August 28, 2018



Elder Marshall

Another one Bites the Dust

Hey Everyone!
Another week done, and we keep going. This week wasn't the best, but what can you do. We have had a lot of people drop and so we didn't have many lessons, which hasn't happened in a while. We gave a couple of our best people to the sisters, and a lot of people are leaving out of town for the last week before school. Once school is back in session there will be a big influx of students, which will be awesome. Students are the best they are the most similar to us and how we think. Thanks to the internet most young people are similar across the world, but the older generation here is starkly different to the one back home due to communism. I'm excited for the school year and to see a lot of cool people!
Today is Ziua Independetei (Independence Day!) so pretty much everything is shut down. I was actually in Orhei last year for Independence Day, which is a bit weird. We had a huge Air show, a water show, and concert right in center. It was really cool. Today, we had a big protest outside our house and a ton of "Carabieri" or the swat here outside on the streets. We had to walk through it to get lunch and there was a wall of Carabieri, so I asked a Carabier guy if I could get past and he just let us through and we went to Mcdonalds haha. Protests here are super peaceful just a bit of swearing, but what can you do when you live in the center of the city.
This week for a spiritual thought Elder Trohymenko did 2nd Nefi 2:15 "And my father dwelt in a tent." He expounded on this small interesting verse, by explaining how Lehi and his family were quite wealthy and they lived very comfortably in Jerusalem. When he left into the wilderness he took a step of faith and got out of his confort zone. It seems like a trivial verse, but it really illuminates the humilty he had to obey and to follow the Lord's direction. As a missionary it is the same and we stepped out of our comfort zone doing the things we are used to doing and we live in a "tent" in Moldova. We show our faith and in doing such we give God the opportunity to be blessed and to grow.
Love you all,

Elder Francis


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