Elder Baielli is leaving Oradea in three weeks. He is bummed! I will be staying and getting Elder Manning as
my comp.Don’t know too much about him,
but he’s eight months or so into his mission. It’s been a pretty normal week. Baielli
has been pretty stressed that his mission is ending soon, so we've been going
pretty hard trying to find people. Weather
has been cold and rainy making it hard to do much!
We took a trip outside of the city to visit an older woman.It’s fun to get out of the city and walk on
dirt roads, see cows and be in the middle of nowhere. It’s what I thought Romania would be like.
I’m taking a train to Bucuresti today and will be there all day tomorrow.
Not too much else going on. Stoked that
the Utes won again.
Well, here we are in Oradea and again nothing too big to bring to the
email. It rained, we had English
classes, and Elder Baielli got sick.
The big news is that I’m officially a year in the books. Both incredibly exciting and a little sad.It’s weird how time has gone for me, but it’s
generally fast! It will really hit home
when we get ourselves into 2015 and I have just 9 short months left.
Oradea is a quiet little Hungarian town.It’s incredibly beautiful with amazing buildings and river. Our English classes are pretty large and for
the sixth time, I am teaching beginners. On Tuesday we had 26 women show up to class and
not a single man – Hahaha!Most stayed
for the spiritual thoughts which is cool, but we are still finding people all
We had the Temple President from Germany come and speak to our
stake/district this week which was cool. He had some dope things to say and really
answered the questions of the members here.
The first iPads are in the mission, but I don’t expect to be getting one
until the end of the year. Hopefully in
time to skype from it, but we will see.
Baielli is sick with the flu, so I’ve done nothing but clean the
apartment and read for two days straight.
This email is terribly boring – Hahaha.Love and miss you guys!
Good to hear from y’all today. I
can finally say that I am emailing from the beautiful city of Oradea; it’s amazing
here!We live in the best apartment in
the mission by far (I found it) and right on the river! We walk to and from the city center using the
riverside walkway and its nuts. Little
did I know that I would be entering into a different country upon arrival. Almost everyone here speaks Hungarian and its
annoying.They will just start talking
to each other in Hungarian about you, knowing that you don’t speak it, and then
they will start back in Romanian with you.I've run into a few people that have said that I speak better Romanian
than they do, and they've lived in this country their entire lives!
No old man buttocks this week, but it was a good week anyway.We had a really lame Mission leadership
conference this week via skype . . . we didn’t fly to Buchurest.Our skype didn’t work very well and we were
only able to listen.They didn’t receive
our audio or video and we didn’t receive their video. We just sat and listened to them speak back
and forth for three hours. It was pretty
This week was Oradea Days and they had some crazy festivals going on all
week in the parks. It was like the park
in Centerville on the Fourth of July, but every day for a week long! They had live music, amazing traditional foods
(heavy Hungarian influence) games and all kinds of stuff going on. We saw some parades and watched the Romanian
armed forces perform some crazy stuff too.The week ended last night with Oradea's birthday and another parade and
fireworks! It was a freaking zoo in
Centru and really fun.
Time is passing like crazy and I can’t believe that this week will be October
16th! This day a year ago, I gave my
farewell talk and stayed up till three in the morning with friends – haha!
As you can all see, I’m working on my Hungarian since more than half the
members in my new city of Oradea speak fluent Hungarian. I’m actually not in
Oradea yet, but will be tomorrow - hopefully!I’m excited and president has some high expectations from us.We’re kind’a under the microscope right now,
which is slightly nerve wracking, but I’m good.
We had a good week saying goodbyes AGAIN to the same people. They've begun
to start asking "when are you guys leaving?" - hahaha but its good. I’m
pretty sure they are getting sick of us saying goodbye, then seeing us on Sundays
Well it was a good week with football. I gotta say I’m sad I missed it and jealous
that the whole family went down to watch the games.Also the old guys hit 30 years of marriage
and I’m not sure what they call that marriage milestone, but it should be
"The Pampers 30" (hopefully I don’t have to explain that joke).
Speaking of old people and their problems, we visited an old man today
named Sandor from Hungary. He moved here
a while back, but we can barely understand the man due to his thick Hungarian
accent. He has had some surgeries over the years to repair a crooked spine and
when he thought I wasn’t understanding him well enough, he stood up, pulled
down his pants and underwear, then continued to turn around and moon me while
pointing out the incision scars on his back and butt. I love this country. I gotta say that it wasn’t the first time I've
had that happen either – hahaha!
General conference was good. We still
haven’t seen all the sessions and need to listen to some of them in English so I
fully understand, but it was pretty sweet.
Love you guys, keep it real and go bolts!
P.S.I’ve included photos - This
guy is Stefan! He has a huge drinking
problem and we have been working with him. His wife is a member and is very
humble. He cried when we left and said
"other than the first elders who taught me, you guys are the
coolest!" He is the man!