-Shook hands with Prez Uchtdorf and took a photo with him and the mission #neverwashingit
-Went to Busteni to go to a museum and get dinner at a really fancy restaurant! #yum
-Went to lunch at a realy nice italian restaurant #yummyyum
-Hung out in Brasov and met some cool backpackers and talked to them about how to backpack haha. They were cool and we got a selfie with them
-Got carsick on like all the busrides...but its all good. #life
|my lineage shall run strong|
-The devo with Pres Uchtdorf was life changing. #nuffsaid
-took Elder Trottier Bloc Knocking/Cioc-cioc/tracting. Theres a story below.
-joggers ;) #suitpants
So in the Uchtdorf conference we learned many things and it pumped us up on life! We were reminded that we have a message of love! And that we need to positive and loving as we share it with BOLDNESS.
Elder Trottier and I tested this out and had great success. We roleplayed a door approach telling them we are representatives of Jesus Christ and have a message to share about him and practiced sharing the BoM using the pictures in the front and inviting them to read and come back later. That preparation payed off.
We decided to go tracting in a block and we prayed to be led to the right bloc. I had the impression to take the tramvai two stops and cross the street and try the blocs in that neighborhood. We felt strange because there were blocs right next to the stop but we decided to listen and cross the street and walk a long way to the bloc system. The first group of blocs no one let us in. And we searched for some more and finally when we arrived at some more, we arrived there when another family walked in. So we were able to get in.
We started at the top and said another prayer to ease any fear we had. And no one let us in..Many rude responses and kind ones as well. But it wasnt until the last door. (as always) That a young man said we could share, so we built the courage to just walk into that house (literally) and sat down and taught our message and invited him to read and said a kneeling prayer at the end. We felt so good afterwards and were impressed with our boldness and the blessing the Lord had given us. But as Pres Uchtdorf taught "Dont inhale it" Its not us it was the Lords power and through him that we did this.
We decided to be diligent and tried another bloc and we met another gentleman outside the bloc and he said he wasnt interested but Elder Trottier taught him the lesson we roleplayed anyway and did great! And the guy seemed somewhat interested and took a copy at the end and we got his number.
On the way out we decided to try another bloc and just THRASH the neighborhood with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and on the way to the other bloc, my companion said "Good evening" to a lady waiting for her bus and she stopped us and we talked to her. She was wanting to come to our english classes and she showed us pics of her daughter and granddaughter in New Jersey. We got ont he bus with her and continued talking and got her number at the end. We felt good about ourselves and it was getting late so we rushed home and were glad about the diligence we showed and the loving boldness we exercised.
These people were put in our path because we asked Heavenly Father for his divine help and we learn in the scriptures, if we ask, we will receive. And this was a testimony builder for me of this divine truth. The Lord blessed us for our diligence and hardwork and excitement about this work.
I had a great opportunity ot ponder over the words said to us by an Apostle and prephet of the Lord. One thing stuck out to me as i pondered that night in the hotel. Loving Boldness. What is that? How can i love people and still be bold? Are they still oging to like me? IS that ok? yada yada ya. I kept pondering that and thinking of examples. IN a talk we read by President D Uchtdorf, we saw the example of a fantastic missionary who loved the people and gave his everything to the work and saw much success as being a bold representative of Christ. And i thought to myslf of examples of people like that in my life. And the first thing that came to my mind was the example of a great friend and mother figure in my life.
As a result of the love she showed for me and this gospel, she boldy declared and testified as a disciple of Jesus Christ should. And that loving boldness propelled my life into an unknown and wonderful plane. I mean look...im in romania now....#fudge Those acts of bolness and love changed many peoples lives and caused many souls to be touched, not just mine. So it was a testimony to me that you can never be too bold if you are showing your love. You can change lives through your love, in the least you can plant a seed. And this is a goal to look for in my mission, to plant seeds of loving kindness and joy for this message which we carry that Jesus Christ Lives.