Weeeell, time is runnin out and I have too much to write. It has been a really good week though! Lately (And by lately I mean like the last 6 months) I have been failing at writing in my journal. As of a month ago I started writing my journal on my tablet. Reason 1: I can type faster than I can write with a pen. Reason 2: I decided to start writing it in Italian, so it needs to be on my tablet so that someday when I forget Italian (fingers crossed I won't!!) I can just copy and paste it into Google Translate and read it. It'll have to do for now, but the thing that stinks is I totally could just send y'all my journal, but I'd have to rewrite it in English which basically defeats the whole purpose. So, the sad truth that I face every week of my mission is that I can't write everything in my weekly email! Hopes are that I will just be able to give y'all the whole spill next week on Skype. 😉 That being said too, if y'all have questions or specific things you want me to talk about, you could send me a list of questions during the week and I will just answer those in our call. Fate voi!
Comunque the ONE good story that I will share with y'all happened on Wednesday morning when I was in Messina on a scambio. Era troppo bella... me and my companion Anziano Gunnell went to the house of an investigator to teach a lesson. He is very excepting of the lessons, but his wife...not. We planned that if it was just us with him we would read the story of Nephi building the boat in the scriptures, but if his wife sat in we would read the nativity story in Luke 2 because she is catholic, it's Christmas time, and we wanted to build on some common ground. Well we went there and the wife was around but said she had stuff to do so we prayed, started the lesson, and begin reading the story of Nephi. Well, after only 10 minutes the wife just came in and sat down (what I didn't know then was that in all the months or maybe years he has taken the lessons his wife has NEVER sat in on a lesson!!). It turned out that the story of Nephi was actually so perfect and soon we were all sitting on the edge of our seats! It turned out being so good because in the story Nephi goes off on his whole discourse about how their God was the same God that Moses had and that He is the God of us all. It was the perfect universal message that built on common ground just like we had wanted! Well, the lesson ended and we left walking down the road. Well, as we walked we passed an African that we had actually seen the night before (because the scambio started Tuesday afternoon). We begin talking to him a bit and asked if there was anything we could do for him. He just asked for some book to give to him so he could read "the word of God." Being that we just carried around Italian Book of Mormons we couldn't give him an English one, but Anziano Gunnell asked him what his favorite scripture story in the Bible was. He then responded, "The birth of Christ." It was a moment of just shock and wonder as we got out our tablets and turned to the story in Luke 2 that we had pulled out earlier that morning in planning! It was just one of those cool miracles that just makes you realize God is watching over you and He is present in the small details of our lives. I love being a missionary!
I love you all and I can't wait to see you all on Skype!
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.