Buna Ziua Everyone! This week has been great with The Bairs here in Sibiu and me still getting use to the fact that I am in a new city hasn't hit me til this past week. I am so lucky to be in the most beautiful city here in Romania. This week we met with a few members but I had the oppertunity to meet more members yesterday which was nice. We had the Ivorys' in town because of many cool things happening here in Sibiu. One of the members Johnny got his mission call which was exciting to experience. I remember when I came in to this country Elder Cernat went on a mini mission here in Romania. Now that he has recieved his mission call, he is super excited for his mission call and for his family to witness his opening yesterday at church. He recieved his mission call to Manchester, New England mission which he is super excited for and preparing himself before his departure in January. I know he will do great things out on the mission field and make an impact for the people there. Also, we had the oppertunity to go to a church opening somewhere up in the mountains for member named Roger. He and few neighbours built an extension building towards the back of hall on his property. Going up the mountains with the Bairs' was a journey but arriving at his place made think of back home in California. He had a killer view of the mountains and nice scenery of the land too. So far this week has been catching up with district and preparing for our kick off for the Book of Mormon. We are challenging our members to read before Christmas and actually read with real intent but that the overall aspect is to understand and apply the basic into their daily lives. I know that once memebers or even anyone read with real intent that they themselves can testify of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and what is needed for everyone. Really cool discussing with the district our goals with this event and making sure that everyone makes it solid throughout the beginning, MIDDLE, and end. I know that if we continue to read the scriptures daily, we can truly FEAST (spiritually&physically) upon the WORDS of Christ.
Transfers came out this past week and I found out that I was one of the few moving cities but once I found out which city and who my next companion I was super stoked. My new area that I am serving in is Sibiu by far the most gorgeous city thus far. My new companion is Elder Kennedy who is from Orem, Utah and from the same group as my first companion out here in Romania. They got the two big Elders serving together in one city. SUPER STOKED for this transfer. It was sad to leave Arad and especially the branch because I have just gotten to be really close with members and our investigators. I am excited for the new direction for Arad and the progress it will continue forth.
I also had an amazing opportunity to be with the whole mission in Brasov, Romania and visit two famous castles Bran and Cantcuzino. All I can say is the Ivorys' went all out for this trip and it was an amazing experience for me and as well as for others. Now we all will embark in a new journey towards this transfer with a new mindset. Hopefully, as we branch off to our cities we can find our own Gethsemane just like our Savoir. Its short, but here is a few pics tho.
This week has been SUPER SLOW but chill as far as meeting with people and going about our day. Its crazy to think once we book appointments with investigators, less actives, and even actives then we get called on short notice change. Then, that would mean that we would have to adjust plans and go out about our day. Im' so used to set schedules and planning our days worth but I rarely use my backup plan because I assume I wouldn't have to use it much. But its all in the mission life and its one area I know I still need to work on learning to adjust to schedule changes no matter what.
"Plans are useless,
Planning is priceless."
-one of my companions
The trainvis' here suck because it is SUPER SLOW everyone here is crying doamne' doamne' hoping that it will come soon. I don't know if its just the month of August or that not enough people work on the tranvis'. So we just sit there talk with people at the train stations and start a conversation. But me sitting and talking too much could only go so far to a point where we just decided to walk home and even just take a taxi. In my head Im thinking that buying this tranvi pass was waste of money. But then again I was saved last because we got patrolled by patrollers here in Arad but unfortunately my comp got caught it was funny at first it sucked for him. It was so unexpected and quick when they hopped on the tranvi like normal people and first person they check was my comp. My comp had a ticket but forgot to punch it on the tranvi so we had to get off the next station and he had to pay the fine. Overall, its cool because we would of never meet so many people from tranvi and for them to recognize or let alone have them ask questions about us and our purpose here as missionaries here in Romania/Moldova.
Surprising news we found out that the Smiths's the Senior couple here in Arad are being transferred to Bacau. Kind of sucks hearing the news but I am excited for the Smiths and the new area that they will be serving in. I know they are super excited to be going to a new city too. Cristina gave her farewell talk before she heads out to France and the Smiths' gave their final remarks and testimonies it was really good and surprising news for our branch. The Soelbergs are coming to Arad by the end of this transfer and should be good for the branch. Transfers are coming in this week so we shall see if I stay or spend another transfer here. Alrite then everybody have a good one.
This past week this question was imposed for all of us during Zone Conference by Sister Ivory. The more and more I thought about it in the missionary mindset the only thing I can about is my family back home. No' I wasn't home sick or anything. The reason why she imposed the question was because she wanted to get it clear to all missionaries to continue strong and go forth with the lords work with everything that we got.
Everything this week has been great Zone Conference was better than I expected. We had Zone Conference here in Arad and so we had coordinate with everyone and make sure everything was set at church. It was kind of in a rush but I like taking on a challenge and making sure everything follows through well with events like this. Learned alot from Zone Conference and things that I can improve on. They talked about how most people now would want to help, rather than be helped when it comes to service. For a minute it didn't make sense but then I realized how our last English class we had Gymafi our investigator who came offered to help teach the Advance class I paused and thought yea if you wanted to go ahead. It was perfect because our topic is Pharmacy/ Hospital/ Emergency and he is a medical student here in Arad. He was glad to help and in a way it explains that not only looking for service but think of those who love to help either you or others. The Office Elder and AP demonstrated on how teaching The Restoration should be done with President Ivory. The FUN part was being assigned with the Mission President. It was natural for the first part but come to the second part I realized that overthought it alot. But overall, I felt it went smooth but something I remembered
"The more seriously we work on our own imperfections
the less we are judgmental of the imperfections of others."
- Unkonwn' I forgot his name
Other than that, hopefully yall are doing good with life and all. Missionary work is constant work in progress on a day-to-day basis. Much love everyone and have a good one.