Hello Family and Friends!
I hit my one month mark this past week! WHAT. Crazy, I know. I'm still not fluent in the language [bummer], but I'm trying! Romania is amazing and I'm so excited because they've started putting up Christmas lights! I'm not sure what we're doing for Christmas, but this week we'll be heading into Buc for a zone conference.
And now for the weekly highlights:
The Fabric Hunt
Sora Koth and I were brainstorming ideas this past week on how we can better serve the community here and bring people together for a nice Christmas activity. We came up with the idea that we should make knot blankets! We called President Ivory and told him we needed X amount of money for fabric and explained exactly what we were planning. He readily agreed and is funding our project. I'm so excited! We went and bought fabric this past week, but it took forever because it is nearly impossible to find the type of fabric we were looking for. We went to so many sketchy places to search for this fabric. Who knew that I'd ever miss Hobby Lobby?! Seriously. One place was an old abandoned warehouse on the outside, but you'd never know they had a full market on the inside - I wish I had pictures!
Miss America, I love Joseph Smith!
This past week I was on a bus headed into the City Center when this very old and very drunk man started talking to me. Despite his drunken state, he was the cutest thing! Like, 5 feet tall in a big fur hat. Anyways, he asked where I was from and I said America and he started calling me Miss America. People on the bus were cracking up watching him. Then he saw my missionary nametag and said "you're a missionary?! Miss America, I love Joseph Smith!" I was like, wait, what?! Then he waddled away too fast for me to talk to him! That was a crazy experience.
It's not much, but it's what I have to give
Sora Koth and I have been teaching three Nigerian students for the past three weeks and yesterday two of them came to church! We were so excited. We had a gospel doctrine lesson on service and briefly talked about tithing and how we give 10% of what we earn back to the Lord. This faithful Nigerian student came up to Sora Koth and I after the lesson and humbly asked where he could pay his tithing. At first we thought that he had misunderstood the lesson and thought that he needed to pay tithing in order to worship with us that day. We explained that he didn't have to pay anything, but he responded that "it felt right to give back to the Lord what he had." He then pulled out 12 lei (the equivalent of about 4 dollars) and said "it's not much, but it's what I have to give." I am absolutely in awe of this mans humility, faith, and desire to be better.
In the spirit of Christmas, I hope we all remember that it's not what we give, but how we give that matters.
Until next week!