Buna Ziua! Being on the field for only two months with MTC days has truly gone by real quick. I can remember vividly going into the MTC and now out here in Romania well over two or three weeks. I can't even remember how long I been out here exactly but mann time does surely go by. Learning the language has been a test for me on a day-to-day basis. Glad I was able to speak a lil' Spanish out here in Romania this one lady who is from Peru needed directions. I thought I was cool just because I spoke Spanish to her. But hopefully I gave her the right directions in Spanish. Haha. We got to go to Lipolva again and teach English class. Low and behold a guy walked in speaking Spanish. But it was really cool speaking with him but really hard teaching him because in my head I just kept switching up words in Romanian/Spanish/Tongan. So the words that came out my mouth made it more confusing. The language is slowly coming along. We got a new Branch President who is Elder Smith who also happens to be our Senior Couple. As of right now he speaks lil' Romanian and likes to pick on my comp Elder Chatterton to translate anything he says. lol. I laugh solely because our Branch President is using big words in English that I don't think is easy to translate in Romanian. But rite now he's is doing alot for his first week. He is still in full throttle with his new calling as a branch president. I know he will bring a great change to this branch and for that I am truly excited to be apart of. Thanks to the new BP, he decided to give me a talk this past Sunday. Wasn't that bad. I just kept laughing to myself. Thanks to my comp I was able to share my testimony first week and then give a talk this past week.
Man by far my greatest experience so far here in Arad for me was going to Lipolva meet up with a family on top of this hill with our Sisters and Sister Smith. We drove in the dirt side area of the small town but we had to park the car in the bottom of the hill because usually the Sisters visited this family the car couldn't make it to the top so with two other Elders this time poor car. lol. hahaha. When we first got there just walking up the hill I honestly felt like a missionary. The area we were in you can tell the environment wasn't the best but for me it looked like some houses/places in Tonga. Seeing the house wasn't the best condition but for a family like that but it was manageable for them. We seen a lil' boy book out the house naked and run to the back to take a shower. He was trying to grab a towel to cover himself but it was funny enough. The mother came out and her husband Tarzan came up walking up the hill with drinks with Sister Smith. We were surprised Sister Smith came up. We sat on the grass in front of there house and went on with the lesson. Basically the Sisters lesson. But just happy to be there listen to there story. The father as a alcoholic was big thing for him to over come. He would explain the situation he was in at the time wasn't perfect but he knew he had to overcome it in due time. The lesson that was taught was about the Restoration for the family. Just sitting on their grass listening to his story made it feel more heart felt because he would explain how he get so drunk and beat up his wife mostly everyday. As we shared the message gave a few reference and one was Joseph Smith's First Vision. I remembered that part by heart because of MTC practicing. The word I think that hit him the most was lumina' which means light. From their he shared how it all hit him when he went out to Italy for work and realized that he needed to change his life for his 3 kids and wife. He said that in the end he may not have much but that family is all he needs. I loved how he shared "I may be a poor man here, but in Heaven I'm a rich man." It shows that overcoming his addiction is something that he is doing great things for his families in the end. The message in the end is that families can live together forever. It was great impact for us to show up at there house let alone also for me. I know they will be blessed for eternity through this gospel.