach them how to play REAL football.... hahahaha and also a pull up bar we forgot to get one before i left and Szombathely had one and i used it to do pull ups and hang and it helped my back sooooo much oh and we rode bikes in Szombathely they re called Bácsi Bikes (baCHi bikes) everyone rides bikes here and anyway, i dont have pictures but ill be in an area sooner or later with bikes because president heard it is much more efficient to use them, and they are, unless you have a car like us haha but i think we need scooters.... they go everywhere, and you can put them on your backpack and walk, Te Jössz (you go)
Yeah i had to use my card for groceries one day because of the transfer rate and i was just on the edge of working but yeah haha i could probably use the mission card for the bed or just whatever its up to you. My language is really starting to roll. I just made an awesome language study plan using the principles of relearning and confusion hahaha yeah, we have to use crazy ways to find people they are way too reserved. They have a heart attack when you say hello haha and asking them how they are doing gets the look of Why??
Cool so the letter from Wicks was one from when i was in the MTC... haha he asked for some of the refill paper there but yeah... ha hes doing great He also said he is gonna be sending me a cd of guy who recorded some songs on the Ukalali ? Hawaii guitar... while he was on his mission so yeah im excited.
Here is some more pictures the one on the balcony and stuff if it gets in this letter is in Sopron and 2 German elders are there. and the Haslems from Utah.... His company designed our hospital i guess haha (in nephi)
Well yup. Ok sweet. Yeah this last week it has rained quite a bit its really cool when it rains here... just because it smells like normal awesome rain haha yeah i feel fall coming too haha i hope it snows next week hahahahaha. Oh yeah, we met with 2 of the Americans.... one is actually a member who got married in the SL temple. The other is the one we met with the first time... Gabby... and yeah i think good thing will happen eventually... [Soft Break]The one who got sealed in the SL temple is from Payson haha and knows or is good friends or is related to Baxters... like Chealsie baxters mom or grandma... her name is like Dwayna or just D....
*Information added (not from Trevor): This gal e-mailed Deanne Baxter (a friend of hers) who emailed it to her mother, Debbie, and said "Show this to Gay." Debbie works with Gay. Debbie came out of her office freaking out that Trevor had made contact with Deanne's Friend. I will get a copy of it maybe sometime and post the email.

We havent got another lesson with the bball kids yet, um my comp said they went good. He is a ZL so he interviews them and i don't ha you sent coconutbars!!!!?? :) haha

I made quite the breakfast this morning haha oh yeah, in Szombathely we were in a gas station and i saw this book and bought it without hesitation hahahahahahaha show jeff and jared... ask jared why he hasnt emailed me back... and tell someone in the family to write me! what the heck? haha

These animals really are in Hungary hahaha cool huh???
Ok well i gotta go... so ill talk to you later.... I love you all... I love you Joce!!!  ha Good luck Amber with the moving!  [Soft Break]Keep it real fam!
Ha yes and there is an awesome store by us that im gonna get something from that has all that cool Euro hunting things in it like plates and ties and stuff... well i love you !

The one of the jeep looking car is to show to devin hahaha they have a quite a few Suzuki Samurais here hahaha sorry my pictures are kinda boring.