This week was very very busy. With Anziano Nomellini preparing to leave we were running around everyday all day. We wanted to make sure we said goodbye to all of the investigators and members that we could while we had the time. We were able to have some great lessons and I am confident that everything will transition smoothly.
I have been working my hardest to start taking bigger roles in lessons. I still don’t speak Italian very well which is frustrating, but I’m learning to be patient which is valuable and I’m thankful for the opportunity to grow. We are still slowly working through our area book to find inactive members and bring them back. This especially takes a lot of patience. More often than not the people don’t live at the addresses anymore, but we have found a few and are seeing the beginnings of what could be some reactivations.
Transfer day was extremely exciting to start off. There was miscommunication between the office Anziani and Anziano Nomellini and we had a missionary here in Napoli that was supposed to be heading to Bari at 9:15am but his train wasn’t leaving from here it was leaving from Caserta which was 45 minutes away. We found this out around 7:45am and we were immediately scrambling to get him to the train station. This resulted in me having to sprint with a 60 pound bag on my back for almost a mile in order to get to the train station for him to catch a train to Caserta that would get him there in time for his other train. The rest of the day was pretty relaxed though.
I got my new companion! He is awesome, his name is Anziano Coe. He is a humble, calm, hard working missionary.
I’m excited to be staying here in Napoli and continue serving the people. I love it here. I love the people. It will be a hard transfer with the holidays and everything but it will be good! I’m looking forward to what will happen.
This week I learned a new perspective on the importance of setting goals. As missionaries we set goals for everything. The day, the week, the transfer, the mission. We set goals in every aspect in our work and sometimes it seems like we make too many goals, but this week I realized something different. Goals are what drive us. If we don’t have goals we don’t have a concrete desire to improve. Without goals we might still move forward but aimlessly.
This became clear to me when our young investigator couple refused to make a new goal for baptism. The original date we had would no longer be possible so we wanted to set a new goal weeks into the future to aim for and then if they were ready by then we would do it! Unfortunately they just don’t see it that way and don’t want to set a date at all. It’s sad because now they’re not reading or praying as much and I know this is happening because they lack the goal that would motivate them to do these things.
We need goals in our lives. They seem small and unnecessary but they make a world of difference in our motivation to progress. If there is something you want to accomplish, big or small, make some goals to do it. Have a plan of attack and follow it as close as you can. When you fall short, make new goals and keep moving forward! The only way we fail is by giving up. If we take even the smallest step forward it is still progress.
Hope you all have awesome weeks!
Thou shalt not idle away thy time, neither shalt thou bury thy talent that it may not be known.
Doctrine and Covenants 60:13