First sunset in Chisinau, Moldova!!!!
This week was full of miracles and interesting people and experiences, I can't believe it's only been seven days since last Monday haha. Everything is a total whirlwind here as we've started our English courses five days a week; Sora Koth and I teach 2 Medium classes and a Beginner+ class. We love all our students tons and even sometimes run into them on the bus and at the park!! They're always super cute and come up and say hi to us in English. One of our most interesting experiences teaching was during our Beginner+ class. There was a new guy sitting in the back of the class, and we were teaching about how to talk about your family (siblings, parents, cousins, etc.). After each grammar principle that we taught, he tried to tell us that we were wrong (in broken english). It was a test of our patience for sure to try to explain to him why we say things a certain way. Pretty soon though, our class was tired of him trying to argue with us. There were a few of our students that told him straight up that if he thought he knew english better than native speakers, than he should leave. It was crazy to watch him storm out after that, but we were grateful to have our students back us up. We've only been teaching them english for a week but they already feel like our good friends. One of the girls we've really gotten to know from English class is Victoria- she teaches violin and is studying to practice law!! Until I find a violin of my own here in Moldova, she said that as long as we keep teaching her English, I can practice with her violin! She's a miracle for sure. Another miracle this week was getting to meet with Anastasia- a referral from the elders. She's 18 years old, but she's already had a really rough life. Her dad died when she was very young, and since then she hasn't really felt like she's loved by anyone but her boyfriend, who just moved to America. She explained to us how badly she wants to go to America and start a new life, but she needs money to get there. In the midst of explaining this to us, she stopped mid-sentence and stared off into space. She apologized and said that sometimes when she looks at paintings, she feels like she's actually there. She had been looking at a picture of Christ being baptized, which just happened to be right behind where Sora Koth and I were sitting. We wanted to badly to invite her to be baptized right then and there, but she still thinks that the path to happiness is America. The next time we meet with her, we are going to try to help her understand that the path to happiness is the gospel of Jesus Christ. We know that even though things are hard for her right now, God has big plans in store for her!! After two hours of listening to Anastasia talk about her life, Sora Koth and I were completely in tears. We know how much God loves her and want her so badly to know that.
Another miracle that happened on Saturday was that we had a baptism in the Russian branch- a dad who had been less active got to baptize his eight year old daughter! It was awesome to see how the branch family reached out and loved them- we are all God's children and he wants us all to make it back to him!!
I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!!! Remember to look for miracles every day!!!!
Cu mult drag,
Sevghi, a girl in the Romanian branch, who we got to skype with in the MTC!!
View from the church balcony after it flash rained
Elder Weaver and Elder Oak teaching English at the church- on the first day of classes, we had over 170 students total!!!
Giant chess game in Centru!!!