What a week it has been! The highlight was undoubtedly the opportunity to witness the baptism of Massimo and Anabel this past Saturday. I still can’t believe that only about 5 weeks ago they walked into the church in Pescara, as complete strangers, looking for more information on the church. Since then they have made incredible steps forward. I have had the privilege of being present for a few of their lessons along the way while doing more exchanges in Pescara and it has been one of the high points of my mission. Finally it all led up to Saturday and we were able to bring our investigator Bruna to see the baptism as well. It was such a powerful experience. I can’t quite explain it. Witnessing a moment as pure as that is so amazing. It reminded me very distinctly of my own baptism.
Also we had the chance to go to a military choir concert of one of the members here in Ascoli. It was really good, plus there was this one guy who sang super good opera and I got videos. Also there was a lady (comedian I guess?) who read funny stories completely in dialect. This is why few missionaries come home being completely fluent in Italian, the dialect is so strong in every city you go!This week I had an experience in which my faith was tested. In a funny way it is the doubts we have that in turn strengthen our faith, as long as we do not lose the ground we have already won. So often it might seem easy to just throw in the towel completely when opposition arrives, but we too often forget the progress we have already made step by step. It’s easy to see the growth in others, but to see the growth in yourself is something a lot harder. Thankfully, we having a living prophet and living apostles that teach us on these very subjects that affect so many. We must first recognize that we are living our lives in accordance with the will of God. Are we following the commandments and keeping our covenants? Are we praying and studying the scriptures? If so, then we must not worry ourselves over trials that come our way. Trials are like sour patch kids. First, they’re sour and then they’re sweet! If we have this outlook we can keep in our minds that all is given to us for our good. Never forget 1 Corinthians 10:13, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
I love you all and I pray for you all daily! Let me know if there is ever anything I can pray for you about!