This week has literally been one of the longest weeks of my mission. SO much happened. Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of time to write about all of it, but transfer boards came out and it's going to be MIHAI BRAVU ROUND 2! I am so excited! Well, first I was a little disappointed, because I absolutely love Brasov and I was hoping to be able to be here for Christmas, but I'm even more excited to be in Bucuresti with some of my most favorite people on the planet. I'm going to get to serve around two of my favorite sisters again (shout out to Sora Chandler and Sora Djb!) and I'll get to see Sorina, Alexia, Alexandra AND Daniela because they're all in Mihai Bravu! :) I'm so excited - it feels like I'm going back to my home!
SORA SIMMONS IS TRAINING.
She's going into her 5th transfer and she's getting a "baby"! I'm so excited for her. She's going to be an amazing trainer. That new baby has no idea how lucky they are.
Saying goodbye is never easy when they are this wonderful...
I had somebody tell me this past week that the reason why it's so hard for me to leave is because I love the people here more than I love missionary work. They don't understand: It's all about the people. Everything. Because I love these people I love this work, and I love this work because I love these people. One of my goals while I served here in Brasov was to focus on the youth. Together with my companion, we started having seminary with them on Saturdays, youth classes every Sunday, and other activities. This past Sunday we had our last class and one of the members offered to teach it. It was one of the best lessons I've ever heard. Razvan talked about how, in life, everything we do has to have a spiritual purpose. If we read our scriptures and go to church just to say that we've done it, we've missed the point. If we have charity just to show others how Christian we are, we miss the point. He talked to the youth about how we have to find our personal purpose in everything we do. And then he had the youth share their testimonies and it made everything worth it. Every hard day that I've ever had on my mission. Every heartbreak, every misfortune, every sorrow, every unfair thing. It's all worth it. Because this gospel is true and even the most scholarly analysis and the most intelligent words do not compare to the simplicity and the truth of a child's testimony.
Brasov has been absolutely wonderful. Our district was a dream team and I loved it. I'm so excited for Sora Simmons and her new boboaca to take Brasov by storm - it will be amazing. As for me, it's on to the next adventure! Let's go MB.