Called to Serve

January 13, 2010 - January 13, 2012

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011

Hey Family!

So i gave my talk this Sunday, i think it went well, i got super nervous because we have a huge ward but i was very sincere and humble so i think it worked out alright.

Your emails made me so happy!  It was so awesome to hear about all the nice things that were happening over there because of you guys!

This weekend we baptized Josiane's sister Mariana, it was awesome.  A very busy Sunday.

I would like to share with you guys a part of my talk, i wont be able to type everything  because i doubt i can remember everything i said and i wrote it in Portuguese and so idk if i can translate it correctly back into English =P 

The opportunities we have to serve are very sacred.  We are all children of our Father in Heaven and he trusted us to care for each other.  He is far away and wants his children to be happy.  That's why if we want to serve God, we serve our neighbor (mosiah 2:17).  It is by serving others that we strengthen our testimonies (alma 32:37) and become who we need to become.  As the Lord commands us in 3 nephi 27:27 we should become as He is,  and would there be any other way for us to do that than by following in the footsteps of he who "came to serve and not to be served"?...

...Early in my mission i learned that to serve we do not need ability nor talents but only desire.  Arriving in the mission field i discovered that i did not speak Portuguese.  That made preaching the Gospel very difficult. I talked and talked and talked and the people always looked to my companion and said "what did he say?"  I spent many hours praying that in some way i would be able to reach the people and tell them of happiness i experience because the Restored Gospel.  I couldn't tell them so i decided to show them.  I couldn't speak, but i could smile!  I smiled in all places and at all times, in the stores, on the road, in the houses, on the bus, i was always smiling.  Many times i was not sure what was going on but i sure was smiling.  And something happened, people stopped noticing my lack of Portuguese but the abundance of smile.  They started to ask "why is he always so happy?"  "whats he got that we don't?"  I then could fulfill my purpose as a messenger of the truth. 

I felt so good to hear about your service on to another.  I think i understand a little bit how Heavenly Father feels, I'm far away and can only do so much to help and when i heard about the nice little things you all were doing i could understand a little but more about the importance of our responsibility and opportunity to serve our neighbor.  Thank you all for your wonderful examples to me!
I love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Elder Romm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 18, 2011

Dear Mom and Dad,

This last weekend we baptized the deaf girl, it was really awesome.  She was baptized by the only other deaf member of the church in Curitiba and it was the first time this happened in our mission.  It was really cool.  I took some pictures but for some reason my adapter continues to be broken, i wish it would just fix itself already.

How has the visit been with all the little kids back at home?  Did you guys take some pictures to send to me? 

I have the assignment to speak this Sunday.  Its the third time i have to give a talk.  I was doing so well!  Every time it was time for the missionaries to speak i always got transferred.  I get to speak on how my testimony grows as i serve.  I don't know exactly how to prepare this one but I'll figure it out.  I'm a little nervous because these members in this ward are a little judgemental of the missionaries but if anything bad happens I'll use the "I'm foreign" excuse and it'll all work out.

I think there is a year and four month curse on the mission.  After last Friday I only have had dreams where I am in the airplane or I'm packing my bags or something extremely terrifying of the sort.  I think the spirit does this to keep you on your toes.  I'm not ready for this yet.

Have a great week and write me! 

I would like to ask something from you guys, i would like you all to write me your testimony this week and something nice you did for somebody, that would just make my month!

Love Elder Romm

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

May 11, 20011

Dear Family,

It was so great to talk to you guys this mother's day!  I don't know if that was the last time I'm gonna call or if I'll be home after Christmas but either way its just around the corner.

This past week we have been looking for a better way to meet people to teach.  We decided that when we knock on doors it seems like they always have the higher ground and can get away easier, so we took our battle to the streets and we discovered that they can't run very easily when we corner them!  Haha.  Its been interesting but we'll see if this new technique works out.

Thanks for the picture of Al's fish, i sent it to my President so he can suffer with me.

This weekend we have two baptisms marked, Josiane and Mariana.  I'm learning a lot of Brazilian sign language teaching Josiane, its pretty awesome.  But it gets pretty difficult when we start mixing three languages together. 

After Sarah told me about that huge bag of Swedish fish she bought i have dreamed every night that I'm eating Swedish fish.

Hey what is the name of that slushy from Taco bell that is mango and strawberry?  I was trying to describe it to my companion but i couldn't remember.  Do they still have it?

Oh and i hear that Steph is coming to visit, that will be fun, all the little'uns running around, Nammy's house will be the happening place. 

I'm looking forward to the next couple months, we have been challenged to be better and to look a little bit harder, walk a little bit more and use a little more faith to achieve the miracles and promises found in the scriptures.  One thing i noticed this last phone call is that if we're not talking about the gospel i don't have anything to say.  That's pretty weird but its true. 

Well i love you all more than you guys know, and I'm always thinking about ya'll.  Have a great week and do something nice for one another!

Elder Romm

Monday, May 9, 2011


May 4th, 2011

Mom and Dad,

Hey hows it goin?  Sorry about last week, our p-day was changed to Friday because of transfers. 

Happy Mothers Day!!!  What time on Sunday would be best to do the call for you guys?  For me its best whichever time after 2:00 my time.

Today we got to go to the temple and it was awesome but now I'm way tired and we didn't have time to take a nap.  Bah!  But it was definitely worth it so I shouldn't complain.

This last week was interesting, we had a conference with Elder Holland and Pres. Monson that was broadcasted in all of Brazil.  It was pretty intense. 

So my companion is awesome.  We discovered that we are like exactly the same person!  And since I am pretty vain and love myself we get along great!  Ha ha, that was a funny joke.  But really we have a ton in common, but he had a band before the mission so he's a little bit cooler than me, blast!

Yesterday we changed it up a bit and went to teach in a different area and it ended up being very successful.  We were 5 for 7 in knocking doors and here in Curitiba that is pretty flippin sweet.

Well my time is running out so I'm gunna have to go.  I don't want to give you to many updates because then I will run out of material for the phone call this weekend.  Elder Hann and I are practicing our English already so we don't make fools of ourselves.  It's actually pretty funny how bad we are at English.

Love y'all!
Elder Romm

I'll probably send an email with the number to call this Friday or so.