I cannot wait to tell everyone about what happened this past week. Sora Lee and I had one of the best weeks of my whole mission. Where do I even begin?
A Seventh Day Adventist Sabbath
So, from the left we have Eddie, Jennifer, Rares, June, Me, and Sora Lee! (Rares, I know you'll read this later, so this is for you!) These are some of my absolute best friends from Romania. They are Seventh Day Adventist and celebrate their Sabbath on Saturday. This past week, they invited us over for lunch to celebrate the Sabbath day with them and we had an amazing meal made by Jennifer and June. It was so kind of them to invite us over! Afterwards we were able to talk about our beliefs and they are all so kind and open to talking about the Bible, Book of Mormon, and our similar/different points of doctrine and belief. They truly are amazing people! I love them.
One Unexpected Missionary and Two College Professors
So, this is probably the coolest story of the week and it happened earlier today! Rares (the one in the red shirt in the picture) invited Sora Lee and I to come sit in on one of his college English classes and meet some of his colleagues there. We decided to go with him today. When we arrived, he introduced us to his Professor, Simona, and she ended up asking us if we wanted to teach the class. It was a shock, but Sora Lee and I decided to go for it! We taught Rares' college English class and got the students participating, laughing, and speaking English. We had them introduce themselves, tell us their age, and asked them to share a "life lesson learned the hard way" with the class. It was one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done on my mission.
After we finished teaching and interacting with the class, we opened the floor up for questions and all of the students wanted to know about the Mormons. They asked us everything from "Who are the Mormons" to "Do you believe in an afterlife" to "What makes you different" to "How do I find out more?" Probably my favorite part of the whole question and answer section was when Rares stood up and said "Allow me a moment to explain a little bit more about the Book of Mormon..." and then proceeded to give a brief historical background of the book, talked about how it is another testament of Jesus Christ, and how it begins when Lehi (a prophet) takes his family and leaves Jerusalem. It was beautiful. I've never had one of my Romanian friends stand next to my companion and me, and in front of a room full of their peers, share the gospel of a religion that's not their own. It was truly a golden moment in my mission.
After class adjourned, many of the students came up to us and asked to learn more about the Book of Mormon, our mission, and our purpose here. We got their numbers and are going to meet with them later this week! Rares even invited his peers to come to church with us on Sunday! What can I say? This was one of the best days. Ever.
And, in other news, it snowed here this past week. A lot. I was sick earlier this week with a cold, but I'm better now. Thank you for all the prayers - they really help a lot!