Monday, October 10, 2016

Prepare to Be Amazed

 July 11, 2016
Buna tuturor!

Despite the challenges of this week, we saw some awesome miracles happen here in Iasi! I have really grown to love this city and the people here. 
This week, we had the opportunity to support Sora Anton at her art exhibition; she's an amazing less-active member, and probably one of my favorite people here. Saturday night (the last night of the exhibition), we surprised her by bringing food and music, and a crowd! A bunch of english students, members, and friends showed up to support. We played our violins, the BYU girls sang, and it poured down rain. It was beautiful. At the end of the night, Sora Anton drove us home. We sat for a bit in her car and just talked. We could just tell she was trying to hold back tears, she was just so grateful. It's amazing how much love you can feel for people you've only known a few weeks! 
Sora Padgett and I also had a chance to go down to Bacau for an exchange with Sora Kitchen and Sora Spangler; it was so humbling to be in such a tiny city. The room they hold sacrament meeting in there is on the fourth floor of an apartment bloc. They usually have 3-4 members there, but all the ones I met are super solid. It would be awesome to go back there someday and see how it's grown. 
Talking to a member in our branch last night on the phone, I asked her what her formula for happiness is. Kind of random, but it had to do with the conversation. She said there are just a few basic things we have to do:
1. Find peace
2. Have goals and hope in them
3. Learn to enjoy the little things
4. and not worry about the things that don't matter
I know that the gospel provides the steps and shows us the path to do all these things, and I'm so grateful for it! The gospel truly is a gospel of joy, and I know that it will continually light up the lives of people all over the world!

Love and prayers with you all this week,

Cu mult drag,

Sora Rich

Now that it's the end of the transfer and Sora Padgett might be leaving me, we're going to make this the best week yet!

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