So much has happened this week and I want to try and share a lot of it so we're going to go for quantity over quality in this letter!
First things first, we had zone conference this week. It was probably the best one I've had during my whole mission. It was such a good spiritual boost. Felt like I was back in the MTC for a bit. :) It was awesome to have President Pickerd back. I don't know if you all knew, but actually for the past about 2 months President and Sorella Pickerd have been in Utah doing surgery and treatment for Sorella Pickerd's cancer. Sooo we have had a momentary missionary President holding down the fort for this time. This momentary President is named President Euvrard and used to be the president of the Milan Italy Mission. Anyways, President Pickerd is back while Sorella Pickerd is staying in Utah for a awhile to do treatments. I think she will come back to Italy after a few months. The day before zone conference I got the opportunity of doing a trio scambio with TWO Italian missionaries, one of which was an AP. Talk about being humbled. Whatever Italian skills I thought I might have had, kind of disappeared. Haha it was a really cool experience though that I will probably never have again.
Now is when I've got to condense things down. In the fewest words I can say, pretty much Wednesday night at 6 we had a lesson scheduled with these two members named Salvatore and Giulia in church. We get there early and see the Sorelle missionaries also there. We asked them what they were doing and they said they were waiting for a lesson at 6. We casually then asked who it was with. They casually replied it was with Salvatore and Giulia. We then not so casually were like, "What?!?" I don't know why they told both us and the Sorelle that they were open. They were probably just too excited that two companionships of missionaries wanted to meet with them. #IAmNoLongerInAUtahWardAlert Pretty much, after the laughs were over, we decided to let the Sorelle teach these members and then went into another room to make calls until 7 when we had English Course. Little did we know those plans were also about to change, because literally the second person I called surprisingly answered the phone after we've been trying to get a hold of him for months and asked where we were. I said that we were in the church and then he said he would be there in 5 minutes. He is an old investigator. He kind of died off a few weeks before I came to Cagliari and I had never met him in person. True to his word he soon arrived in the church. He has read a bunch of junk on the internet and as soon as we sat down started drilling us with questions from anything about polygamy to law of chastity to Joseph Smith. We talked forever and ended up not showing up until the end of English Course. Honestly, the whole thing was just a testimony to me of how important it is to have faith and humility when we pray and seek the truth. I'm not sure if he will do what he needs to find the truth, but I felt like this was a miracle in and of itself just how everything came together that evening. If anything, at least we know what's going on with him.
A huge highlight of this week would be that Lucky "passed" his baptismal interview and we found another African man to teach this week. He is also a refugee from Nigeria. We had a lesson scheduled with another African investigator one evening and went to the piazza where we agreed to meet. Our investigator wasn't there, but we saw another African man sitting on a bench. To my surprise Anziano Hunsaker went up to him and asked him if he knew our investigator. In my mind I was like why the heck would he know him! Well, I must not have been following the spirit because after Anziano Hunsaker asked him, this man replied and said he was actually roommates with our investigator!! Long story short, he knows our church her well, has read most of the Book of Mormon, has attended our church many times (In Nigeria), and his wife and children have been baptized into our church. Needless to say, he was very happy to find us! We will be teaching him tomorrow.
That's all, for this week, but as a spiritual thought for this week I would like to say I am learning so much to trust in the Lord. I more and more take comfort in the thought that not only does God know what is going on in my day, but everything that happens is also going according to His plan! In fact, he even has a REASON for why it is happening how it is. Whatever happens, happens how God wants it and "all these things shall give [me] experience, and shall be for [my] good." D&C 122:7
Love you all! Anziano Stucki.
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Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.