Buna familia mea si prietenii mei!
This past week was full of changes and travels, but before I get into all that, say hello to the Sibiu District:
We were finally able to get a picture of all of us together since we had some major changes this past week. Elder Soelberg (on the far right) is headed home to the states today and Elder Jerome (far left) will be in Pitesti for the next week or so...SO, it looks like it will be Single Sister Sibiu Round #2!
Speaking of Bucharest, we had our Mission Leadership Conference there on Wednesday and it was amazing! And guess who I got to see??
orina, Talita, and Sora Schow!!! It was SO exciting to be able to see all of them again. Sorina was baptized the Saturday after I left Mihai Bravu and this is the first time I've been able to see her since then. It's also the first time I've been able to see Sora Schow! She's doing great - she's a way better missionary than I will ever be and I am so incredibly proud of her! She's doing great up in Chisinau in the Republic of Moldova. I love all of them so much!
At MLC we talked about a lot of things, but my favorite was probably our emphasis on positivity. We had this amazing guest speaker, Vaughn Burbidge, who talked about how there is so much power in being positive and we can become more positive people when we are grateful. He had us write down ten things we were grateful for and then asked us how life would look if we completely eliminated those things from our lives. My ten things?
- Second Chances
- Light (literally and metaphorically)
- The Atonement of Jesus Christ
- Great Books
My life does not look so good without these things, and that's only ten things out of the billions and billions to be grateful for! It was an awesome exercise that was very eye-opening. I loved it. I would encourage everyone to try doing that this week - write down ten things you are grateful for every day and then try imagining your life without them.
Speaking of friends for whom I am grateful:
This awesome Elder went back to the states today and it was definitely one of the saddest goodbyes ever. He and I have been best friends since our days together in Mihai Bravu. We've served most of my mission together and I will definitely miss him, but he has so many more adventures ahead of him!
Anyways, I absolutely love Romania. It's been one of the greatest adventures of my life and even though it's challenged me in ways that I never thought were possible, I've never been more grateful for the opportunity to change and grow and learn.
And when life gets rough, you know what?
There's always a hot drink and an owl pillow to solve all of life's problems.
Anyways, that's all for this week! Love and miss you all and can't wait to talk to all of you next week.
cu mare drag,