Probably the most exciting week of my mission I would say in terms of events.
Monday we ate dinner at our awesome new investigators’ house and it was so good. They made authentic Filipino food and it was delicious.
Tuesday we had to go down to Sicily (pictures and videos below) to get my companion’s permesso di soggiorno (a visa), so we woke up at 4am to catch a bus to Rome, then a plane to Palermo, Sicily, then another bus, and another train. Once we arrived in Agrigento we went to an English course pizza party and it was really fun. I had the chance to catch up with Anziano Mic who had served in Caserta when I was in Napoli.
Then Thursday we had to do all the traveling back over again. All together it was close to 18 1/2 hours of travel in just three days so I was just a little tired.
Friday we did an exchange here in Ascoli and it helped boost up our work from missing those days due to travel.
Saturday we had a big branch barbecue at a member’s house who lives up in the mountains. He’s actually from the UK but is retired here in Italy and he is awesome. Where he lives it is absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately Italians don’t quite know how to do a barbecue like Americans (and even more so Texans), but it was still a ton of fun!
I’ve been debating what I wanted to share with you guys this entire week. For simplicity’s sake I would just like to touch on two things.
- There is never a stagnant relationship with God. You’re either moving forward or backward. Which direction you go depends completely on you. There is a choice in all things. No matter what we are faced with in life there is a choice. Sometimes we choose not to see the choice itself and therefore victimize ourselves, but when we are truly honest with ourselves and accept our circumstances for what they truly are, our eyes can be opened and we can rise above. Some choose to look at this in a negative light thinking too much is being asked of them.
In reality much is being asked because much is given. We have the power; we need only to recognize it within ourselves.
- Do not, do not, please do not neglect the small and simple things that are given to each of us to strengthen us daily and weekly. Read the scriptures, pray, go to church and honor the Sabbath. Have faith in the loving care of our Heavenly Father. Trust him and follow him. It serves us nothing to be rebellious in the small and simple things. We only hurt ourselves. Instead choose to accept the guidance available to you individually. We are individuals. Formed, loved, guided, and cared for individually. The key is to then take your individuality and channel it into something that serves others, helps them, nurtures them. What good are we if we neglect our fellow man?
It can not be said better then when the Savior said, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” (Matthew 22:37-39)
Be better everyday, even if it be only a little bit.
I love you all so much,