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Sora Savoie's Romania Files | Week 9 | Thanksgiving Food Court

Romania/Moldova Mission

Sister Madison Savoie has been called to serve in the Romania/Moldova Mission. It is anticipated that she will serve for a period of 18 months beginning September 30th, 2015. This blog will document her journey and she looks forward to sharing it with you. 

Sora Savoie's Romania Files | Week 9 | Thanksgiving Food Court

Madison Savoie

Hello lovelies!

This past week my camera died and I have searched high and low for my camera charger to no avail! I cannot find it anywhere, so, unfortunately there are no pictures to share. However, there are some pretty great stories...

 

Are you going to arrest me or....?

So, in Romania we ride the bus a lot. Public transportation and walking is the only way to get around. However, every time you get on a bus you have to stamp your little ticket. I did not know this. When I got on the bus one night last week, I started trying to talk to people in Romanian when this short little Latino looking woman came up to me, showed me her badge, and asked for my ticket. I gave it to her, not thinking anything of it, and she began yelling at me! I kept saying "îm pare rau, dar nu știu limba română" which means "I'm sorry, but I don't know Romanian." And (I now know what she said after asking Sora Koth) she was like "Don't lie to me! I know you speak Romanian! You can't get out of a ticket that easily! You're coming with me!" She then proceeded to take Sora Koth and I to the back of the bus where we had to present our passports and identification, but I don't have a visa since it takes more than two weeks to process and she's like "You shouldn't be allowed in the country, you shouldn't be here, what is your purpose here..." And we told her we are volunteers and she didn't believe us again! We even have name tags! So, I basically had to give her 100 lei so she would let us go, but all the people on the bus were like "Hey! Leave her alone! She's obviously new here." Some people even turned to me and said, in english, "Sister, just get off the bus. You'll be fine, you don't need to deal with this." However, the mean little latin-romanian lady was very forceful and I'm not exactly good at physical confrontation. So, we paid her and we left, but I honestly thought for a little bit that I was going to get deported from Romania and I'd only been here two weeks! Crazy...

 

Do you teach the good word of God?

While Sora Koth and I were in an elevator, this man looked at us and asked if we teach the good word of God. We said we did and he asked us to come by the next day and share what we know. We said we would and we took the Elders in our district with us so we could go teach. When we got to his place he had two of his friends there, all with their Bibles ready to learn! Each one of them accepted a Book of Mormon and promised to read and pray to know if it is true. It was amazing! We are teaching them again today and tomorrow. Hopefully they will love the book as much as I do!

 

Here. This ladybug is for you. 

So, you remember the woman who called me a not so nice word when I first met her? Well, she made me a ladybug out of wood and wire and it is the cutest thing! When I got to her house this past week with Sora Koth, she was said "Do you like this?" And I said that of course I did! She then said, "This is for you, little boboaca!" It was so nice. I think sometime this week she is taking us to the market to pick out cheese....

Anyways, thank you all for your love and support! I miss all of you and hope you know that I love you! Until next week!

Oh! And we had our Thanksgiving dinner at the food court in the mall. It was awesome! Sorry, I totally left that part out! I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! 

cu drag, 

Sora Savoie