Iubesc Brasov! (I love Brasov!)
Salut! Buna! So many lucrurilor minunate has happened, it's hard to believe it's only been a week since my last email!
This has been a truly amazing week. Sora Routson and I have done a lot of less-active contacting, and we had, what to me, was a miracle. We had set up to meet with one less-active, Eugina Moldovan, and when we came, one of her friends was there. Her name is Mia and she's also a less-active! We had a wonderful visit, and set up to meet with them a few days later. Our next visit, we challenged them to pray and read the scriptures daily, and they accepted! I was so happy! These are two wonderful women bursting with cheerfulness and love, they love to serve and make people happy, and I hope that through our visits, we can remind them of God's love for them.
I'm also very excited because on Saturday, we're going to have two showings of Meet the Mormons! (Faceti cunostinta cu Mormonii) The movie is only translated into a few languages, and Romanian is one of them! Because of this, I firmly believe that this will be a wonderful way for us to show people who Mormonii truly are: oamenii cu credinta si dragoste pentru Dumnezeu si Isus Hristos. (people with faith and love for God and Jesus Christ). Our district has done a lot of contacting for this, and Sora Routson and I have put up a lot of posters, so I am praying and have faith that a lot of people will show up.
English class has also been going great, one of our English ladies showed up for church! Actually almost 50 people showed up! I was so amazed and happy! The Spirit is truly touching their hearts and I am so thankful that I can have this when I teach, I know that this truly is the only way to teach. That doesn't mean that things will always go our way, because the "Lord chastens whom He loveths," and He might sometimes cut us back like plants in a garden, as Elder D. Todd Christofferson said in a video Sora Bair showed me and Sora Routson. But know matter what happens, we can take comfort in these words of the Lord: "I am the gardener here, and I know what I want you to be." This thought, and the fact that we have had a lot of rain this week, inspired a poem I wrote during English (we take 10 mins every English class to write whatever we want, and I felt inspired to write this during a really bad storm):
"Watching for Rainbows"
I know you're out there somewhere.
Maybe you're hiding behind the silver clouds.
Or you're waiting until the last drop.
Some say you won't appear,
Others say I won't find you in time.
I don't care.
I'll wait as long as it takes.
Every strike of lightning will only illuminate your beauty.
Every clap of thunder will mean another second closer to seeing you.
And every drop of rain will only mean that I'm alive to see and feel and love.
As long as it takes-through all the lightning, thunder, and rain, I will find you and see and feel and love all the magic you offer me.
I'll keep watching, watching, watching..."
Sometimes it may feel that nothing is going right, that we are only experiencing lightning and thunder and cold rain. We may feel that we are being cut back. But God truly is our gardener, and He knows what we can be if He will prune us a little. When we see with this perspective, even all the hard times are a blessing. And when we do find those rainbows, they will only be more beautiful because we never lost faith, we just kept watching. And to close, I would like to quote Elder Christofferson again: "Thank you, Mr. Gardener, for loving me [and all of us] enough to cut us back, to have us experience all those storms, so that we can become what Thou wants us to be, something far more beautiful and glorious than rainbows."