Hey family! This week has been crazy! Basically last Monday after p-day we left the church and went to a park nearby where we like to do finding. We talked to several people who werent really interested and then we talked to some other guys who very much were NOT interested and pretty much just exploded on us. One of the guys just went off explaining all these theories and studies and reasons as to why religion was false and on and on. He went off for a bit and I then I said to him, "I'm still learning Italian. I'm sorry but I didn't understand all of that." His friend sitting next to him who obviously spoke Italian then actually admitted that he actually didn't really understand either so then I didn't feel as bad. I remembered back to years of primary and Sunday school where they say that if you meet someone who just wants to contend, just bear your testimony and then leave. So I quickly bore my testimony, which he immediately denied and then we announced we had to go and left. It was glad to get out of that situation, but after hearing all his rage and mocking, the spirit was long gone and I left feeling kind of trashy. We took the bus and went to another park. We entered the park and started walking through when before we even talked to anyone a couple on a bunch called to us. We went over and talked to them and they explained how they have actually lived next to our church building for years and always wanted to know more about us. Fast-forward the week we had a lesson on the restoration and are going to teach them again on Wednesday!
We had several lessons again with our investigator Lucky the African from Nigeria. He loves the church and wants to follow Jesus Christ so much, but we found out a week or so ago that he didn't really understand the idea of a one true church. He just believes any church that prays in Christ's name is "true." In Italian there's a phrase they like to say that translates into English as "breaking boxes." It basically just means to just call someone out and set someone straight. So, this past week we realized we had to break some boxes of Lucky's. Which we did! We wasn't extremely happy about it all, but we invited him to pray about it. In the next lesson we talked and he feels that everything he is doing with us is right and he wants to continue! He is still on track to be baptized on the 26th! We are sooo excited! He is so awesome.
One last thing, I am the organist here in church (thank you Lorelei for giving me even those few lessons on the organ!!). Put simply, I am "surviving." I will continue as long as the members can excuse when I randomly smash my foot down on the wrong foot pedal and bring the house down during the sacrament hymn. Haha
Love you guys so much! Anziano Stucki
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.