Un Ani, o misionara!!!! (One year, a missionary!!!)
Buna ziua, draga familia si prietene mele! (Good day, my dear family and friends!) Sper ca a fost o saptemana minunata pentru toti voi! (I hope it was a good week for all of you!) On Friday, it'll mark ONE YEAR since I entered the MTC to start my mission!!! That is crazy! A very bittersweet feeling, because it means closer to leaving, but it has been the greatest year ever!
What a week this was! As I said before, this is my one year mark of my missionary service! Next month will be my year mark in Romania! I can't believe that this is real! But this has been the most amazing year, I have learned a lot from the people and from the Spirit! I am far from being perfect, but I have learned that every day I can improve step by step if I apply what I learn and teach what I believe and love. Romania has become my second home, I love the wonderful sights, the food, all the wonderful people that I have met and worked with here, and the gospel of Jesus Christ. The more I learn, the more I love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ for letting me teach about this. My language, I think, is improving, when Sora Linder and I were leaving our apartment, I said a prayer. It was supposed to be in English, but when I finished, Sora Linder was trying not to laugh because I had switched to Romanian in the middle of it without even realizing it! :) Sora Linder is the most amazing companion, she just loves exploring and trying new things and trying to improve every day! We celebrated her year-mark on Friday, such a huge milestone! I am very lucky to have such a fun, spiritual companion!
This week has been filled with amazing things! To start off, we had a lesson with our investigator Ane, inside this cute little tea shop (we got fruit tea of course :)). We taught her the plan of salvation and afterwords asked her to be baptized! She said that she will when she learns more and knows for sure that this is the path for her. She is such a fun girl, a great friend, who truly wants to do what God wants her to do. I want to do all I can, and I will, to be worthy of the Spirit so that I can teach her and she can understand that this is the path for her. I've been thinking a lot about teaching this week, I've been studying King Benjamin's sermon in Mosiah and President Monson's article about teaching and learning in this month's Liahona. I've taught a lot of lessons, and I've felt that many times, the lessons were meant for me to learn. And when I have been humble and willing, the Spirit has taught me important lessons so that like the prophet Mormon, "the Lord worketh in me according to His will." Recently, I was reading in Mosiah about King Benjamin's sermon. He was a mighty king and a prophet, yet he still said that he was just a man, an unprofitable servant even. But he didn't let his weaknesses discourage him, because he has a firm testimony of the Savior's Atonement and all he wanted was for his people to have the joy he felt from this knowledge. Like King Benjamin and like Sister Nelson spoke about on Sunday, I don't want to let weaknesses distract me from my goals. I want to become a teacher like King Benjamin, who teaches in the Savior's way, with love. And if I do this, I believe that the Spirit will help me to be a more effective teacher, learner, missionary, and servant.
We also had our Women's conference this Friday and Saturday! It was wonderful because I was able to see so many people that I love from other cities that I've served: the Musat family and Irina from Ploiesti, Lidia, Claudia and Pati from Iasi and Irina and Alexandra from Bacau! It was so wonderful being able to be among so many Christlike people, the Spirit was very strong. These women have inspired me to become a better example so that the Spirit can be with me and I can bear my witness of the Savior and His work. And like President Monson, I can testify that when we teach what the Spirit tells us to, and follow the example of the Savior, we will learn what He wants us to as well.
Have a great week! I love you all!
A cool street perfomer (she makes her puppets dance to the 50's music, she's cute and has good taste in music!)
Less-active finding, we were hungry and they were putting our their freshly baked bread in a small bakery, reminds me of Ukraine!
Our amazing companionship in front of a cool place we call the island because it's surrounded by water!
The National Bank of Romania (it's a cool looking building and I thought Dad would like it! :) )
We went to KFC for Sora Linder's halfway mark (it's cheap and tastes really good, believe it or not!) A cool church we found less-active hunting.