So remember that one time a month or so ago when I said that when I went to the Amalfi coast I would bring a bag so that I didn't throw up on that crazy windy road like I did when I went Positano? Well, not only did I forget to bring a bag, but I didn't take any motion sickness pills! Not to mention Amalfi is another 30 minutes farther than Positano on that windy road. The good part of the story is though, that I made it WITHOUT throwing up! I did get pretty sick especially on the way down and my companion was asking everyone on the bus for a bag so I became famous on the bus, but we also got some cool conversations out of it. At Amalfi there are so many Americans and just tourists in general! We met two different groups/families of people from Utah, but neither of them were actually Mormon though. Haha
Allora, sometimes with all the different (and it is definitely different!!) Italian people and language and culture I entertain myself by relating it to what I consider would be its equivalent in America. So lately I've really come to love Napolitano. Napolitano is a language that they speak here and spoken in its pure form (as in not mixed with Italian words) even other native Italian speakers from other parts of Italy can't understand it. What I've kind of learned too is that Napolitano is actually considered a bit uneducated and "dirty," or maybe a bit "slangy." Anyways so this week I have decided that if Italy was America, Napoli would be like the far far down south backwoods of Georgia or Louisiana with their super having accents and stuff. Hahaha Anyways that's just my connection I made. Maybe that will help you'll understand maybe just a bit of what Napolitano is like. I love it so much!
Well this past week we had zone conference and it was one of my favorite zone conferences I've ever had in my mission! During the zone conference they had an invite which was to make a list of all the regrets from our mission and determine now how we will choose to move past them and learn from them during the small time we have left in our missions. As you can imagine making that list was not the most "fun" thing I've ever done. It was actually a bit hard especially because as missionaries we tend to be extra hard on ourselves! It has actually been a very cool experience though because I have began to realize just how much 1) they don't matter anymore 2) they weren't in my control anyways and they happened even though I was doing my best 3) despite any mistake or hardship I've ever faced in my mission I am still here and still continuing forward 4) I can move and do the best with the time I have left 4) even though I can't go back and do things over again because of the Atonement I can be forgiven and I don't need to hold the burden of those things anymore! In doing that exercise I've learned just how much I need the Atonement because really I am imperfect and cannot do this on my own. It has motivated me to try harder and do everything I can to make the most of the small and precious time that has been GIVEN to me.
This past week it has been a bit hard meeting with several of our investigators. A new thing we've started doing lately is standing outside the church and handing out English course cards to people. The church here is on a pretty busy street so a lot of people pass. We have actually had many new people coming to English course because of it! Thursday night we were doing a lesson with Rita Roberta, Ylenia, and Monica before English course when a man came in early. He asked what we were doing and we said a lesson. Then Monica the mom of Ylenia just went off explaining to him what we do as missionaries and then after English course we were actually able to do a lesson with him! It's so awesome to see your investigator who's not even a member doing missionary work.
Anyways, that's all for this one! I know God lives and the Atonement of Jesus Christ is powerful. We need to just turn to Jesus Christ. Love you, Anziano Stucki.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.