Saturday, October 5, 2013

October 2, 2013 Blog post

Hello, famiglia!  :)

We had such a great week this week!  I just don’t know where to start.  Well, yesterday there was a sciopero (strike), which is when the metro shuts down and a lot of the buses shut down with it for several hours during the day.  It was really interesting because we did a scambio during the strike, and me and Sister Fuller had to take a blue bus from Lido Centro to Fiumicino Airport to then take the train that would take us nearest to Laurentina.  It was actually lots of fun to have to figure out an alternative route.  I really enjoyed it.  :)  And our scambio went great!  We almost didn’t do it because of the strike, but we persevered and went ahead anyways. I am glad we did too because when Sister Fuller and I went to the park to do some finding, we ran into this lady that Sister Fuller met the last time she had come to Ostia!  Meraviglioso!  And afterwards, Sister Fuller was able to give spot on advice to one of the people we saw later that night.  The Sorella to whom she gave advice said many times, "It was not by mistake that you came here on this scambio.  It was really cool to see this happen.  

PLUS!  We ate at Angela’s house (one of the members here) after we practiced a plan of Salvation lesson on her and Angelo! (It was really a miracle because Angelo never agrees to hear the lessons, but this time, he stayed!)  Her husband, who is not a member but knows tons about the church, and has a butcher shop in Laurentina, cooked for us some really cool Roman dishes.  I am not sure what it was called, but he made this really amazing plate from cow’s tail that was kind of like a stew.  He said he got the cow tail from an old lady and he cooked the soup for several hours just so we could try it!  He and Angela are so cool.  And Angelo calls me "amica" sempre because we are buddies. :)  I love their family.  And Sofia!  She is just the coolest.  I played this game with her that kids play here (not sure of the name)  and she beat me four times!  Che brava!  ;)  I love her.  

Annnnd, the weather has been soooo good lately.  :)  But I am soooo tired!  Lol.  But I just have to remember that, when I show Heavenly Father that I have the desire to work hard and to do His will, I get the strength that I thought I didn’t have before.  It is really amazing.  

Then, there is RENE!  Che grande!  He speaks French and Italian, and he is originally from the Dem. Rep. of Congo, but has lived in Italy for several years now.  He says "Oo-la-la!" A lot and has a really strong testimony of God's love for him.  He had a baptismal date before Sister Spicq and I were in Ostia, and he said the other night that he would still like to get baptized.  He just says that he wants to be 100% ready for it.  And I completely agree; we just need to show him how to prepare and let him find for himself when or if he wants to make the necessary changes in life to be baptized.  He is a really awesome person, and I can’t wait to see him again!

OOOOOHHH!!  Then there is our lovely bar Siciliano.  :)  We went after English course to get some p-day eve Gelato and to say hi to Alfonzo and Marco.  It was all good and we even got to give a short English lesson to Alfonzo!  It was really nice.

I have sooooo much else I could say, but I lack the time to tell you.  :)  Love you guys, have a great week!

Con cuore,
Sorella Cherrington

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