Ciao tutto!!! So much happened this week!
On Wednesday we went to another town in our area about an hour south called Mazzara del Vallo to see some less-actives. We went to one of the houses and they didn't answer. We went to our next less-active and he didn't either. I had the thought to look down at a door farther down. We knocked on it and it was him! Turns out we just had the wrong house number. He has severe diabetes and has lost one of His legs so he has to stay in a wheelchair. This man hasn't been to church for many years and has basically forgotten everything. We taught him about prayer. It was one of the simplest and purest lessons I've taught. I remember teaching how he could pray to God and ask Him for help with anything and that God would help him. This man looked at us with almost a childlike expression of joy as tears formed in his eyes and he asked us hopefully, "I can pray and recieve help from God?" My appreciation for prayer increased so much. I have never seen someone so happy to be able to pray! Even the knowledge that may seem so simple to us, could be the sweetest thing for someone else to know! I remembered feeling a bit disappointed earlier when it seemed like we wouldn't be able to see any of the less-actives after making the whole trip down. But, as I sat there in that lesson with this man, I remember the Spirit came so strong and told me very clearly that that was the reason I was there. If only to talk to one person on that trip, these were God's children and they are worth the world to Him. For Him, it was totally worth the trip.
Conference was so good!! We were able to watch the Sunday and Saturday morning sessions live at 6:00 in the evening for us. It was so awesome to see the prophet! It was also kind of weird seeing so many Americans. Haha
I have so many thoughts on conference but if I had to choose a favorite it would be the talk by Joy J. Jones. Honestly, when she began her talk I was tempted to just sit back a bit because it seemed that her message was more for parents, but as I listened it resonated in me so much! There is so much power in keeping our word! Especially for me as a missionary, I have recieved a call from the Lord and I have agreed to fulfill it. When I have a harder day, I am tired, or I'm tempted to not be as obedient because I think that I know what's better, I can always fall back on the fact that I will do it because I said I would. Sometimes, we may hesitate to fulfill a calling or responsibility because we don't see the direct benefits of it. We rationalize and doubt it because we can't really see a positive motivation to do it. When that time comes, we can remember the simple and powerful fact, that we can do it because, to the Lord, we said we would. And God has promised that when He gives a commandment He will always provide a way. That two-way promise brings a lot of peace and stability in the changes and trials of life.
Love you! Anziano Stucki.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.