This past week was zone conference! In the rotation of zone conferences Palermo zone is towards the end of the transfer and Cagliari is towards the beginning so I'm kind of lucky to be having zone conference again. It was so awesome as always! In zone conference I got to play the piano for a musical number. The song is called, "Thy Will Be Done." It's a new song put out by the church in the new mutual album. I love it so much. I've come to see music more and more on my mission as a joy and even a help for me. When I feel stressed or overwhelmed at times I love listening to music, singing, or if on some rare occasion we have a minute at the church, I love to play and sing on the piano. It's funny how so often we appreciate certain things so much only when we don't have them as much. I can say some of the most happy and spiritual experiences of my mission have been when music is involved.
This past week I had an awesome experience talking to a man on a bench in one of the big piazzas in the city. It was one of those times where you are walking up to them and you have no idea what to say at all! I just tried my best to be as confident and friendly as I could. We began talking with him. I remember having the clearest thought to ask him a certain question. I did, he answered, and I felt prompted to say something else. I felt like I was guided through basically the whole conversation. I have to say, by the time it ended he was not interested in hearing our message but it was still the coolest experience! Just how the conversation evolved and where it ended up, I felt very happy with where it ended up and I felt like we were able to present our beliefs in a very friendly but firm way to where he completely respected us and understood clearly. I'm thankful for that experience. That definitely doesn't always happen to me where I'm guided to know exactly what to say. Many times I talk to people and the conversation doesn't go at all how I expected or wanted, but I'm thankful for those moments where I realize what God can do.
I'm thankful for this opportunity to be serving a mission. I know this gospel is true and God lives and loves us. I know the Book of Mormon is true and if we follow the modern prophets we will not get lost or led astray by the changing views of the world.
I love you all! Anziano Stucki
By the way, I forgot to say but the two pictures I sent of me and then my nametag are a hike we did for P-day today! The buildings behind the picture of my nametag are a part of Cagliari.
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.