This past week I had one of my favorite days that I have had in a while. So I’m about to go on a little rant about that and then I’ll do a quick overview of the rest of the week.
It was Thursday and we were doing a scambio with the Rome 1 Anziani, and I was with Anziano Ridd in their area. First, shout out to Anziano Ridd being from Texas and also being one of the most hardworking and fun missionaries ever. Back to the actual scambio now. We start off on what was for me a high note. We got a bidone (which means someone cancelled the appointment that was setup) which meant that we had time to do FINDING!! I missed it so much. And finally I wasn’t in a car traveling around stuck in traffic.
We took the metro! And there were people on that metro and we talked to them! And then we went to a park and we talked to the first young people we saw and they were awesome. We testified of the Book of Mormon and the blessing it can be in our lives and these two kids’ faces changed with each blessing and promise that we shared that comes from the Book of Mormon. It was amazing. Than we took a bus! And there were people on that bus too and we talked to them! And then we taught a lesson to the son of a member (who is not a member himself). We taught an entire restoration lesson. Every single point bearing testimony and promising blessings and asking questions and it was the most refreshing and invigorating experience. I feel like a greenie. I just love it.
I wish everyone understood and could experience how wonderful a mission is. How privileged you are to declare eternal truth that brings infinite blessings into the lives of others. There is nothing I have ever found to be so fulfilling and that makes me so happy.
On top of what had already happened up to that point we taught an unexpected lesson right before English group which was great! Then I got to actually teach English group! I love teaching Italians English. It is so fun. All of that was just in one afternoon.
So let’s skip to the next morning when we got another bidone but then ended up teaching a different man about the importance of following the prophet. The lesson started off reviewing the Gospel of Jesus Christ which I love because you can never have too many reviews of the Gospel, it’s an endless learning process. When we actually got into teaching and testifying of the role of a prophet and how much we need one to be properly guided by the hand of God I could feel the Spirit testifying to me once again of the truthfulness of the restoration, that Joseph Smith really was called of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ because he was humble and meek and came seeking wisdom with the intent of doing whatever he was told to do. From that time to now there has been an unbroken succession of living prophets who receive revelation directly from the Lord and teach us exactly what we need to be focusing on to stay strong in these difficult times.
To cap it off we ended the scambio at an American owned restaurant that offers all you can eat wings on Friday, so I feasted. The rest of the week was good. We had meetings with President and the Ladispoli/Ostia district as well as the Rome 5 district. We have some awesome missionaries in these Rome zones. It was great getting to see them. Also our investigator had his baptismal interview and will be baptized this Saturday and the bishop is baptizing him! I’m so excited.
Sunday we had a finding activity with the GANS of Rome and it didn’t necessarily go as I expected but it was good. Our gesso spot was pretty sparse for people and I kept getting shot down over and over again, but tender mercies prevailed and I talked to two different guys who were super cool and interested in meeting again.
Lately I have been focusing a lot on the development of Christlike attributes because I realized that I was lacking specifically on two of them that I thought I had had a pretty good hold on up until recently. What I learned is we have to regularly check ourselves if we are ever going to accomplish anything. We have to ask ourselves where we are and where we want to go if we intend to arrive at our destination. In my experience the personal development of Christ’s characteristics is an intensive process that begins at the building blocks of our desire. My desire is to be like Christ and if I am to be like Him I need to adopt his personality. That’s not an easy task, but the great thing about it is that He, Himself, is willing to walk with us along the way. For that I am infinitely grateful.
I love you all!