So I now have my 13th companion, Sora Macdonald. She is a younger
missionary, so this is a totally new experience for me. There have
definitely already been feelings of inadequacies and like I have been
doing missionary work all wrong. But I have just said little prayers
and pushed those aside while I surround myself by the people i love
here. It is so amazing how easy it is for discouragement to slip into
our lives and how we dont always realize it at first. Then we have to
act fast and move forward. So that's what I'm trying to do at this
point. There are definitely ups and downs though. bah! It is so
frustrating at times.
Anyways, I am excited for these last few weeks and for the chance to be around all the people I love here.
we also had mission conference this week where the entire mission got
together on one day in Buc and Sat for 4 hours (with no break) listening
to Elder Richards of the Seventy. It was long and hot, but he made some
good points. It was also so amazing to see everyone right before I
leave. I got to see how much so many of them have grown and matured and I even got to see Elder Schiers who escorted us from the US to Romania
and year and a half ago. He is just as loving and caring as ever and I
am so happy I got a chance to talk to him before I left.
It is so surreal how bittersweet it is say goodbye to people. That
realization that I may not see them again in this life is so weird. I
love all the people I have had the opportunity to meet and I just dont
want to say bye ha. But I also know that my time is coming and that I
have so much more awaiting me in the future. God has things in store
for me and even though things are kind of stressful now, I will look
back on this time and be so grateful for the beautiful time I have
here. Missions are amazing things.
Well, I don't really know what else to say other than I love you all. OH!!! I almost forgot! I want to invite everyone to my homecoming on the 24th of March.
If you can come I would love to see you. It will be a great chance to
catch up and for everyone to be confused by my Romanglish ha. It is the
Downey 1st Ward at 9:00 am, check Ffacebook because hopefully it will be on there. Also, it might say it on
the ward finder on lds.org. but I'm not entirely sure ha.
I hope you all have a great week. I love you all. Thank you so
much for your letters and emails. Without all of your support I never
would have been able to do this. So thank you.
Love Sora Krissy Hall
PS- Alicia I just love you! Thank you for your email and yes, we
will talk after. I strongly approve of your Facebooking skills, ha and
you know what I mean. Girl I miss you a ton and can't wait to see you. Also I am super excited that you are working with Brooke Barton again,
that is awesome! Love you!
PPS- Richard, I understand you are busy, no worries k. You are awesome and a champ at everything k. Have a great week
Happy Valentines Day to everyone! I love you all and I can't
believe it has been another Valentines day ha. This week had its ups
and downs. We have a couple awesome days where we were able to follow
the promptings of the spirit and be guided to people to serve. That was
amazing. We definitely felt like instruments in God's hands. Also, we
had a lesson with Flori (Sanda's daughter) and she told us she prayed
and opened the scriptures to Doctrine and Covenants 20 which is the
organization of the church and the baptismal ordinance on April 6th.
She took that as her answer that she needed to be baptized on that day.
She we are now teaching her the lessons (that was her first lesson as
our actual investigator). It has been such a blessing to the gospel
touch this family. They are so faithful and humble and open to the
promptings of the spirit.
I am so sad that I wont be here to see the joy and elation she will
have when she is baptized but I am so happy for her. There is just so
much joy that comes from seeing how the gospel changes lives and makes
people so happy. I feel so blessed to have known these people and to
still have some time with them. Gosh I just love them all so much.
Well the sad news this week is that Sora Komar is leaving and I will
be getting a new companion, Sora Macdonald. That should be good, I
just know much about her yet. But we will have a few weeks to unload
about 9 months worth of information on her before I leave ha. So that
will be interesting. I am excited to be able to work hard and move
forward up until the end.
This has truly been the most amazing experience of my life. I
wouldn't trade this for anything. I am so happy that I still have time
left to truly just love it all.
I love you all, and I hope you all have a great week. Take care.
Love, Sora Krissy Hall
PS- Alicia Draper- you should email
me and tell my your plans for summer and stuff :) Richard- I am so
happy you finally got some letters ha.
Sorry Krissy's mom is behind... From February 11, 2013
First things first, I love you all. Next would the person who
sent me the pic of the "What cause cancer" slide please tell me what the
rest of it says beneath it (like the causes ha), I cant see it
clearly. But I am pretty sure I know where it was taken ;) You are
adorable for sending it. Thank you.
