Monday, June 18, 2012

Guess what!!  It is my baby day on Thursday!!  AKA my half way mark haha. This week has been great.  Kind of hot, around 30 degrees Celsius, but we manage.  But before we get to all of that I want to wish my dad a very Happy Father's Day.  I thought about him a lot this week when we had a member try to teach us that it is the woman's job to serve the men (very much part of the culture here) by serving the Elders after a service project.  It was a very sweet gesture, but the whole time I thought about how grateful I am that I have an amazing father that has taught me that I am more than a servant.  There are no specific chores that only women can do.  I feel blessed to have a father like mine.  So Happy Father's Day dad!!  I love you.
Next, shout outs to John for writing me.  I really appreciate your emails.  Glad to hear that things are going so well with you.  Next, the answer to the question of what the pole was.  It is actually a pole they use to beat rugs.  They are all over the place here and you will often see people out beating their rugs.  Kind of cool huh.
Transfers:  So transfers came out.  I will be staying in Constanta and I will be serving with Sora Watt, another sister that was in the MTC with me.  I am so excited to have the opportunity to serve with her, just as I have loved serving with Sora Cottam.  I know there will be ups and downs but those are just learning experiences.  I also get to see Sora Bedebone off before she leaves to go home.  I am so grateful for her.  She has completely changed my mission experience.  I am glad I get to say bye. 
 As I look back on the last nine months I can see how much I have grown and progressed.  I have learned so much about myself and how to work with others.  I didnt know why I needed to go on a mission before I left.  But the longer I am out here the more I realize what an amazing opportunity this has been and how I have been so blessed to have made this decision.  I can't wait to see what the next nine months bring.  Thank you so much for all your love and support so far.  I love you all!!
Sora Krissy Hall

Monday, June 11, 2012

Can you guess what I am standing next to (the pole thing)?

Well my 5th transfer is coming to an end!  I can't believe it how fast things go here.  We had zone conference this week and I learned so much.  It definitely re-energized me which was great. Things have been a little slow here but we had a sports activity-ultimate Frisbee- here on Friday and we got 2 non-members to come which was awesome.  It sounds like things are starting to move forward here as far as letting people know who we are and our beliefs- in Romania in general.  I never realized how important PR was, even with a church, but apparently it helps a lot.  The work is moving forward here.  What a blessing that is!  I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with Sora Cottam.  I feel like I learned a lot from her and I was able realize how much I already know.  I cant wait to see what transfers bring and to see if we stay together or not.  It will be wonderful.  We work hard which I think is why we work ha.  Even if the work is a little slow here we work hard and we know we are trying our best.  We are being blessed for our efforts.  Life is amazing!  I miss you all but I know I need to be here to learn and to teach. 

Take care!

Also- shout out to Elder Tefft for some of the pictures from zone conference!  He is amazing and it was so nice to see him again!

Love you all,
Sora Krissy Hall

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hello to all my loved ones!  This week has been a wonderful week of learning and self discovery.  It is really such a blessing to have a modern prophet today as well as apostles that talk to us today.  I have gained so much strength from reading their words this week.  I am working on being happier no matter what the situation.  This isn't always easy, but with diligent scripture study and reading the words of the prophets I have learned ways in which I can do so.  I focus on the little things, like the beautiful flowers that are all around or the wonderful weather.  Paprika flavored Lays are also on that list.  I have found that if I focus on the things that I am grateful for, it helps me deal with any situation.  Life is hard, I have seen that over and over again since I have been here and even before.  But our perspective really does have a huge influence on how we react and learn from these hard things.  Time moves fast and I don't want to look back on this experience, or on my life and feel like I should have enjoyed it more when I was in the moment.  So I am working on enjoying today.  Finding the beauty that is around me and taking as much of it in as I possibly can.  I encourage you all to do the same.  The Lord loves us and wants us to be happy.  We can find everlasting happiness as we do the little things every day that bring us closer to Him.  I know that this is true. 
I love you all and think about all of you often.  I hope all is well.  Know that I love you and more importantly that we have a Father in Heaven that loves each and everyone of us individually.  One of the ways He shows His love is through the small and simple things that make us happy.  So enjoy this free gift to us all. 
Romanian "Baba" with Sora Hall's favorite things! She was trying to convert the kitties but their eyes were closed to the truth.

Old and New in Romania - Hay wagon and McDonalds
Sora Krissy Hall