Sase luni! (Six months as a missionary!)
Buna! Nu cred ca am loquiest in Romania pentru sase luni!!! (I can't believe that I've been in Romania for six months!!!) The time is flying by, that gives me such a bittersweet feeling, I never want to leave! This has been another remarkable week, I've learned so much!
This has been another remarkable week, and what made it wonderful was not just all the things that happened, but what I learned from them. To begin with, we had our first lesson with Giorgiana! Paul wasn't there, but we gave a copy of the Book of Mormon to her and left a copy for him too. We taught her the Restoration, I think that it was the most spiritual restoration lesson I have ever had, because we said exactly what the Spirit wanted and with all my heart, I could bear my testimony of how Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and He did translate the Book of Mormon, which is a gift from God because it is His word and another witness of His Son Jesus Christ, who is the greatest gift of love.
We also had the chance to teach our English class about the Restoration, since it started this week. We have a fun class, and at the end of Saturday's class, we gave them all a Restoration pamphlet. And then something very special happened. On Monday during limba (language) study, I felt prompted to write my testimony in a Book of Mormon. I carried it with me throughout the week because I felt someone would need it. At the end of the week, I felt the Spirit in my heart that a new student Ioana was the one, and I gave it to her. But I felt that I received the greater gift: gratitude for the gifts of the Holy Ghost and for Cartea lui Mormon.
We also had some wonderful visits with families in the branch like the Iunescu and the Musats, they live the gospel in all they do and I'm so thankful for examples like them. We also had a wonderful YSA activity on Saturday, lots of food, games, dancing, and five investigators showed up!
I've learned a lot about how patience and courage go hand in hand, and just what a wonderful, wonderful gift that the Book of Mormon truly is. My father told me in his email last week something that really struck me: "Patience is not passive, but requires us to be actively engaged in doing all we can to follow the will of the Lord. Patience is not waiting, but trusting." I never realized before just how much patience is tied into faith and courage, but the more I think about it, the more I realize that it is true: real patience means having the courage to do all that we can in the Lord's way, and having the faith that He will help us. I felt that many times this week, especially in a lesson with one of our new investigators, Giorgiana. As we taught her the Restoration and about the Book of Mormon, all the time I kept praying in my heart that He would give me and Sora Draper the words He wanted us to say. As I bore my testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, I felt the Spirit so strongly in my heart and I felt as though I had experienced true patience: having trust and courage to say what the Lord wanted me to say and I was truly blessed. I never want to walk by the light of my own fire, like in 2 Nephi 7:11, but I want to keep the promise that the Lord gives in 2 Nephi 10:14: "I will be a light unto them forever, that hear my words." And I want to have the courage to always say like in 2 Nephi 12:5, "Come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord."
The first three pictures are of the park near the church, it's probably one of the most beautiful spots in Ploiesti, it's our favorite place to contact! The boy is one of three we often see going to the park, they love to come chat with us! To celebrate my six months, we bought lanterns and lit them! And finally, some of the YSA in our branch after the activity was over.