What a crazy week. Transfers here in Italy can be quite the event. We unexpectedly had to go to Pescara on Wednesday afternoon in order for Anziano Ponce to take a bus from there to Rome Wednesday evening so he could take a train at 7:30 in the morning on Thursday. I stayed in Pescara and had the chance to work with Anziano Maxwell again. It was awesome. I love Pescara and working with Anziano Maxwell, there’s never a dull moment. We got to teach that young couple again who walked into the church asking for information the last time I was with Anziano Maxwell. Update on them: they have been coming to church and have been reading in praying. They’re preparing to be baptized this month! I felt really lucky to be able to teach them again. They’re incredible people.
My companion didn’t make it into Pescara until 10:30pm on Thursday. After taking a train from Bari to Rome, then waiting for Anziano Maxwell’s companion to come into Rome from Sicily, then the two of them taking a bus from Rome to Pescara. So needless to say we spent the night in Pescara. Friday afternoon we were finally able to make it back to Ascoli. We were both very tired, but there was no more time to waste! I had to get Anziano Anderson introduced to as many people as possible and get him familiar with the city. It’s just been nonstop all week long. I’m excited for this new transfer. This is the last full transfer we will have President Waddoups. The entire mission is working double time to make this the biggest transfer yet. We want to send them off with a bang.
In my quest for better prayers I have also been studying faith and something awesome I learned this week — So often it is said, “faith is a principle of action,” “we must exercise our faith,” and so on, but what does that even mean?! From his book The Articles of Faith, Elder Talmage puts it wonderfully here:
“Faith implies such confidence and conviction as will impel to action…Belief is in a sense passive, an agreement or acceptance only; faith is active and positive, embracing such reliance and confidence as will lead to works.”
When we say “faith is a principle of action” what we’re really saying is that the conviction in someone is great enough to motivate them to do something despite not fully understanding why or how. Faith is everything for us to develop, but unfortunately it is commonly misunderstood. It is our confidence in the atoning power of Jesus Christ that enables us to stay the path even things become difficult. It is our conviction that what we are pursuing will lead to true eternal happiness.
So my invite to all of you is to take action in your lives. Be proactive and seek guidance. I promise you will be directed and you will see the hand of God more clearly.
Love you all,