Never Give Up, Faith precedes the Miracle
Buna! Oh, ce o saptemana aceasta este! I can't believe we're already halfway through the transfer! I love Iasi so, so much! There are churches on nearly every block, so pretty. I'm excited that we will be able to have Zone Conference in Moldova and that I will hear some Russian, remind me of home. I learned many important lessons this week, I am so happy and so determined to serve the Lord.
Fall has officially started, we've gotten a lot of rain and cold in the last few days, but it's been beautiful! Tomorrow we start Engleaza, super excited to teach Beginner! We've been attacking the city with posters, stickers and cards, I think we'll get some great students!
I'll tell you a bit about our investigators. First, Claudia. She's this super sweet 16-year-old girl that is so enthusiatic about everything and loves life! She came to church this Sunday, and since she's had all the lessons, we felt that the next step with her is to have her start Personal Progress! She's so excited for it, this will really help her progress and with her Book of Mormon reading, I'm sure! Natalia is a super kind young mother with an eight year old daughter named Anastasia. She is always so happy when we come over (she keeps calling me "Sora Luna" :)) and she is taking small steps towards Christ. Patrunella is a woman who we do 30/30's with, she is quick to learn, her health is deteriorating, we taught her about the peace the Savior brings, she loved it. Gabi is Patrunella's friend, she works at a mini-market close to a member's home. We hope to be able to visit her a lot more!
I've learned a lot this week about faith. On Wednesday, we did an activity with the members about changing our hearts through learning Christlike attributes. We cut out a heart and wrote pieces on different pieces of it. Every time we talked about each one, we took it down. Underneath was a picture of the Savior. I keep thinking about my experience with the scripture: 2 Thes. 2:20: "For ye are our glory and our joy." Presidnet Ivory also wrote about the importance of how faith preceds miracles, and shared a quote from President Monson that really struck me: "Faith precedes the miracle. It has ever been so and shall ever be. It was not raining when Noah was commanded to build an ark. There was no visible ram in the thicket when Abraham prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac. Two heavenly personages were not yet seen when Joseph knelt and prayed. First came the test of faith, and then the miracle. Remember, remember, that faith and doubt cannot exist in the same mind at the same time, for one will dispel the other. Cast out doubt. Cultivate faith." No matter what the world says or does, He is there. He has always been there, it's just a matter of whether or not we will be humble and brave and loving and trusting to turn from the darkness and accept His light. I am blessed to have parents who as King Mosiah in the Book of Mormon, "trusted me unto the Lord" to come here and help others accept His light. I am still learning, and I still have weaknesses I need to improve, but I do trust the Lord. I love the Lord. And I know that with His help, we will see miracles in Iasi, in the Lord's time. I have faith that He will be there and that He always loves us. And like my incredible companions, and like I felt the Spirit prompt me, I will never give up. Ever.
Va Iubesc! (I love you all!)
Some pics, first Iasi selfie, our sweet investigator Claudia (sorry - it's blurry), our apartment view, and some churches near our apartment!