Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Wow.. What a week

 I feel like this week has just been jammed packed with things. We had zone conference on Monday so all the missionaries from Moldova and Iasi came to Chisinau. We had 4 other sisters stay in our apartment for one night. So on P-day we walked around the city a little and went to piatias. It was also Elder Lasaters last day (my mission dad) so we all went out to eat to celebrate. We usually go out to eat on P-days anyway :)

So the other day we had a problem with our toilet. The button was stuck (cause in europe they have buttons and not handles) and so our toilet kept flushing and wouldn't stop. Me being the daughter of a plumber should know what to do, but everything we tried didn't work! We tried to turn off the water and it didn't turn off. Well I don't really know if it was the water switch but it was a little blue lever thing in the bathroom behind the toilet. It made sense at the time!! It didn't turn it off though. We called the senior couple and asked them what to do because we were out of ideas. We finally just called the apropratar (landloard) and he had a repair man come and fix it for us! We just took that time to do some language study. So that was an adventure we went through on Tuesday

I went on my 1st exchange this week. Because our mission is so spread out the sister training leaders come to us and we all stay in the same city. So they came Wednesday night and them left Thursday afternoon. One of the sister training leaders was actually Sora Cases MTC companion and the other one was her host., so that was a fun reunion. My companion for the next few hours was Sora Staplie. Something really cool we were talking about in our companion study was about testimonys, then we went and talked about Ether 12:27, which I love and is my mission scripture if I remember correctly. 

"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will i make weak things become strong unto them."

She told me a story about on Sister who didn't think she was as progressed as she could have been in the language considering how long she had been there for. She went to this scripture and wondered when the Lord would make her weakness her strength. Her companion was listening to her and told her that when she talks people don't pay much attention to her beacuse hse can speak the lanuage but she told her companion (the one that couldn't speak as well) that when she talks people pay close attention and actually listen beacuse they need to to be able to understand. So in a sense, her weakness was actually a strength. People payed more attention because she couldn't speak as well. I never thought that maybe sometimes our weaknessess are strength. We just have to see how to take them and maybe use them in a differnet way.

Something really cool that happened this week was Elder Fingerly came to talk to the people the Moldova ( he is a member of the 70) He came Saturday and talked about something that Elder Ballard came and talked to the people of Europe about how to strenghten the church there. People from all over Moldova came, and the missionaries from the different branches. There are only 3 branches I think in Moldova, but they got to come and listen to him speak. It was also great because he speaks English (he is from Germany) but he doesn't speak Romanian or Russian so he had someone translate into Russian. I was happy I could understand though! He also talked to the people about the Pathway program. They tried to get the pathway program in Moldova but it was turned down for the time being. So they wanted someone here to come talk and see that these people need the program. We will see what happens in the future. He was also there on Sunday so we got to hear him talk I think a total of 4 times. It was just cool that we got to listen to a memember of the 70 talk here in Moldova :).

Everything here is great. Our 2 progressing investigators haven't been able to meet with us these last two weeks but hopefully they will be able to this week. If not we have a lot of contacting to do. I understnad now when people say this is a finding mission. Especially Moldova it has only been open for 10 years. It was opened then closed and is open again, so I'm not sure exactly how long in total it has been.

Love you all!! 
Miss you!!!

Sora Bynum
Funny line of the week:

So I go into the bathroom and notice it has a fruity smell but we don't have spray or anything then I look at the toilet paper and see it has some orange design on it. Out of curioisty I sniff it and it is SCENTED!!!! They have scented toilet paper in this country!!! I come out and I'm like "Sora our toilet paper is scented!! We may not have any baptisms or investigators right not but we have sented toilet paper!!!" It was a good day in our house haha

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas fun in Moldova

Well things here in Moldova are going great!! We taught some lessons. We were contacting in the park one day and started talking to this older lady that was interested and she TOOK a copy of the Book of Mormon and then said that she would be in the park the next day and we could come back and talk to her again. So we went back the next day and guess what... SHE WAS THERE!!! that was cool!!! We taught her a little about about the Restoration and the Plan of Salvation. We were going to go back the next day but we had district meeting and so we got to the park a little late and she wasn't there and we haven't seen her since but we hoping to go back and see her again!

