Well, i arrived at my new apartment after a long 14 hour train ride...Super lonely..By myself..Just me and my Uke on a train in the desert of my mind. BUt i met Elder Hellewell my new comp in Oradea after the whole fiasco was over.
We started with a good planning session and talked about the people we are going to work with and how we are going to start off the transfer. It was a good session and i really like Elder Hellewell. He is a great guy!
Random things we did this week:
-We went to some Christian fundraising concert in Centru. We met some cool italians and saw some cool people. The Italians could barely speak english and we could barely speak italian. So those conversations are always fun. I wish i knew more languages!
-One of the members and his wife are pretty big metal heads, so i can talk with them about the good ol past time of hard rock, metal and screamo. #dope
-Had 5 lessons in one day that caused us to go ALL over Oradea..Super tired by the end of the day..
-Walked up this huge hil to get ot a members house and was super hot and tired by the top, only to be greeted by a house without air conditioning X) So that was an adventure
-Went la tara to visit a potential who has like 8 kids...Super huge for Romania. He was a good man but really wasnt too acepting of the Restoration and stuff..That turned into a long annoying bashing session that i kinda just sat out of..But he is really cool and wants us to teach a lesson or something at his church he goes to..I dont know if that would hppen..but we will see.
|On the way to Oradea|
Elder Hellewell and I areboth working on being "Go-getters" this transfer because we both are just kinda the "just existing" type and we just do our own thing, ya know. But we had this really good opportunity a couple times to just attack the day and get after it. We had a day filled with pretty much just contacting and a lesson at the end...Sometimes good but many times just bad haha. But we had a couple ideas. The first of all being trying to get rid of some extra cokes in the fridege left form a previous companion. You would think everyone would just want a free coke given to you by 2 Americans. It turns out, i guess there isnt anyone who would do that...So that kinda blew...But we continued and went to our lesson. We had our lesson with this guy named Levi. We talked about positive change (repentence) and how this particular principle has helped change our lives and we have been able to become better people cuz we allowed Jesus CHrist to change our trajectory. We then just set the expectation that we are here to hlpe people come closer to Christ by helping them make it to baptism. So we asked him, when he comes to know these things are true would you be baptized. And he said yes! So we told him the things we would need him to do to make it to that point and we stressed church attendance. He said "I make no promise" and we bore testimony of the importanace of church attendance.
An older lady opens the door. We introduce our selves and she is happy and even has been to America before and we had a great convo. We told her about the Survey and asked if we could come inside. Her house was pretty dirty and unorganized and we decided to go to the balcony instead. We were fine with that and we were abel to do the survey and get to know her soem more. She was really nice and open. We gave her a Plan of Slavation pamphlet and tried to see if we could share a message with her but she said she was too busy. We tried all we could and that is what matters most. And atleast she has a good opinion of the church i hope. She was the ONE that we needed to find and to touch.
|Zone Leaders are Thugz|
We were also blessed to meet a good amount of cool people ont he way back. We saw many people who we were able to leave a good impression of who were were.
|This pretty much explains our companionship|
I will now refer back to our lesson with Frat Isopescu. He was a huge miracle. The missionaries were knocking on his door in about 2005 and his wife answers the door. He goes to see the hubbub and sees these american guys. And from that moment he knew that they were good people. They came inside and taught them the Restoration and left them the Joseph Smith pamphlet and the spirit "did prick (his) heart with the word" Jarom 1:12 and he was hooked! He read the JS pamplet and had the same question Joseph Smith had and prayed and knew without reading the Book of Mormon that it was true. An excellent story! But what he said that struck me more was that he said when he saw the missionaries that he knew that they were "good people and men of God". He cautioned us to know that everyone is watching us. We stand out. We draw peoples interest and they dont always know why. This caused me to self evaluate and ask myslef the question, "Are my actions and words and thoughts helping me to be seen as a representative of Jesus Christ?" And that questioned helped me check myself many times and is continueing to help strenghten my testimony of my calling. My actions could influnece those around me and even cause miracles in this wonderful nation!
|Elder Hellewell is sexy ;)|
|Concerts are dope|
|Lots of older Euro architecture here|