I hope everything is well and you are enjoying your summer vacation. Italians, Europeans and, can't forget, Asians (they're not just in Moab....) are enjoying their summer break. There are so many foreigners! Me and Anziano Bardsley as we walk through the metro stations will just point out all the tour groups and families and try and guess what language they're speaking/where they are from. Haha I have gained a large appreciation for different languages and the fact that I was born speaking the "international language" AKA English. This is also the season of going through major touristy places and hearing someone practically scream on at least on two different occasions, "ELDERS!!!" Then moments later the Utah tourists show themselves, pictures are taken, and off they go sent to my mom's email. I also can't tell you how many members and investigators are just disappearing now. In August here in Italy they have this thing called "Ferragosto", which interpreted pretty much means, "Everyone quite working and go to the beach all month." Despite the adjustments we have to make, the work goes on and it allows more time to focus on the people who are left! 😁
As far as the picture goes that's just us out on the town doing a classy gesso. Drawing the emoji cred: me! The words on the sheet say, "Cosa vi rende felice?" Cioè, "What makes you happy?" My testimony of miracles and God's desire to bless us was increased this week a lot. At this gesso we made a goal that we wouldn't let a single person pass without us at least approaching them and saying something. Turns out we didn't have a lot of people who wanted to talk, but right towards the end a member who unbeknownst to us had passed by and seen us, showed up with a pizza and drinks! Later then we checked our phone and one of our very new contacts had text and said he could come to church on Sunday (this is after he didn't come to church the week before)! I know God sees all of our efforts and He blesses them even in ways that sometimes may be unrelated. I have been surprised many times this week seeing how after trying to talk to someone and being turned down that later we will just be going along our way and someone will come and approach us! Or sometimes we'll just run into someone that we know and haven't seen in awhile. I am so grateful for those tender mercies of the Lord and I know they are not by chance.
Love you all!
Grateful for an opportunity to learn and come closer to the Savior, Neal shares his mission experience with us.