Wow, this week, "Dumnezeu was 'catching us' ". Basically, Heavenly Father was with us a lot this week. In many ways, some easier to describe than others.
TUESDAY: Sora Trebas prayed that we would be able to have several quality gospel conversations today and boy, did Heavenly Father deliver. Everyone that sat next to us on the metro was super interested in who we were, what we believed, and what we are doing here. It was amazing. We even met this man who lived in America for several years, while he worked there. He knew almost immediately that we were Mormons and he turned to my companion and said in English,
"So are you going to convert me?"
And she looked right back him and said, "Well, only if you want to"
I freaking love her.
So we ended up changing metros so we said our goodbye and had another good conversation with some students who were eyeballing our name tags.
(((((((((SIDE STORY: So about 2 months ago I went into an interview with President Ivory and I presented to him the idea to create "name tag" pass along cards, with our information on the backside and a brief description about who we are and why we are here.
People always stare at our tags and I wanted to use that opportunity to teach them about who we are so badda bing badda boom, the name tag card was created!
President loved the idea and he assigned an amazing senior couple to get to work on them immediately. And about a month ago I was asked to test drive these special cards and they have been a HUGE success! So much so, President has decided to create these special business cards for ALL of our missionaries and the headquarters in Germany are currently discussing about making these business cards for ALL of the missionaries IN EUROPE!
So back to the story. ))))))))
We got into a great conversation with this cute college student. She wasn't too interested in church but she thought what we did was very admirable so hey, I'll take it.
So anyways, we had a lesson that night at Luana's house and we were hustling to get there on time. We had missed the metros that we needed to take so we were already behind schedule. We pop out of the metro and I'm like, "I have 3 lei in my wallet. I have no money to buy trips for my bus pass". So I was freaking out. Anyways, head over to the ticket booth to buy one trip (which was only enough to get one of us there) and I asked the lady if I had any tickets on my card. She smiled and said, "Oh yes, you have 14 trips on your card"
Sora Trebas and I were just so happy. We said a little prayer and headed over to the trolley bus station which----wasn't there. It had all been ripped up for construction.
Then, this nice lady comes up to us and she is like, "Follow me, they have a temporary stop over here". SO NICE.
As we are walking we head over to the temporary station I see our bus coming. CRUD. We start booking it but by the time we get there it is filled with people and pulling away. CRUD. The next one doesn't come for 20 minutes, we were going to be late.
While waiting this lady looks at us and says, "Sunteţi Mormonii" (You guys are Mormon) and I was just like "Da" (Yes) Haha. So then she starts asking us all of these questions about our church in English. She was flabberghasted when we told her that we WEREN'T from Utah. I asked her if she knew why Utah has so many "Mormons". She said she didn't know and I got to bear a little short powerful testimony to her about the pioneers and how after years of suffering persecution, they found religious freedom in Utah. She was surprised. She was a little rough speaking to us but I gave her my card and told her about our website and invited her to learn more. She hopped on her bus and left. It was a little 2 minute spiritual moment and we got to talk to another amazing person.
Then our bus came around the corner, 15 minutes early.
We got to her house on time and shared a powerful lesson with her and her son about prophets. Her husband asked if he could sit in, which has never happened before.
Heavenly Father had prepared so many people for us that day. He made it possible for his work to roll forth, despite difficult circumstances.
THURSDAY: Amazing Zone Conference were we got to hear Elder Kearon give a powerfully inspiring presentation. He is one of my favorite General Authorities. We were all "spiritually fed" this week and it was amazing. I also got to reunite with 7 of my 9 MTC girlies. We had a great day together. For more info on Elder Kearon click the link below.....
LOVING Buchaest. My companion is basically training me. She is incredible and we manage to have a great time no matter what we are doing. She is such a blessing in my life.
Loving the work, Loving the people and Loving the Lord,
:) Sora Lee
Photo 2: Me and my double name tags!
Photo 3: I'm a little proud of these things.