July 10, 2017

WELL SOMETIMES SATAN WORKS HARD BUT THEN YOU STILL WIN MWUAHAHAHA

HI FAM + PRIETENI :) 

La mulți ani to the greatest parents this world has ever seen. I love and adore you. Miss you loads. So glad that you are celebrating together<333333333333 mulți înainte :)

So here is a scripture which will lead into the explanation on this CRAZY WEEK :-) Alma 26:12 "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for IN His strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise His name forever." Guys. If ever I needed a scripture more in my life than this one. Man. Let me explain why:

This week we met with Ala. Ala is our 40ish year old investigator. I think I mentioned her a few weeks ago. Well lately she's just been MIA. But her baptism was planned for this week. Since we hadn't been able to meet up with her consistently to teach her the rest of the lessons (commandments and what have you), we had decided to push her baptismal date back a week or two. Well we met with her on Tuesday. She was STOKED to get baptized still. So. Ya know. We decided to more forward with it. And just teach her all the lessons that we still needed to teach her this past week. This verse in Alma was one of the verses that I read to help calm my worried heart about her not being ready. I've seen SO MANY MIGHTY miracles on my mission, so why not one more? Sora Nemelka, along with the Godfrey's, worked really hard to get her prepared. We called and talked to President Hettinger, and he gave us the green light. Well. Friday roles around. We get a call from Ala saying that she just can't go through with the baptism tomorrow. AFTER we had told all of the missionaries to invite their friends, members, etc. It was disheartening, BUT YA KNOW WHAT? I had told myself, "I'm going to move forward with faith. Ala needs the blessings in her life that will come after being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. But ya know. Heavenly Father. I need to know for sure. So if the timing isn't your timing, then PLEASE LET US KNOW."

We He sure did let us know hahahahaha :) So. No baptism. But Ala still wants to learn and continue to progress towards baptism. So this scripture gave me double comfort this week. Lessons learned: TRUST in Heavenly Father, move forward with faith, don't get discouraged, keep going, love the work you're doing, etc. It was a good learning and growing experience - SO Satan worked hard, but he didn't win. He will NEVER win.

Also another Satan moment: Sora Nemelka got food poisoning....which consisted of me being up all night with her, and her being up all night.....but puking. And then staying in all day and updating our area book <333333333 I also do not understand how I used to function on 3 hours of sleep????????? DEFINITELY cannot do that anymore....... hahahahah :) 

One super duper highlight is that we started a Young Women's program for some of the girls here. Most of the members here are too old for Young Women's but A LOT of our investigators aren't. So us and the other sisters are taking turns every week to teach. SUPER FUN. This past Sunday was the first week. It was great. Brought back some really sweet memories. SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE GREAT AND MANY YOUNG WOMEN'S LEADERS WHICH I HAD. WOULDN'T BE HERE WITHOUT YOUR LOVE AND SUPPORT. XOXOX YOU THE REAL HEROES. 

ALSO PRESIDENT AND SORA HETTINGER ARE HERE AND THEY ARE THE COOLEST!!!!!!!!! I miss the Ivory's 900% of the time, but I'm SO STOKED to get to work with the Hettinger's. Seriously. We had a skype meeting with them and all the other missionaries. It's gonna be a gooooooooooood next bit of the mish (unspecified time b/c who is counting?????) 

Okay sorry. Long email hahaha. But that was my week. I know that Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ will ALWAYS help us when we need it. Okay. Love you. You're all in my prayers. Go help someone today. And tomorrow. And everyday. Smile at strangers. Give someone a hug. Church is true. Gospel is also true. Jesus loves you. Thanks for all your love and support!

xoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

american flags came in handy. #merica #thanksdrew #hahahaha

sacred grove of sacred grove? #1820

cute Ana Maria after church on Sunday. 
She's one of our friends who is starting to read the Book of Mormon this week! :)

Our Young Women <3333333 

lol for "Family Night" we had a huge water fight. Everyone for some reason decided to gang up on me???? I don't understand?????? but I was completely drenched from head to toe. It was just really fun :-) like that big garbage can? Yeah. That got dumped on me :-) 

July 3, 2017

FREEEEEEEEEEDOM

Hello family and friends. I hope you had a great week. I did :)

Here is a scripture to inspire you - it hecka inspired me this week. Jacob 6:11-12. SLAM DOWN BY JACOB. "O BE WISE". Don't be silly. Stick to the path. YOU WILL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. 

