It’s pretty wet out here in Ascoli these days. We have had so much rain. There was a day this week we headed up into the mountains to see an investigator, Jackie, and we visited this tiny village where she works as an English teacher. On our way back it started pouring down rain so bad that the tiny mountain trail we were driving on became a river and we had the super fun opportunity to do some car surfing. It seemed like I was the only one who enjoyed it, oh well. I would’ve taken a video, but I was too busy throwing my hands up like I was on the Texas Giant again. It’s the little things in life, you know?
Also while we were up there we learned that there are several factories around this mountain village where some of the top Italian shoe brands manufacture their shoes. So we will be stopping by those in the near future to check out their factory stores.
On the other side of things we started meeting with one of our new Philippine families and they are awesome. They asked a lot of good questions and are willing to put what we teach to the test which is all we ask! Bruna has been super hard to meet with this past week, actually impossible to meet with but she’s still doing well. Hoping to get her interview taken care of this week.
I just wanted to briefly touch on something I feel strongly about because of my experiences this past week. It’s pretty simple:
If you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything!
I’ll share two scriptures to support this. First from the Savior himself, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). And secondly from the apostle Paul, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers…And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:29&32).
Doesn’t seem necessary to expand more upon their words. I just want to invite all of you to do your best throughout this week to refrain from negativity. There’s enough of that in the world, let’s do our best to build others up. Seek to be a problem solver. I promise you that at the end of the week if you earnestly try to do this you will find yourself happier and more content despite what your circumstances may be.
I love you all! Go do awesome things this week. Happy Father’s Day to my dad especially and to all dads and father figures out there. The role of a dad is priceless.