October 2010

October in Hungary
In October a red sludge spill occurred in Hungary, doing serious damage to villages in the area.  Many in the affected area lost everything.  Some of our missionaries donned protective gear and Mormon Helping Hands vests and volunteered to help with the clean-up.  One of our zone leaders, Elder Caviness, took charge of the effort on behalf of the missionaries.  The following photos show them at the scene:

Pápa Branch President Szűr with Elder Caviness


Another service our missionaries perform is teaching free English classes each week.
Above Elder Ottley is helping one of his students read.
Sisters Shurtleff, Bodily, Steck and Kovácsis (left to right)

Elders Ottley, Musters, Kubricky and Clark whipping up lunch in the mission office kitchen.
Many of our missionaries are good cooks and love to make traditional Hungarian
dishes like fruit soup and rakott krumpli (a layered potato dish).

Elder Thompson playing ping pong with friends in Sopron.

Elder Thompson with some of his English class students
Sister Garner doing apartment checks with Elders Nauman and Smith
Elder Garner keeping the missionaries supplied with Books of Mormon
Elder Leavitt and Elder Wéber must have had a clean apartment because Elder Leavitt is showing
off his Twix candy bar - a sign that Sister Garner was pleased with what she saw!
Sister Steck, one of our amazing sister missionaries, is also a professional face-painter.
One of her "finding" tools is to take her face paints to a local park or playground and while she paints
the faces of the children, her companion talks to the waiting parents about the gospel.
Who says missionary work can't be fun?!

It looks like Sisters Breithaupt and Feller passed their apartment check, too!
Elder Egan (left) and Elder Nielson with Tóth Judit at her baptism
on Oct. 6, 2010 - What a memorable day!
Elders Kunz and Davies at a baptism in Tatabánya.  What joy!
Tatabánya members and friends on the bank of the river where the baptism took place.
YW and Elders Gardenhire, Moffett, Davies and Kunz sing "When I Am Baptized"
Válóci Ferenc (left) with Kóródi  Livia, Kóródi Lajos and Elder Gardenhire.  Laura is holding her mother's hand.
After the baptism everyone was invited indoors to enjoy a delicious buffet.

In October we held a Fast and Testimony Meeting for all single adults in Hungary (ages 28-45).  
We gathered in our building on Hajnóczy József ut in Budapest.  After the meeting a dinner was served and then everyone was invited upstairs to the mission home for dessert and visiting.  
It was a wonderful opportunity for members and friends to become better acquainted.  
The following are photos from that event:

President and Sister Baughman attended their annual Mission Presidents' Seminar in 
Dresden, Germany from Oct. 19-22.  They joined with 31 other mission presidents and their wives from throughout Europe.  Everyone stayed at the beautiful Steigenberger Hotel De Saxe in the heart of Dresden where they were surrounded by the history of the Reformation. Inspiring instruction from the members of the Area Presidency and Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy was given.  On Thursday afternoon they attended a session at the beautiful Freiberg Temple.  It was a memorable three days.
The Steigenberger Hotel

Dresden was totally destroyed during WWII

Statue of Martin Luther
Elder Erich W. Kopischke, Area President (left), with Elders Gérald Caussé and José A. Teixeira,
Counselors in the Area Presidency, and Elder Kevin W. Pearson of the Seventy

The Freiberg Temple

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