December 11, 2017

i got myself a latin dancing queen

HELLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

This week a lot of my studies were focused on the Sabbath Day.  The reasons we go to church include showing everyone how cute our outfits are.....singing really dope songs.....socializing with our friends.....LOLZ NAHHHHHHH. The sacrament helps us to remember the Savior. Remember how we need to improve this upcoming week. Remember to strive better to have the Spirit with us. REMEMBER. The power in that little (really good) piece of bread and tiny cup of water is INCREDIBLE. 

So Sora Pitcher and I are here! In Oradea! YEET YEET YEET. Sora Pitcher is a hoot. I love her. Here are some things about her: she loves latin dancing, running, eating lettuce, drinking Pero, eating a super healthy glutin-free, dairy-free, sugar-free cake for breakfast (they're actually pretty dank......who knew eating not chocolate could taste so good?!?!), she is from Colorado - shout out to Will and Brian, she got bangs to try to teach her hairdresser about the gospel.....who rejected it...but the lady's friend was interested!

She is a ball of fun. We are going to have a great time together.

We had some adventures in Bucharest before coming back, which included being controlled, or having our visa checked . . . many times. Being late to Missionary Leader Conference....lol. And meeting some REALLY nice people who helped us get her luggage from their apartment all the way to the train. By public transport and foot. Incredible. Miracles happen people. 

Here is some exciting news: we had a lesson yesterday with Constanta about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She wants to badly to follow the example of her Savior. So Sora Pitcher invited her to be baptized on Feb 10th.....and she said yes! SUUUUUUUUUUUUUPER CHILL! Very excited for her :)

We also met up with this super cute girl named Katy who is interested in learning more. I love people like that. I love sharing the gospel with others. It makes me so so happy. Yay. MISSIONARY WORK IS 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND.  

Well. Other than that......we had church for 4 hours yesterday :-) I have developed ADHD on my mission. Could NOT focus basically after 1.5 hours. Rough. But it's okay because we had some left over candy in our missionary closet so the both of us survived.  

Oh also on Saturday it snowed a lot. Gross. I still don't like the snow.....de loc. 

Well there are two guys getting into a fight at the internet cafe so it is time to go :) 

Love you all! You're all in my prayers! ROCK IT ON FINALS JOSHY! LOVE YOU PRAYING FOR YOU. 

xoxoxoxoxox
Sora Idiart 

 Well my most beloved Purtskirt and Gubs DIED this week . . . 
not really physically but in mission slang means they went home 
aka they are listening to music and watching movies and speaking in lots of English/Russian 
and not in Romania anymore :(

I'm really sorry but I just cannot take pictures with normal faces anymore. 
I don't know what's wrong with me.

Comp bonding. Sora Pitcher likes to do makeup. 
So she did my makeup at 10:15pm hahahahaha #americasnexttopmodelLOL

i will take more pics this week. sorry. lots of traveling and tiredness :) 

December 4, 2017

GOOD-BYE SORA ANDERSON :( BUT HELLO SORA PITCHER YEET

HELLO EVERYONE

The transfer has come to an end. So sad. Sora Anderson has left me to go to Bucharest. And I am picking up Sora Pitcher this week! Currently I am in Bucharest. Still with Sora Anderson actually. But yeah. I will be staying in Oradea with Sora Pitcher this next transfer. SO EXCITED. Anyways let me tell you about my week.

Actually here is a scripture. 2 Nephi 33:12. I really feel like Nephi. This is the desire of my heart. I believe and hope that many, if not all, will be saved in the Kingdom of God. 

This week was great. I don't remember much hahaha that seems to always happen come email time. BUT we had some great lessons. 

Maria: taught about the Plan of Salvation. Really we only taught about the Spirit World. I feel so much love for Maria and she has a real desire to know truth. Often times, what we believe is just very different from her beliefs. It makes the lessons interesting. Our lesson made me realize HOW grateful I am for the knowledge that I have about the Plan of Salvation. It all makes sense. All of it. HOW MERCIFUL IS OUR GOD. 

Kubra and Merve: THIS WAS A DOPE LESSON ABOUT THE PLAN OF SALVATION. These girls are our Turk friends. Merve, who doesn't seem interested in the gospel, was suuuuuuuuper interested in the "5 requirements in the life" section of the lesson. Especially botez. Dope. 

Sora Bajo: She is not very active in church. BUT CAME TO CHURCH ON SUNDAY HOLLLLLLLA! Anyways we were over at her house for a little (2 hour lol opa) member visit. She shared Alma 29 with us. We read it together. AND MAN. That is a powerful chapter. Go read it. While we were visit with her, I just felt the Savior's love for her. And His desire for her to return to activity. Incredible. These next four weeks we will really be focusing on her. 