So honestly, this week was great. I just can't really remember much about it. Like at all. I think I may have slight heat stroke.......and brain damage. BUT I WILL WRITE SOME STUFF I REMEMBER:
  • President and Sora Ivory left this week. I was on the phone with Sora Ivory earlier in the week and then President got on and after the call I shed some tears. Then I manned up and said a prayer of gratitude for them. Really. They probably will never see this, BUT I LOVE THEM AND I AM SO GRATEFUL FOR THEM. Really. Wow. Shedding tears now. 
  • We ate top ramen like 90 times this week.....because it was the end of the month. And we ran out of money <333333333333 
  • WE DID LOTS OF CONTACTING. It was way super fun. I love talking to people. Even when they laugh at us <33333333
  • EXCHANGES. Me and Sora Dusie were on an exchange this week. It was a dream. MTC comps reunited. We had some really great lessons. Really fun people. I love Moldovans. 
Here is one other cool story. So like Fast Sundays are awesome. But also really hard when you forget to start your fast until 9 PM but then haven't actually eaten anything since 2PM.....except for ice cream (I know. I have a problem). BUT ME AND SORA NEMELKA JUST TRUCKED THROUGH. We blazed through the heat. And contacted like all afternoon on Sunday. And at the very end, when we were so discouraged because no one wanted to talk to us, WE HAD A SUPER SICK 45 MIN CONVERSATION WITH THESE PEOPLE NAMED DIANA AND DUMITRU. They were so awesome. They spoke really beautiful and clear Romanian. Loved it. Anyways. They are interested in learning more. I am so ecstatic about that. 

Well. Sorry for the all over the place email. We really did have a good week. I just really can't remember a single detail hahahaha I will keep better track next week :) 

THE CHURCH IS TRUE AND THE GOSPEL HAS BEEN RESTORED. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY. GO LIGHT SOME FIREWORKS. AND EAT A HEBREW NATIONAL HOTDOG <3333333 I love those. Love and miss you all more, though. Praying for you.

xoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

RAMEN FOR DAYZZZZZZZZZZZZ

pig-tails???????? miracles????????????? no air-conditioning in blocs????? yes. 

baby carrots from the village. yummmmmmmmmmmy

sweat. HAHAHA

MY GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURL SORA DUSENBERRY. 
Most fun 24 hours of my life. 

such a cute couple. meeting up with them this week. young love <3333333333 *barf* hahha

neature is neat!

The next group of pics is from Orhei Vechi ROUND TWO.
Much prettier in the spring tbh. 10/10 would recommend.
Look back to the blog post on March 27th,  to see the first time I visited!



June 26, 2017

it's so hot here and it's good

Hello family. How are you? Are you staying cold in air conditioning and by a pool? I am not. But it is wonderful. :) 

We got the General Conference Ensigns in Romanian and English this past week :) Let's start with a really great talk that I read this week for language study. Life changing. Click HERE for a link! The Holy Ghost is everything as a missionary. But He should also be everything in each of your lives. I've really learned that if we receive a prompting to do something, WE HAVE TO DO IT. So. Take counsel from one of my favorite scriptures found in Ezra 10:4 - "take courage, and DO IT". Ask for and follow promptings this week. Email me about them :)

One of those promptings that I want to talk about in this email (also, sorry this is going to be SO SHORT because I have no time left hehehe) is about a girl named Valentina. When President Ivory was here a few weeks ago for Branch Conference, he gave us a Book of Mormon to give to one of the receptionists that works at the hotel he often stays at. We dropped it off a few days after President left. She said she would call us later that week. Well didn't happen. Then BAM this week, we felt impressed that we should go and see when she was working this week. The idea came at a reallyyyyyyyyyy inconvenient time. But we went and did it. When we got there, she told us she had read have of the book (WHAT?!?!?!?!?!) and needed to talk to someone about it. So we set up to meet with her (for tomorrow) right then and there. It was a serious testimony builder to me, that if we follow promptings when we get them, miracles can happen. So keep Valentina in your prayers tonight! She's a super cool girl! 

As the days keep getting hotter here in Chisinau, I continue to eat ice cream. Sora Nemelka is trying to keep me from getting diabetes.....so I'm only allowed to eat ice cream every other day. We will see how long she can put up with my complaining ;) 

I love you all. The church is true. I'm grateful for you and your support every day. LOVE YOU 

xoxoxoxo 
Sora Idiart 

good lighting=selfie

hit 11 months this week. nutz! 
also. this is the best candy bar in the entire world <3333333 
it has gummy bears and pop rocks and cookies in it :) 

we stole these flowers from the ground. well not really stole. but like they were weeds? 
and we gave them to one of our investigators....but yeah. we stole them. hahahhaha. oops. 