It has gotten pretty cold but it hasn't really snowed which I am happy about!!! We got a Christmas tree the other day from the store!!! It is so cute! It is little and sits on our table. We also got things to put on it as well! I love Christmas!! Makes it feel a little more homey having a tree up in our house. We also got to help put the tree up in the church after sports night. It is quite the tree with so many things on it haha. 

This week was our 1st week teaching English! We have the beinningers class After every class we give them a little spiritual thought and we only had 2 people there and we gave out 2 copies of the Book of Mormon!!! Plus we scheduled a 30/30 (we teach them 30 minutes of English and then 30 minutes of the Gospel) That was exciting for us!!
Moldova is great! I love just getting to walk around. Sometimes people don't really want to listen to us when it is cold outside but we still try and keep pressing forward with what we are doing. 

We also had zone conference last night. All the missionaries in Moldova and in Iasi came here to Chinsau. We had 4 sisters staying with us last night. Zone conference was so fun!! I got to see 3 of the people from my MTC district. It was like seeing family after a long time, even though it was really only 2 weeks :P. Actually during our conference the power decided it wanted to go off. We did our scarf and tie exchange in the dark, with the light of our phones. As missionaries we also decided that it would be a good idea to say a prayer for the power to come back on. Without the power the food couldn't be cooked. After the prayer it didn't come on but we countinued with what was planned. We sang hyms. After a while the power did come on and we were able to do everything that we needed to do. Our mission president even performed a number from fiddler on the roof. Costume and ALL!!! He is just the best!!! It was a great experience with great friends and food!!

In our mission when someone goes home we say they are dying. So the "dying" missionaries gave their testimonies it was a cool to hear. Also in our mission my trainer is my "mom" and my 1st district leader is my "dad" My dad is the one that is actually "dying" so it is sad to say bye to him but it is exciting that he gets to go home!!! 

All is well here!! 

-Sora Bynum

Thursday, December 5, 2013

That is NOT the language they taught me in the MTC... No but really...

Buna Familie!!

I FINALLY made it to the field!!! After a long time traveling I made it to Romania!!! Once we got here 3 of us were wisked away to doctors appointmments, which was just them taking out blood pressure and age. I'm not sure what the point of that was. That 1st day was such a long day!!! I'm not sure if I remember all of it. I was SOOOOO jet lagged. I remember us all sitting in the mission home with papers and Sora Hill going over the rules. At one point she made us all stand up and move around. I remember holding my packet sitting down then the next minute I remember it is on the floor somehow. like I said LONG day!!!!! They wouldnt let us go to sleep until it was the right time to go to sleep either. To top it all off the day we got there was the 1st day it decided it wsanted to snow... my favorite....not. That night we went to a Nashes house. Which is the word for Godparent or something. Sora Bird and I went to the sister training leafers house to sleep.

The next morning my MTC district all meet up with President and Sora Hill at the place where the land was dedicated for mission work and we read the dedicatory prayer. It was really cool, FREEZING but a cool experience. After we has to go apply for visas.... SOOOO FUN... It really was just us sitting there while the assistance took care of it for us :) nothing to bad. Wednesday was also the day we all found out where we will be serving and who our trainers were going to be!!! It was like the 1st day of school!! Are you ready to hear where I am??????? 

My companion is Sora Case and I am serving in CHISINAU, MOLDOVA!!!!

So actually I am not even in Romania :P To get here thogh we left Wednesday night and took a sleeper train for 14 hours!!! I kind of felt like I was in harry Potter but not as cool, no one came around asking if I wanted chocolate frogs and it wasn't as clean. So that was an experience!

My companion is great!!! The second day we taught a lesson, WE have actually taught 4 since I've been here and the golden number is only one. I get a headache eveyday though trying to understand what people are saying... 

We also have Russian speaking elders in our mission that only stay in Moldova so I thought that was interesting, On Sunday we went ot church and guess what language all the church things were in(sacrament, sunday school, relief society) RUSSIAN!!! yeah so really they didnt not teach me that lanuage in the MTC... A LOT of people here speak Russian. So sometimes people say things and I'm not sure if I should understand them or not. Sometimes they mix Romanian and Russian... I'm not a big fan. I really just need to master Romanian before Russian gets into this. I love it here just not the two languages it is making it harder than I would like haha. The Lord put me here for a reason though so I just have to find what that reason is and go with it!! 

