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Sora Savoie's Romania Files | Week 15 | How I Feel About Surprises

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 15 | How I Feel About Surprises

Madison Savoie

Hello Family and Friends! 

Okay people, this week was CRAZY. On Monday I was in Moldova and now I am in Bucaresti. I took a train to Moldova and a plane back to Romania, so now I've officially been on an overnight train and I have flown in my mission. So much travelling! It's a good thing I got the weight of my bags down. Last time I traveled to Europe, my suitcase was 98 lbs. Yes. 98 lbs. I made it rain at the airport. What can I say? I love shoes. This time though, my travel was much more economical because I have learned the art of how to pack simply...err, well, more like the art of buying clothes and shoes in the country you travel to. Oops. :)

Anyways... Welcome to Bucaresti!

This week has been amazing. We get to ride the Metro here in Buc a lot, which is really nice because it keeps us out of the cold. When I got to Buc this past Wednesday, I got to meet my new district! That's them below. The sister in the red, black, and white sweater with curly hair and glasses is my new companion Sora Elliott. She loves musicals and all things London, so we get along so well. You're probably wondering why we're all wearing birthday hats; it's because it was my birthday on January 3rd and Sora Draper's birthday on the 8th! Sora Draper is the one in the gray sweater to my left. We are in the Mihai Bravu district here in Bucaresti and I absolutely love it! 

Hello Family and Friends! 

 

Okay people, this week was CRAZY. On Monday I was in Moldova and now I am in Bucaresti. I took a train to Moldova and a plane back to Romania, so now I've officially been on an overnight train and I have flown in my mission. So much travelling! It's a good thing I got the weight of my bags down. Last time I traveled to Europe, my suitcase was 98 lbs. Yes. 98 lbs. I made it rain at the airport. What can I say? I love shoes. This time though, my travel was much more economical because I have learned the art of how to pack simply...err, well, more like the art of buying clothes and shoes in the country you travel to. Oops. :)

 

Anyways...

 

Welcome to Bucaresti!

 

This week has been amazing. We get to ride the Metro here in Buc a lot, which is really nice because it keeps us out of the cold. When I got to Buc this past Wednesday, I got to meet my new district! That's them below. The sister in the red, black, and white sweater with curly hair and glasses is my new companion Sora Elliott. She loves musicals and all things London, so we get along so well. You're probably wondering why we're all wearing birthday hats; it's because it was my birthday on January 3rd and Sora Draper's birthday on the 8th! Sora Draper is the one in the gray sweater to my left. We are in the Mihai Bravu district here in Bucaresti and I absolutely love it! 

 

Reason #1 Why I hate surprises: And now, a talk by Sora Savoie...UM, WHAT?!

 

I was sitting in church this past Sunday (my first Sunday in the Mihai Bravu branch) and the person at the pulpit was speaking all in Romanian. Since I don't understand Romanian very well, there are certain words that stick out to me like "Sora" and "Savoie", especially when they are next to each other in a sentence that I don't understand. When I heard my name announced over the pulpit, I frantically looked around for Sora Koth to translate for me only to remember that she is in Constanta! AH. Finally, I realized I was supposed to go up to the pulpit and introduce myself to the congregation. I very slowly walked to the front of the room and said the only thing I could think of in Romanian: "Hi, my name is Sora Savoie and when he said my name I got really scared and said seriously?! I don't know Romanian!" Well, I said it correctly in Romanian because everyone laughed and then I gave my testimony and then I sat down. It wasn't half bad! I just hate surprises! 

 

Reason #2 Why I hate surprises: These roses are a symbol of our love...UM, WHAT?!

When I was on my flight from Romania to Moldova I was seated next to a guy, about 30 years old, who had been talking to an LDS senior couple in the airport. He seemed nice enough so we struck up a conversation. He works on nuclear energy and said he was interested in learning more about the gospel. He wasn't. I got his number and my companion and I gave him a call to set up a time to give him a Book of Mormon. However, I got a bad feeling about it so I told my companion we should text him and say we should reschedule. But this guy was adamant about meeting. We said no, but he insisted that he had a surprise for me. I hate surprises. We said no and I though that was it, but he showed up at church the next day with a bouquet of roses and was like "I just know there is something special between us. Leave your companion and come with me; my car is right out front." The word no should be pretty synonymous across all languages, but this guy would not take the hint. It did not matter how many times I explained that I was not interested or that I was a missionary. We eventually got the Elders involved and they took him off our hands and we blocked him on our phone. Only in Romania, I guess. Thank you for all the prayers! They are working. 

Cărturești Bookstore

I have to send pictures of my favorite bookstore in all of Romania because it is beautiful! I love it so much! My inner Hermione Granger comes out when I walk in here and I can't help but want to sit down with a blanket, cup of tea, and all the books this store has to offer! Ah! I am in love!

It's also one of my favorite places to meet up with investigators, grab some tea, and talk about the gospel. It's not a super great picture of us, but this is my companion and I with one of our investigators we met on the metro! She is so smart and I absolutely love her! She told us that she had been wondering about her life; if the path she is on is the one she's meant to take and then we showed up in her life and it has to be a sign! It definitely is! 

Anyways, that's all I have for this week. I hope everybody's new years resolutions are still going strong and that you all feel the love of Christ in your lives. He lives and He loves each and every one of us! Until next week!

cu drag,

Sora Savoie