This email will be pretty short because we don't have much time.
Well this week was pretty incredible. Seriously this week I really was able to reflect on and remember my purpose as a missionary.
FIRST OFF MY BROTHER HAS BEEN CALLED TO SERVE IN THE BUDAPEST, HUNGARY MISSION!
We get to serve in neighboring missions!!!!!! I am so so happy and excited for him.
This week we got to volunteer at the Special Olympics here in Bucharest. Every week here we have the opportunity to work with handicap young adults. We were able to attend the Special Olympics and support them and serve them and their friends. It was such an incredible experience! I even got to make some new friends! It was so incredible. We prepared and participated in exercising, stretching, volleyball and Jazzercise! Haha it was so incredible. Our friends seriously have the sweetest spirits of all time. I love them so much.
We also had the opportunity to be invited to their charity event. Our special friends learn a specific trade, that they can master. Our friends study sewing. At the event we were able to meet up with other charities and learn more about their programs. We find ourselves more people to serve so we are excited!
The high light though was definitely driving to this event in a CAR. Thank you sweet elders for driving us out there! It was so weird driving in a car.....
I also had the chance to meet up with a couple who were visiting from America. They had heard about the gospel and had arranged to meet up with missionaries here in Bucharest. We invited them to church and they came, which I had to translate for them because it was in Romanian. After, we asked them if we could share a message with them about our church.
We taught them about the Restoration of Christ's church, and that how through the prophet Joseph Smith, Christ's gospel and his teachings was restored once again on the earth, after years of spiritual darkness that followed Christ's death. We told them about the Book of Mormon, why we have it and why it is important we read it. We gave them a personalized Book of Mormon, filled with our favorite scriptures, testimonies and invited them to read it and pray about it's message. We promised them that they would receive an answer that it was true.
Throughout the whole lesson I was able to feel the spirit so strongly. We taught in English, which never happens for us, and to be honest, we were nervous! The lesson was short and sweet and when I looked into their eyes I was so happy. I sat there and hoped and prayed that they would be able to see just how much I love this gospel and how happy I am t have the gospel in my life.
We invited them to be baptized and they said they would, when they knew it was true. Then, the man said, "One day, I think all of this will click, and I will know it is true".
And I know that without any doubt in my mind that he is right.
"By small and simple things are great things brought to pass."Alma 37:6
Our purpose on life is to learn and to grow. Not just physically, not just mentally, but spiritually as well. No matter what we are learning how to do: How to ride a bike, How to solve a math problem, How to do anything........we have to start somewhere. We aren't going to be able to know everything all at once, it takes time. But we learn little by little, until eventually, we are experts.
It's just like the gospel, we can't know everything overnight but slowly surely, the understanding comes.
I am so blessed to have seen this process occur in my life and in the lives of others. The gospel really is so amazing and it is the source of all happiness.
Still loving the work, still loving the people and always loving the Lord,
:) Sora Kendall Lee
Photo 1: Merkely and I at the charity event with two of our favorite friends Paula and David!
Photo 2: IN DA CARRRRR. Don't worry, we took this photo before we started driving and we all wore seatbelts.