Another reason why I can't really remember what I did this past week is because I got 2.5 hours of sleep last night. Sleeper train #11. Except this time without a bed. Just a little elf chair.......so. Yeah. The joys of transportation<33333 BUT HEY PROBABLY THIS NEXT TRAIN WILL BE MY LAST ONE. YEEEEET. 

Anyways, I love you all. Thanks for the prayers. Praying for you. Church is true. Hollaaaaaaaaa

xoxoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

ball so hard lol this is how all of my tights look. yolo

christmas lights with andreea and mirela :) 

my queen sora anderson

pretty oradea :)))))))))

November 27, 2017

Miracles + never making another Thanksgiving dinner in my life :-)

Have you seen this video yet!??!!?!? CLICK HERE TO SEE IT!!  INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got a sneak peak of it at zone conference earlier this month. I cried. I still cry. HUMANS ARE SO MUCH BETTER WHEN THEY SERVE OTHERS. So this week starts the little advent calendar (BECAUSE WE ARE ALMOST ALREADY IN DECEMBER WHAT)....LETS DO IT. Together. Anyone who actually reads this email - commit to me right now that you will do it with me. Lighting the world with SERVICE AND HAPPINESS AND CHRISTMAS. 

So this week was chock-full with miracles. So many. 

Tuesday we made brownies for a 18 year old named Kati who doesn't come to church very often. We have tried a few times to get in contact with her. Nothing really works. We wanted to invite her to our Thanksgiving feast. So we planned on going to visit her at a certain point of the day when we thought she would be home from school. We're sitting in the church doing a language study - BAM! - prompting to go to her house that very second. So we pack up, decide we will finish language study later, and head out. Miracle after miracle. A nice old lady let us into her bloc. Lived on her floor. Talked to us while we waited for Kati's mom to open the door. Her mom told us she wouldn't be home for another hour b/c school doesn't get out for a bit. As we are about to say goodbye - BAM! - the interphone rings. Guess who it is. KATI. So after two months of trying to meet her, we finally did! YAY! She didn't come to our Thanksgiving dinner, but man. What a testimony to me that if you follow promptings exactly when you receive them, the Spirit will guide you to be at the right place at the right time. 

We had a super good exchange with the Cluj sisters on Wednesday. I went with Sora Alger again. What a gem. Had a day full of contacting. Honestly, not too much success. But we never felt discouraged! We had a great time and got to bear testimony to lots of people. The cap of the day was our lesson with Maria. We taught her the Restoration. She had some skepticism about a few things, but overall the Spirit was present and strong. It was really cool to just be able to testify and teach doctrine to someone who would listen, but still participate. Just absolutely incredible. We challenged her to humbly pray and ask Heavenly Father if what boy prophet, Joseph Smith, truly saw God the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ. Keep you updated :) 

On Thursday Sora Anderson was very sick :( I swear this last month has been one comp throwing up after the other. Lolz. Sorry. Graphic. But the good thing is that we planned on celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday anyways! Who cares if you're the only ppl in the country doing it, right? Hahaha 

SO FRIDAY WE LITERALLY BAKED AND COOKED FOOD ALL DAY. And I can just tell you now. I will NOT be making my future family a Thanksgiving meal. No way Jose. Nope. We will be going to a soup kitchen to serve other people and then order pizza. But it ended up being really fun. We ate a big meal with the elders, two members, and two investigator friends. We made everyone go around and say what they are thankful for. One thing about Romanians: they will always say that they are thankful for their health - first and foremost. I love them. They are so strange. Hahha :) But it was great.

Anyways that is a run down of our week/I am out of time. Hahaha. 

I LOVE YOU ALL AND PRAY FROM YOU AND THINK ABOUT YOU. Congrats to Eric and RaNae. So excited to meet you. 

xoxoxoox
Sora Idiart 

aftermath of the facemask......................chemical burn. lol. 

meaaaaaaaaal (and yes. that is the church. 
red chairs, red carpet, red curtains, red table cloth. absolutely incredible)

sora anderson's cute idea while we waited for ppl to show up for dinner

MARIANA IS STARTING HER MISSION PAPERS! YEEEEEET! I LOVE THIS GIRL. 

November 20, 2017

SO MANY MIRACLES, JUST SO GREAT

hello everyone

Here is a video that will make you cry. Because it made me cry. Watch it. And cry. And let's all resolve to pick out heads up, look for others in need, and then help. CLICK HERE!

Literally. Tears. 

So this week was great. We started working with these two really great girls. Very different, with very different stories. One is called Mirela and the other is called Maria. 