Love you all!!!
Everything is great!!
Love Sora Bynum

P.S.--sorry for any spelling mistakes my whole letter is underlined so IDK what is wrong and what is right. Plus my keyboard also has all these russian symbols on them :P

P.S.S --Oh I forgot to tell you!!! We celebrated Thanksgiving on friday here. Which was my birthday so we went to the senior couples house and ate with all the missionaries in Moldova and got to watch Fiddle on the Roof. Our mission president is AWESOME!! We also get to watch an animated movie of our choice for Thanksgiving as well. We have yet to watch it but we will decide soon! :)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

A letter from the mission president's wife!

Dear Brother and Sister Bynum,

President Hill and I were thrilled to meet Sister Bynum as she arrived in the Bucuresti airport with her MTC group. She seemed very happy finally to be in the mission field after her weeks in the MTC. She was surprisingly awake after her long flights. President Hill had an enjoyable interview with her, where he learned more about this young woman, and I got to spend some time with her too. We were both pleased with her ability and the ease with which she fit in. Thank you very much for sending her to us.

After some time doing preliminaries for her visa, we all had dinner at the mission home with her MTC group, after which, she was whisked away to spend the night with the sister missionaries.

The next morning, in the cold and snow, we met at Cismigiu Park where, in 1990, Elder Russell M. Nelson dedicated the land of Romania for teaching the gospel. Together, we snapped a picture of the group. I'm attaching the picture for you to see.

Then, all the incoming missionaries continued their visa processing, after which they worked hard to stay awake through our orientation meeting and then met their first companions. Sister Bynum is now with her initial companion, Sister Case, in Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova.  Sister Case is an excellent missionary and Sister Bynum will learn "Moldovan" there, which is really just Romanian with an accent. She will probably pick up a little Russian too! Sister Case will give her an excellent start. 

Thanks again for sending us such a wonderful young missionary. We could tell she will be a very good, faithful, hard-working missionary.

With much appreciation,
Sister Hill
Romania/Moldova Mission

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Busting out of here!

Buna Familia!!!

I think that maybe this week has gone by even faster than the previous week!! We got our travel plans the other day and we leave bright and early on MONDAY!!! AHHH only 4 more days!!! We fly to New York, Amsterdam, then to Romania. I AM SO EXCITED!!! Nervous of course, I don't feel like I am as far in the language as I want to be, but I guess I can get by :)

Me being me...& enjoying TONS of veggie straws! Thanks Dad!! 
This week has been great just like all of our other weeks. We do this activity called TRC where we talk to all these returned missionaries in Romanian, then leave them with a little spiritual thought. It is cool to get to ask these missionaries about the mission. One class period though we got to do it with out teacher so we could ask him all these questions and got to know him a little more. It was really awesome!! Probably one of the coolest experiences we had as a class. It is hard to explain in a letter. It was great though!

Me, Elder Brown, & Elder Bonner studying! ..this was not posed..
Today we got to host the new missionaries. I got to host one of the foreign missionaries who is actually in our zone now going to Italy and she is from ENGLAND!!! She actually came Tuesday so I met her then. I got to take her around to her hall and class. It is actually cool. This week we are over lapping with other people. Usually new people that are going to your mission come a week after you leave. Now we have a few days with the new kids going to the Romanian/Moldova Mission!! We are all excited to see them!! We tried to see them today but we couldn't. We will start our classes with them though so we will get see them later. 

I forgot my journal so I don't remember too much that has happened this week. I just know that we have so much to do before we leave! I have 5 suro in my room so all of us trying to pack is going to be a disaster!!! 

We all wore blue one day!! 
Sometimes.. we like to have food parties in our room :)
Ohh we have had some pretty great speakers this week on Sunday and Tuesday! The one on Sunday was SOOOO funny!!! We were all laughing so hard!!! It was great she was like "We believe in meetings, we hope for meetings, we have endured many meeting, and hope to endure all meetings" She was great!

