Monday, December 26, 2016

Craciun Fericit! #Luvs

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Christmas Eve at the Monastery
I hope everyone had a great week! Mine was superb :)

Overview: 
 So this week we had quite a few awesome things happen.
-We went contacting at the begining of the week since people would be out and about getting christmas presents.  We had a few good experiences but just a lot of hustling and bustling.  But we had a couple people who show promise (explained below)
Hawsome and Obama
-We went caroling the whole weekend and spread a lot of cheer. It was pretty fun.  :)  Romanians halloween is pretty much christmas eve haha.  As tradition is, they go door to door and sing carols and people give them money and candy and stuff.  It was fun to tell people that we didnt want money or anything and they were happy to see us too X)
-We got cussed oiut by a drunk guy..not fun..
-We went to lots of members houses and got fed a lot haha.  So much food!! #sarmale
-We watched Star Wars 7.  Its pretty cool! 
-We also went to a monastery.
-For Chirstmas we had breakfast and did our district gift exchange and then went to church. The service was cool and is always fun to do a special christmas program.  After church we went to a members house and got fed some more food.  Yum yum yum. We played games and had fun talking to eachother.  It was a good week!
-Skyped the famjam and everyone looks good.  Im Glad all is well.
-We got stuck in an elevator today..that was fun...we were there for like 20 minutes trying to get out...

Stories:
So this christmas season we wanted to make sure we uplifted the members in Iasi.  We had a few experiences this week that were awesome and accomplished that purpose.  With 2 members we got in for the first time in forever.  Missionaries hadnt been in their house for a long time.  But miraculously we were let in and it was good.  They were really happy to see us and one of those members even came to church!  The other one didnt come but we hope to work with her daughter cuz she could be just what the church here needs.  So we can reactivate her and her daughter and it would be awesome!  We hope to see them this next week too.  
Another lady we met contacting.  We randomly stopped her and she is actually a member who moved to israel and didnt ever find the church there.  She came to the christmas service and the members were happy to see her.  Today, we had a lesson with her and her boy and taught them the resto again.  The boy could be baptized and things are looking good. They go back to Israel on the 13th of Jan so hopefully we see them again before they go.  We also had one of our missionaries here who is the only israeli missionary currently serving talk with her in hebrew and help her find a church.  It was a special experience :)
 One of our members brought his daughter who lives in Italy for school and she will be here for a little bit.  But she would be such a good light to her family if she got baptized in Italy.  So we are hoping something cool will happen from that.

Spiritual Thought:
White girl photos..
So i had one really special experience this last week which was really cool for me. So during this last transfer of mine i want to focus on finding " The One" and this is one of those experiences. We were contacting and we had a kinda rough 2 hours of contacting. Lots of people stopped to watch the video surprisingly but nothing too meaningful happened. Then the other elders met us in the middle and we decided we would leave and get lunch. Right as we were leaving, i saw a kid that i thought looked really cool and i had the feeling to go talk to him. So i bolted over to him and didnt know what to say so i asked him if he wanted to watch the video and he said ya sure. He is a high schooler probably in 10th or 11th year. He saw the name of the church and said "oh you guys are the Mormons" and so i said ya and inquired to see how much he knew about us. And he didnt know much haha but had read stuff online. We proceeded to watch the video and i invited him to learn more and see if he would like to hear about the special message we carry and he said "sure but dont expect me to convert" and i told him, oh of course not, we just try to spread this message all around and no one is obligated to act against their will and ya da ya da ya. And The spirit struck me super hard when he said those words and i think it was because those were the exact words i said 3 years ago right before i took the lessons. And look where i am now. So i dont know ho much interest he will take but in the least i had an interesting last door experience that atleast got me to ponder my own conversion again. I really hope something happens form this experience. I think he could be the One. It has turned me again to be grateful ot the Lord for how merciful he is and how he uses people to be angels for others.  I dont know if something spectacular will happen from this experience but i know that God in the least used him to help me remember how great He is.  And I cant deny the spirit i felt 3 years ago when 2 young missionaries taught me about our Saviour and i cant deny His hand in this work.  He watched over us and will continue to do so. 


