This week has felt so long, but yet at the same time I can't believe it's p-day already!
This week was really awesome because we were able to schedule a lot of lessons with people. That being said too though, we had a lot of lessons fall through. Haha I think honestly one of the things I have been learning the most lately is just how much patience is required in missionary work. Call after call, missed appointment after missed appointment, until finally you get one and all just comes together!
One lesson in particular was with Janis the women from Cuba. She is so awesome! With all of our lessons so far we have just met on lungomare (the street by the sea). This time as we walked up she was just sitting there reading the Book of Mormon. That is the best sight in the world to see when you are walking up to a lesson! We asked her how the reading of the Book of Mormon is going and she just said that when she reads the Book of Mormon she just feels something else, something special. It is so cool to watch the spirit working in peoples' lives. I love moments like that too where our investigators are explaining their experiences and the things they are learning. They are kind of bearing their testimonies to us. It is so good to hear and it strengthens my testimony.
This past Saturday we had the very special occasion of seeing a member's daughter get baptized. It was the daughter of our ward mission leader. It was so cool to just see everything. It was such a special experience. That little girl is so extraordinarily blessed to be born in a family already members of the church. It would take soo much courage and strength to grow up being surrounded by so much adversity and with literally no one else in her school to support her. Truly this little girl will be a leader for so many as she grows up. It just makes me want to build up the church as much as I can!
The church is such a blessing in our lives. Today I read the talk "A Sin Resistant Generation" from the last general conference. It is so good. I love the part where she talks about doing things because we said we would. It is so meaningful when she talks about Jesus Christ and how he did the atonement for us because he said he would. I love reading my acceptance letter that I wrote in response to my mission call, or my patriarchal blessing. I am reminded what my call is and what I have been called to do and most of all, what I have agreed to do!
I love the people of Italy so much and also the Nigerian and other African people too. Italians are such social friendly people. This morning we were walking down the street and some old man walked past us and as we (and most Italians) often do we called out "Buongiorno!" Well, he stopped and talked to us and just started pooring out all of his problems and worries and life happenings to us. We talked for a bit and then parted ways and that was it. Haha I love them so much. I love this language. I am so glad to be with Anziano Compas because he speaks Italian really well so this will be an awesome opportunity to learn. We have decided to plan certain days where we do English fasts and I am so excited!
Well, that's all for this week. Emails have been so easy today because Anziano Compas had a bluetooth keyboard that I am using to type emails today so I am able to type so fast. Haha
Vi voglio un sacco di bene, Anziano Stucki.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.