Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Basically a week in Lasi

On the train to Lasi
Well, we really only spent two days in Lasi, but  then we spent a day getting there and then a day coming back. It was a nine and a half hour train right there.  Man, the train was so hot, but it was a good amount of fun. We had our Elders there to keep us company. I will miss fun train adventures in Romania. We took a sleeper train back though and that thing was miserably hot. Sora Roberts and I both did not really sleep at all! That's mission life for you. 
Sora Roberts and me in Lasi

Also Sora Roberts finally went to the doctors this week for this pain she has been having for a  while and it turns out that she has tonsillitis and possibly a dislocated jaw. So we have kinda laid low for the past couple days.... except for our awesome lessons with Lleana! Such a cool story! 

Lleana and her family
So Lleana was first taught by Sora Jerez before I got to Brasov at the beginning of my mission. Once I got here Sora Jerez would tell me all the time how awesome Lleana is so ready to get baptized and all this stuff. Unfortunately, we were never able to meet with her. I come back to Brasov and her boyfriend, who is a less active member, has started coming back to church with her. Carmen (a member here) sets up a lesson for us with her because she wants to get baptized! Our first lesson with her, we teach her the restoration. The spirit is super strong. She says she already knows this church is true and can't wait to get baptized! So - we set a baptismal date with her for September 9th, because her and her boyfriend have to get married first. Sora Roberts and I are hoping she will let us help her plan the wedding :) Her and her daughter are so cute! We love them so much already! 

Other fun things: 
I went on exchanges with Sora Gleason! (I totally forgot to take pictures) 

Loving our mac and cheese!!
Also, Sora Roberts and I finally ate some of the mac and cheese I have! I miss mac and cheese so much! 

The Elders kind of tried to steal our investigator this week, this resulted in Sora Roberts calling them very angrily at 10pm at night and telling them she wasn't happy with them. She put the fear of God into them a little bit. They apologized and we did to, so it's all good now. 

Romanian countryside
I think that's about everything. I love you guys! Hope you all have a great week!
Sora Vann

Monday, August 14, 2017

Back in Brasov!!

NOTE:  I apologize for not posting this one last week!!!  (Kate's mom)

I so don't feel like writing my weekly this week but that's okay....a ton happened this week (as usual). 
Branch in Brasov

I didn't get to Brasov till Wednesaday night (very very late), and I didn't finish unpacking all the way till this morning... 

We had MLC on Wednesday and it was awesome! We are just really working hard to make this mission the best it can be and it's so cool. The Hettingers are really willing to listen to us and what we have to say and our ideas of how to make different things work better. Good changes are coming :) 

Rainbow over Brasov centru
One thing that is really changing is our goals. We used to set our goals a little lower to more what we thought we could reach, but President wants us setting them HIGHER (our past baptism goal for the mission was about 8-10 and now it is 27). He told us that with our big goals, we need to have big faith. So that is what everyone is focusing on right now; having big faith to match our big goals :) I believe we can do it! 

My new companion - Sora Roberts
My new companion is Sora Roberts, who I absolutely adore! She has been one of my friends since we served around each other in my 4th transfer and now we are finally getting to serve with each other! It has already been so much fun! We laugh a lot together and she gives me lots of affection :) 

Sora DJB and Family visiting
Also Sora DJB and her family were here for a day and a half visiting so that was a ton of fun! Her family is so sweet and sassy! A lot of fun to be around :) 

It was super awesome getting to see all the members here again! Most of them recognized me and were super happy that I am back; which made me super happy :)  I got lots of hugs on Sunday. Sora Hettinger came up to me on Tuesday in the office almost in tears, and told me that I have a special work to do here in Brasov and part of it is with the members. I am so excited to see how I can help them and serve them.It's fun being in a place where I already love the members. 
Roasting marshmallows on our new grill

Also, we decided to buy a small grill for our balcony and we roasted marshmallows one night! Super fun! We are going to try cooking some hamburgers later this week! 

Me, Tibi, and Sora Roberts

Tibi, a member from Mihai Bravu, visited Brasov on Sunday, which is funny because he came and visited my first Sunday in Brasov a year ago as well. Also, this was Mihai and Ovidu's last Sunday here. They are finally moving to Germany to be with their dad. They have been "moving" since the last time I was here. It was good to see them one last time. I love those kids so much. 
Me, Mihai, Ovidu, and Sora Roberts

I think that's all my random bits and pieces from this week. I love all of you.  I hope you guys have a great week! 

Sora Vann 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where Do I Even Begin . . .

I have a lot of randoms thoughts from this week; so here we go...

Some of my most favorite people :) George and Sorina
First off, transfers are this week and I found out that I am going back to Brasov (my first city) for my last transfer. I still can't really believe it. I will miss everyone in Mihai Bravu soooo much. I made a lot of close friends here who I will miss dearly. But I am also excited to see all the members in Brasov again. I also can't believe I am starting my last transfer! It's literally so crazy! 
Can you tell how I love packing?!

My big thing I've thought about this week was about feeling peace through the atonement of Jesus Christ. My mission President had asked me how have I felt peace since being back after my sister died. I thought about it, and though I had felt a lot of peace when I was home for the funeral, as I looked back over the past three weeks I could only remember being sad. This thought really bothered me. After that I read a talk from lds.org  about grieving and one of the things it said was that we need to realize that you can feel sadness and peace at the same time.

The actually quote- "After a faithful member of the Church passes away, the surviving family members commonly report feeling profound peace that they will see that loved one again. At the same time, however, family members usually feel tremendous sadness. It is important for us to understand that one can feel both sadness and peace at the same time." (The Healing Power of Grief -By Steven Eastmond )

This had a big impact on me. I realized that over the past weeks as I feeling that tremendous sadness, there probably was a lot of peace there too that I just didn't realize. Over this past week, I have tried to notice the peace that Christ is continuously offering me, and I was able to see it and feel it more. I realized that just because I was feeling sad didn't mean that I couldn't feel peace at the same time. 

Other random things from this week: 

We had a ton of friends at sacrament meeting this week to say goodbye to Sora Schow and I. Sora Schow played "God be with you till we meet again" on the violin and the spirit was super strong for that; so hopefully they felt that :) 

I got clothes lined while playing red rover (short people problems). Elder Ditto said I would have made Americas funniest home videos if someone had been recording that. After that happened we made a rule that you had to keep your hands down ha-ha 

I hate packing so much! (only one more time after this!) 

Kitty from Mexican Restaurant
Our Group at the Mexican Restaurant
We went to a Mexican restaurant that actually tasted like Mexican food! (well, pretty close). It even looked super Mexican and they even had a cat, so I was pretty much in Heaven!  

One night as we were walking home, I saw this huge pile of watermelon this guy was selling (classic Romania) and I decided I wanted a picture. So I made Sora Schow go stand by all the watermelon and then the guy runs over and jumps in the picture with her, it was pretty fun. We talked with him and he was a really nice guy and he ended up giving us a free melon. I love Romanians. 

Watermelon Guy

   I think that is all for this week.  Have a great week.  I love you all so much!
Sora Vann