Sorry I should have more next week! I will be in Romania in 5 days!!!
Love you all!!! :)

-Sora Bynum

Two weeks left!! :)


The weeks here are just flying by!! I only have 2 weeks left till I leave for Romania!!! We leave on November 25th as far as we know. We don't have to worry about getting visas either. We got some paper saying we didn't need them or we get them there. Either way a visa is not going to delay our departure which is great!!!

I have so much laundry!!
We are still teaching our simpatizants (Cristian and Ion). Tuesday we have 2 lessons in the AM class period which is usually stressful but they went SOOOOOO GREAT!!! I think they were our best lessons so far! Usually we bring in notes on what we need to say and kind of write it out, because we don't really know everything in Romanian, but this lesson we made it really simple and didn't write down word for word what we wanted to say!!! It was great! We were also able to understand what they were asking and could give them an answer!!! The BEST feeling in the world!! We actually looked in the dictionary less this lesson than any other lesson! It was just a great feeling!! I had one of those moments that was like "okay, maybe I can do this!!!" I also had individual coaching (coaching is just where our teacher will take us out in companionship's and talk to us about what is going on and what not) This time it was individual. It was nice just to talk to Fratele Boynton one on one. We just talked about how I felt that I was so focused on the language and the lessons that I didn't have enough time to focus on the doctrine as much as I wanted to be doing. We just came up with a plan to separate my time. Also to actually have personal study when it says to and not focus on the language at that time. I did do that Monday and Tuesday was the day we had our lessons that were great! I think I should keep it up!!! :) 

Romanian grammar rules

Decorations in our classroom
Our devotional last night was GREAT!! Elder L. Tom Perry came and spoke to us! It was so cool to be in the same room as an apostle!! I joke with Sora Bird every week that Elder Holland or President Monson is going to be the speaker but she just always tells me "That's a negative." Elder Perry was close though!!! He talked all about companionship and the importance of them. The devotional was broadcast to about 4 other MTCs. I also learned that our MTC has 2700 missionaries here right now. 300 senior missionaries!! WOAH!!! It is so cool that we are all different and come from different backgrounds but we all have the same purpose!!

I would just like to say that say that I now have the 1st Vision memorized in Romanian!!! It took me a few language study classes but I now have it!!! I would type it but I don't know how to spell sometimes :P I also have the purpose, but I've had that down for a while haha. 

Best seat in the WHOLE class!!
My district is still great! Elder Anderson apparently wasn't writing his mom enough so she sent him a fill in the blank letter for him to fill out and send back (she is a kindergarten teacher) so we made a mad gab out of it :P.... My stomach hurt so much from laughing!!! It was hard to breathe!!! So if Meredith wants to"Dear Elder" me one, you will get a funny response!!!  We decided that we wanted to play some language games during language study. One rule though is that we had to whisper so we wouldn't disturb others in our room. We made it like a game show. Elder Anderson was the Host. We just combined a lot of game shows. We sometimes used the "What is.." form when we answered. It was a Suro vs Elders. We ended up tying at the end. We are playing again today to see who wins!! I asked when I would get to spin the wheel (like the wheel of fortune) but they never answered me. :(

Our zone.. Romanians & Iltalians
All is well here! Some days are freezing and some are really nice! Utah is weird!!! Love you all!! Hope all is well for everyone!

Love, Sora Bynum

Funny line of the week:
*Elder Brown and Elder Bonner have an investigator (Fratele V.) who just asked these ridiculous questions so this is what happened after one of their lesson*

Me: How did your lesson go?!?!
Elder Brown: He asked if we had plural marriage.. When I said no not anymore he got really disappointed....
Me: *I just laugh*
Elder Brown: *while semi laughing* Then he starts asking us this question and I'm in my dictionary trying to figure out what the world it is....It was Dinosaur.... then he went  to the computer and pulls up this picture of Hristos (Christ) holding a dinosaur...*the picture where Christ is Holding a sheep but it was replaced with a dinosaur* I didn't know how to react... The plus side I now know the word for dinosaur!

I am so glad none of my investigators are like that!!!! 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Bună Familie!

This week seems to have gone by in a blur. On Halloween one of the Sisters Aunt's sent her a lot of goody bags. It was so nice of her! Later that night we decided that we wanted to have a "party" which was just the sisters bringing all the candy and things that they were sent. We put it all in our class and the whole zone came in and ate food and hung out during our language study time.

