Arad- beautiful in sunshine and rain!
Buna ziua, draga familia si prietenii mei! It has been an amazing week, I hope that you all had an amazing week too! Summer is here, but we have had days of both sunshine and rain, today it is rain so we will see what tomorrow will be! Multumesc for all your emails, you have no idea how much it means to me to hear from all of you!
I love being in Arad! It's a smaller city than Bucuresti and quieter, but that gives it charm! The architecture here is amazing, I will have to send pictures next week so you can see how amazing it is! We live near a couple of the parks, so that gives us some places to talk to new people! Sora Chandler is an amazing sister, she works so hard at everything: lessons, finding new people, learning the language and she loves the people here so much! This transfer, we want to focus a lot on finding and trying many different ways of finding so that we can meet different kinds of people. We also want to talk with a purpose so we can leave people better than how we found them.
I've been able to meet the members, it's wonderful to see how united they are and how much they love the gospel. I have also been able to meet our investigators, Noemi is very interested to know more about us and she has become good friends with a member, Sora Mogosi, so I am excited to continue to work with her. Yesterday, I met two of our other investigators, Rune and Mihaela. They are both very good people, and as I listened and talked with them, I got to know them very well because they opened up very quickly. I was surprised but thankful at the trust that they had in us to tell us about themselves , Mihaela has very strong faith, Rune is a thinker and curious about what we believe, but he’s not sure if he has the faith. We were able to bear our testimonies to them that even though we don't understand why so many hard things happen in life and how we can do hard things, that God sees us for who we can become and if we work hard and have faith in Him, He will help us become so much more than we could dream. The Spirit was very strong and reading what President Ivory shared with all the missionaries from President Kimball made me think about that experience again and how thankful I am for the power of the Holy Ghost and how even through a simple testimony, the Holy Ghost can touch hearts and help them feel closer to Heavenly Father and the Savior."As a vital link in the conversion process, we should bear our testimonies that the gospel is true; our testimonies may well be the spark that ignites the conversion process. Consequently, we have a double responsibility:
1. We must testify of the things we know, feel, and have felt and
2. We must live so the Holy Ghost can be with us and convey our words in power to the heart of our investigator." I can testify that this is true, I saw myself and felt that promise is true if we open our mouths and allow the Spirit to lead. Sora Chandler and I will double our efforts this transfer, we will do all we can to be worthy of the Holy Ghost so we can see miracles this transfer!
Love to all! Va iubesc! Have an amazing week!
***This is a poem written by Hannah for her brother Joseph’s birthday who will leave on his 2 year mission to Chile in July:
The Missionary's Prayer
I know that you're here.
That you are always here.
Day or night, at home or abroad
and I love this time with you.
Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing,
I can talk to you.
Father, I need you.
They need you.
In my mind, I can see all the faces of those I have come to love
and all those who are trying to come to you.
I want to help them come to you.
I want to come to you.
But I can't do it alone.
I cant say all the words to help them understand.
I cant hear all the questions they cant say.
I cant see their hearts to know what they need.
I dont know who is ready.
I dont know if I am ready.
I just dont know.
But I do know this: You know. You know them. You know them. You know me. You love us.
I know it.
And I know He will help us come to You.
Father, help me. Help us.
Open our eyes, our ears, our mouths, our hearts.
Help me be worthy of this name on my heart.
Help me to reflect His light and Thine, His love and Thy love.
Help me share it.
Because it's real and i know it.
I love Him. I love Thee.
I will do Thy will, just as He did.
And He will help me.
I know it.
My cute new companion Sora Rebekah Chandler from California! She's in her third transfer and she loves Arad!
Our last meeting with an investigator Corina from Bucuresti!
Chalk contacting for English in the park!
Aurelia, cool investigator from Bucuresti!
Papanasi, or doughnuts with sour cream and jam, the Romanian equivilant of birthday cake! (They have cake here, but I love the papanasi!) :)