So I ended up staying here in Taranto and my companion was transferred! I have a new companion now who is named…guess…just guess! Anziano Andersen! Do you see the difference? First I had Anziano Anderson, then I had Anziano Anderson, and now I have Anziano Andersen pretty funny, huh??? I think it is. Anyway I’m glad to be staying here in Taranto. Also this transfer, 2 extra elders came as well so now we’re in a four man house which is interesting. In this new companionship both the missionaries finish their missions this transfer and my new companion finishes the transfer after, so I am with some pretty old missionaries and it’s strange!
As for the week, it went pretty well. On Wednesday, we celebrated with Erika (daughter of Mariella and also Matteo’s sister) because she got her doctorate!!! It was super cool and we ate SO much food. I love being with this family and helping them come closer to Christ. Then Thursday was transfer day and boy was it stressful! There were tons of people moving to and from and through Taranto so we had our hands full. Everyone made it where they were supposed to go all right so it worked out though. The rest of the week was just getting my new companion caught up with our investigators and familiar with the city. We talked to a lot of people. I’m interested to see how the relationships and dynamic will change with our investigators now that I have a new companion. So far it has been different than I expected. All I know is that I just have to go out and love people. Love the contacts we meet and the investigators we have and the members and less actives we have, and if I do that then everything will go well.
This is kind of a short email, I don’t know why exactly.
In Gospel Principles class during Sunday school we talked about baptism. The why, how, when, and what of baptism. It was an awesome discussion and a great time to feel the spirit. Something I learned is the example that Jesus Christ set for us. We are baptized for the remission of sins and to open the gate to the blessings Heavenly Father has for us. Christ was without sin and yet he was baptized anyway to submit perfectly to the will of the Father and show us exactly what we need to do to receive a fullness of joy in our lives. It doesn’t mean life is easy after we are baptized. In fact, I would argue that in some aspects it becomes harder; but it does mean that we will be enabled with divine power to overcome life’s challenges after our baptism because we will have received the gift of the Holy Ghost and have his constant companionship to guide us. Baptism is a great act of faith for us to show our willingness to follow. Our desire to follow. It is not the end. It is the beginning. I know that Jesus Christ gave us the perfect example and showed us exactly what we needed to do to return to live with our loving Heavenly Father.
I hope you all have fantastic weeks and know that I am always praying for you!