What a week it has been. First off, I will be staying in Ascoli for the next transfer and I’ll be getting a new companion, Anziano Anderson, who was actually the greenie of my follow up trainer Anziano Coe!
Alright, so pretty much this whole email is dedicated to the literal angel that we are teaching named Bruna. Seriously, she is perfect. We taught her twice this week and passed by her briefly on Sunday night. First lesson we talked all about Jesus Christ to try to give her a foundational knowledge of Him and all He did. She absolutely loved it.
We showed her a few of the Church-made Bible videos and she really enjoyed watching those; so much so that when we returned for the second lesson we walked in and she had the church’s website of all the Bible videos up on her laptop and had been watching them all on her own. She also had what seemed to be instrumental hymn music playing in the background. The whipped cream and cherry on top of the chocolate syrup was her coming to church for the second week in a row. We stopped by her Sunday night just to see how she was and if she had any questions about church. We walked in and there on her coffee table is the Gospel Principles book we gave her open to the chapter on baptism along with the restoration pamphlet we had left with her. I am unable to properly communicate how incredible this is. To see someone so hungry for truth, so willing to learn, so pure in heart. It’s so humbling. I want to be more like her.
I’ve been focused a lot on prayer lately. It’s been something I have really been wanting to improve. In the midst of my efforts to have more powerful sincere prayers on a daily basis I have realized a few important things. The nature of our prayers has a lot to do with the nature of our hearts. How we approach our Heavenly Father greatly affects the kinds of feelings we will have as we converse (yes, actually converse) with Him.
Sometimes as we pray, we get caught up in things we want. In moments like these, we must be willing to switch into things we are thankful for so that we can realize all that we already have, which will then give us a clearer picture of what we actually need.
I’m grateful for prayer. I’m grateful for the feelings of peace we can have when we pray sincerely. It can make the darkest of storms bearable.
I love you all so much!!