I AM IN ROMANIA!!!! I'm currently in Arad. Which is awesome. And amazing. And absolutely the best. And I'm running out of time to think of adjectives that start with A hahah but REALLY. It is cool here. Very different from America. So. That's a little bit weird BUT CE SE FAC.
My trainer's name is Sora Stanely. She's so cute and fun. And from Utah. And has been out for about 6 months. And has served in Arad for 4 weeks previous to me getting here. We spend a lot of our time being lost hahah. Something that we will be working on these upcoming weeks. Pray for us hahahah
Okay so lemme give you a breakdown of my first week here.
SAYING GOODBYE TO MY DISTRICT WAS ALMOST AS HARD AS SAYING GOODBYE TO MY FAMILY. MAN HOW I LOVE THOSE PEOPLE SO MUCH. But the good thing is, is that Sora Dusenberry and Elder Trottier are also serving in the west SO WE ARE IN THE SAME ZONE WHOOOOP WHOOOP. More on that later.
BUT THE IVORY'S ROCK. I love them. Sora Ivory is so sweet and kind and a go-getter. President is a rock. He's so cool. I'm so stoked to get to work with both of them over the next year! They're sacrificing so much to be out here serving the Lord! Major respect.
OKAY so the very first miracle that I would like to talk about. But some preface to the miracle: The train ride from Buch to Arad is like 12 hours. And so Sora Stanely and I were the last two at the Gara (train station). Our train left at 11:45pm. SO WE GOT TO SLEEP ON IT. And that was terrifying and very hot BUT FUN. So now for the miracle. I, being the ditz I am, left my journal on the bed once we got off the train...........so yeah. I realized that I had done that like 5 hours after getting into Arad. SO very frantically I said a prayer hoping I had just put it in a different bag. Nope. Left it on the train. So Sora Stanely and I rushed back to the Gara - like a 25-30 minute walk - and TO MY DISBELIEF AND AMAZEMENT ONE OF THE CLEANING LADIES HAD KEPT IT AND TAKEN IT BACK TO HER APARTMENT AND TADA. Heavenly Father looks out for you. Even with the silliest things. Like a lost journal. BUT He knew how important that journal was to me. It had all the miracles and feeeeeeeeeeels of my heart during the MTC! So yeah.
Basically I've seen miracles since day one.
I can't understand the langauge really at all...but that's okay! I'm working on having patience haha and really I'm working the most on having charity for the people, instead of a pity based love. BIG humbling/eye opening moment this week after we taught an investigator named Mariana. I honestly was about to understand maybe 7 minutes of our hour long lesson with her. I felt so discouraged and defeated the rest of the afternoon. I had tried to hard during the lesson to really tune in to what she was saying and listen with the Spirit but still couldn't understand her. Later that day Sora Stanely and I were reading CLM (The Book of Mormon in Romanian is Cartea Lui Mormon or CLM) in the park and I read a verse in Ether that was like "BAMMMO listen up Emma. You're being selfish" Ether 12:34-36 !!!!!
So I'm really trying hard to have charity for the people here. Until I love them as Heavenly Father loves them, I won't be given the talents and gift the Lord sees fit to give me.
OKAY WAIT THE MORE ON THAT LATER THAT I PROMISED. Okay so YESTERDAY I got to see Elder Trottier and Sora Dusenberry for the day because the Germany temple was being rededicated and so all of the zone except for the Sibu sisters trained to Oradia to watch the transmission. Which was in Romanian. Only. Hahah so basically I just tried my hardest to feel the Spirit and pay attention as best I could. One of the things that was said (I think ahha) was in the temple is where we feel God's love the strongest. AND AMEN TO THAT. Go to the temple. Make it a weekly thing. It will bless your life. I can't wait for the day when I get to go back in a year and a half! Yipeeee! It was so much fun though to a) see another city and b) see my friends again. We were able to go contacting with them in a park which was so much fun. UGH LOVE PRIMA DISTRICUL MEU (LOVE MY FIRST DISTRICT).
But really. MISSIONS ARE THE VERY BEST CAN I JUST SAY THAT. I know this is where the Lord needs me. Even if I can't speak or understand the people. It will all come through faith, charity, and the grace of God.
TE IUBESC FOARTE MULT SI MA ROG FIECARE ZI PENTRU VOI. (I LOVE YOU VERY MUCH AND PRAY EVERY DAY FOR YOU)
HEY AND GOOD LUCK WITH SCHOOL SIBLINGS AND COUSINS. Have a great year and get straight A's just like I did ;) And shout out to my BYU babes. Keep grinding. Week one of many done haha I'll be back to join you soon enough.
Cu drag xoxox (literally means "Affectionately" but to her it probably means "Love")
Me and my cuuuuuute comp Sora Stanely :)
Sleeper trains are so scary and sleeping top bunk is even scarier
bc you have to make sure you don't fall out....
and Fratele Simmons lied.
There was no net device that held you in just in case hahah
SUNRISE ON DAY 2 JUST MADE ME HAPPY BC TENDER MERCY
In Oradia with some of our zone for the temple rededication transmission!
WEST IS BEST BABY - except Elder Trottier and Sora Dusie aren't actually in this one....ahahha whoops
THUMBS UP FOR THE BEST MISSION IN THE WORLD YEEEHAAAWWW
EVIDENCE THAT GOD LOVES ME haha it really was so fun to catch up with Sora Dusie and Elder Trottier (lurking in the background lol) after being apart for a few days.
CANT WAIT TO SEE THE REST OF MY HOMIES LATER THIS WEEK AT MISH CONF YA
This was from when we got lost on a Tramvai (Tram or Subway) for like 20 minutes and
went to a super sketch part of town lol