So we got our transfer calls this week and I am going toooooooo…
drum rollll…. Ascoli!!! Apparently it is a small town, compared to Napoli, northeast of Rome. From what I have heard it is the northern most city in the mission. Way different from Napoli but it should be fun. I’ll definitely miss Napoli a lot. I loved the city, the people, and the food but I think it is about time for a change.
Okay so this past week has been super busy! We have been working with Noemi a lot getting her ready for her baptism this Wednesday and she is doing awesome! I seriously couldn’t be happier for her. Then we have been working pretty regularly with the two less active friends Dario and Lello that we saw twice this week and they fed us two incredible meals!!! I’m going to miss them a ton.
We had a meal with a member family but one of the daughters is less active and it went really well. The daughter is comfortable around us missionaries in that she is fine opening up about the way she feels and what is causing her to not have the desire to go to church at the moment. The rest of the family is super solid and I hope the missionaries continue to work with her after I leave.
I’m excited for my new city but I will say I’m a little frustrated that just as I started getting better at the language and could actually talk to more members and start developing relationships I get transferred! It will be okay though, Heavenly Father needs me to go and I will go wherever I’m called. Besides I’m 100% sure the incoming missionary to Napoli will do a way better job than I did!
On a different note, I wanted to take a second and reference a scripture that was sent to me by a dear friend last week that has helped me a lot in preparing for the stressful time that is the end of transfers. It’s John 14:26-27, “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Such powerful words spoken by our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
The gift of the Holy Ghost is something I didn’t entirely understand when I received it almost two years ago, but it has become so huge to me since coming on my mission. Because we can have the companionship of the Holy Spirit we don’t need to be afraid. In fact, we shouldn’t even let ourselves be afraid. Why have fear when we have the direct promise of the Savior that we will have the Comforter who will “teach you all things.”
I’m grateful for the blessings in my life. I’m grateful for the peace we can feel when we read the scriptures. And I invite all of you to find a scripture this week that you can hold with you and apply to your circumstances every day.
I love you all, I pray for you all, do great things!