My companion and I got both of our investigators to come to church. We asked our teachers if they really came and THEY DID!!!! SUCCESS!!! They are on the right path to baptism. It is still kind of weird though because they are our teachers, so we will go teach them as investigators and then they put their tie back on and become our teacher.

We also have this thing called TRC. I don't know what that stands for, but we go and talk to these volunteers in Romanian and are supposed to share a message with them.  The 1st week we did it was  AWFUL!!! Our teacher told us to prepare a lesson, then this guy came in who is in charge of TRC and told us not to teach a lesson. We were so confused! This week was so much better though!!! We had one lady from last time. The people we talked to were all return missionaries that served in Romania. It was cool to ask them questions and learn more about the mission and what it is like. All our teachers and  missionaries that go to Romania get these cool covers on their scriptures from this one place. We are all excited to get our scriptures covered!!

We honestly haven't done anything too exciting this week. We went to the temple this morning and on the way back to campus I ran into Elder Garrett who reports today!!!! It was nice to see a familiar face!!! I forgot he reported today. That was pretty nice. 

For some reason our zone has come up with an obsession with riddles. They give some hard ones! We used a whole language study trying to figure some out!! I know not the best way to spend time but we just HAD to know!!! We got them eventually :-P It is mostly the Elders who come up with them.

Classes are all the same, teach investigators, grammar,  then somethings else depending on the day. One day we had to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in cince (5) minutes, then 1, then, 30 seconds!! It was so hard!! Especially in Romanian because you have to think what to say and if you can say it.   We changed leadership positions last night. It isn't effective until Sunday though. Everyone in my district has a calling now except 2. We have the zone leaders, the sister trainers, and a district leader. My companion and I are now in charge of picking music for sacrament and priesthood meetings.      Everything is great here! Still busy as ever! Sometimes the days catch up with you and its a hard to focus and stay awake.

Love you all!!!! Have a Great Week!!

Sora Bynum

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day by Day-- Week 2

Last week I felt really rushed writing my email, so I decided that throughout the week I would write little inserts each day so I wouldn't forget anything important!

Wednesday: Last P-day was so great. We went to the temple and got to do a session. We only got 60 minutes to email which seemed like a long time, but towards the end all you could hear was really fast typing! Getting to do laundry was great too. Watching all of us trying to figure out how to start the machines was a sight! It was a little challengeing. I guess they want to see who really wants to do their laundry :P We still had language study but it was nice to have a little free time :)

Thursday: We learned more grammar today......my favorite...... Actually grammar is so hard for me I cringe every time we have to do it, which is usually twice a day in each class instruction. We taught Anca our simpatizant(investigator) and her botez (baptism) is on  November 12th. It was our last time teaching her though. My colegul (companion) and I are still counting it as out 1st baptism though :) haha. We shared with her D&C 82:10.

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise"

Such a great scripture!! We had to take an assessment thing too on our mission portals. One was about attributes. It asked you these questions, than gave you a 1-5 score. It asked you to try and improve any attribute. So I've decided to work on diligence because I seem to get distracted a lot and that was my lowest score. 

Friday: We did coaching today where the teacher takes you and your companion out and just talks about what is going on and how we are doing in our studies and what not, what we need to improve on things like that. We recognized some things that we needed to improve on. I was just always focused on what I had to say and wrote it down so I wasn't focusing much on the Spirit. We read a quote by Elder Holland in PMG on page 185. That got me thinking a lot. We also watched part of this film  about someone getting baptized. Then talked about how we felt. Someone said they felt joy and happiness of course but then said that this is what God and Jesus must feel like when someone gets baptized. We just get a little pinch of that happiness for a second. I really liked that incite.

Saturday:Today we had one of my favorite lessons. We watched a video of the temple celebration and temple dedication for the Ukraine Temple which is Romania's temple. It was so touching. Our teacher was actually in Romania at that time. He said we cant grasp that amount of hope that was felt there. Having all these nations come together for one thing was really touching! I don't think there was a dry eye in the room. The Spirit was so strong!!! We then proceeded to write a letter to ourselves to open in 6 months about the kind of missionary that we want to be then. I'll just share a little bit of what mine said..

