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Sora Savoie's Romania Files | Week 18 | J-walking, pencil skirts, and green tea

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 18 | J-walking, pencil skirts, and green tea

Madison Savoie

Family and Friends!

Life is like waiting for a Metro...

You have no idea when it's coming or where it's going, but you better hop on so you can head off on an adventure! 

My companion took that picture when we were waiting in the Metro and I had to figure out some way to fit it into my email :)

Transfer Boards Came Out! 

I'm staying in Bucharest with Sora Elliot!!! Yeah companionship! :)

I'm short on time, so here's the story:

This is Romania: We wear pencil skirts, j-walk, and drink green tea!

On wearing pencil skirts - most sister missionaries don't wear them, but our mission let's us! Points for looking cute!

On j-walking - We shouldn't do that, but we do because we are trying to blend with the locals...;)

On green tea - THIS is a good story:

Romanians are amazing people: they insist on feeding you, even if they have nothing to give. But, that means that sometimes we get fed really weird things at the end of the month. Sora Elliott and I went and visited Sora Vasile this past week (my absolute favorite member!) and she gave us two massive hot potatoes to peel and eat (I took a really funny video of us doing that). We sat there peeling our potatoes while Sora Vasile read from Moroni 10, stopping every so often to tell us how to eat our potatoes. It was the best. 

But then... 

Sora Vasile asked us if we wanted tea or warm milk. We asked for tea thinking that 1) It's a member's house, so of course it would be herbal tea and 2) Nothing could possibly be worse than warm milk. We were wrong on both counts. She came out with two cups of tea and was going off about how healthy green tea is for her and how a former missionaries parents gave her her first box of green tea etc. Sora Elliott had no clue what to do! We wanted to say no thank you, but at the same time this woman had literally nothing to give us! So, we took the teaching moment and asked Sora Vasile what she knew about the word of wisdom. Her response was: "Of course I live the word of wisdom, you know, it's the 12 articles of faith, don't lie, don't steal, pay your tithing, go to church every Sunday..." And then she listed a few more commandments we hadn't even known were part of the word of wisdom! Haha she's a funny one. Anyways, we pulled out D&C and were like, "Let's read a little!" We turned to section 89 in the Romanian Doctrine and Covenants and I am frantically searching for the word "ceai," thinking it's going to save us from drinking the green tea. 

WRONG. 

Doctrine and Covenants literally says NOTHING about tea. Nothing. The scriptures failed us!!!!! Haha! We just stared at it for a second, then accepted defeat. We closed the book and I said "You know, I just love Doctrine and Covenants", then we downed the tea. We had nasty headaches for the rest of the day, but hey! We gave it our best effort and then we drank that poor woman's tea. Next time we'll probably just brave the boiled milk...shudder...

I love and miss everyone so much! Stay wonderful! 

cu drag, 

Sora Savoie