Hello Family and Friends!
Ce facets voi? I love and miss you all so much! I cannot believe I am already in week 10! How crazy is that? I am currently having my very first internet cafe experience while writing this email. Here's what it looks like: imagine a dimly lit bar filled with smoke and 25 year old men all sitting on computers playing video games. Now picture me, with my missionary name tag and blonde hair. As odd as it may seem, I feel thoroughly out of place...
This week has been amazing! I absolutely love my companion, Sora Koth. She is phenomenal at the language and I am learning so much from her. Some of the weekly highlights:
I'll have the tea with weed, please.
If the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints wasn't true, then the missionaries would have ruined it a long time ago with all their language mistakes.Thankfully the Spirit helps people understand what we mean, not necessarily what we say.I know this because this past week I ordered tea with weed in it. Let me explain: I wanted herbal tea, but when you ask for something to be herbal in Romanian you have to use the term ceai planta. If you say ceai herbal they think you are asking for marijuana tea. You can only imagine the woman's face when I asked for it. She was like "I'm sorry, you want what...?"
Shawarma and a Mercedes Benz?
So, remember a few weeks back when I talked about the guy who gives Sora Koth and I free shawarma? Well, he's still the sweetest guy and he accepted a Book of Mormon and he says he's interested in reading it, but when we were there this past week he offered to let us use his car whenever we want so as to avoid the rain. At first I was like "that's a nice offer I'm never going to accept" and then I saw that he owns a Mercedes Benz and I was like "hmm...something doesn't seem right about a shawarma shop owner having a Benz..." Now I'm pretty sure this whole shawarma thing is a front. We won't be getting free shawarma anymore.
So, we have a new investigator! We will call her Lily. Lily is 27 and lives alone. Her dad passed away recently and Sora Koth and I took her to dinner to get to know her better. At first she said she wasn't interested in religion, but as we talked she confided in us that she misses her dad a lot and that it's really hard on her not knowing where he is. She said she had a dream where he came to her and showed her a ticket he had to somewhere warm, like a paradise. She said she didn't understand what that meant, but she assumed it meant he was going to Heaven. Sora Joth and I then explained a little about the Book of Mormon and the things that our church believes happens after this life and she became very interested. We are meeting with her again this week and I''m so excited to see where it goes!
Move faster Mr. Apricot!
I'm learning all kinds of things about Romania. So, someone said this phrase ion a bus and I asked what it meant.It turns out that this is actually a form of profanity in Romania. Directly translated to English it is harmless, but in Romanian it's how you curse someone. I literally laughed about this for like 15 minutes. Calling someone an apricot in Romanian is how you curse them. So funny.
English Classes: Is it my jokes or my Romanian?
One of my favorite parts of my mission is being able to teach English. I remember how, in high school, my most influential teachers were my English teachers because they taught me so much more than just how to read and write; they taught me how to think, analyze, and question all while being incredibly witty and funny. This past week we taught shopping vocabulary and I was all over that! I told everyone that if a salesperson tells you that your butt looks fabulous, that's how they get you! You'll end up buying the whole store! Do not yield to their flattering English! All the students laughed and laughed; hopefully it was at my jokes, but it may have been at my poor Romanian. Either way, I'm glad they smiled.
Anyways, that's all for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading and that this email brought a little humor and light into your life. I love this gospel and I love being here in Romania. Deciding to come on a mission has been the single best decision of my life because I get to spend every day for the next year and half in the service of others, trying to bring happiness into their lives. If you haven't watched it yet, check out the Christmas video via the link below. I hope it helps get you as excited for Christmas as I am!
PS - My camera is still dead, but I was able to get some pictures off of Sora Koth's camera!