Ani cel mai minunat in Romania! (The Most Wonderful Year in Romania!)
Buna ziua, draga familia si prietene mele! How wonderful it is to get to get to speak to you! (Or write you, but anyway :)) Spring is finally here! It's warm outside, I don't even need a jacket! It reminds me of when I first came into the country one year ago, the parks are stunning with all the green grass and trees and the beautiful flowers, like in this picture of my companion exchange with Sora Rich!
But sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself. In primul rand, vreau sa spun multumesc! (In the first place, I want to say thanks!) You are all such wonderful examples to me! And you need to know that your faith, your prayers, and your love are bringing about miracles in Romania! I have definetely seen that this week and I am so thankful to all of you, and especially to Heavenly Father for all of you!
This is truly a wonderful time to be a missionary in Romania! It's hard to believe that today, it has officially been ONE YEAR since I came into this beautiful country!!! How is that possible?! But this has been the most wonderful year! I have learned so much this year, I feel so happy to be here, I know this is where I need to be! Since zone conference, Sora Green and I have been striving to be even more obedient and faithful and I am humbled by the blessings we have received! This truly is the Lord's work and He is helping us as we give our best efforts. I have also been very blessed to be with Sora Green, she is a truly Christlike missionary. She is bright, fun, positive, courageous, obedient, loving but what I love is that she is always encouraging me to be the very best that I can be. That is a wonderful characteristic to have as a missionary and as a disciple of Christ, I'm very lucky to get to serve with her. I've learned a lot this week, but one of the biggest lessons that I've learned is that of trust. Sora Green and I have done a lot of contacting this week: in the parks, on the metro, on tramvis and buses. A while ago, I was nervous about talking to people. I still do get a little nervous, but I realized that when I'm thinking about the other person, about getting to know them and help them, and I think about Christ, it's not so hard. I feel Him helping me, He loves me, Sora Green and the people that we meet. And if I let Him, if I trust Him, if I work as hard as I can to listen to the Spirit, then the Lord will give me what to say. I have seen that this week for me and Sora Green, in all the people we have met or that have been lead to us. We have been able to get to know many new people this week and two could potentially become investigators: Irina and Anisoara, Irina took a Book of Mormon and we were able to teach Anisoara the Restoration and leave her with a pamphlet.
I am so thankful that we had the chance to listen to General Conference this week. One of our investigators, Aurelia, was able to come, we were so happy! The whole session, I was praying that the Spirit would touch her heart as she listened. I loved all the talks, Elder Hallstrom speaking about remembering our identity as children of God, President Eyring speaking about how we can receive specific guidance and feel that the Lord is with each of us, I loved how President Monson told us: "Our goal is to obtain celestial glory, and the choices we make will, in large part, determine whether or not we reach our goal. …May we maintain the courage to defy the consensus. May we ever choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong. As we contemplate the decisions we make in our lives each day—whether to make this choice or that—if we choose Christ, we will have made the correct choice." And President Utchdorf's talk brought tears to my eyes, because if there is anything that I have gained a strong testimony of, it is of the power of the Atonement in our lives. “Our Savior, the Good Shepherd, knows and loves us. He knows and loves you, He knows when you are lost, and He knows where you are. He knows your grief. Your silent pleadings. Your fears. Your tears. It matters not how you became lost — whether because of your own poor choices or because of circumstances beyond your control. All that matters is that you are His child. And He loves you, His children. He loves His children. Because He loves you, He will find you. He will place you upon His shoulders rejoicing. Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.” I know this is true and I am so thankful I get to share this truth.
Va Iubesc! I love you all!