5 Weeks of our mission have past and
we miss home but are getting busier and busier
Here in Iasi
This cathedral steeple is the one visible from our
bedroom window. It's impressive up close
don't you think?
Western sky from our living room reminds us of beautiful sunsets
everywhere we've been in the world.
The Bucharest nightclub fire probably didn't hit the national news in USA last weekend.
It caused lots of problems for the leaders here in Romania
when citizens, fed up with corruption that led to an unsafe building
caused the deaths of over 30 and many more hospitalized in serious condition
from the fire
Over 20 thousand marched in protest which caused the resignation of the
Prime Minister and two of his officials.
Monday for P-day the sister missionaries had me cut their hair.
Sister Lunt has beautiful blond curly hair while
Sister Weaver has beautiful long chestnut hair.
Sister Lunt hadn't had her hair cut since coming on her mission.
I also cut sister Kitchen's hair but forgot the camera till getting to
the second sister.
Reading the book of Mormon is a mission wide challenge.
Wed. nightthe members come to share what they have learned.
The missionaries always invite a member to
bear their testimony
then we have an activity.
This week the Elders made swords and everyone
wrote on their sword one sin they would like to bury.
The brown fleece blanket was the dirt that we
buried the swords under.
Give a missionary a sword and watch out.
Glad they were made of paper
This book case was a nightmare when we arrived.
It was my project this week to clear, move, organize and
make it our own.
Flowers of course along with pictures of Christ is the theme.
About a block from our church we are watching the construction of another
four story building. This one will be apartments.
Their way of construction is as foreign to our ways as
Ugandan construction was.
It's always fun to see what they are doing next.
Three of our dear missionaries will be leaving us this transfer.
Here is the picture of them with the ward members after
the Block. Seven missionaries to eight members, quite the
ratio wouldn't you say?
One of our NGO girls working for an orphanage.
We call them the BYU kids but this girl is from Canada and doesn't go to BYU.
She was the official photographer of the above picture.
My goal this week is to learn their names.
Daniela on the right is the RS president.
Jenny on the left is the 1st counselor
and I am the activities counselor.
Jenny and I visit teach these three ladies: Cristina, Daniela and Marie
So far we've only visited Marie. What a fun visit we had.
Her son is the District Counselor.
Last picture of our first group of missionaries.
Elder Swafford and Chatterton are actually acting kind of normal
This is a strange fruit I found that had fallen off a tree.
We showed it to the members and no one knew what it was.
The BYU kids thought it smelled like some sort of citrus.
It reminded Elder Brown and I of the nubby textured Jack fruit in Uganda.
We probably won't open it up and compare. Too pretty the way it is
Missionaries and BYU kids. They really have fun together
with Elder Swafford being his usual self.
This morning I finished my three week challenge to read the Book of Mormon.
Tears filled my eyes as I finished Moroni's testimony and farewell.
How blessed we are to have the Book of Mormon.
My next goal is to read the Book of Mormon in Romanian with my companion.
We are on 1 Nephi 7. We're hoping to finish in the next 17 months.
It may take longer unless we improve.
That is the goal right?