     "I want to be able to give hope to everyone I teach. Hope that there is something out there for each and every one of them, Something that can help them overcome anything they are facing, The hope that through Christ they can do anything. Having them understand Heavenly Father loves them, To comprehend that Christ came and suffered for us. That's how much he loves us"

 After watching that video it made me even more excited to go share this gospel with  those who have never heard it before!

Sunday-Tuesday: Honestly these days were kind of blurr. We started teaching a new investigator, Christian. It went okay. I think the most frustrating thing is having all these thing I want to say but I cant because I don't know how to say them in Romanian. I does make us rely more on the Spirit though and increases our faith. So there is good and bad. Our teacher shared a scripture in D&C 18:15-16 It was sooooo good. 

"And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father! 
And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!"

We talked about that even if that one soul is ourselves "how great shall be our joy" Also Alma 29:9-10 (well i liked all of chapter 29)........... AHHHH It is so GREAT! such good word to use!!! 

"I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy."

Especially verse 10. 

"And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me."

I cant wait for that day when I see an investigator light up with the light of Christ. I just........ What a great day that will be. It will make all the bad and hard days worth it

Wednesday (today): We actually got to go to the temple this morning and someone in our zone from Canada brought all these names with him. So as a zone we all got a name and did different things. It was such a cool experience that we got to do that all together. 

Sora Tanner & I matched on Sunday..
& then we swithched jackets!

Funny Moment of the Week:
So I forgot how it came up, or why I did it, but everyone LOVES my northern accent! I get requested to do it..A LOT!!! So Hahahaha Carole! They say it is good too!! Elder Brown (who is from Utah) does a really good one too! So we just go back and forth it is super fun and everyone seems to enjoy it! It is funny when we try to say Romanian things in that accent :P

Really cool Spiritual Experience:
One Sister in my district had a really bad stomach problem so she went the doctors. It was pretty serious! He said if it didn't get better than she would have to go to the Hospital to have surgery. The Doctor gave her something to hopefully help. She came back to class and our Elders gave her a blessing. It was such a cool experience!!! It was some of their first times giving a blessing. It worked almost immediately and she didn't have to go to the hospital. Probably the coolest experience so far! Very cool to be surrounded by missionaries!

Well I love you all  so much!!!! 
Let me know if you like the way I did it this time... I might change it up a little next time..
Until next Wednesday!!!

Love, Sora Bynum

Thursday, October 24, 2013

All Romanin all the time

  Wow the 1st week has already passed!! Some days it goes by fast and some days it goes by slow. having to wake up  for gym at 5:50 is no bine (good). My teachers only speak to us in Romanian so that is something that I was not expecting!!! I've only heard them speak to us in English a few times!! If only we could have a picture of all our faces on the 1st day trying to comprehend what they were saying!! It would be so funny!! Even now it is funny. They were tying to explain to us what coaching was, we didn't understand, so they tried again still in Romanian though.... We never got it :P On day 3 we started to teach an investigator aka one of our teachers, but we had to teach her ALL in Romanian. Lets just say there was  A LOT of laughing and hand gestures!!
My companion is pretty awesome she is from Texas, well all over really. We get only nicely which is good cause we have to be with each other all the time haha. 

Everyone in my district is AWESOME!!! We all have such a great time together! There are 5 Sisters and 4 Elders. So girls pretty much rule!!

   We have class about 6 hours a day all together in our classroom! We are in our classroom all day really. The classroom gets really boring after a while, but I love learning everything they are teaching, even if I don't understand half of what they are saying :P One of my teachers though is actually from Romania so that was exciting to hear! 

   We've taught Anca (our investigator) aka teacher about 4 times now and she wants to get baptized so that is good!!! We have one more lesson with her tomorrow so we have to plan a lesson!! I'm not sure what we are going to teach her. We went in yesterday with our lesson planned for the Restoration. but she had questions on baptism so we had to switch our whole lesson!! Which was really hard to do in Romanian when we can only say a few phrases. I think it went okay though. She had one question that we didn't understand so she just drew a picture for us. IT was a great drawing! we hung it in our classroom. 

