Sunday, September 15, 2013

Inizio con un nuovo compagno e molte benedizioni dal nostro Padre celeste!!!

This week was sooo fantastic!  :D  We saw miracles every day, and I love emy new companion sooo much!  She actually reminds me a lot of Shelby! lol.  She is the best!  We always cook together, and she has all sorts of cool French recipes because she is from France.  She also speaks English and Italian like a Pro, and is a really hard worker.  I am just sad that we won’t be together for two transfers because she is "dying" this transfer.  (Here, "dying" means finishing her mission.  It is one of those crazy missionary terms in the field.  :)  We have set so many goals for the transfer and are hoping to see five baptisms!  We have lots of faith!  But we know that the possibilities we have to baptize the people we are seeing are the work of God- we just facilitate the teaching of these people so they can become closer to their Heavenly father and grow a testimony of their own.  It is truly a blessing to be an instrument in the Lords hands.  Sorella Spicq always says that we have to enjoy everything we do on our missions because each thing we do as missionaries is a privilege.  I truly believe that and I love being a missionary!

So, I should tell you all about the lovely people we are teaching.  :) There is Giuliani who is from Romania and works as a cook.  I stopped him last transfer when we were in a rush. 

He has a really special spirit, and his family is extremely Orthodox.  (He got really excited when I told him I have a friend from Serbia btw!  :D  DORA!!  I hope you read this!  ;)  And his father and brother are priests.  He was going to be a priest himself, but he decided against it.  And he has a sincere desire to seek the truth, has loved our message, and believes that Joseph Smith was, indeed, chosen ("scelto") for the work that he did.  It is sooo cool to see Giuleano smile when he hears our words and to hear how he believes it is true.  He just wants to read the Book of Mormon before being baptized because he wants to know that it is all true.  Which is awesome, because that is what we want!  We want people to search things out for themselves so they can gain their own testimony.  We are just here to explain things by the Spirit so people can learn more.

THEN!  There is Francesco!  XD I love that guy!  Okay, we met Francesco last transfer on the metro because he was wearing a Pink FLOYD Shirt and I freaked out a little bit and said, "Hey!  Pink Floyd!   I love them!"  We then started a conversation and became buddies!  Then we started teaching him the lessons.  He is really genuine and kind of shy.  He wants a bit of time to think about being baptized, so we gave him a calendar of things he can do to gain a testimony before a date we have set for a possible battesimo for him.  He also prayed at the end of our lesson yesterday, so he is making great progress!  Also, my lovely companion, Sorella Spicq, asked him how he met the missionaries, and he recounted the same story that I just told you!  It was really cool to hear his perspective.  Lol, "Lei ha visto la mia camicia di Pink Floyd, abbiamo parlato, e poi abbiamo fatto amicizia!"  Francesco is quite lovely.  :)  He is older (50s) and comes from Sardegna (lui é Sardo).  It is the best!

Now, about English course!  :D  So, last week, we had only one student and two students the time before.  BUT yesterday, we saw miracles when (after making some phone calls to old eng course students, we had 6 students!  Our class is growing, you guys!  XD They are all really great, and we had lots of fun learning/teaching English together!  We have a new program from the church too, and we are the first LDS mission outside of the US to use it!  :D  So, we fantastic English teachers in the Italy Rome Mission are the pilot program for this English course!  I really love it, and how well-organized it is.  I really hope the church continues to use it!  Also, people are really excited that they get a certificate of participation at the end!  AND, when we went to gelato afterwards at our fantastic Bar Siciliano, we talked to our buddy, Alfredo (runs the store) and he wants us to come and teach a course of English there too!  He said that we would come by on a week night and just teach in his Bar Siciliano!  Soooo cool!  We also left a Book of Mormon on his shelf of "Bring a Book, Take a Book" books.  (Lol, hope that makes sense... ;).

OH!  And I can’t forget: We taught a lesson with Barbara and Carmello, which went great!  Lol, when Sister Spicq era per disegnare un immagine del Vangelo di Gesu Cristo, Carmello got up and said, "I will draw it!  What are we drawing, the plan of Salvation?"  He is so funny and so cool!  He and Barbara have really strong testimonies and we are thankful that they were there with us.  Family Home evening at Carmellos was really great too.  Emiliano taught us a lesson about the Book of Mormon, we gave a Triple combo set of Scriptures to Giorgia (a 12 year old cousin of Emilianos who was baptized a year ago, but is not really interested in church anymore), and Carmello cooked a crab pasta for us (XD) with TONS of tiny crabs in it.  He was impressed that I have no fear, and said "Yeah!  That’s right, you like fishing!"  Because he saw my photo album with an old pic of me and Buster with a fishing pole.  :)  It was soooo fun.  He also cooked whole fishes for us.  It is really cool!  Him and Emiliano really do fish the whole ocean!  

Well, that is all for now! I love my companion, I love the miracles we see every day, and I thank my Heavenly Father for the many blessings that we recieve every day here in Ostia.  Ciao!  Until next week!

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