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Watching Star wars 7!!

oooba

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Choose to Be a Wise Man

Overview:
Our week was great!
-We had our english classes and we helped teach the sisters beginner class and they really enjoyed it.  We will probably teach beginner next transfer. X)
-We tried doing some secret acts of service.  We drove all the way to a less active members house with the other elders and dropping a bag with fruits, tea and goodies for the nice old man. He wasnt home unfortunately but we left the bag by his old rickety shack (tears..) and he thanked us at church.  Such a nice old man! ;)
-Then we also tried some more tracting at villas.  No one really gave us any heed and it was freeeeeeeezing. But we talked to a nice old man who we will probably help in the yard during this christmas season.  Dont want him to get snowed in if snow even comes in thickness!
-we had like 3 near death experiences on the way to galati for zone conference..that was quite fun. Sliding on the ride and almost gettign hit by cars..By the grace of God we made it to Galati with safety ;)  #happymomsarehappy
-We had our Christmas zone conference and it was great!!! We had the opportunity to hear from President Ivory and his wife and we also gave a presentation.  We talked about finding in the Christmas time and how to have a lot of fun spreading dat joy! ;D

Sorry its so short htis week but imma talk to people anyway on skype!  Get ready yall!  Talk to ya soon!


Spiritual Thought:
I talked with my President again (not trump but a little more spiritual) ;) (he might be richer than trump though?#maybe) And we talked about finishing my mission with strength.  I told him that i came to the conference looking for answers on how to not just end strong...to end REALLY REALLY REALLY strong so that i stay converted and continue to be a missionary back home.  And we talked through it and i shared some of the answers i felt i received.  And the main slogan icame up with was that i want ot be a Wise man (magi) even when igo home.  I want to follow their examples of knowledge, faith and diligence in seeking the star which is Jesus Christ.  I want to be led by the spirit to the places i need to go and help those i can before i leave.  So i decided everyday i need to focus on the ONE person i have to find each day and pray wiht all my might heart and strength to find him or her.  And that will be my goal even after the mission to help the ONE each day.  Whether that be my companion, friends, family, or strangers.  I am hear to preach the gospel to every creature and that includes after my mission.  TIME TO END STRONG



#lazers





shacks...





#sweg

#familyreunion

zone conf :)

selfies w/o me

Danube river



#luvs

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Few





Overview:
-I got a haircut. I told the guy to keep it a fro and to use only scissors, but he just cut it euro with scissors...It looks fine, i just wanted to keep the afro for home...#dreamslost...
-We made some treats for some less actives and none of the were home...So we shared the christmas joy with our own mouths.  Our mouths were very happy and singing songs of praises
-We went contacting and met some cool people.  Christmas contacting is literally like the most fun and easiest thing ever..cuz who doesnt wanna hear about Jesus at christmas time!?  So we got a lot of contacts this week and our district is killing it.
-The relief society had a blanket making activity for service and no one showed up..so we ended up making it a missionary service activity X) and we stayed til we finished all the blankets..which took a couple hours...so we were at the church like all day due to our english classes, lessons and service and then we had choir practice...that kinda blew but it was fun.
-We went to an "african cultural event" to try to talk to people and it ended up being a deceiving proselyting activity for a pentecostal church in bucuresti..that was awkward...so we didnt get to talk to too many people..but it was awkward for everyone cuz it wasnt advertised as a religiou activity so obviously no one took their offer to learn more about their message..X) it was weird..we felt bad for them so we offered to learn more about them cuz in the room of 100 people, only the 4 missionaries there rose their hands X) Sad day for the pentecostal church
-We went to a "business meeting" for some random group of young people starting busineses and sharing ideas and we met lots of cool smart youngsters.  So that could turn into a cool finding activity
-We then had our Christmas concert which was awesome!  SUPER AWESOME!  We have an australian named Elder Perret who played on X factor in australia and got a good score there.  So he is HEAVENLY.  He sang with my good ol canadian friend Sora Falkenberg.  So we hyped up0 the concert alot and got a good amount of people there.  And the music was awesome and my camera died halfway through the performance..:( so i didnt get my 2 favourite songs recorded..But the spirit was there and i think it will help the spirit of Christmas to spread in Iasi. :)
-We got to go misic contacting with elder Perret after the concert and we spread the christmas spirit even more!  He started palying with a little asian girl and got a huuuuuge crowd.  It was awesome.  And after she left we got a good crowd with our singing and stuff.  It was a great way to end the week with lots of cool people and good convos.  As well as a good amount of interested people to talk to as to why an australian who could be a famous singer by now came to romania :)  SHARE YOUR STORIES PEOPLE!  THEY ARE POWERFUL!
-We had a rap battle with the sisters on the way to the airport #elderswon

Spiritual Thought:
This video is so good!  Nuff said

https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages-for-youth/why-am-i-here?cid+HP_TU_6-12-2016_dPFD_fMM_xLIDyL2-4_ 


 
Before
After




service







apron sweg


the author pose

cabin life :)

bake me a cake

quiltsfordayzzzz




the trio of michelin


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