Monday, April 6, 2015

My Crazy Little Lesson in a Food Court

We had SO MANY opportunities to talk to people this week, very prepared and open people too. I had this prompting while we were out at lunch to talk to the woman dumping the trays into the trashcan. I followed the prompting, not knowing what to say and just hoped for the best. She actually contacted me! I Before I could say anything, she just told me that she noticed that we carried ourselves with a light and that she was "in amazement" in our presence. Wow.  I was so shocked. I just thanked her and we talked a little about her and her family and her job. Her mind was blown that I could speak Romanian haha. It was awesome. I told her about the Easter film and asked her if she wanted to see it, she said "YES!" So I ran back to the table and Sora Wright followed me and we pulled out the little video screen and showed her right there in the middle of a busy food court this message about Christ. It was as if time stood still. "I have goose bumps" she told us as the movie came to an end. We bore testimony of the savior and invited her to learn more about the message. She said yes and I got her number!!!!!!!! MIRACLE!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Then, while in Bucharest for leadership conference and medical appointments we met  2 incredible open and prepared taxi drivers. One I totally believe will be a stake president one day and the other will be the coolest young men's leader ever. AH SO AWESOME! One totally wanted a Book of Mormon and as he was driving us, we read him some scriptures! It was SO COOL! He was like, "This book talks about Christ, so hpow can it be a bad book?" SOOOOO AWESOME. For the other driver, I felt prompted to tell him our true missionary purpose....which is weird because I don't usually say "To invite others to come unto Christ through faith, repentance..." right off the get go but I went with it! He was like, "Wow" and pulled into a parking spot, shut off the engine, turned around and let us talk to him! We got both their numbers and will pass them on to the elders in Bucharest. 

We got harassed by some guy on the train who was hating on us for being Mormons.  Sora Wright was being so polite and trying to share the gospel with him but he just was dogging her.  I had no impression to say anything, in fact, I couldn't, no Romanian came to my mind.  After about 15 minutes, I had had enough.  I turned to him and said, "Silence sir.  We are not here to argue or to force you to change your faith.  We are only here to invite people to hear about our message.  We have respect for your beliefs and we ask you to do the same for ours".  I also said other things I don't remember.  I spiritually shut him down.  It was like a Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail moment. Wow, in that moment, I knew that the Lord was speaking through me.  I was not speaking my own words.  This man was silenced.  And Sora just looked at me totally amazed.  

About 10 minutes later, after sitting in silence, a woman came into the cabin and we chatted with her, like nothing happened and this once angry man said, "Oh these two ladies are volunteers from America with their incredible is that?"  Hmmmm, he might have been trying to smite us but hey, a compliment is still a compliment.  

While at leadership conference, President Ivory selected me and Sora Barrera (she's in my MTC group) to be the mission's representatives at the Uruguayan Embassy (next door neighbors to our mission office).  We chatted with them and made acquaintance.  I realized that I forgotten like 95% of my Spanish hahaaha.  Darn.  I threw them a smile and an "Adios" as I walked out!

I am so grateful for my awesome district.  We are obedient and still have so much fun together!   

General Conference was so great.  So inspired.  I am grateful for our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson.  He is a man called of God.

Loving the Work, Loving the People and Loving the Lord,
:) Sora Lee


Photos 1 and 2: April Fools Elders! (In the spirit of April Fool's Day- our elders love their ping pong so we decided to mess with them!)

Photo 3: MY BRAIN (All is well!!!!!!  It's been decided it is just migraines caused by high amount of stress! #mission problems)

Making Bread!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                  Sora Marianna Prada, Sora Marcella and Sora Netti

                                                  Blurry pic but my love for her is stronger than ever!

                                                    All of us enjoying the yummy bread!!!!!

                                                     Us with Denisa's kiddos, Ioana and Adi.  

                                              Yes, Adi had major cavities!  Such a cute boy!

Sora Wright (my companion), Sora Bischoff (served with her in Iasi- err we loved shacked) and Sora Barrera (one of the fab 9)

       Post conference chicken fights as a district   

                                                                   Companionship bonding

Got talking to a lady on the maxi and turns out it is Palm Sunday and she had all of these vines in her hands.  She told me because Palm Trees aren't native to Romania, they use willow branches!!! HOW CUTE!  You also hang them over your front door to welcome Christ into your home!  

                                             She gave me some to hang up and I was so happy!

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