Happy 4th of July!!
Buna ziua, draga familia si prietenii mei! Happy 4th of July!! This is my second 4th of July in Romania and I loved it! I hope that you all enjoy this special day!! I am so thankful that I have such wonderful memories of the 4th of July in Oakley with family! That is what made it so special-to be able to remember how blessed we are to live in a land where as long as we serve the Lord, we are free.
This has been an incredible week! We traveled down to Cluj with the senior couple in Arad the Soelbergs for our Zone Conference. Cluj is a beautiful city, it reminds me a lot of Brasov, it's a big city but with a lot of beautiful nature all around! But even more wonderful was the counsel we received from other missionaries in Timisoara, in Oradea, and from President and Sora Ivory. I am so thankful for what I learned from them. I really felt the Spirit in the conference and I am so thankful that the Spirit can teach us if we are open to being taught.
I've been thinking a lot about what they said, especially about how overcoming ourselves is how we will truly be happy and serve a mission that both we and the Lord will be proud of. As I have thought about how the Lord has helped me to become better at teaching and more courageous and loving and patient, I do know that the times when I have trusted in Him and acted are the times when I have been the happiest. I am thankful that although it has been hard, I have received help in becoming more confident, I know that this is because of my companions, through your help, and through the strength of the Lord that I have been able to improve. Without Him, I could not. But even when weeks are hard and when people don't want to talk, I know that the Lord will help us to do anything. It's just like a quote I recently read by Elder Holland: "[God] can't [work miracles] if you don't believe." But if you do, then you will see wonderful things happen.
We were able to meet with the young mother Eunice, she has very strong faith in God and Jesus Christ and loves her family very much. We were able to share our testimonies with her about why we are here and how our families have blessed us. And this is very true, my family has been a huge blessing to me, their examples, their faith and their love have helped me to become a better person and bear witness that families are central to God's plan and through Him can be eternal. I am very blessed to be here in Arad with the Soelbergs, with Elder Farnsworth and Elder Winder, and especially with Sora Chandler. She is a light to everyone around her and is a happy, positive, hardworking example to me. We have talked a lot about some new creative finding activities we want to try this week, we are working on being more bold in our lessons and in finding and I am excited for all that lies ahead this week!
And before I go, I need to say, I've been thinking about the simple, wonderful truths of the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They are so simple, yet I know that through small and simple things, great things are brought to pass. I am so thankful that I can bear witness of these truths, because I do know they are true. I can say it with all my heart that I love God and Jesus Christ and this gospel and that even as weak and imperfect as I am, just like President Ivory said in Zone Conference, if I can repent quickly and be humble as Jospeh Smith was, then I can become like the Savior. I can make a difference. I know that is true for all of us! Have a wonderful week!