Well this week became quite the eventful one at the end for two reasons:
- We received our transfer calls and I will be headed to Taranto!
After 4 transfers up here in Ascoli, I’m headed down to the south just in time for the hottest part of the summer. Yay! But really, I’m so excited and this will be a huge adventure. I know there are great things in store down there and I can’t wait to see what will happen.
Plus, it’s a big ward and I will finally hear piano in church after 8 months without it!!
- Our mission president and his wife stopped in Ascoli on their way over to Pescara to do the “groundbreaking” of their new chapel there (they’re just restoring an old building). Anyway, they came here and had lunch with us, and we had a chance to talk. It was a really awesome treat to get that time with them. They are such special, nice people and I already love them a whole lot.
On to other things; we had a great week. Visited Jackie again and she had many questions in regards to applying Book of Mormon teachings to her life. I love how deeply she thinks about the things she reads. We are really concentrating our efforts on helping her gain a spiritual knowledge that the book is true instead of just a logical knowledge.
Yes, the Book of Mormon is the most logically sound scripture that exists on the earth and one can begin to build their testimony off of that but it can only be temporary because it is the spiritual testimony that truly converts us. I know this is true because I have experienced for myself. I am really going to miss Jackie but she made sure to make me promise to come visit her when I come back to Italy.
In other news, we had to drop both of our Philippino families because they weren’t keeping our invitations to read and pray. We invited them to keep reading and praying, and told them that we will be ready when they are. We also contacted a referral who lives generally in the same area as Jackie but closer to our member Fratello Gordon; actually right behind him. She has a gorgeous home. We brought a Book of Mormon with us and invited her to begin reading it. We also told her we will come back to teach her and answer any questions when she gets through with her work in two weeks. Well, I guess I won’t be coming back, but the missionaries will!
So, pretty great week! I’m sad but also excited to be moving, the people here have really grown to have a special place in my heart but I know there’s more growth for me to experience in other places. I expect great growth to come from this new experience down in Taranto!
I want to share something very quickly that is from my personal study this morning of the Book of Mormon that adds to what I was saying earlier about how logical and perfect the Book of Mormon is.
Wherefore, he has given a law; and where there is no law given there is no punishment; and where there is no punishment there is no condemnation; and where there is no condemnation the mercies of the Holy One of Israel have claim upon them, because of the atonement; for they are delivered by the power of him. (2 Nephi 9:25)
Our Heavenly Father’s plan is perfect. He foreknew the confusion and strife that would plague the world. Therefore, he caused that a perfect, full, complete atonement be performed by Jesus Christ that would cover those who never had the chance to hear of his name or his teachings. I love this gospel! I love the knowledge and peace we can have in our lives when we allow ourselves to learn and be open to the teachings of truth. I know Jesus Christ really did live a perfect life and was qualified to offer himself as a sacrifice for all of us. I know the love contained in that sacrifice is not able to be described in words, but we can describe our appreciation for it and for him by following what he has asked us to do.
I love you all.
Praying for you,