Feasting upon the Words'
"If ye have a desire to Serve Ye are called to the Work"
This week has been crazy quick and all with finishing up English class, exchanges, and Zone Training up in Cluj. Good thing we had a layover for few hours in Arad and visit my birthplace of my mission loved every minute being there. We had exchanges in Oradea. I went with Elder Armistead and had a good experience on exchanges with him. Surprisingly enough we were blessed to set a baptismal date with an investigator there on October 17. I hope to follow through and see how it goes with him. Zone Training was nice in Cluj the one city I haven't seen in the West Zone. But other than that never seem to never leave the West Zone' loving it to the fullest tho. Transfer board came out and looks like I am with an Asian missionary next transfer who is currently serving in Chisinau. I am excited to meet the new missionary this week and knowing more about him. I am just happy to stay in a beautiful city. Luckily, my companion now Elder Kennedy got what he wanted and he will be off to Chisinau. Excited for him and the new journey he is bout to embark. This week we had the opportunity to stop by the Coda family and celebrate Julians' 14th birthday he was shy but happy to see us. The family loved the gift that the Bairs' gave them which was each a self-portrait framed of every single family member. Sad to hear Richard G. Scott past away but I know he has done a great amount work he on Earth and for our Savior. Dont' forget bout GC' next week and excited to hear 3 new apostles coming in. Let the apostle draft pick begin. Lol. Other than that, that goes bout my week and everything.
Feasting upon the Words'
We have had many problems receiving packages for our missionaries. Letters and flat envelopes usually go through the process without customs inspection; however, many packages are opened, inspected and charged duties if the goods are available in Romania. The duties on some packages exceed the cost of the goods themselves.
Recently, it has become even more difficult as they are requiring a power of attorney from the recipient before the customs office will release the package to the mission office.
Therefore, we would like to have all future packages sent to the Romania & Moldova mission, addressed only to the mission address listed below with no missionary name on the outside.
Romania Moldova Mission Bulevardul Primaverii, nr. 19-21 Etaj 1, #13 Sector 1 Bucharest, 011972 Romania
The package should be sent to permit us to open the outer label, top or layer and still have an intact package with the missionary’s name inside or alternatively the missionary’s name in the return address field with the senders’ home address.
This procedure will permit us to pick-up all packages from customs with a notarized power of attorney in the name of the mission and then get the package to the missionary without all of the problems and additional costs and time.
It is standard practice for a package sent to a foreign country to state the contents and value. Please still do this. We have our best success with USPS standard priority packages. If you have any concern about what you are shipping, wire money via Western Union and have your missionary purchase the items in country. With the exception of electronics, many goods are less expensive and wearable items purchased here are more ‘in local fashion’.
Buna Ziua! This week has been really awesome this week. The weather here has been really GRAY same for some people here in Sibiu. English class been cool almost coming to an end tho. Meeting with less actives this week has been awesome especially meeting with a family outside of Sibiu the Coda family. I got the oppertunity to practice my other gift of tongue in Spanish. Epic Fail. The mother is from Bolivia and her husband is from Romania I believe and they 4 wonderful kids. She speaks lots of languages but perferred speaking in Spanish but for me trying to speak spanish I just mixed up my Romanian alot. But she understood it in some cases and loved the fact that I told her that my stepdad is from El Salvador and that I had a sister that served in Panama. Only card I can pull as far as relating to other hispanics here in Romania. Her oldest son has been going through hard times being different from some other kids here. I hope to share with him a video about "Our True Identity" by President Uchtdorf and pray that her son will understand me in Spanish/Romanian remix.
This week has been really good as far as meeting with our investigators. One came with his girlfriend to English class a transfer ago and since last week we started teach him with fratele Cernat I have good feelings about this one. Both him and his girlfriend have been taking lessons. The sisters here have been doing well with her too. Our other cool investigator is a lieutenant who came to English class and respects our work here in Sibiu and seems pretty interested. Hopefully he takes interests as soon as possible but its all up to him. We shall see whatever happens happens.
Other than that, we had apt check last week which was funny. After you just had sweep under your comps bed and then he go grab the broom and try sweep it back under. I was bout to kape' kape' @ him. But it was coo' good thing I caught him before he thought he was slick.
We had a special fireside with Paul Cardall which was cool. Kind of wished I took piano lessons when I was younger. Good thing Sora Bair teaches so hopefully I can learn quickly and play well.
So far my district is solid and loving my city that I am serving to the fullest.
Coolest investigators' Marius & Andra
Museums artifacts here is pretty much older than the US.
Chilln' with Elder Bair.
Crazy to think that I had been in for 6 months and I feel like that I just got here a month ago. No time really goes by fast when you keep yourself busy. So far in Sibiu has been really awesome. So many internationals here and I love speaking with them and sharing the gospel on the way. English class was really coming through with solid new set everytime we teach. So learning to adjust quickly with teaching plans seems to run much smooth when a backup plan is in play. Sports nite was super good and much needed. It was a bit unexpected with the weather raining here and their. Shocked at how many people come out to sports nites thanks to our sisters who invited two people and they brang like 10+ with them and luckily having the Bairs here meant that they had every sports equipment here with them. Good runs with vball and ultimate frisbee. Just playing at the park seems to draw attention from other people and surprisingly a family came over and talked with the Bairs and wanted to know who we are and our purpose here in Romania. By doing activities like these I tend to forget to share some type of relation with those around me. I always seem to enjoy being around people and I realize at times I have to keep myself grounded and share some type of message. Glad to have other missionaries here to remind me always not to forget. Happy to see some of our English students come to church and learn more about the gospel. This week has been full of Less Active Contacting and organizing Branch office work. Been blessed to have an awesome cooks here in Sibiu. Sora Bair and her amazing Sunday Dinners espically her bomb Banana cake she made for us this past Sunday and a companion who knows how to cook for days. So far, so good (eating that is).
This past week has been chill so far we had a quick transfer happened for the sisters. Sad to see Sora Cox leave but I know she will do great things in Bucherest. Surprised to find out that Sora Gibson is serving in the same city with me so its been crazy because I felt like I just seen her in Arad. With our district, we have had an amazing kick off with the Book of Mormon Challenge for our branch with awesome presentation & bomb food of course from the Bairs. We played on with Feasting upon the Words of Christ'. We took Alex a recent member with us to teach a lesson to less active and to English Contacting with the whole district at the park. Almost witness a fight stupid longboarders here in Romania dont' know how to longboard in public. Be careful mann. It was funny talking with the people here in Sibiu because they seem to know more about Polynesian people then the people in Arad. Always share the basic with people with the importance of Family History in our Church and how we are blessed to find unkown history through the works of so many of our ancestors. Excited to have English class at a larger scale. The members here are kind of crazy but its coo' and sad to find out that our church here in Sibiu got robbed and of course they go jack our touch screen TV. So we got to do alot of work in our church and alot of cleanup. Being here in Sibiu, it feels good to always be prepared because its destination spot for tourist to always give them a contact info or any type of church card people here are here shortly and leave. But by leaving a brief message with them about the gospel gives them a lil' bit about the gospel and in some cases makes them want more so by just calling us to teach a brief lesson. Best thing is to always practice what you preach no matter where you are. Alrite then yall speak with yall real soon.
Super glad to have the Bairs here in Sibiu. Always gives us great advice and wise words to us as a district. Sora Bair makes bomb food and Elder Bair is one of kind character always stay clownin'. Made a connection today with the Bairs with their son-in-law and my family from Idaho' long story but super funny. So we like famili already.
Went to a restaurant called New York' for Sora Cox last day with the whole district. Grubbn' on Ribs.