Monday, December 9, 2013

Elder Mayans Dec 9, 2013



Well hello again. So, like I explained last week I had a lot of things
go on this week. It felt like this week went by really fast so I don’t
really know what happened but I will try my best. First off in the
middle of this week I think Wednesday the  Zone leaders came up for
exchanges. I was pretty excited for this exchange and since we only
have sisters in our district, we can only go on one exchange each
transfer which would be with the Zone Leaders. So they came up Wednesday
night, and then had our exchange. Unfortunately is wasn’t the most
successful exchange because of time but we dealt with what we had. On
Thursday we had district meeting in the afternoon which went very well
I think. I feel like sometimes I’m the only one talking because there
is not too much participation but it’s going well. We have such a good
district. After that we had to grab lunch really fast and go down to
Bucuresti for Zone Conference/Christmas party!! Like I said the
exchange wasn’t amazing. Their main reason of coming up was to check up
on how Iwas doing because I’m new at being District Leader and see if I
had anything I needed help on.

Then we took the train that night with the ZL’s back to Bucuresti which
took a long time and we got there pretty late. I stayed in Elder
Barneys apartment with a few others from my MTC group. It was awesome
to see them and get to catch up with everything that has been going
on. Our whole mission is really, really close. I know almost every
person in my whole mission and we are all really good friends. That
night I had one of the worst nights of sleep I have ever had. There
were no more beds so I was on the ground and I probably got close to
an hour of sleep. That really messed me up for the next few days
because I was dead tired.

On Friday was when we had our Conference. A few big things that
happened there was first, we got to see a picture of the new mission
President and second, a lot of the older Elders that I served with in
Galiati had their dying testimony and are going home in a few weeks.
So yeah the new President sounds really cool and rich. haha he is
really young compared to President Hill so that will be different. You
can never replace President Hill though…. he’s amazing. and yeah, Elder
Ward, Elder Cunningham and Elder Knapp all gave their farewell
testimonies. It was really good. I love those guys. They have been a
huge influence on my mission and I’m going to have to stay in touch
with them and meet up after I get home. Also at the Christmas party we
watched a picture slideshow of a bunch of pictures from the entire
year. I will probably be sending that home because I have a CD copy
and I think you guys would enjoy it.

That night we stayed in Elder Ward and Cunningham's apartment and then
headed back in the morning. We got back in the afternoon which was
perfect because we arrived just in time for our Christmas party that
President and Sora Spooner planned this week. Everything turned out
perfect besides the fact that we were all dead tired. ha The train
rides really mess up your sleep. At the Christmas party we ate some
saremale which Sora Redelescu made for us and also frosted cookies.
Not too many people came but it was still really fun and had a good
time. We also watched The Christmas Orange. I don’t know if you have
seen that one… its an older movie and I liked it a lot.

Then on Sunday we had church. Right before church a tall American
young man walked in the villa. I was super confused and almost didn’t
know what to say because it caught me off guard so much. Turns out he’s
just a student from BYU who is on a business trip and some of his
clients are here in Craiova. ha kinda random but he found out where
the church was through the internet and came. It’s always nice to have
visitors because it is really uncommon. I also gave a talk during
Sacrament Meeting. I spoke on the importance of baptism. I talked a
lot about the same things that I talked about in Abuelos Talk. I
thought it went really well.

That was about all that happened this week. We are still English
contacting as much as we can. Our first class starts tomorrow so I’m
excited to see how it turns out.

I love you all and I miss you so much. Have a great week and happy
holidays. Bicerica lui Isus Hristos este adevarata! Eu marturisesc ca
Hristos Traieste si ne iubeste. Sunt foarte rescunoscator pentru
ocazie pe care o am sa fie o misionar aici in Romania si slujesc
fiecare zi.

The Romanian has been a big struggle but I am trying my best. I feel
like sometimes it is going really well and other times it is awful.
haha I’m having fun with it though.  Love you all!!

Elder Mayans

P.S. It hasn’t been really cold temperature wise but there is a really
bad wind chill here and it’s really humid. Honestly I would say it
already feels colder then it was in Idaho. I am freezing my butt off.

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