I'm writing you all from Napoli today and it is freezing here!! Apparently Rome got 5 inches of snow and fra poco Napoli might get its fair share! My new companion is Anziano Sanchez. I might be able to just stop there and you could already guess where he's from. Haha needless to say my streak of only Utah companions has come to an end. I now have a companion from the Dominican Republic! He obviously speaks Spanish and the native Dominican dialect, but he also speaks English practically perfectly, and on varying levels of proficiency he also speaks Italian, French, and German. I ask him a lot of questions in Italian and even if he doesn't know the word he can usually figure it out based on connections to Spanish or other languages he knows. The other day though we were talking to this guy and he had this really cool dog and it reminded me of a fox so I asked Anziano Sanchez how to say fox in Italian and he told me the word in Spanish which is "zorro." I thought I might as well try it because Spanish and Italian are super similar right? Well, I said, "Il tuo cane mi sembra un zorro." He gave me this wierd confused look and when I thought about it later I'm pretty sure he thought I said the word "sordo" which means "deaf" in Italian. Sooo pretty much that guy probably thought I was telling him that his dog looked deaf to me!! Hahaha Future note to self: "fox" in Italian = "volpe."
Even within our few short days here in Napoli as companions we have been calling down repentance and breaking boxes. Anziano Sanchez is very bold and and not afraid to say it how it is. In church on Sunday we taught Monica and had a really good conversation with her. We invited her to pray to know if she should wait until June when her daughter will finish the comunione to be baptized or not. We also want to do a lesson with her daughter and teach her the Restoration. Monica has said this is the church she would want her daughter to join, but she wants it to be her daughter's choice. Keep in mind her daughter is 9 years old and as of right now she is choosing to basically be active in both churches; she comes and goes to church with her mom and goes to primary, but during the week does the comunione classes and is preparing to continue on in the Catholic ordinances. As I said, Monica gave us the permission to talk to her so we'll see which church she wants after a fiery Restoration lesson!! 😉
Speaking of Restoration lessons we taught Nonna and Monica's husband Pasquale. We invited Nonna to be baptized next month, but she said she had to pray to think about it. It was a little bit of a shock because she literally has had a dream that told her to get baptized in this church! We told her to pray about it though, and next time we will prepare a lesson focused just on baptism so she shouldn't have any questions or doubts. After the lesson she was talking about how someday she wants to take her dead husband's name to the temple and do his baptism so I think for sure she'll be coming around soon. Hah
Anyways, that's it for this week! I love you, Anziano Stucki.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.