Monday, February 23, 2015

February 23, 2015

Hey guys!

This is it, I'm starting my week of lasts.. My last Sunday, my last metrou rides, my last covrig.. It feels really weird! I've had a really productive week. We met some cool people and set up for a lot of lessons. We waited at the church for a lot of the week, but as usual, nobody showed up. I'm just trying to work hard in this last week so I can go home feeling good. We had zone conference on Thursday and at the very end we had a guest speaker from the british parliment and he had a lot of good stuff to say. 

I'm stoked out of my mind AND sentimental about coming home. I love romania so much. I love the people and the culture and everything about this place. I love speaking romanian.

Meh, I'm pretty much out of stuff to say, I'll just tell you in person next week! I am so excited guys, I cannot wait to see you all!

Love you so much


Monday, February 16, 2015

February 16, 2015

Hey everybody! I've had a really good couple days here. Elder D, the humanitarian service dude has hooked us up with a couple gigs this week. We spent all of Thursday carrying all the furniture from the old office, and taking it to an organization for cancer patients we donated it to. I split a taxi with the head lady of the organization while the other guys rode in the moving truck. She was this 70 old lady and super wise. She loved that I had the desire to help people as a doctor and she got me really excited to save lives. On Wednesday we went to an organization that takes in new mothers in need of support, and we put together a couple bookshelves and tables that the church had provided. The sun came back out this week, and that along with the service opportunities I'd been waiting for were a really happy combination. We spent a lot of time in the parks this week and it's really starting to warm up here.

Love you guys so much! Thanks for the updates. It feels weird emailing as my going home date approaches, but in that sense I'm really glad Caleb's just starting, so I can continue to get all the updates like I just left ;)  I'm so excited to see you all!

Monday, February 9, 2015

February 9, 2015

Hey guys! 

My week's been really good. We worked really hard to get the word out for English class but no one showed up for the advanced class on Tuesday, so we've still got no one to teach. I was going to help the other guys teach the beginners, but as we were starting, the branch president snagged me to guard the hall. The audio equipment was stolen a couple weeks ago and now my assignment for English classes is to walk up and down the dark halls to catch people opening closets and going into the chapel. We've got no one to teach right now, so knocking those big blocks is all we've got to do with the bad weather and all. It's really monotonous and nobody's interested, but I just keep telling myself it'll all be over soon. I'm trying not to get too excited to come home, but it's just so gray and depressing here, I just can't help but count down the days. 

Yesterday was really cool. We celebrated 25 years since President Nelson came to dedicate Romania for missionary service. There was a huge conference where both branches met in the Panduri chapel and it was broadcasted to all ramuri over Romania. Seeing so many of the people I love was amazing. The Constantinescus were there from Constanta, I got to see the Stancus from Galati, and sit next to my good friend Julius from Camaroon. 

I love you all so much! I can't wait to see you.

Monday, February 2, 2015

February 2, 2015

Hey my family! I've had a really laid back week here. We had a couple potential investigators I was hoping to meet up with, but nobody returned my calls. We met a really cool guy on Saturday though that we were able to have a lesson with. We spent all of our time this week advertising for English classes. Last transfer we didn't have a single student in our advanced class, and i really want to have a good last class. We put up posters all around the city and I've been handing out cards like a mad man. It's weird, I wouldn't say I'm any less ready to come home, but starting my last month I'm realizing I'm starting the checklist of final things. There's still so much here I've got to do! 
I'll be honest, I haven't taken many pictures recently. It's hard being in a big district because we don't share every adventure together so i can't lean on their photography skills. 
That's funny you guys are back on the sugar fast, I just started one yesterday. Ok, mine is more shed-this-stupid-winter-chub-so-I-can-start-fresh-when-I-get-home, but yeah, fast sounds better than diet. I've been eating super healthy and feeling good, but I've gotten in the habit of baking something big any time I get a hankering for sugar and I can't stand to see this dough cover abs I worked so hard for. Do you want to run a race this spring, dad? I know we'll both be busy, but I was thinking it'd be cool to train together for a half marathon or somthing. 

I don't know what else to really say. I think these next couple weeks are going to look pretty much the same, and every email will be just as boring, talking progressively more and more about home until i get there ;) 
I'm so excited to see you guys! 2 years ago, this one month before the mtc hardly existed. lets see if it goes just as fast from the other end. 

I love you guys!

Elder Collison