May 4, 2015

Buna!

Uau!!! (Wow) Nu credinta (I can't believe) that I have actually been on a mission for 2 months! Time really is flying by! I love Romania so much, the beautiful mountains, riding the bus, walking the streets or in the parks, the members, our investigators, my district...I am truly blessed. I can't wait to tell you all about saptemana minunata mea (my wonderful week) because I have learned so much and feel so thankful to my Heavenly Father for what He has taught me through the Spirit. 

So much has happened this week, so much good! I'll start with Tuesday, where Sora Routson and I and the elders had the chance to attend Motivation, where we give out wheelchairs and strollers to those who need them and help them learn how to use them. There was one little boy Luca who kept smiling at everybody, it touched my heart, all he wanted was to make others happy. Motivation lasted until lunch, it was fun to mingle with the helpers from Motivation and the patients. What I think was the best part though, is that one of the counselors from the Stake Presidency invited one of the workers, a beautiful, kind woman named Teo, to English and he refered her to Sora Routson and me! We talked to her for a little bit, she expressed a desire to learn English and a curiousity about the Church, she couldn't come this week but she said she'd like to come to Church this Sunday! There truly are opportunities to spread the gospel everywhere. 

On Thursday, we moved into our new apartment, it was fun because we also got to have lunch with Lidia, and she said the prayer before we left! Then the next day, we had exchanges with the other surori, I spent the day with Sora Robertson. She's wonderful, and it was a great day because we spent most of the day studying the Book of Mormon to teach one of their investigators, Virgil. The Book of Mormon means so much to me, I never let a day go by without studying it, Sora Routson and I have even been reading out loud from the Book of Mormon in Romanian, which has not only helped me to remember words and how to pronounce them, but has helped me to feel the Spirit and strengthen my testimony that the Book of Mormon truly is another testament of Jesus Christ.

Then yesterday, Sora Routson and I had the chance to meet with Adriana. She is an amazing woman, she works as a nurse, so she's gone a lot during the day, her husband works in the Netherlands, her son's at school in Bucharest, she loves to travel and sees the beauty all around her. 

But I would like to tell you about a very special experience I have had this week. I felt prompted to study the Atonement of Jesus Christ every day, and I have, in the scriptures, in the March and April 2015 Ensigns, in talks by General Authorities, and in Jesus the Christ. I wasn't sure why, but I felt that the Lord wanted me to, so I did, and it has been such an incredible, spiritually uplifting experience. My testimony of the Atonement has grown so much stronger and I can testify with all my heart that the Atonement truly is the greatest act of love that God has given His children and it is the greatest act of love our Savior has performed for us. He not only made it possible for us to become clean from our sins, but He has made it possible for us to endure any trial we may encounter in this life and become like Him. As Elder David A. Bednar said in the April 2015 Ensign, "The enabling power of the Atonement strengthens us to do and be good and to serve beyond our own individual desire and natural capacity."  We need to have the desire to do our best and do all that we can, but we can't become like Christ without the Savior. Just like in Ether 12:9 "Wherefore, ye may also have hope, and be partakers of the gift [the Atonement] if ye will but have faith."

Dragoste,

Sora Lunt