Romania, Bucharest Mission: Sept. 2010 - Sept. 2012

Monday, July 2, 2012

Time just keeps on rolling - too fast!

Dear loved ones,

   Hey, it's Elder Lee again! This past week has been a good one. The weather has not been too bad lately. However, it's July now, so it might start to get really bad soon. I'm almost used to the extreme humidity around these parts. I think it's pretty hot and humid in all the other cities in the mission. It's really weird that June is already over. I think it may have been the fastest month of my whole mission! The weeks keep on counting down for me ever so quickly, and it feels almost unfair that time just keeps on rolling too fast when you want it to go slow! I've been cherishing every day though. Elder Nilsson and I have been having a great time together. We get along really well, and have done some good things.

   Lately, we have been trying to re-contact some former investigators (found/taught in the past year or two). So far, we have actually found some success! We called a guy named Mihai. This Mihai was actually a guy Elder Farr and I contacted a year ago or more here in Buc! Elder Farr and I had a great lesson with him, and even invited him to be baptized and he said yes. But, unfortunately, he kinda disappeared for a while and stopped answering his phone. Well, Elder Nilsson and I got back in touch with him and have had two lessons with him this last week. He is a very nice and sincere guy. He's trying to find a new job right now. He even showed the BOM to his mom, and invited us to come over to them the next time we have a lesson! He didn't make it to church yesterday, but we hope he comes next week. The other former investigator we met with is named Gabi. She's a nice lady, married, and has a 17-year old son named Tavi. Only she was home when we visited, but we still had a great lesson and discussion about the importance of the BOM, Joseph Smith, and prayer. She didn't really remember much of what she was taught in the past. We gave her a new BOM to read, and she said she'd read it, and would be welcome to have us over again to talk more about it. Usually, I've never had this much success in trying to hunt down and re-teach former investigators, so it's really cool.

   We've also met with a couple of members-- the Firaru's and the Males's. They are both awesome families. We talked to the Firaru's about Helaman 5:12, and how we can build ourselves upon the rock of Christ. We visited Cristi and Iulia Males, with their little baby daughter, Louiza. It was kind of late, and we actually didn't have time to give a spiritual thought. But it was good to get to know them better and see how they've been. Their daughter is so cute. They made us some good fried squash and mici and french fries too. The branch and the district is doing well. We had a really fun talent show the other day--"Talente Mormone", in which members and missionaries from both the Buc branches participated. Lots of people showed up, and their were some really cool and funny performances--like Fratele Radu and his wife singing some opera and traditional Romanian music, Sora Alexandru doing some stand-up comedy, and her son, Vlad, dancing around and singing some dancey-beat songs. We all enjoyed it a lot. They do it each summer, and I think this one was just the fourth annual Talente Mormone talent show. I got to see Levent there too! (he was an investigator we taught here last year) Church was nice. It was nice to fast and hear each others' testimonies. Sora Gorzo made us some stuffed zucchini after church! It was really good. There was an Austrian couple (members of the church) that visited yesterday at church. They are a young married couple (the husband got back from a mission to Russia about 6 months ago) and they are doing a huge biking trip along the Danube River from Austria to Istanbul, Turkey! They came with us to eat at Sora Gorzo's too! They were really nice and spoke english really well.

   Well, that's about all the stuff that has happened this week. President and Sora Hill are doing well and are starting their interview tour. I actually gave my scriptures to the office elders for them to put in the office supplies for the Cluj missionaries so I can get them "Cluj-bound". There's a guy there that does some really nice binding and stuff, and tons of missionaries love to get their sciptures bound and fancified there. My scriptures should make it up there in the next couple of days with Pres. Hill and the AP's on their interview tour. I hope that it all works out, and that I can get them before I leave. Worst case scenario--I'll get them from Elder Nilsson or Durand back up in Utah after they finish their mission. Anyways, it's good that things are going well at home. I love hearing about how the family is doing, and seeing pictures of everyone, especially Kenadee. I hope you have a great week. Let July begin! (Oh yeah, sorry I forgot....Happy (late) Father's Day dad!) Ciao!

Love, Elder Lee

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