Tuesday, September 13, 2016

What a week....castles in Brasov, reunited with my MTC group and a visit from President Uchtdorf!

Hey there Family and Friends(: 

This week has truly been a week full of miracles and full of amazing blessings!

It all started by us taking a awesome 6 hour train to Bucharest haha #yes and staying the night with two amazing Soras there - one of them being my old MTC companion Sora Padgett!(: I love her SO much, we have both grown and changed so much on the mission, and she is truly one of my dear, dear friends! It was so good to see her!

Then on Wednesday morning - we all gathered at the chapel in Bucharest and got to hear from President Uchtdort and President Kearon and shake their hands. It was an experience I will never forget! President Uchtdorf was SO kind, and truly took his time to talk to each and everyone of us, as where we were from, etc. You could just totally feel his sincere love for each and every one of us ya know?

They both shared amazing messages about how we need to share the importance that we are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father - that this is a message of LOVE that this world has a need of hearing. It was amazing to hear the inspired council that was given for us missionaries to hasten the work here in Romania. He told us to study, study, and study Preach my Gospel always (as missionaries and back home), and that throughout the rest of our lives we should read the Joseph Smith History at least once a month. 

He told us the importance of sharing our talents, and he told us again and again how much we are loved<3 He made many references to airplanes, shared his wifes conversion story, and bore testimony again and again of the prophets sincere love for the members of the church. 

Probably my favorite part though of everything that he said was that if we ever get discouraged - that we need to remember that there are SO many prayers that are being offered on our behalf. That the members all across the world and in many temples are praying for us to have success in the Lords work. He said that when factoring in all the time zones - we are literally being prayed for 24/7...what a huge blessing is that??? 

It was such a powerful realization to me about the power and love that comes with prayer - I truly cannot even describe how much those prayers mean to me, how much I have felt them change me and change this work here. 

After hearing from them - we took a bus up to Brasov to see the beautiful castle Peles, and then we took the bus to another castle to have dinner - it was BEAUTIFUL! and SO good to see everyone and just have a great time(: 

The next day we had a great devotional by a member of the 70 named Elder Boom - He is a ROCKSTAR! It was SO cool to hear from him and his wife - they had many great ideas of how we can find more people here - to help the church grow. 

It was such a great conference - and such a great week! one that truly had such an impact on me and on my testimony(: 

I sure love you all -and I hope that you'll all have a fantastic week,

Sora Armstrong(: 

Me and my cute companion!!(: 

The castle Peles!!(

Most of the Soras in the Mission(: 

Sora Chandler and I!(:

MTC group reunited!!(: Over a year later!

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