I agree, this conference was fantastic!! I really loved the talks that were given by Elder Christofferson and Elder Holland. Elder Christofferson gave a really good talk about how we need to treat women, how they are important to society in every aspect. Elder Holland gave a great talk about stress. Being a missionary has been one of the most stressing things I have ever done, especially being in the office. My other favorite talk was by Elder Ulisses Soares about patience. He asked "How do you feel when someone messes up? When something doesnt go your way?" He went on to describe a few different scenarios and how we handle them, how we react to that change or stress. This General Conference was an all around really good conference. I cant wait to be able to read them again and highlight. One of the missionaries described General Conference as the Super Bowl for missionaries.
We have been preparing for the new missionaries who will be coming into Romania in a few weeks. It will be much nicer this time because there are only going to be three, the only problem is that there will be 30 some odd missionaries coming back into Bucuresti to receive their visas. Now that is going to be crazy. Hopefully they will actually go and get it, we have had a few times where they "forgot" to go and then later had to come down. That creates a little bit of a mess for the office, as well as for the missionary.
So funny story. A few weeks ago we forgot to pick someone up at the airport. The only reason this is funny is because it happened a few weeks ago. We accidentally forgot the Kyiv Temple President at the airport. He flew in to Bucuresti to talk at the District Conference and we were asked to pick him up. So this was also the week that we were in an accident, so the week wasnt going all that great, but we had just finished a bearable day. The next morning I was watching Elder M do his gymnast work-out while also talking to Elder L (we live with the assistants), when I had the worst feeling. We had forgotten the temple president. So we tried to call the hotel where he was supposed to be staying. The lady on the other end said that no one had come in the night before by his last name. SO we hopped in the car and sped off to the hotel. We found out that the hotel we called was under the same company, but was in a different area. So we were on our way there hoping that "Taken"-the romanian version wasnt playing out in front of us. Turns out he was there, fine and dandy with his wife. President wasnt too happy that we forgot him, but it was a lesson learned I guess haha.
You will have to give me a play by play of you defending your thesis. It will be so good to have it done! I know that we all have been praying for you to be successful in your schooling. You've prepared yourself, so you will do great.
I never did go to the coast with you all. You will need to send me a lot of pictures so that I can see what it looks like. You will have so much fun with Grandma and Grandpa there. They will really enjoy the time with the family. Will you tell them that a letter should be getting to them soon, as well as say hello from the P's. They are in charge of the water projects in Eastern Europe. They remembered Grandma and Grandpa and told me I need to say hello.
It has been really cold here. Everyone is saying that this winter will be the coldest winter in 100 years. Dont put that fact on the mission-moms blog, or you will scare a lot of moms haha. Considering that 2 years ago was the coldest in 57 years and people died, this could be an intense year. 2 years ago, President put a limit on how long you could be outside. Not like contacting outside would have been very successful in that kind of weather. Sounds like good weather for a caciula though.
Sorry about the video, I wasnt in the best of moods and I really wanted to watch conference. I didnt know/understand that they were sending this video to you, until they asked me for your email. Oh well, you saw the awkward Elder Ormsby at his best!
(from the senior missionaries' blog)
(from Elder Ormsby - visit to Peles Castle)
(the next three are from the senior missionaries' blog)
(the rest sent from Elder Ormsby)
Kicking up heels with Sora P
so tired on a P-day ride home.