Dear family è stata una bellissima settimana!
One day this week we had an appointment scheduled with a referral from the Anziani in Oristano. We called him and set up a meeting place and time. We had never seen him obviously so we just told him to go talk to the guys in the white shirts. We waited for quite awhile. It was 20 minutes after our scheduled meeting time that we called him and he said that he had forgotten. So, we rescheduled the appointment for the next day. That day it was the same thing. We waited for awhile. He was pretty late again. We called too make sure he was coming and he said he was. We waited until 35 minutes after our scheduled meeting time and he still hadn't shown up. We called him twice but both times the line got cut off quickly so we figured he had hung up on us. We had somewhere we had to be in the next bit so we decided to just call it off. I was literally in the middle of writing a text to him saying that we had to go and that we couldn't meet with him when all of the sudden I heard someone say in English, "Hey guys!" and looked up to see an African man walking up to us. I had no idea because he had always talked Italian with us on the phone. We ended up talking with him and he is very interested in learning more! It was one of my first and only official lessons in English which was very awkward and strange. Haha It was a cool experience though. I'm so glad we waited for just that last little bit.
Every Sunday night, all 8 of us missionaries in Cagliari get together and do a Gesso. I'm really coming to learn that one of the best ways to talk about the gospel with people is just to talk about you! Just talk about your life, the process of you gaining your testimony, and the blessings you see in the gospel (If you can't readily think of specific blessings of the gospel just think of how different your life would be without the church and the opportunities you would have missed without the church). For a Gesso you place a bed sheet on the ground and write a question on it with chalk. The question we wrote was, "What is the best gift you have ever received?" At one point I talked to a guy and his girlfriend. They were agnostics. They basically believed there's some sort of higher power but not necessarily a loving God who's our father and has a body. After I asked them what their best gifts are, of course they asked me. The thought came to me that the best gift I had ever recieved was the Atonement. I told them how the fact the God sent Jesus Christ to die for us is evidence to me that God is loving. I talked about who I was as a missionary and that sometimes I miss my family but that I have found comfort and strength through my realtionship with God. He is my Father that I have with me right now and always. It ended up being so good. The spirit came so strong. I don't know if they felt the spirit a lot but they were definitely touched. I'm thankful for those moments to just talk about what brings me happiness. Those moments strength my testimony and are so fulfilling.
Have a good week!! Anziano Stucki
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.