Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Sorry I haven’t e-mailed for a while, life has been a little crazy!
Loving life here in Arad . . . It’s A-rad place (senior missionary couple joke). We have been literally all over the place! When I first got here we were finding a place for the senior couple to live, then our focus went to the zone training meeting this week, and now our focus is on moving the church meeting building and maybe even moving ourselves as well. This next week will be just as crazy.
I gotta explain a joke that I’m sure is found in other missions. When you are training and walking around with your new missionary, you look up to the sky and ask him . . . "how far off do you think that plane is from us?" He responds with "a few miles" or "I don’t know" then you tell him "no, it’s about two years away." Then you laugh at them – hahaha! Well that isn’t the case for Baielli and me. We are going to Mission Leadership next Monday and we’ll travel down by train. On our way back, for whatever reason, President Ivory felt the need for us to fly back to Arad! It’s not usual for missionaries to fly EVER! Everyone is pretty jealous and I’m stoked! It should be pretty sick. The flight is really only 45 minutes, but still . . .
Just so everyone is aware of my safety, I’m taken care of here in Arad by the Romanian version of Jason Bourne . . . yes, the movie character. His name is Gabi (Gabriel) Bauer Oanta (pictured). By far the most interesting man I have ever met! When you ask him where he works, he says he takes care of flowers but his flowers walk and talk! He has legit passports for over like ten countries and has like five cellphones. He never tells us specifics, but has been everywhere on earth! He showed us pictures of himself with the Mayor of Madrid Spain. This man is amazing . . . he came over to our apartment today and made traditional langos and home-made doughnuts. He knows just as much about the church as I do, but is not a member. He has heavy influence here in Arad . . . anytime we have a problem, we just call him and it is literally fixed in ten minutes - Amazing!
We went to a castle yesterday, it’s called Hunnedoara and it’s pretty freaking sick (also pictured).
Now missionary work . . . people are more open here for sure. We do have a few people we meet with regularly, but nothing too serious yet. The last baptism in this area was like two years ago, but that is changing soon. There are some promising investigators in Arad, just not working with us sadly. That’s the update. If you are feeling real Mormon, check out a movie trailer: "Meet the Mormons." It looks like a pretty good film and not too doctrinal, but just shows the life styles of a few members of the church.
Love you guys!