Mirela started coming to English classes a few weeks ago. She goes to the Elder's beginner class. Last Saturday after their class they came over to us and told us to go talk to her and invite her to take the lessons. So we did. And we've started teaching her. She's from the north east of Romania (aka what Romanian's call Moldova. Something about me and that blessed word/region/country) and has a THIIIIIIIIIIICK Moldovan accent. Love it. Anyways, she is so great. Has the sweetest spirit. She came to church yesterday. The Spirit was strong. She was feeling Him. Literally incredible. And then she had us over for lunch after church. SHE IS A DANG GOOD COOK. Actually for the first (hopefully not last time) yesterday we were fed like 3 times. Incredible. #blessed Sora Anderson and I are super excited for her. 

Maria is a friend of a church member - Sora Geambasu. She is studying to become a doctor. Super close relationship with God. She came to District Conference last week. Wanted to learn more about the Book of Mormon. In our lesson with her yesterday, we were planning on teaching her the Restoration, but she had some questions about something she read in the Book of Mormon regarding the Plan of Salvation. To sum up - we had a super powerful lesson about prayer and the Pre Mortal Existence. I think I learned more in the lesson, through testifying, than she did I think hahahaha :) BUT I KNOW THAT I CHOSE TO COME TO THIS EARTH. We all did. And we chose to come, no matter the hardships we would face, because we wanted to follow the example of our Savior and return to live with our Father in Heaven. AMEN. Truth. 

We also had an exchange with the Sibiu sisters, over in Sibiu. Which meant lots and loooooooots of traveling...again. Lolz. 16 hours in a nice little bus. BUT ALSO SO MANY MIRACLES THERE! We had 16 hours of straight contacting between the two companionships to tackle. And tackle we did. Lots of rejection, but surprisingly A LOT of success. We met some cool people, who include: Alina and her dad, Anca, Ana, Petru, and Denisa. Very very fun. 

OH AND WE WENT OVER TO MARIANA'S HOUSE WITH MIRELA AND THE ELDERS AND LEARNED HOW TO MAKE SARMALE AND CHIFTELE. SOOOOOOOOOOOO YUM. SOOOOOOOO FUN. 

Okay I love you all. Praying for you. Thank you for your extra prayers this week. We could feel it. 

xoxoxooxox
Sora Idiart 

America. What.

The only picture I took during our exchange in Sibiu........best doughnut I have ever had no joke.
 
Lies. I also took this in Sibiu. This is for you mom. #AKisthebiggeststatenotTXsorryJess

a whole bunch of pics of the cooking night. too lazy to title them. plus i think that these emails don't go on a blog anymore.......so i will title them when i get home hahaha oxoxox ​

November 13, 2017

Not enough square footage for 8 sisters :-)))))))))

YO FAM WAZZZZGUUUUUUUUUUUD

Here is a great quote that President Hettinger said during District Conference yesterday: "We just need to feel the Spirit and act" AMEN. But literally. How true is that. If you feel the Spirit prompt you to talk to someone, help someone, smile at someone, give someone a Book of Mormon , be a little kinder, be a little more humble, work a little harder, etc..... ACT. Oh wait. Those are all things I need to do :) hahaha well maybe some of you aren't perfect yet (doubt it) and receive similar promptings. Hai sa facem, da? 

Well this week was so interesting. Some of the highlights include:

Exchanges with the Arad sisters.....IN ARAD. HECK YEAH PEOPLE, I GOT TO GO BACK TO THE LOVELY, FLAT CITY WHERE I WAS "BORN". It was so joyous. Nothing has changed. It is all the same, with the same kind people. I went with Sora Folsom. She is flipping bomb. Her Romanian is better than mine and she has been here for like 3 months....whoops. Whadyado. Hahaha :) but we went to go visit their investigator, who used to be my investigator way back in the day, Mariana. She continues to be hung up on the fact that she was already baptized, blah, blah, blah. Authority and priesthood have never fully been explained to her. Sora Folsom and I decided to talk about that. And we are pretty sure it clicked. We will see. She is stubborn and lovely and I love her. 

Other cool things happened after that, but then I got super sick. And threw up. Lots. And too high of temperatures. Almost made it a full 18 months with no barfing....which is very impressive considering the strange things I have eaten. 

So then lots of resting and recovering. I slept probably a straight 24 hours. 

Then we had a super fun game night with President Hettinger. We played Mafia. Good turn out. I have never seen a bald man laugh as hard as President did. Except for maybe Spencer Higginson. 

AND THEN ALL THE WEST SISTERS STAYED IN OUR APARTMENT ON SATURDAY NIGHT before District Conference. Which meant sleeping on the floor round 98237450923456. It was a blast. Did some good block knocking. Met some super awesome people who want to know more about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ :) 

ALRIGHT LOVE YOU ALL. You're in my prayers like deobice 

xoxoxoxox
Sora Idiart 

 cool moon

I slept here for many moons :')

Not a moon, but her name starts with an M... MARIANA :) 

You know you're in Arad when....hahahhaha 

yeet

MAH QUEEEEEEN SORA MOGOS :)

Mission tour zone conf pics :) luv these humans 

August 14, 2017

Dancing at Weddings!

