Well, winter has officially come to Brasov!
It snowed HARD here in Brasov (there's me and Sora Simmons all bundled up!)
Despite the snow, though, we are staying motivated and keep going with the work! I read this awesome quote this week about being motivated. It talks about playing tennis and how, if you play against a toddler you'll quickly become bored with the game because it is too easy. But, if you play against a professional like Serena Williams, you'll find yourself demoralized and quickly defeated. However, when you are up against an equal challenge, you find yourself stretched but not stretched. The quote I found is below, with a couple of my own additions:
As the game (that is life/the mission) progresses, you win a few points and you lose a few points. You have a chance of winning the match (at life/at the mission), but only if you really try. Your focus narrows, distractions fade away, and you find yourself fully invested in the task at hand. The challenge you are facing is “just manageable.” Victory is not guaranteed, but it is possible. Tasks like these, science has found, are the most likely to keep us motivated in the long term.
I love that quote. I think it is a great pick-me-up in life. Sometimes, we need to be reminded that the journey needs to be just the right amount of challenge and, when it is, it pushes us to new heights and we succeed because we thrive on opposition.
This past week was Alexandra's birthday! All the missionaries went out and surprised her. That's all of us in the picture.
On Sunday all the sisters in the mission participated in a mission-wide fast to see miracles. We are in dire need of some serious miracles out here in Romania and this past week, we saw them! Here are just a few of the ones we saw:
- We ran into a potential investigator on the way home from a meeting.
- One of our investigator-friends'schedule opened up and we met with her twice this past week.
- A girl to whom we taught the Plan of Salvation had an opening in her schedule and we met up to talk more.
- We went to dinner with a member family and a part-member family who became super good friends.
- We are teaching a youth class and watching their growth/progression in the gospel.
- We met a Romanian woman who lived in California for the past 14 years and wants to meet up with us again.
- All of the Romanians who told us they were going to vote in the US election weren't able to do so because that's not how America works. (haha)
I know that when we look for the small and simple miracles in our lives that we will surely find them. I was talking to Sora Simmons this past week about the idea that belief influences reality. That's my mantra for the rest of my mission:
Belief Influences Reality
What do I mean by that? I mean that if we are convinced that the sun isn't shining tomorrow, then no matter how sunny the day is all we will see are the clouds. If we are convinced that nobody wants this gospel, then of course nobody will because we won't want to share it. BUT. If we believe that tomorrow will be better and if we believe that everybody wants to talk to us and if we believe that only good things, only miracles, will come our way, then they most certainly will. This gospel is a message of hope and belief in it and in Jesus Christ not only influences our reality, but changes it.
Love you all! Until next week.