Next, guess what! Roxana wants to be baptized! She just wants to
learn more first! Which I don't blame her because we haven't finished
the lessons yet. But I am so happy for her. The gospel has changed her
life so much, she is so happy and much more open now than she ever
was. Everyone that meets her just loves her and we are all excited for
We also had 3 investigators at church on Sunday and one potential
(Luiza, Radu and Roxana and Flori as our potential). Plus the elders
had 3-5 investigators each as well! The investigators class was full
and the chapel was more full than I have seen it in a long time--if
ever! What a blessing that was. Things are looking up here in Ploiesti
and all of us have been blessed with wonderful people to teach.
This week we had a little trouble setting up with people so we went
out contacting. We had so much fun and made friends with the workers at
the piata. At this point we have given away 3 Book of Mormons and every time we go they ask for more. When we ask if they are reading,
they tell us all about Joseph Smith and the Gold Plates! They even
finish each others sentences. It is so cool to see how enthusiastic
they are about it. They are amazed that we would volunteer our time to
be here to talk about Christ. So they love when we come and talk about
our purpose. We have invited them all to church, so hopefully some new
investigators with come of this.
We are still happily teaching Andreea Musat and Radu Ene and loving
it. This week we taught about the 10 commandments, which, they had no
idea about ha. It was slightly difficult to explain to them what they
all meant in terms that were simple and that they could understand, but
it was a lot of fun. On Sunday, Radu asked if he could sit by me, he is a
cute kid ha.
Sora Zimmerman and Remsberg came to Ploiesti so they could spend
their last Sunday here where Sora Zimmerman served. It was weird to
know that they are going home. They are in the group behind me. It
made me realize how hard it is going to be to leave here. I love the
people so much. But I know my time is coming. I am just not counting,
so I know it will sneak up on me ha. But all is well. I know I still
have a work here to do. I feel so blessed to be here and to learn of
the people here.
I love the branch here and the work. I feel like I am finally
getting it and really being able to see the potential of others. That
just gives you so much hope! We all have such great potential and
nothing stops us from reaching that potential except for ourselves. But
if we rely on God and put our trust in Him then He will guide us down
the paths that will enable us to reach that potential. What a blessing
it is to know that and to be able to enlighten others of that.
I hope you all know how much I love you all. I am so grateful for
all of your support, especially now. I am excited to see you when the
time comes. But until then, work hard and use the enabling power of the
Atonement to reach your potential :)
Have a great week!
Love, Sora Krissy Hall
PS- for all of those at school and are taking midterms right now. Good luck! :)
So this week we were able to get out and do work. WooHoo! It was so
much fun to just get out! We had more lessons and such cool experiences
like going to a Ion Caragiale play with our investigator. It was so
much fun. I love the people here. I love our investigators and all the
people we get to meet everyday. We just got passed a family from the
Zone Leaders. It consists of a mom, dad, and two 8 year old boys (twins
but not identical). They are wonderful. The mom (Luiza) and son
(Dori) were able to make it to church on Sunday! It was so cool.
Roxana also made it to church and bore her first testimony saying she
was so thankful to how nice everyone has been to her and helped her and
that she believes the church is true! It was so awesome.
I love that I have been able to be here for so long and that I have
been able to see so many of these wonderful people here grow in the
gospel. What a blessing it has been. I know I never would have learned
this if I hadn't stayed in Ploiesti for so long. I really hope that I
dont leave, since it is still a possibility with transfers coming up in a
couple of weeks. I really would love to just give my whole heart to
these people before I leave and I am trying now. But the longer I am
here, the more I love them.
Marinica, son of Ramona and Doru Tudorache was able to get his first
surgery this week on his leg. He has some paralyzation in his leg and
now he has possibility to walk normally, instead of on his toes like he
does now. I am just so amazed at how the branch here just comes
together to help one another through any trial that comes about. This
little boy now has a chance to live a more normal life because of the
love of the members. What an amazing thing to see. This is what the
church members should be doing everywhere. I have seen many places that
just dont get that yet. But this branch is so united, it is just
inspiring. I love it.
What else, other than the fact that I just love Sora Komar and that
we are having so much fun together. I just love all that is going on. I
am still feeling a bit under the weather, but we are pushing forward
and loving life. We are teaching and loving the people here.
I have been having lots of moments where I just realize how amazing
and simple the gospel really is. It is so cool. It really has the
answers to everything. Any problem we have or any trial we come across
can always be endured and we can be strengthened as we go back to the
basics. That is, strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ and use the
Enabling power of the Atonement, repent and CHANGE if we have done
something wrong, go to church and renew the covenants we have made at
baptism and always remain worthy of the Holy Ghost. If we do this, we
Endure to the End. It is that simple. Yes, at times life is hard and
throws us curve balls, but Christ is always there with us through it
all. How awesome is that!
OK, well that is enough of my ranting for now. I love you all. Take care and know you are always in my thoughts and prayers.