We had transfers again! I can't believe how fast the last transfer went. I stayed here in Cagliari, but I got a new companion. His name is Anziano Hunsaker from Idaho Falls! He's pretty cool. There's also a new Elder in our house named Anziano Pesci. He's super cool too. Anziano Raimondi the Italian elder is still here too. He's crazy and hilarious plus being in the same house is helping my Italian so much.
That all being said, I have to say the best part about this week happened before transfers. There's a recent convert here named Friday. He is African and migrated to Italy awhile ago. Last week he told us he had a friend in Italian that he new in Nigeria before. Well, last Sunday he brought this friend to church. His name is Lucky. He is awesome! They live in different refugee camps in different cities, but they found each other and Lucky wants to join the church! We had our first lesson on Tuesday and he told us several times just how much he wants to join the church and follow Christ. Anziano Crook gave him a baptismal date for the 26 of August and he happily accepted! We met with him two other times during the week and he came to church again yesterday. We are so excited! He so cool. It's amazing how the Lord will all of the sudden just bless us in a huge way. It was the perfect way to end the transfer.
That's about all for this week. I know God lives and knows what is best for every single one of his children individually.
Love you all! Anziano Stucki
This last week I did an exchange with Anziano Compas from Oristano. The exchange was in Cagliari though. It was pretty good. I'm still getting to know the city of Cagliari so we got lost a few times. Haha It ended up being so cool though because as we were wandering around through this one part of town, we came upon this small piazza. Right from the start the first person we stopped actually stopped us. They had no idea who we are. Soon the conversation moved to the gospel. They said they were actually very interested in learning about the gospel!
A few days later, Anziano Crook and I were walking through a piazza and an African man stopped us. The first thing he said was, "Hey it's been a long time. I want to start studying the stuff you gave me and meet with you soon to talk about the church." The funny was, neither Anziano Crook or I had any idea who this man was. Hahaha
That's all for this week, love you! Anziano Stucki
Over time I've met a few people from Switzerland here. ALL of them immediately recognize my last name. It makes me so happy to just talk about my family. This past Sunday a family from Switzerland came to church. They were saying how apparently there's some hardcore wrestler guy with the last name of Stucki in Switerzland who won this huge national wrestling tournament for the year of 2016 and now he's called the "the king" for that year or something. So, just so you know we have a distant ancestor who's making it big in Switerzland. Haha
This week I studied the talk "Fourth floor last door" and it basically just sums up my whole week. It was one of those weeks where for almost the whole week you go about working and working and not really feel like you're making any difference but then all of the sudden at the end, something happens and it's awesome! That moment where it "happened" for me was Sunday night, literally the very end of the week. The first guy we tried to talk to that night completely just ignored us. I was starting to wonder if that was how the rest of the night was going to go when we stopped at a park and talked to some man on a bench. I asked him what the most important thing in his life was and from there the conversation just got better and better. He was so interested in hearing our message. He offered his contact information before we even asked! Then, right after that conversation the very next guy we started talking to was the exact same thing! He was Muslim and has been here in Italy for over 20 years. He was so interested to!!
It was just a testimony to me that we really just have to keep trying. We never know when God is going to give us success. It honestly doesn't make sense to give up just because we don't get what we want right when we want it. God just asks us to keep trying.
I love you all! I know God answers all of our prayers. Answers do come!
Dear family è stata una bellissima settimana!
One day this week we had an appointment scheduled with a referral from the Anziani in Oristano. We called him and set up a meeting place and time. We had never seen him obviously so we just told him to go talk to the guys in the white shirts. We waited for quite awhile. It was 20 minutes after our scheduled meeting time that we called him and he said that he had forgotten. So, we rescheduled the appointment for the next day. That day it was the same thing. We waited for awhile. He was pretty late again. We called too make sure he was coming and he said he was. We waited until 35 minutes after our scheduled meeting time and he still hadn't shown up. We called him twice but both times the line got cut off quickly so we figured he had hung up on us. We had somewhere we had to be in the next bit so we decided to just call it off. I was literally in the middle of writing a text to him saying that we had to go and that we couldn't meet with him when all of the sudden I heard someone say in English, "Hey guys!" and looked up to see an African man walking up to us. I had no idea because he had always talked Italian with us on the phone. We ended up talking with him and he is very interested in learning more! It was one of my first and only official lessons in English which was very awkward and strange. Haha It was a cool experience though. I'm so glad we waited for just that last little bit.
Every Sunday night, all 8 of us missionaries in Cagliari get together and do a Gesso. I'm really coming to learn that one of the best ways to talk about the gospel with people is just to talk about you! Just talk about your life, the process of you gaining your testimony, and the blessings you see in the gospel (If you can't readily think of specific blessings of the gospel just think of how different your life would be without the church and the opportunities you would have missed without the church). For a Gesso you place a bed sheet on the ground and write a question on it with chalk. The question we wrote was, "What is the best gift you have ever received?" At one point I talked to a guy and his girlfriend. They were agnostics. They basically believed there's some sort of higher power but not necessarily a loving God who's our father and has a body. After I asked them what their best gifts are, of course they asked me. The thought came to me that the best gift I had ever recieved was the Atonement. I told them how the fact the God sent Jesus Christ to die for us is evidence to me that God is loving. I talked about who I was as a missionary and that sometimes I miss my family but that I have found comfort and strength through my realtionship with God. He is my Father that I have with me right now and always. It ended up being so good. The spirit came so strong. I don't know if they felt the spirit a lot but they were definitely touched. I'm thankful for those moments to just talk about what brings me happiness. Those moments strength my testimony and are so fulfilling.
Have a good week!! Anziano Stucki
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.