Monday, February 24, 2014

Some investigators, holiday bracelets/dolls, mall, grocery store.

Hey everyone, another week down. It's interesting because I've noticed with the members here in ..., they have started getting more comfortable with me and try to talk to them. When that happens it just makes me think when will I ever learn this language. I've noticed it's easier to pick out words from missionaries speaking Bulgarian than the members because just the way they speak it. We end up just laughing because I can't really say anything.
There is a guy that we met named ... (... - English pronounce). It was really cool. One of our lessons fell through, yea you have to get used to that, and the person that we were going to meet came to us in person instead of calling us saying that he wasn't going to meet with us. That never happens so it felt nice. Anyway, ... was waiting at the church because he was our member that was going to help us with the lesson. We met him at the church and he brought his friend .... We talked and ended up teaching him the first lesson. It was really cool because the way he spoke he was sincere and was really interested. We ended up have 2 lessons in one day unplanned with him. He was having a hard time finding work. My companion promised him that he'll find a job based off keeping some commitments. A week later he left, he was originally from a different city so he returned. He found a job here in .... It's not the highest paying but it's better than nothing. He returned to his hometown to look again one last time, but is going to return in 2 weeks if he doesn't find anything because that is when his other job starts. It was cool how unplanned, and how prepared he was to receive the lesson. He progressed faster than any of our other investigators in the shortest amount of time. I can't wait until he returns. ... is 19ish and ... is 20ish I think. Not to sure, just a note.
Another investigator that we are meeting with is a guy named .... He is from Turkey and is Muslim. When he got older, he's 25ish, he thought that every religion has there own believes and he wants to explore a lot of them. He actually went around asking people about being Christian but to his surprise he got the respond of their Christians but don't really do any Christian beliefs. We found him on the street and he said he didn't speak Bulgarian at all. He's going to college here learning to be a Primary Teacher. He relies on English for school. We gave him a English Book of Mormon and are waiting to get a Turkish Book of Mormon for him but the only to get that Turkish book is by going to Sofia or have someone coming from Sofia to .... That doesn't happen to often so it might be a while. When we have lessons with him, we spend time just reading the Book of Mormon and we explain it simpler because he doesn't know all the English bigger words. It's kind of fun just talking to him. I've had 3 different lessons in English. It's weird because I actually understand unlike normal, and still have a hard time talking because I don't know what to say and also have to think about using big words because the English speakers part of the reason they want to meet is to practice English in a discussion with us.
Every Tuesday we have a English class that we teach for a finding tool. It's weird because the Bulgarians that we are teaching the language is flipped. I know what's going on and they don't. It's just a funny thought.
... is our other investigator. She is originally from Russia, and I'm not sure if she speaks Russian or Bulgarian or kind of both. Either way I can't understand here ha ha. She gets sick often because her health isn't the best. My companion and I only met with her twice because she has been sick. She has a friend that is a member invite her to meet us. It's hard to meet with her but most of the time she comes to scripture reading night and we have a lesson with her after words if she is well enough to come to the scripture reading.
Apparently in March, I don't know if it's technically a holiday, but people give bracelets that are red throughout all of march. If people offer the missionaries or Elders (Sisters can wear a few but not a ton) these bracelets we wear them and then take them off after we're done talking to the person or with the person. It's kind of cool the tradition. Everyone in the street is selling those bracelets and red dolls to. I'll be interesting to see how it works with the March around the corner.
My companion and I went to the mall before emailing. The mall is just like the one in America. My companion said it makes him miss home because he always hung out at the malls. I've never done that but the similarity between America and here is just funny. We got pizza (the slices are huge but thin) and did our grocery shopping there. Yea... I guess the grocery store is a little different being in the mall. It's not the one we usually go to but the only grocery store that we go to is called CBA. I don't know if that is the only chain or if there are other ones. I haven't seen any other grocery stores. The carts (just the CBA in the mall) there made you pay 1 lev coin to get unlocked from the other carts. When your done with it you lock it up and it gives you the 1 lev coin back. It's not electric mechanics for the coin just there has to be a coin or the lock in the spot of a lock the whole time. Love you all, thanks for all of the updates at what is happening at home.
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Long shot of the Castle/Fort. I really like this photo, especially just zooming into it to look at more detail.

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