Alright, what a week it has been! With transfers and everything, it was pretty crazy. We had to take two trains to get to Pescara, then a 2 1/2 hour bus to Rome, and then a 6 hour train to Taranto. I was tired! Especially because I could barely sleep the night before coming to Taranto out of just sheer excitement for the chance to go somewhere else in Italy and have tons more adventures.
It was interesting showing up here Taranto. The Anziani were in the process of moving in the midst of transfers. When we showed up the house was pretty rough and empty, but it’s really big and has an awesome view! I love it! It even has AIR CONDITIONING!!!!! I forgot what that even felt like. Literally, the first few minutes of being in the house I was just in awe because there were air conditioning units.
As far as the city goes it is great! I love being back in a city with tons of people! It’s so pretty and the sea is gorgeous. There is an actual ward here which is incredible and they have a real church building! It blew my mind coming from Ascoli, where we meet in our apartment, to this massive ward. We’re trying to get to meet everyone and get to know and serve the members as quickly as possible. We are also getting up to speed with all the investigators and everything here. We are just go-go-go, nonstop. It has been a blast. I love this place! I’m so excited for these next few transfers I will have here. I can’t wait for all the chances I have to serve and grow and learn and love others.
This week in my personal study I was in 2 Nephi 9, which is where Jacob is teaching the people regarding the passages of Isaiah that he just read. I love the depth of his explanations and the power of his testimony. It is awesome motivation as a missionary. Two verses particularly stick out to me, and they were
“21 And he cometh into the world that he may save all men if they will hearken unto his voice; for behold, he suffereth the pains of all men, yea, the pains of every living creature, both men, women, and children, who belong to the family of Adam. 22 And he suffereth this that the resurrection might pass upon all men, that all might stand before him at the great and judgment day.”
I stand all amazed at the fact that Jesus Christ through His perfect love was willing to endure the pains of all persons who have ever lived and will ever live despite whether they ever accept Him or not, so that all of us could receive perfect glorified bodies. As a missionary it is one of my favorite things to look into the eyes of countless people who curse God to my face and curse me as well, and simply respond with “God still loves you.” It reminds me of a quote from on of my favorite movies, The Count of Monte Cristo,
“But I don’t believe in God — It doesn’t matter, He believes in you.”
I know without doubt that our Heavenly Father loves and knows each and every one of us. I know Jesus Christ is our Savior, and whether you accept Him or not He still died for you anyway. He was resurrected and we all can be too, because He won for all us.
I love you all!