Boy have I got a story for you! This might be the only story I share because it is probably all I have time for.
For this story, we will start about 5 weeks ago. Anziano Hunsaker and I were charged with call of preaching the gospel in the city of Cagliari. We worked hard sweat drop by sweat drop, step by step, calorie of gelato burnt by calorie of gelato to teach repentance and baptize converts. One day we were blessed by God with the opportunity of teaching Lucky who was referred to us by a Nigerian member named Friday. Like good, responsible missionaries, we scheduled appointments, taught him lessons, broke his boxes, and helped him as much as we could. Like good responsible missionaries we did this for weeks until finally the date of the baptism arrived. Saturday, August 26th 2017 we woke up at 6:30 like good responsible missionaries, did our morning routine, made calls and invited everyone and their dog to the baptism that night and then went out to do finding like good responsible missionaries. We came back and ate pranzo, studied the language, and gathered all our stuff together to be good, responsible, ready missionaries for the baptism at 6:00. We arrived at the church at a good old time of 5:20 and began setting up for the baptism. It was at this point that we noticed the other elder missionaries at the church because they had just finished a lesson. We kind of talked a bit and then looking around seeing we had just arrived and then at the closed font doors, they must have had a question. With a pause, it came out as more of an exclamation than a question as they said, "You guys haven't filled the font yet!?!?" Apparently even in all our preparation as good responsible missionaries and the blatant outline of correct baptism by the correct authority and immersion hadn't quite made us realize that the font might need water in it for that!! Long story short, one and a half hours and 60 feet of garden hose through an open church window later, Lucky and I went down in to the about waste-high deep font for his baptism into the true church of God. Good thing many people came late anyways and one of the "5 minute" talks before miraculously became a 30 minute talk because even with all that time the water was high enough for the two of us. #BlessingsOfBeingShort Needless to say, it turned out great in the end. Lucky gave the most rock solid testimony ever. After meeting him just weeks, it was so awesome to see him echoing the truths of the restored gospel as he declared that this was the one true church of God and he knows Thomas S. Monson is the true prophet with the priesthood authority today. At the end of his testimony he said, "I would encourage you all to read the Book of Mormon because it's true!" To end I would like to add my testimony that I know the Book of Mormon is true and this is the church of God on the earth. Onward and upward!
Your sometimes good and responsible missionary, Anziano Stucki.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.