Monday, October 31, 2016

Flannels, Wood, Jesus

-Service at a members house moving their wood to their lawn off the street.  That made me sore the next few days..Huge pieces of wood that made me feel like a scottish lumberjack..
-Our memebr Sora Stoian who has been in Bucharest the last 2 weeks finally came back and we got her flowers and loved the pup's outta her.  We missed her so much!
-We played improv games for english class in the advanced class.  That was fun.  It made me miss Elder Brundage though :(
-On the way to Zone conference in Cluj, we talked to the taxi driver and got his number and gave him a BoM.  He was pretty cool.  :)
-tried learning HUngarian this week.  FYI, its suuuuuuuuupppeeeeerrrr hard....Life...It makes me grateful to be able to speak romanian...
-One of our Potentials, Florin, we taught the restoration to him on the way to our house.  Hopefully he prays to know and see the truth for himself.
the rare smile pic
-We tried making sarmale...NOt enough spice..It tasted like porc in cabbage...plain food+plain food= plain time we will do better...
-We participated in theis social experiement happening in Centre.  We had to make eye contact with strangers and hold it for a few minutes.  Thats easy for us...We do more awkward things...I also got interviewed afterwards X)  #Famous The funny part was, we first were paired with these 2 young girls and just sat there talking and then staring and all of a sudden, President Ivory walks behind us and sees what we are doing...Caught in the act! Not really..i didnt feel judged X)  It was weird though having your mission prez just walk up behind you while oyu are with two young girls...
-It is Ziua Mortilor today and lots of people went to the countryside this last weekend cuz trhey work today.  They went and payed their respects to their ancestors graves and that meant that liek no one was in town to talk to and that no one came to english class...Except the old retired people...#yay..
flowers for mama
-We had a recent convert fromt he Dominican Republic move in to the branch with her non member husband.  She kinda speaks english and he barely does.  She speaks spanisha dn he speaks hungarian and romanian pretty well...So we dont know how they fell in love...But we hope to teach the husband and that they will assimilate intot hre branch regardless of the language barrier..IT will be a sight to see for sure.
-We met some random black guys from Phoenix AZ!  They were led by the Lord to Romania they said and they go around and look for people to help and pray where they are.  It was strange but super cool at the same time.  They shgared some experiences where the Lord provided for them and they bore pretty cool testimonies of the Goodness of God.  #chill  AZ represent!

on the way to cluj
Zone Conference Knowledge:
-We talked alot about thinking of the "who" we can touch, influence, help each day.  This is a habit that will help us be an intrument throughout our lives as missionaries and members of the church.  If we are mindful of others and prayerful in who we can help, the Lord will guide us to those that are prepared or are in need of our succor.
-Rise to a new sense of commitment and lay your sins and weaknesses on the altar of sacrifice.  Through our faith and trust in the Lord, if we lay our sins and weaknesses on the altar, God will make those things become strong.  I have seen that in my mission with many fears and weaknesses i had throughout my mission and now i look at them as strenght sor atleast improved.  THe Lord is great!
-Thrust in your sickle with your might and our sins will be forgiven and we will have that joy of being a servant of the Lord.   We have to give it all we can till the end of the race and we collapse.  I wanna faint when i get off that airplane knowing that i gave my all to the Lord.
-I had a really good interview with President Ivory.  I expressed how much i wanted to stay in Romania and progress and fel the great joy i have had these last two years.  I was balling so much X) #babyboy I dont wanna go back!  But we talked it through and some other problems i was having and he helped me a lot.  I klove the Lord and htis opportunity i have been given to serve Him!

Spiritual Thought:
  "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing....If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." John 15:5,19

We learn so much from John 15!  It is a great section for missionaries!  But these two verses stuck out to me a lot this week.  We have to have Jesus Christ in our thoughts and to follow His commandments.  If we do, then we have His promise to have Him by our side.  How cool is that!  The Saviour of the world will help us to accomplish His miracles and be instruments.  And as a result, we will yiled much fruit.

The second half reminds me of something Elder Boom said at our mission conference.  He told us not to take offense to the way people treat you.  Rememebr to love them as Jesus would have.  They wouldnt act that way if you didnt have the tag of your call and you wernt preaching the song of redeeming love.

As missionaries, we are to strive to be like Jesus and to do as He would do.  We were set apart to accomplish a great work and a glory and we cant do that if we are of the world.  And as a result, the world often says that we are weird or stupid or extreme.  But the Lord told the church this truth thousands of years ago.
We have to continue in faith and know that The Lord loves us and will help us accomplish great things!

rare smile 2

interviews X)

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