Darul si Bucurile Sperantei si Primavara (The Gift and Joys of Hope and Spring)
Buna ziua, draga familia si pretene mele! It's so wonderful to hear from all of you! Si cel mai minunat este sa auzi ca frate meu a primit chemarea sa! (And the most wonderful is to hear that my brother received his mission call!) When I heard the news, I just about started laughing/crying for joy! Chile Santiago West!
This has been a really great week! To begin, it's springtime! The sky is blue, the sun is bright and warm (I don't need to wear a sweater in the daytime, but I'll probably wear tights until April because that's the culture :)) and the flowers are starting to bloom! I'm excited because more people will probably be in the park and we'll be able to do a lot of contacting! But this is also the month of allergies and hay fever, a few of the members and poor Sora Linder have a cold and coughing. But she is a trooper, she keeps working hard and loves the work! This month is also the month of Martisoare, which celebrates the beginning of spring and it is also the month of women and mothers! The Romainian Mother's Day is March 8th, (tomorrow!), but it usually goes for the whole month. You celebrate by giving little gifts to women, I've received brooches, pins, necklaces, and red and white bracelets. So to all the amazing women in my life, Mom, Rebecca, Camilla, Grandma Sue, Grandma Loralee, all my aunts, cousins and friends, Martisoare Fericit! (Happy Martisoare!)
This was a fun week! We were able to meet with one of our investigators Aurelia and share a scripture with her: D&C 88:63, one that my sister shared with me and I felt that we should share with her. She loved it and we challenged her to put it up somewhere she could see it every day, because then she will feel closer to the Lord because she will remember Him all the time. On Wednesday, we were able to have a member, Adriana, come with us to a lesson with another member, Mirela. Adriana loves missionary work, this experience has deepened my gratitude for the role members play in missionary work. Never forget how much you make a difference! Friday was my year mark, a very bittersweet day! I have learned so much here that I never want to forget. I will never stop being grateful for and loving my mission. I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world. Saturday was a pretty busy day, we began with English class. We have a fun class who loves to laugh, Sora Linder sneezed three times and they told us in Romanian, it means you have kef (a party mood)! We had a good laugh over that one. :) But my favorite part (as always) was the spiritual thought, because we testified about eternal families! Families are one of the greatest blessings Heavenly Father has given us, I am so thankful for my family, for their love and examples of faith, and for the knowledge I can share that famlies can be together forever. After our spiritual thought, one of our English students, Daniel, took two Family Proclamations! I was so happy! Knowing that it made a difference for even one person makes everything worth it. Then later that day, we had an activity with some of our youth and YSA. We went down to one of the parks and contacted! It was so much fun because it was great seeing our youth like Olivia overcoming her fears and even when people rejected her, keep on trying! It was so amazing because I know that they understand how important missionary work is and they love it! Two of our YSA, Elena and Catalina, are planning on going on missons soon, I know this will help them prepare!
Sorry it's super long this week, but I just wanted to close by sharing what attribute of Christ I decided to share this week. I want to study about Hope this transfer with it being so close to Easter and I feel that the Atonement has a lot to do with hope. It's not timid or uncertain, but a strong, loving trust that God loves us and through the Atonement of the Savior, we can and will succeed if we do it with the Lord. I found a scripture studying about hope this week that I really like, Moroni 7:41: " And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise." Hope in Christ is something that I want to study more about so I can understand it better, because I'm starting to understand what an incredible gift it is, that we can trust that if we do our part, the Lord will help us the rest of the way. He is by our side always, and through our hope, we will be able to feel Him.
Have a wonderful week, draga familia si prietene!
A picture of our chalk contacting youth activity and one of our cute Young Woman, Olivia, she's the sweetest ever and she wants to be a missionary!
Casa Poporului (the house of the people!)