HI FAM!

Shout out to baby Joshy for going to BERKLEY TODAY!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU! YOU ARE SO SMART AND WONDERFUL AND GREAT! 

Here is some scriptures to calm the hearts of my parents hahaha and every other human out there. John 16:33. Fall back. Favorite. Read it. Love it. 

So this week WAS SO FULL OF STUFF. But unfortunately in this dinky internet cafe, I waited for an hour for an open computer. So I have 10 minutes to email you. 

SO HERE WE GO:

This week we had exchanges up in Cluj. I went with Sora Gubar. She is a crack up. I love her. She is Ukrainian. We probably walked about 300 miles. Amazing. Also we ate ice cream twice. And got canceled on 5 times. Hence the walking. And the ice cream. Great day though.

Our branch president got married! I LOVE WEDDINGS! I danced. No shame. It was so much fun. You better believe I can do that macaraina like a queen. And cotton-eyed-Joe. Stake dances coming in clutch. 

SO MANY MIRACLES AGAIN!!!! We met so many cool people who are interested in listening to the message of the restoration. Amazing. Spectacular. 

Well this is the end of the email. Short. But really. So much awesomeness. The church is true. I love being a missionary. It is the best. Go serve a mission. Thanks for your prayers. You're all in mine :) 

xoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

lol this nooby Elder
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Exchange !!!!!!!

Cute little Sora Gubar....holding a knife. Like a real Ukrainian. 

More Guuuuubs :) 

Macaraina cu mariana :) 

The cute couple cutting the best thing: cake. yum

Game night! little bit of a smaller turn out than Chis....but still fun :) 

My cute bb Mariana :) 

We got stuck in a torrential downpour . . . so we made . . . ROOT BEER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Literally. They do not sell root beer here. It was like I was in America. Heaven. 

August 7, 2017

Oradeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Hey fam and friends :) 

Well.

I am in Romania. It is suuuuper strange to be back. But I love it. ORADEA IS THE SICKEST. It is so beautiful here. But let's start with a really nice spiritual thought before I get going :) 

So this week I've been putting a lot of focus on Preach My Gospel. Such a heavenly book. Instead of sharing a scripture ca deobice, I wanna share a quote that really struck my heart this week. "Through a modern prophet, God has restored knowledge about the plan of salvation, which is centered on Christ's Atonement and fulfilled by living the first principles and ordinances of the gospel." WOW. THAT IS THE MESSAGE OF THIS CHURCH. THE REASON FOR THE SEASON MY FRIENDS. It's true. 

Okay so about Oradea. And Sora Anderson. Well she is the cutest. So HAPPY. Literally I don't know a happier person. This week was a flipping fiery inferno. And she just kept a smile on her face. The whole time. And worked hard. I LOVE IT. Hardworking companions who drag you along are the best :) hahahha but yeah. Oradea is BEAUTIFUL. And so humid. And so hot. We have eaten ice cream everyday. But what's new? 

But man. We got into Oradea Thursday afternoon. And it was just straight up hitting the grind from the get go. I don't know if I've ever worked this hard in my entire life. IT FELT AWESOME. So there aren't a whole lot of investigators here. Well none actually. BUT that's okay. Because we set some SUPER high goals. And we have o gramada de credinta (A lot of Faith), out here. And we worked hard. AND WE SAW SO MANY MIRACLES. SO MANY. 

One super quick and cool miracle: Eliza! We were on our way to go to our 5th hour of contacting for the day, we stopped and talked to this cute girl, talked to her for a bit, got her number, set up to meet with her like 4 hours later, AND SHE SHOWED UP! And she is curious to take the lessons! BLESSING! 

But really there have been so many other miracles. I don't have enough time to write them all. 

But I love all of you. And I pray for you all. Keep on keeping on :) 

xoxoxoxoxox
Sora Idiart 

 Half of the best MTC group to have ever graced any MTC in the world <3 love my humans. 

A former Sister Missionary who is traveling around the mission after she finished her service with family (2nd & 3rd girls from the left) took this pic of the Elders and Sisters in Oradea!

Me and my boy Stefan......defending truth and Moldova

Romanian countryside + this really funny dude. 
I think his name is Mihai....but I can't really remember lol

Comp love<33333333 waiting for a tramvai (oh how I love getting to say tramvai again)

SALAD BOX. MY HAPPY PLACE.

Break the fast calls for homemade chili and navajo tacos<333 I was so hungry. 

And probably a sight that should make all of you weep tears of joy. A DRYER. I am in heaven.