Monday, October 10, 2016

Bucurie, not just the name of Moldovan candy

Oct 3, 2016
Allo tuturor!!

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Puppies! (We named them Rața and Boboc :)))
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Podaru fam (Traian loves his hats)
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Going for the goats
I hope this update finds you all well with spiritual batteries charged to the max- what an awesome conference! My favorite talk was definitely the one given by Elder Nelson about JOY (in Romanian, BUCURIE). He said, "happiness has more to do about the focus of our life, and less about the circumstance." I've definitely discovered that, especially as a missionary, you can be strikingly optimistic even on the hard days, or you can find 1,000 good reasons to hate the world. It all depends on what we choose to focus on. Jesus Christ is joy, and I am so grateful to know that.

Sora Gubar and I are really hoping that this isn't our last week together. (We find out transfers on Saturday). It seems like all the things we've been striving for these past eight weeks together are finally happening; things are coming together, we are coming together as a companionship, district, and branch, and we have investigators that are really progressing. Hopefully we can use these next six weeks to keep building relationships with the people we're helping come back to church and progress towards baptism.

We had the awesome opportunity to meet with new and old friends, and are seeing real change in their attitude and openness about the gospel, especially Maria and Traian Podaru. We went over and visited them with Sora Genoveva, (they haven't been visited by other members since 2011 when F. Podaru stopped letting Maria come to church). For the second time in a row, Traian sat in on our spiritual thought, and was happy to share his thoughts on grace and the Atonement. It was super cool!

Although Florintina and Adrian weren't able to meet this week because of work, we did talk to them several times on the phone; they are reading the Book of Mormon, individually and together, and are really starting to understand it for the first time! They are also planning on getting married at the end of this month, and are grateful for the support of the missionaries and President Stoica in their decision to turn their lives around. Florintina told me last night that I have to be here for the wedding haha. She's had a hard time connecting with missionaries in the past, but Sora Gubar and I have been able to help her start progressing for the first time in a long time. We're super excited for her and Adrian!!

Shoot me a message if you can telling me about your favorite talk from conference, I want to hear your guys' thoughts! Love and all the best for the coming week,

Cu mult drag,

Sora Rich

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