I LOVE CHIS

we were having a lesson with an investigator on a park bench. 
some girls came up and asked if they could draw us. 
i'm the one in the sunglasses hahahahahahaha 

MY ENGLISH STUDENTS KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE CHOCOLATE, 
SO ONE OF THEM WENT TO GREECE AND BROUGHT ME BACK A GREEK CHOCOLATE BAR. 
IT IS SO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE MOLDOVANS. His name is Oleg. 

June 19, 2017

I HAVE SOME REALLY COOL DUDES IN MY LIFE

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all the fathers + future fathers. Love you. I have the best example of what righteous, worthy priesthood holders should look like. You guys rock. Love you loads.

Hello to the rest of you. I love you, as well :)  Here is a little shopping tutorial I filmed for you:

SCRIPTURE POWER: I read this story this week. I don't actually remember ever reading it. But IT IS NOW MY FAVORITE. The Acts 8:29+30. Really the whole part about Philip is just great. I would probably name my son Philip if I didn't think it was such an ugly name....anyways back to the point: SO PROMPTINGS. We have to respond like my boy Philip. He RAN. Do we run? Let's run this week, shall we? I'm going to. And it's gonna be great.  

So this week was a stretching week. Like big time. It was rough, but SO MANY MIRACLES. Heavenly Father always seems to do this to me hahaha. He's got a sense of humor. The week was just the pits, for the first little bit.  Really, He just wants to make sure that I'm really gonna pull through in the end. Luckily, this week Sora Nemelka and I worked through it all AND MIRACLES BABY. Really mostly thanks to me running after promptings. I'm out here becoming Philipa. Hahahahaha anyways.

Iulia + the twins: It is hard to make only Russian speaking 6 year old twins focused....when you don't know Russian. BUT THANKFULLY we were able to do it. And their lovely mother Iulia sat down and took the Russian Book of Mormon that we brought for her and started reading. We're talking like the Introduction until 1 Nephi 2. That's about how long we could keep the boys distracted. But then Sora Nemelka was able to do a bomb job testifying and teaching her about The Book of Mormon/why we have it, while I played Chess with the twins (and lost....but thanks for Gpa Al for teaching me how to play hahaha)

Valeria - guys. THIS GIRL IS THE CUTEST GIRL I HAVE EVER MET. She is this suppppper smart 17 year old. Who just needs to know that her Heavenly Father loves her. We had such a great lesson with her on Saturday - honestly she's the miracle that Heavenly Father was making us wait for. We fasted as a district on Saturday for one of our friends, Eric, who is having a hard time getting permission from his mom to be baptized. We met with Valeria near the end of the day. Saturday had been pretty discouraging. But then BAM. VALERIA. IT WAS AWESOME. The Spirit was definitely present. Definitely the greatest thing ever. 

Ala - YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ALA IS PROGRESSING SO WELL. We had a lesson with her yesterday with the Godfrey's. Taught her about the Law of Chastity. Her boyfriend is living with her. Well he's not really her boyfriend. Just kind of this drunk. Anyways. Long story. But she agreed that she needed to kick him out. So she did. She is going to be baptized in 2.5 weeks. Keep her in your prayers! But also. Yesterday. The Spirit was so strong. MAN I LOVE THE HOLY GHOST!

Also flip. Brett Bryce from JERICHO ROAD CAME TO CHISINAU. He served his mission back in good old San Bruno. So he talked to me about the fam (he says hello).  Showed him a picture of all of us. Good memories. I love you all :) But he did a concert for all the members in Moldova. It was awesome. He sang Coldplay. And Sara Barielles. My heart. Shattered. Best 2 hours of my life. I miss music. Hahahaha BUT SWEET IS THE WORK. 

Also transfers came out and, I'm still in Chisinau with Sora Nemelka. Happy sister missionary am I :) 

I love you all! I pray for you all. Thank you for the love and support :) 

xoxoxoxo
Sora Idiart 

I caught our oven mit on fire while making rice.....it really was flaming.
I didn't scream, just burned my hand a little bit. #yolo #bringingbackyolo

Brett Bryce. Such a cool dude. Mostly I just loved that he knew all of the Idiarts
and sang some "Yellow" hahahahaha 

THIS IS ROMA!!!!! He is the one who helped us in our lessons with Tania.
Life saver. I literally love the people of Moldova. 

We found the BEST BURGER PLACE IN ALL OF MOLDOVA. 
Literally. The burgers are better than burgers in America. I cried. 
We also went there again today for lunch. Addiction problems. 

Just got done eating ice cream. Companion unity <33333

Babe comp.

Making placinte (PIES) with cute Daniela

Showing Maria the fam <3333