Hello Friends and Family!
As you can see from the image below...
I am alive and (finally) well! And so are Sora Schow and Sora Vasile. It was such a relief to finally get back into the swing of things after being sick. For those of you who don't know, I was diagnosed by three different doctors in three different countries and told that I had a mixture of bronchitis, laryngitis, and tonsillitis (which is just a really fancy way of saying I had a bad cold) all of which resulted in me taking two weeks worth of antibiotics and staying quarantined in my apartment for about five days. It was ridiculous! But, now I'm back to normal and being normal has never been better :)
Mihai Bravu YSA
In other news...
We had a YSA activity at Mihai Bravu and we played Ultimate Frisbee. It was definitely the most fun game of frisbee I've ever played; completely in Romanian and this time I had an excuse for why I had no idea what was happening ;) It was so much fun to hang out with these lovely ladies! They're the best.
Fun Stuff that happened this week:
I always love zone conference, but this one was especially good! President and Sister Ivory always make the missionaries feel so loved and it re-energizes me to go out and get the work done. This past week, President Ivory shared the following scripture with us from Alma 48, verses 7 and 8:
"Now it came to pass that while Amalickiah had thus been obtaining power by fraud and deceit, Moroni, on the other hand, had been preparing the minds of the people to be faithful unto the Lord their God. Yea, he had been strengthening the armies of the Nephites, and erecting small forts, or places of resort; throwing up banks of earth round about to enclose his armies, and also building walls of stone to encircle them about, round about their cities and the borders of their lands; yea, all round about the land."
President and Sister Ivory compared us to the armies of Captain Moroni. Sometimes, this mission in Romania is incredibly difficult. Our little branches here are resilient, but it can be discouraging at times when only a handful of people come to church on a regular basis. It's hard to build a foundation when you don't have access to quantity. BUT, that just means that until we have quantity for the foundation, we continue building small forts, or places of resort for the faithful. I absolutely loved this analogy! President and Sister Ivory are amazing - they never stop believing in good things yet to come and that attitude is what keeps this work going!
In case you didn't know, transfers are coming up on Saturday and...
Sora Elliott will be going home. It feels like we were only companions yesterday and now she's headed back to the United States! She's definitely been a blessing in my life and in the lives of others. I can only imagine the great things she will continue to do when she gets home. I love you, Sora Elliott!
Well, that's about everything for this week! Love and miss all of you. You're in my prayers :)