   Nothing out of the Ordinary has really happened. Well I guess for me it wouldn't be out of the ordinary anymore anyway. I love wearing my name tag!! It's weird when I don't have it on now. We had a devotional last night and the speaker told us that our name tag is a license for us to open our mouths and speak to people, that people will be expecting us to do so. 

Funny Moment of the week:
There were so many but I guess I will just choose the one that made us all laugh for like an hour.
We were in our classroom supposed to be doing some kind of study but we had had a long long day and were just talking. Then we realized we needed to clean our room for inspection. Elder Duker (district leader) and his companion Elder Anderson went to go get the vacuum. You have to realize Elder Duker is a very serious person who took Latin for like 8 years and is always asking these questions that no one gets haha.  They come back in with the vacuum and goggles...
Elder Duker: Due to liability anyone using the vacuum or with in 10 ft of the vacuum has to wear these goggles. 
that got us going forever!!

Also just another quick one
The teacher was going around asking everyone what they were doing to prepare or what they were doing to study...
Elder Bonner: Reading the Dictionary
Teacher: Yeah that's not very effective 

Our district has so much fun!!!! but we learn a lot too!!!

I love you ALL!!!
Can't wait to hear from you all!!

Love, Sora Bynum

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Off to the MTC

Yesterday Dad & I were able to see Sister Bynum off at the airport for one last goodbye. It was an early morning...6:18am to be exact. Well, thats when Sister Bynum woke me up anyway.. Haha. Then it was off to the airport so she could make her 10 o'clock flight!

While waiting for her plane to get there we met an Elder on his way home from Brazil..poor Elder Hawkes had been traveling for a whopping 22 hours! It was funny because you could tell he was still thinking in Portuguese while we were discussing his mission. I couldn't help but wonder what Sister Bynum is going be like when she gets home. I really hope she comes home with a THICK authentic Romanian accent... Haha! :)

Sistah KK (as she is affectionately known at home) was fidgety with excitement the whole time we were sitting at her gate! It was just too cute! She tried so hard not to shed tears when it was time for the final goodbye... But with these faces around you...How could she?

I quickly snagged this cheese-tastic photo of Father & daughter before the plane started boarding--no tears yet!

Then Dad grabbed these FABULOUS photos of my sweet companion & me! Actually he took about 70.. But I wont subject you to ALL of the awfulness. This attractiveness should be enough! :)

After our early morning photo session we shipped her off to Utah for her last night of freedom! Sister Bynum met up with family for dinner and a sleepover with one of her favorite sisters, Elena!

Elena treated Sistah KK to what looks like a cute sister date before she headed off to the MTC (missionary training center)! I stole this photo from Facebook. Can you blame me? They're real precious..haha

I know Sister Bynum was so excited to start her 18 month journey today! 
& even more excited to get the coveted name tag!

If you guys would like to write her but don't know how there are so many ways to get in touch with her! 

  • Email-- Katie.Bynum@myldsmail.net
  • DearElder.com -- If you have any questions just ask me!
  • Snail Mail
          Sister Katie Ann Bynum
          NOV26 ROM-MLD
          2009N 900E Unit 135
          Provo, UT 84602

The next post should be from our beautiful missionary! Do you guys have any questions you'd like me to ask her?

XoXo, Ryan :)

Monday, October 14, 2013

The adventure begins!

Okay guys..here we go!
Sister Bynum's journey is juust about to get started & we are so excited at the Bynum household!
The preparation before she leaves has been crazy!

More packing.
Mooore shopping.

..I think we finally got everything--but

Its been insane!

Today we took a nice break from the stress and took some pre-mission photos! We also had a little family get together! Sister Bynum got to pick her favorite meal for her "Last Supper"..Texas style enchiladas, a Meredith classic! It was delicious as usual & so were the cakes Dad brought home from the bakery!

After the goodbyes were said..Hugs were given..And tears were shed it was time for her to be set apart. Tomorrow she heads off to Utah & then the MTC!!

Thank you guys for all of the love, support, & prayers you have given my beautiful sister! I know she is going to do great things! The people of Romania are so lucky to have such a wonderful spirit headed their way!

 Feel free to email her at katie.bynum@myldsmail.net or send her some goodies while shes in UT

Sister Katie Ann Bynum
2009N 900E Unit 135 
Provo, UT 84602

Hugs & Kisses...Ryan :)