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. 

July 31, 2017

GOODBYE MOLDOVA HELLO ROMANIA

HELLO FAM!!!!

DONT SKIP THE SCRIPTURE OR ELSE YOU WILL RUIN THE TRANSFER NEWS SO READ THIS:       D&C 109:73-74 "That thy church may come forth out of the wilderness of darkness, and shine forth fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners...that thy glory may fill the earth". I LOVE THIS SCRIPTURE. I love reading the Kirtland Temple Dedicatory Prayer. This mission is in the "Kirtland" phase. YEET. 

Here is the exciting/heartbreaking transfer news: After 7 wonderful and perfect and stretching and learning and JUST THE BEST MONTHS OF MY LIFE living in Chisinau, Moldova......I am being transfered.....back to THE WEST. MWUAHAHAH my second favorite part of the mission :) to a lovely city called Oradea. I've visited there a few times. I'm super excited. And heartbroken. And excited. My new companion will be Sora Anderson. From my MTC group (!!!!!!!!) and the elders in the city will be Elder Sewell and Elder Perrett - who is also from my MTC group (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!). It's going to be a party. We're going to see so many miracles and baptisms. I can feel it :) 

So this is going to be a little bit more deep and personal than my past few emails have been. I have not given my girls here justice. And by girls I mean our Young Women's group full of investigators. I wanna write a little bit about a sister missionary who changed my life - Sister Lisa Hamilton. When I was 16 our ward received sisters missionaries. Heavenly Father knew that I needed them and their influence in my life. So He sent her to me. She changed my goals and vision for my future to include serving a mission. Part of my decision to serve included the impart that she had on my life. If I could be a sister missionary and touch the lives of even just one girl in Young Women's like she did in mine, the 18 month sacrifice would be worth it. 

OKAY SO SKIP FORWARD TO YESTERDAY. After having said goodbye to all the member and investigators in the world, we went up to the second floor of the church building to have our Young Women's lesson. While sitting there, teaching, I FELT AND IMMENSE AMOUNT OF HEAVENLY FATHER'S LOVE FOR OUR GIRLS (Diana and Valeria). Anyone who knows me, knows what a cry baby I am. Yesterday was no exception. I felt so much love for them and I could literally see their futures and potential, so of course I was a bawl baby throughout the whole lesson. Heavenly Father really witnessed to me, "Sora Idiart. You have done what I wanted you to do here." Could I have done better? Oh. Definitely. 100% yes. But I felt an overwhelming sense of peace. 

Chisinau will be left in good hands with Sora Nemelka :) 

I love you all. I love Moldova more than anything. This country has my heart. Chisinau will always be my city, but I'm so excited to head back over to Romania and continue to find those who are ready for the gospel. Thanks for your prayers and love and support. Praying for you!

xoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

So this was the greatest discovery of our lives.  
I highly recommend you go watch the video. 
Type in Shia LaBeouf "Just Do It" on youtube. 

EVERY SINGLE DAY THIS WEEK WE HAD EGGS WITH DOUBLE YOLKS!!!!!!! MIRACLE #protein 

Good-bye pictures :((((((( with Antonella, Kira, Tolic, Cristina, Nik, Valeria, Irina, Diana . . . 
MY GIRLS!!!!!!  

IULIA, MY QUEEN!!!!!!!!

Sora Langenstein.....my other queen (WHO IS TRAINING IN BUCHAREST THIS TRANSFER!!!!!!!!)

Sora Dusenberry (WHO IS TRAINING IN CHIS THIS TRANSFER)

More Iulia

More funny faces

And KERI AKA Sora Rawls. Aka my favorite human. 
So sad to be leaving her :( She is American. I love Americans. 

Also is the hair killer here or what? 

Also I love Moldova. 

The end.

xoxoxox

July 24, 2017

11th Story

Hello beloved family and friends!!!!

Well here is some scripture power for you: Mosiah 8:18. I remember reading this 500 years ago when I was at the beginning of the BOM in my first few transfers. And it just really hit me again. Heavenly Father has given us the power to work miracles. Small and big. We just have to have faith. Simple. But like also really hard? Yes. BUT LETS DO IT THIS WEEK AND JUST SEE SO MANY MIRACLES AROUND US. I KNOW I SEE THEM EVERY DAY! YEET. 

So this week was a blur. We moved!!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS! Unfortunately it's Oleaca far from uh everything hahaha aka public transit. BUT HEY THAT MEANS WE GON GET SKINTY! Also it's on the 11th floor. With a good view. And really new and nice and perfect and I'm so happy to have all this moving drama behind me<33333333333333 la revedere (goodbye)<33333333 But moving and cleaning our apartment and packing took a lot of time. Like a full proselyting day        :(((((((( but it's alright. We worked hard every spare second that we had. 

Also I have been a missionary for a year. What. The. Russian Snickers. THAT IS INSANE. ALSO ON MY YEAR MARK IULIA (one of the recent converts that I used to work with back in the day) WENT TO THE TEMPLE TO RECIEVE HER ENDOWMENTS AND IT WAS SO WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!! I cried tears of joy :') so we had to call the Kiev temple since we have international minutes and set up her appointment for her :') so many happy tears. 

Also this week was like 700 billion degrees and I only at ice cream like 3 times !!!!!!!!!!! Sora Nemelka is doing a no sugar thing. And I'm trying to support her. But ya know. I just reaaaaaaaaally need my 2 lei JOC ice cream cones. I will be buying more this week. Oh for sure. (Plus I think maybe she is giving up??? We will see.) 

Oh and our cute investigators are all becoming best friends. We had a branch activity/barbecue where the land of Moldova was dedicated for missionary work. It was a blast. Unorganized, but super fun. I love these crazy people.

Here's a cool story. . .We were bloc knocking last night with the other sisters. Sora Lang. wanted to go to this super ghetto creepy looking bloc. Sora Dusie didn't. There was contention.  Whatever hahahaha. Anyways. I just suggested that we keep walking towards the super nice million euro homes. So we did. AND WE RAN INTO A LESS ACTIVE IN THE RUSSIAN BRANCH WHO SERVED A MISSION AND HAS 4 KIDS AND ANOTHER ON THE WAY. AND I HELD THEIR LITTLE TWO YEAR OLD (i know. against the rules. but hey. what can you do. he was begging me to hold him. so i did lolz) and we got their address and number which wasn't correct on the branch list!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO IT WAS JUST SUPER COOL!!!!! if you're doing what you need to be doing, at the right time and right place, the Lord will help you find who he needs to be found. 

Sorry, I literally have like heat stroke brain or something. Those are the highlights. I need to start drinking more water, but all is well<3 Okay. Too many hearts in this email hahaha I LOVE YOU ALL AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I pray for you on the daily. 

xoxoxoxox
Sora Idiart 


Sora Nemelka knows excactly what mama likes hahaha . . . 

She got me flowers for my year mark <333 

But don't worry. Been a missionary for a year but haven't changed one bit lolz

#ROLLUP #PROVO #NOTTRUNKY 

MY FAVORITE HUMAN. His name is Eric. His parents won't allow him to be baptized, 
BUT THAT'S OK, HE IS A STUD. 

VALERIA. SHE IS QUEEN. I love her. I don't have favorites but she's one of them hahaha 

At the branch activity :) (Valeria, Mariana, Me, Sora Langenstein, Eric)

 Battle scar from moving today 

BEAUTIFUL CHISINAU 

Our new view :) 

A bird took it out on Sora Nemelka today hahahaha